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    Posted: 16 March 2018 at 11:08
Test or dummy stamps are produced by stamp printers either for testing their printing and production techniques or for promotional or tendering reasons. They are also commonly used for testing vending machine stamps.

Here are some examples. This first lot depicts Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor who was also Charles I of the Spanish Empire. They were printed by the Austrian printing company Osterreichische Staatsdruckerei who were the official state printers, Maschin probe means machine sample.

Machine Sample by Spicer57, on Flickr

These are examples from Bradbury Wilkinson and Harrisons:

Dummy by Spicer57, on Flickr
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Here are examples from Germany, Switzerland, Brazil and the UAR, the United Arab Republic, which was a union between Egypt and Syria from 1958 to 1961.

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This is a test sheet for Royal Mail for the 2012 Olympics held in London. It depicts a generic design/template for the stamps which were printed  at short notice to honour British Olympic Gold Medalists. Somehow this generic design reached the printing stage and actual postage stamps were produced.

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Here are used and mint versions of the stamps that should never have been, as mentioned in the above post:

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Here is a sheet from Cartor produced for a Japanese philatelic exhibition, PhilaNippon 2011. It features 2 self-adhesive stamps. One depicting the Japanese character Hello Kitty and a second a plant, possibly a Chrysanthemum, a flower strongly associated with Japan, printed with metallic ink.

Cartor, a French security printer was acquired by Walsall Security Printers in 2004 and a new company was formed, International Security Printers.

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