Here are two examples of ‘original’ Mono copies of The Beatles “Help!” album, both with correct wording and even the exact same matrix stampers (XEX 549-2), yet the style of the lettering is different…the one on the left has wording in a serif typeface, whilst the right hand copy has a sans serif typeface. The only other discernible difference is that the left hand copy has a KT stamped code around the spindle whilst the right hand copy has MT stamped…
Note the differences in positioning of all the silver wording and also the size of the catalogue number – the left hand copy has a larger PMC 1255 compared to the right hand copy.
The perimeter text on the left is lighter in weight than the bolder text on the right.
“THE BEATLES” appears above the publishing credit on the left hand label, whilst the right hand label has this below the publishing credit.
Any comments or suggestions on the above would be appreciated…
Both labels display:
THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD at the start of the perimeter wording
SOLD IN U.K. SUBJECT TO RESALE PRICE CONDITIONS, SEE PRICE LISTS
MADE IN Gt. BRITAIN
Matrices (left first then right):
X E X 5 4 9 – 2 H A 4 C
X E X 5 5 0 – 2 L A 7
X E X 5 4 9 – 2 G O A 7
X E X 5 5 0 – 2 G L G 1 5