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2019-03-19
The Dimitris Bertsimas Collection of Important Great Britain Stamps and Multiples
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3116, Officials - Inland RevenueGREAT BRITAIN, 1890, £1 Brown Lilac, Watermark Orbs, I.R. Official (SG Specialised L10; SG O12; Scott O13), GREAT BRITAIN, 1890, £1 Brown Lilac, Watermark Orbs, I.R. Official (SG Specialised L10; SG O12; Scott O13)GREAT BRITAIN, 1890, £1 Brown Lilac, Watermark Orbs, I.R. Official (SG Specialised L10; SG O12; Scott O13). Lettered I-B, original gum, lightly hinged, well-centered, rich luxuriant color on pristine white paper, deeply etched impression

VERY FINE. A FABULOUSLY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE HIGHLY SOUGHT-AFTER ONE-POUND I.R. OFFICIAL ON WATERMARK ORBS PAPER. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE APPROXIMATELY DOZEN EXAMPLES EXPERTIZED.

A little known fact about the underlying £1 on Watermark Orbs paper stamp is that this issue was printed in error. Wiseman explains in detail that on Nov. 5, 1887, a Warrant was issued calling for the stamps to be printed. The word "Orbs" was accidentally written instead of "Crowns". The error was noticed well before the supply was exhausted, but the Orbs stock was issued nonetheless. There is no reason to believe the I.R. Official overprint was done to "use up" the supply of these errors.

While some effort was made to prevent unused Official stamps from reaching the general public at the time of issue, there was little stock control, as these stamps were often used by tax collectors rather than Inland Revenue employees. As discussed in Wiseman, enterprising clerks sold examples to the stamp trade, despite official efforts to discourage the practice. By 1896, well after the regular issue and use of the £1 Watermarked Orbs, Official stamps were eventually made available to the public, but their availability was not widely publicized nor were they offered in every post office. These circumstances and the high value of a sterling pound contributed to the rarity of this stamp.

Owing to the long size of this stamp, examples invariably have faults such as creases and bends. Many unused examples have also been regummed. Examples free of faults with original gum are great rarities.

Ex Baillie. Signed Mondolfo. With 1963 A. Diena, 1979 Buhler (also backstamp) and 1980 R.P.S. certificates. SG £100,000. Scott $100,000.00

E. 50,000-60,000
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Great Britain
Great Britain
2017-04-25
Worldwide Stamps and Postal History
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Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 103, Great Britain - OfficialsGREAT BRITAIN, 1890, £1 Brown Violet, Watermark Three Orbs, I.R. Official (O13; SG O12), GREAT BRITAIN, 1890, £1 Brown Violet, Watermark Three Orbs, I.R. Official (O13; SG O12)GREAT BRITAIN, 1890, £1 Brown Violet, Watermark Three Orbs, I.R. Official (O13; SG O12). Lettered T-B, full original gum, tiny h.r., beautifully centered, rich luxuriant color and a deeply etched impression, faint trace of a vertical crease at right, which is almost inevitable on these "long" stamps, and far less noticeable than usual (it is so light it is mentioned on only the most recent of the accompanying five certificates)

VERY FINE. A PARTICULARLY HANDSOME EXAMPLE OF THE 1890 ONE-POUND I.R. OFFICIAL, ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL THE GREAT BRITAIN OFFICIAL STAMPS.

This is only the second example we have offered in the last 25 years.

With 1973 A. Diena, 1992 E. Diena, 1995 Brandon, 1995 Richter, and 2015 B.P.A. certificates. SG £100,000

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Great Britain
1991-04-20
1991 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 737, Lot Number 836, General Foreign-----, 1890, £1 Brown Violet (O13), -----, 1890, £1 Brown Violet (O13)-----, 1890, £1 Brown Violet (O13). Regumrned, small faults, Very Fine appearance, Rare, signed Bartels and Richter

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