VERY FINE AND RARE BLOCK OF THE 6-PENCE KING EDWARD VII ARMY OFFICIAL. THIS IS THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLE WITH ONLY ONE OTHER BLOCK THOUGHT TO EXIST.
According to an Official specialist, two blocks of four are known, with the next largest multiple a strip of three. Following the Inland Revenue (I.R.) overprints, requests were made by other government departments for their own overprinted stamps. The Army, along with Office of Works, were rejected in their attempts at first. The Post Office would not supply the stamps free of charge. A case was made to the Treasury and a compromise was molded whereby the stamps were to be purchased straight from the printer.
Ex Baillie. With 1947 and 1989 R.P.S. certificates. SG £15,000
GREAT BRITAIN, 1903, 6p Dull Violet Army Official (O62; SG O52). Mint N.H., brilliantly rich color on fresh white paper
VERY FINE FOR THIS. SCANT FEW OF THIS OFFICIAL STAMP CAN BE FOUND IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.
With 1998 Brandon certificate. Catalogue values are for hinged. SG £3,000