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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 3081, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 2sh6p Deep Lilac on Blued Paper from "White Paper" Period (SG Specialised K10(2)a; SG 179a; Scott 96 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 2sh6p Deep Lilac on Blued Paper from "White Paper" Period (SG Specialised K10(2)a; SG 179a; Scott 96 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 2sh6p Deep Lilac on Blued Paper from "White Paper" Period (SG Specialised K10(2)a; SG 179a; Scott 96 var). Lettered B-B, original gum, minor h.r., well-centered with wide margins, intensely rich color

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-SHILLING 6-PENCE ON BLUED PAPER DURING THE WHITE PAPER PERIOD. AN UNUSUAL AND RARE VARIETY.

The Blued paper is often referred to as "Revenue" paper, as it was chemically treated to prevent reuse of pen-cancelled revenue stamps. It is generally assumed that the 1883 Issue was first printed on this paper to use up the stock on hand, since high denomination stamps were not pen-cancelled, thus eliminating the specific need for it. The question of why this particular blued paper stock was used during the white paper period is still up for debate. The only logical conclusion put forth by Wiseman is that due to the lack of stock controls at Somerset House, some old stock could have been previously overlooked and used for the 1884 printing.

Ex Baillie. With 1975 R.P.S. certificate. SG £9,000.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,300
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