VERY FINE. THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE FROM THE 10-CENTAVOS STONE B, SHOWING THE STRIKING TILTED TRANSFER VARIETY. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING BLOCKS OF THE ENTIRE COLOMBIAN FIRST ISSUE.
Illustrated in the Bortfeldt handbook on page 34 where described as "probably the largest unit known of this stone." Ex Newbury and Wickersham.
VERY FINE. ONE OF FOUR KNOWN COMPLETE SHEETS OF THE 20-CENTAVOS 1859 FIRST ISSUE FROM STONE B. THESE ARE THE ONLY COMPLETE SHEETS OF THE ENTIRE FIRST ISSUE. A SPECTACULAR EXHIBITION ITEM.
Illustrated in Bortfeldt handbook (page 40). Ex Wickersham and Londono
VERY FINE. THIS IS ANOTHER OF THE FOUR KNOWN COMPLETE SHEETS OF THE 20-CENTAVOS 1859 FIRST ISSUE FROM STONE B. THESE ARE THE ONLY COMPLETE SHEETS OF THE ENTIRE FIRST ISSUE. AN IMPORTANT CLASSIC COLOMBIAN RARITY.
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY REGISTERED COVER EXTANT BEARING THE COLOMBIAN FIRST ISSUE, AND, IN FACT, IT IS THE ONLY REGISTERED COVER BEFORE 1863. IT IS ALSO THE LARGEST NUMBER OF FIRST ISSUE 20-CENTAVOS STAMPS KNOWN ON COVER AND THE HIGHEST FRANKING OF THE FIRST ISSUE. TRULY ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR COLOMBIAN COVERS IN EXISTENCE, AND AN IMPORTANT ITEM FROM BOTH THE POSTAL HISTORY AND PHILATELIC PERSPECTIVES.
This remarkable artifact of Colombian postal history is illustrated on page 13 of Dieter Bortfeldt's Colombia Philatelic Handbook and Catalogue 1859-1860. It surfaced in the 1982 Corinphila sale of the Neuberger collection and has no prior recorded history. The only other cover known to us which bears more than one 20-centavos is the cover to Hamburg illustrated on page 5 of the Bortfeldt handbook.
VERY FINE. A CHOICE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 20-CENTAVOS 1859 FIRST ISSUE USED ON COVER.
This and the following lot make an attractive pair of covers showing the 20-centavos from Stone A and Stone B.