EXTREMELY FINE GEM. BY FAR THE FINEST OF THE FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE VICTORIA 5-CENT POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL.
The five recorded examples of the 5c Victoria provisional are all unused and off cover, as follows:
1) Sound with original gum, top right corner margins, ex Ferrary, Hind, Hall and D.K. collection, the stamp offered here
2) Described as having original gum, top left corner margins, ex Hessel (“small faults”)
3) Described as having “some original gum”, top right corner margins, vertical crease, ex Caspary, Lilly and Kilbourne
4) Uncancelled, left sheet margin, torn into design at bottom, Albert Steves photo
5) Unused, no gum, bottom right corner margins, light chipping and natural paper bubble, from a recent find, ex Felton (Siegel Sale 1016, lot 645)
No cancelled Victoria 5c stamps or on-cover examples are known. Of the five recorded stamps, the example offered here is by far the finest.
Ex Ferrary (with his purple trefoil handstamp on back), Hind, Hall and D.K. collection. With 2000 P.F. certificate.