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VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SENSATIONAL EXAMPLE OF THE 1901 ONE-PENNY BLACK ON RED WITH VALUE OMITTED. A TREMENDOUS BRITISH COMMONWEALTH RARITY WITH ONLY THREE EXAMPLES KNOWN, ONE OF WHICH RESIDES IN THE ROYAL COLLECTION AND THUS UNAVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.
This lot is also accompanied by an original typed letter from dealers Bright and Sons of London dated May 6, 1902 stating "We hear from a correspondent that a number of unused 1d stamps was issued from your Post Office with the value omitted. We are desirous of securing some of these, and it is possible that you may know into whose hands they went..." and go on to offer £2 each. The same document has a hand-written response stating "Only 7 were sold, four (4) of which were posted on letters and they were thoroughly inked over by the Postal authorities. Consequently were of no use, S.G. Lewis Postmaster".
Unfortunately, to date, none of the used examples have surfaced. All three of the unused examples sold by the postmaster have been accounted for. Other than this example, one is in the Royal Collection and the other graced the collection of Sir John Marriott.
Ex Ramkissoon. With 1986 R.P.S. certificate. SG £32,000