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VERY FINE AND MARVELOUSLY SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 1883 10-SHILLING ON BLUISH PAPER. ONE OF THE RAREST REGULARLY ISSUED UNUSED STAMPS OF GREAT BRITAIN -- MISSING FROM EVEN THE MOST ADVANCED COLLECTIONS.
As written in Wiseman, the Post Office circular of Sep. 26, 1878, coinciding with the release of the first 10sh (SG 128), stated "Postmasters are requested to use them as far as possible in denoting the charges for unpaid postage etc. on Head Office letter bill dockets..." Therefore, at the time of issue, there was no regular postal need for stamps of this high denomination. Other than serving as postage due stamps on the letter bill dockets, these ultimately came to be used for bulk mailing in 1883. Reports also show that this stamp was supplied only to the major post offices and not widely circulated. It is obvious from these circumstances that very few unused examples were saved for stamp collectors.
Ex Dale and Baillie. With 1955 R.P.S. and 1991 B.P.A. certificates. SG £135,000. Scott $135,000.00.