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VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-POUND BROWN LILAC ON WATERMARK ORBS PAPER. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES IN EXISTENCE, BOASTING SUPERB OVERALL FRESHNESS. AN ICONIC GREAT BRITAIN RARITY.
A little known fact about the £1 on Watermark Orbs paper is that this issue was printed in error. Wiseman explains in detail that on Nov. 5, 1887, a Warrant was issued calling for the stamps to be printed. The word "Orbs" was accidentally written instead of "Crowns". The error was noticed well before the supply was exhausted, but the Orbs stock was issued nonetheless.
Owing to the long size of this stamp, examples invariably have faults such as creases and bends. Many unused examples have also been regummed. An example free of faults with original gum is a great rarity.
Ex Baillie. Signed A. Diena and Mondolfo. With 1978 B.P.A. certificate. SG £72,000. Scott $75,000.00.