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EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED BLOCKS OF THE 1858 180-CENTESIMOS FIRST ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN BLOCK ON THICK PAPER.
Only three blocks of the 180c 1858 Issue are recorded. The three blocks have been in important collections of Uruguay for the past century, and no other blocks have been discovered in all of that time. The only other multiple larger than a pair is one strip of three, offered as lot 2849.
Each of the three known blocks of four is unused and has unique characteristics. This block is the only one on thick paper (Scott 5c). One of the three blocks is the Dark Green shade (lot 2855). The third known block is in the regular shade on normal paper.
This block on thick paper was exhibited by Robert Hoffmann at the 1956 FIPEX international, where he captured the Grand Award. When Hoffmann's collection was sold by Corinphila in 1982, this block was acquired by Enrique Martin de Bustamante and included in the collection exhibited by his wife, Angel Ruiz Vegas, which won the Grand Prix International in Argentina in 1985 and the Grand Prix d'Honneur in 1987 and 1992.
Backstamped Soto Hermanos. With certificates from Diaz (1981), Holcombe (1993) and Hernandez Rocha (2008, describing it as "original and unique on thick paper") -- also signed Diaz and Holcomble. Ex Hoffmann and de Bustamante.