VICTORIA, 1850, 3p Blue, Second Ham Printing, Interpanneau Gutter Between Stamps (3 var; SG 4a var).
First state of die, horizontal strip of three, Positions 4-5-1 with wide gutter between second and third stamps, used with 1850, 1p Pale Dull Red Brown, Third Ham Printing (1; SG 5a), second state of die, sheet margin at right, the strip and single cancelled by "23" Butterfly cancel of Burn Bank on June 1850 folded letter from Glenmona to England, backstamped "Burnbank Pt. Phillip" datestamp along with Melbourne and London transit datestamps, red "Paid Ship Letter Sydney Ju*25 1850" Crown Oval datestamp on front
EXTREMELY FINE. THE UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF THE VICTORIA 3-PENCE INTERPANNEAU MULTIPLE AND ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING COVERS IN ALL OF AUSTRALIAN PHILATELY.
Illustrated in The Stamps of Victoria, Geoffrey Kellow (p. 46, color plate 2). Discovered in 1981. Ex Perry, Kapiloff.
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