FINE. A REMARKABLE CORNER SELVAGE BLOCK OF SIXTEEN OF THE 2-ANNA OFFICIAL FIRST ISSUE.
Seldom encountered in multiples and certainly unique in this large size. Ex Masson. Catalogued a singles. Scott $4,800.00
EXTREMELY FINE COMPLETE PANE OF TEN OF THE 2-ANNA OFFICIAL PROVISIONAL ISSUE. VERY FEW COMPLETE PANES STILL EXIST.
Catalogued as singles which do not accurately represent the rarity of this item, SG value as singles alone £7,000, but this does not reflect the rarity and value as a complete pane
FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE COVER WITH THE 2-ANNA OFFICIAL PROVISIONAL. WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO LOCATE ANOTHER EXAMPLE USED ON COVER.
This cover also happens to be an extremely early use as these provisionals were issued in October 1866.
FINE DIE PROOF SET OF THE FOREIGN BILL REVENUE STAMPS WHICH WERE EVENTUALLY USED FOR THE 1866 OFFICIAL PROVISIONALS. A KEY SET FOR THE OFFICIAL COLLECTOR OR EXHIBITOR.
One part of the postal reforms of 1866 were to create Official stamps to help stem the misuse and abuse of privilege by officials using mail. Due to the immediate need of Official stamps which were carefully accounted for, these foreign bill revenues were used by trimming the top and bottom inscriptions and overprinting "Service Postage".
With 1969 Jal Cooper letter attesting to their genuineness and that only three sets are known.
FINE APPEARANCE. THE UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF THE 1866 2-ANNA OFFICIAL PROVISIONAL WITH COMPLETE "FOREIGN BILL" INSCRIPTION. ONE OF THE THE MOST IMPORTANT INDIAN STAMPS IN EXISTENCE AND A KEY ITEM FOR THE SERIOUS INDIA OR BRITISH COMMONWEALTH COLLECTOR.
The 1866 Provisional was introduced due to the Post Office Act XIV on May 1, 1866. This was done as an attempt to curb abuse of Government Officials in using stamps for personal use and lead to proper accounting of mail sent through Official channels. These improvised stamps were done by taking "Foreign Bill" revenues, cutting off to the top and bottom inscriptions and overprinting the stamp "Service Postage".
To date, this is the sole example of the 2a with inscriptions intact. There is also an example of the 8a with inscriptions.
Stamp is marked "Ex Burrus" though it does not appear in his sale. With 2008 R.P.S. certificate.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 4-ANNA OFFICIAL PROVISIONAL.
With 1986 Brandon certificate. Scott $4,500.00
FINE AND HANDSOME EXAMPLE OF THE 8-ANNA OFFICIAL PROVISIONAL. A CONDITION RARITY.
Signed A. Diena. With 1986 Brandon certificate. Scott $5,000.00
FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCITING 1866 -1/2-ANNA PROVISIONAL WITH DOUBLE OVERPRINT. A STRIKING ERROR ESPECIALLY SO AS A PAIR.
It is believed that only one extra row of the overprint was done causing 24 errors. Of those, only about ten examples are recorded. Ex Vestey. Catalogued as singles. Scott $6,000.00
VERY FINE. A RARE HALF-SHEET CONTAINING TWO PANES OF 80 OF THE 2-ANNA OFFICIAL WITH "SPECIMEN" OVERPRINT.
Unused singles alone catalogue £13,600
FINE AND RARE MATCHING SET OF BLOCKS OF THE HALF-ANNA AND ONE-ANNA "ON H.M.S." OFFICIALS WITH BLUE-BLACK OVERPRINT USED IN BURMA. MOST LIKELY A UNIQUE PAIR IN BLOCK FORM.
Ex Gerald Davis. Each with 1951 B.P.A. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING INDIA OFFICIAL SHOWPIECE OF THE ONE-ANNA "ON H.M.S." OVERPRINT WITH MISSING OVERPRINT.
The only other example is a strip of six with the fourth position showing a partial overprint (ex Rose-Hutchinson). A truly spectacular multiple and wonderful addition to any India Official collection.
Ex Hailsham. With 1998 Holcombe and 2011 B.P.A. certificate. SG value as two pairs which doesn't accurately represent the magnitude and value of this rare item.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR AND STUNNING NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-RUPEE ON 25-RUPEE OFFICIAL WITH INVERTED SURCHARGE. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THIS ERROR IN EXISTENCE.
The current Scott catalogue value of $600.00 is just simply embarrassing.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MARVELOUS NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-RUPEES ON 10-RUPEES OFFICIAL WITH SURCHARGE ERRONEOUSLY PRINTED ON THE KING GEORGE V STAMP.
This surcharge was supposed to be printed on the King Edward VII stamps but a small number were mistakenly applied to the King George V stamps. The current Scott catalogue value of $800.00 is a mystery to us.