Sale 1203 — The Gernot Reiners Collection of Togo and Cameroon - The Anglo-French Occupation
Sale Date — Tuesday, 18 June, 2019
Category — French Togo - First Printing
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE PAIR OF ITEMS HAVING BEEN REUNITED FOR SALE TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THEIR POSTING OVER 100 YEARS AGO IN ANECHO. A WONDERFUL PAIR FOR EXHIBITION.
The likelihood of finding a matched pair of bisects, from any country, is slim. Especially since it is unlikely more than 30 or so exist. Both correctly paying the 25c external letter rate as Togo was not technically qualified as a French territory until 1920. These bisects were used in late Dec. 1914 to early Jan. 1915 as Anecho ran out of 10c stamps.
Cover with 1995 Holcombe certificate. Large part of cover with 1985 Kilian certificate. Footnoted in Yvert at €4,400 for both
FINE AND EXCEPTIONALLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-1/2MM SPACING ON THE 80-PFENNIG. VERY FEW EXAMPLES ARE THOUGHT TO EXIST AND A MAJOR FRENCH TOGO RARITY.
Oddly enough, Scott only lists the most common 20pf with wide spacing. Although, it is also known on the 30pf, 40pf and 80pf stamps. It is likely known on other values too but none have been recorded. Signed A. Diena. Unlisted in Scott. Yvert €10,000