VERY FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE AND RARE MULTIPLE OF THE 1885 2-1/2-PENCE I.R. OFFICIAL, PARTICULARLY SO IN NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.
Despite the modest catalogue value, sound unused examples are quite challenging, not to mention a multiple. Wiseman specifically comments examples are "really difficult to find in fine condition".
Ex Baillie. With 2005 B.P.A. certificate. SG as hinged £3,000
VERY FINE AND CHOICE MULTIPLE OF THE 1882 6-PENCE I.R. OFFICIAL. A RARE BLOCK.
Ex Baillie. With 2005 B.P.A. certificate. SG as hinged £3,000.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-SHILLING QUEEN VICTORIA I.R. OFFICIAL WITH RAISED PERIOD. A RARE AND POPULAR VARIETY.
The Raised Stop variety occurred on the top row of each pane. The variety was never corrected and is therefore known on all the Queen Victoria and King Edward VII Shilling denominations. According to records listed in Wiseman, only 181 sheets were printed with the variety occurring 16 times in a sheet of 240. Considering natural attrition from use and the already scarce availability of unused Officials, it is unlikely that more than a small handful of examples with this variety are available to collectors today.
With 1978 B.P.A. certificate and endorsed by P.T. Roberts (2018). SG £14,000. Scott $10,500.00.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR EXAMPLE OF THE 10-SHILLING QUEEN VICTORIA I.R. OFFICIAL IN THE COBALT SHADE. A MAJOR DEPARTAMENTAL OFFICIAL RARITY WITH VERY FEW EXAMPLES KNOWN TO EXIST.
Wiseman's theory that this shade resulted from chemical treatment of the paper is conjectural. Without adequate studies, it is still debatable whether this shade is a chemical changeling or the result of different pigments used in printing. Specialists agree that this shade differs from Ultramarine and is truly rare. The natural attrition, contemporaneous use and the difficulty in acquiring unused Official stamps left very few examples for collectors.
Ex Baillie. Signed Bloch. With 1975 R.P.S. certificate. SG £22,000. Scott $37,500.00.
VERY FINE. A HANDSOME AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1890 10-SHILLING I.R. OFFICIAL.
Ex Gross. With 1994 B.P.A. certificate. SG £11,500. Scott $11,500.00.
FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARILY RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC I.R. OFFICIAL VALUES, THE ONE-POUND WITH WATERMARK CROWNS. FEW SOUND EXAMPLES EXIST.
Owing to its long format, faults are endemic to this value. Most genuine certified examples on the market are unused (regummed), with faults and/or repairs. Examples free of these problems are exceedingly rare.
Ex Baillie. Signed A. Diena, E. Diena and Mondolfo. With 2000 B.P.A. certificate. SG £75,000. Scott $80,000.00.
VERY FINE. A FABULOUSLY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE HIGHLY SOUGHT-AFTER ONE-POUND I.R. OFFICIAL ON WATERMARK ORBS PAPER. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE APPROXIMATELY DOZEN EXAMPLES EXPERTIZED.
A little known fact about the underlying £1 on Watermark Orbs paper stamp 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. There is no reason to believe the I.R. Official overprint was done to "use up" the supply of these errors.
While some effort was made to prevent unused Official stamps from reaching the general public at the time of issue, there was little stock control, as these stamps were often used by tax collectors rather than Inland Revenue employees. As discussed in Wiseman, enterprising clerks sold examples to the stamp trade, despite official efforts to discourage the practice. By 1896, well after the regular issue and use of the £1 Watermarked Orbs, Official stamps were eventually made available to the public, but their availability was not widely publicized nor were they offered in every post office. These circumstances and the high value of a sterling pound contributed to the rarity of this stamp.
Owing to the long size of this stamp, examples invariably have faults such as creases and bends. Many unused examples have also been regummed. Examples free of faults with original gum are great rarities.
Ex Baillie. Signed Mondolfo. With 1963 A. Diena, 1979 Buhler (also backstamp) and 1980 R.P.S. certificates. SG £100,000. Scott $100,000.00
FINE AND RARE "SPECIMEN" TYPE 9 OVERPRINT ON THE 1890 ONE-POUND I.R. OFFICIAL WITH WATERMARK THREE ORBS. ONE OF THE RAREST "SPECIMEN" OVERPRINTS OF GREAT BRITAIN.
The "Specimen" is not only an affordable alternative to the issued stamp, a rarity that catalogues £100,000 (Scott $100,000.00), but it is a rare stamp in its own right, with only a handful in existence.
With 2000 B.P.A. certificate. SG £9,250
VERY FINE. A CHOICE NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-POUND GREEN I.R. OFFICIAL. PARTICULARLY RARE IN THIS PRISTINE CONDITION.
This stamp's rarity is highlighted by the fact that this is the first never-hinged example and only the second unused example we have offered in over 20 years.
Signed A. Diena. With 1985 B.P.A. certificate. Catalogued as hinged. SG £12,500. Scott $12,500.00.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 1901 ONE-SHILLING I.R. OFFICIAL.
Ex Baillie. With 1989 R.P.S. certificate. SG £4,250. Scott $4,400.00
EXTREMELY FINE MULTIPLE OF THE ONE-SHILLING KING EDWARD VII I.R. OFFICIAL IN NEVER-HINGED CONDITION. A STUNNING SHOWPIECE AND THE LARGEST MULTIPLE WE ARE AWARE OF IN PRIVATE HANDS.
The King Edward VII 1sh I.R. Official, according to Wiseman, was issued to bridge the gap between the values of the 6p and 5sh. Interestingly, when issued, there was no particular use for this denomination. Most of the known used examples are registered mail out of Manchester for heavier internal and external mails.
Ex Baillie. With 1978 B.P.A. certificate. SG as two hinged blocks of four £38,500.
EXTREMELY FINE. A GEM CORNER SELVAGE SINGLE OF THE 5-SHILLING KING EDWARD VII I.R. OFFICIAL WITH RAISED PERIOD. A SCARCE VARIETY ON AN ALREADY RARE STAMP.
The Raised Stop variety occurred on the top row of each pane. The presence of the sheet margin indicates this came from the last position of the first row. The variety was never corrected and is therefore known on all the Queen Victoria and King Edward VII Shilling denominations. According to records listed in Wiseman, only 69 sheets were printed with the variety occurring 16 times in a sheet of 240. Considering natural attrition from use and the already scarce availability of unused Officials, it is unlikely that more than a small handful of examples with this variety are available to collectors today.
With 1986 Brandon and 1989 B.P.A. certificates. Catalogued as hinged. SG £50,000. Scott $42,500.00