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Sale 1198 — The Dimitris Bertsimas Collection of Important Great Britain Stamps and Multiples

Sale Date — Tuesday, 19 March, 2019

Category — Surface Printed Issues, 1881 Onwards

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3072°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3072, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 5p Indigo (SG Specialised K6; SG 169; Scott 85), GREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 5p Indigo (SG Specialised K6; SG 169; Scott 85)GREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 5p Indigo (SG Specialised K6; SG 169; Scott 85). Block of nine, original gum, top row lightly hinged, bottom two rows Mint N.H., well-centered, intense shade and razor-sharp impression on fresh paper, light vertical gum bend thru left column

VERY FINE AND PARTICULARLY EYE-APPEALING MULTIPLE OF THE 5-PENCE INDIGO. NOTABLY RARE IN A BLOCK THIS SIZE.

Ex Baillie. SG as hinged block of four and five singles £7,875.

E. 4,000-5,000
3,250
3073°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3073, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 1p Bluish Lilac, 14 Dots (SG Specialised K7(2); SG 170 var; Scott 88 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 1p Bluish Lilac, 14 Dots (SG Specialised K7(2); SG 170 var; Scott 88 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 1p Bluish Lilac, 14 Dots (SG Specialised K7(2); SG 170 var; Scott 88 var). Block of six with interpanneau selvage at bottom, original gum, top center stamp h.r., other stamps Mint N.H., beautifully centered, fresh color, selvage with minor pulled perf and small gum bend of no consequence, Very Fine, a scarce multiple, a new batch of ink caused a slightly bluish hue before being replaced for the next printing, ex Baillie, SG as hinged singles £3,300

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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3074°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3074, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 1p Lilac, 16 Dots, Printed Both Sides, Watermark Inverted (SG Specialised K8(1)ha; SG 173a; Scott 89a), GREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 1p Lilac, 16 Dots, Printed Both Sides, Watermark Inverted (SG Specialised K8(1)ha; SG 173a; Scott 89a)GREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 1p Lilac, 16 Dots, Printed Both Sides, Watermark Inverted (SG Specialised K8(1)ha; SG 173a; Scott 89a). Two matching blocks of six with bottom selvage showing control "L", one with control on normal side and other on gummed side, original gum, lightly hinged, wonderfully rich color, strong second impressions showing clear design, both featuring the inverted watermark, one block with three stamps showing slight scuff from hinge removal

VERY FINE. A STRIKING AND UNIQUE PAIR OF MATCHED CONTROL SELVAGE BLOCKS OF SIX WITH DOUBLE ERROR -- PRINTED ON BOTH SIDES AND WATERMARK INVERTED.

The Printed on Both Sides error only occurs on the Control L sheets. Ex Baillie. SG as singles with no premium for the position blocks £10,800

E. 5,000-7,500
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3075°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3075, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 1p Lilac, 16 Dots, Double Perforation (SG Specialised K8(1)p; SG 172 var; Scott 89 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 1p Lilac, 16 Dots, Double Perforation (SG Specialised K8(1)p; SG 172 var; Scott 89 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1881, 1p Lilac, 16 Dots, Double Perforation (SG Specialised K8(1)p; SG 172 var; Scott 89 var). Bottom left corner selvage block of eight, original gum, top row with h.r.'s, bottom row Mint N.H., perfs clearly doubled between bottom row and selvage and vertically along bottom row (causing the obvious separations), Very Fine, ex Baillie, listed but unpriced in SG Specialised

E. 400-500
325
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3076°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3076, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1883, 6p on 6p Lilac Surcharge (SG Specialised K8B; SG 162; Scott 95), GREAT BRITAIN, 1883, 6p on 6p Lilac Surcharge (SG Specialised K8B; SG 162; Scott 95)GREAT BRITAIN, 1883, 6p on 6p Lilac Surcharge (SG Specialised K8B; SG 162; Scott 95). Mint N.H. top right corner selvage block of sixteen, Plate 18, lettered A-I to D-L, especially well-centered, bold color, light gum bends affecting two stamps at bottom left and fold along perfs between first two rows

EXTREMELY FINE. A PRISTINE AND STRIKING BLOCK OF THE 6-PENCE UNIFIED ISSUE SURCHARGE.

Trials of these surcharges were originally done on the 1p Inland Revenue in black. It was decided that Black clashed with cancels too closely and Carmine was chosen. Sheets of 3p, 6p and 1sh sheets from existing stock were chosen to be overprinted. Due to an objection from the Telegraph Branch, the 1sh was pulled from production. Sheets of the surcharged 3p and 6p were broken into blocks of 40 before sale.

SG as four hinged blocks £13,600.

E. 7,500-10,000
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3077°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3077, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1882, 1sh Purple, Line Perf 14, Intended for Surcharge and Unissued (SG Specialised K8C; SG 163 Footnote; Scott 87 Footnote), GREAT BRITAIN, 1882, 1sh Purple, Line Perf 14, Intended for Surcharge and Unissued (SG Specialised K8C; SG 163 Footnote; Scott 87 Footnote)GREAT BRITAIN, 1882, 1sh Purple, Line Perf 14, Intended for Surcharge and Unissued (SG Specialised K8C; SG 163 Footnote; Scott 87 Footnote). Plate 14, lettered D-G, part original gum as always (due to removal from Stamp Committee presentation book), excellent centering, fresh color

VERY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE UNISSUED ONE-SHILLING PURPLE, PLATE 14 WITH LINE PERF 14. OF THE 36 IMPRIMATURS ORIGINALLY PERFORATED, LESS THAN HALF OF THOSE ARE THOUGHT TO EXIST TODAY, ALL ORIGINATING FROM THE STAMP COMMITTEE PRESENTATION BOOKS.

Only 36 copies of the "Before and After the Stamp Committee" presentation books were given as gifts to officials, including Queen Victoria (it is now part of the Royal Collection with 1sh Purple separated). All known examples of the 1sh Purple originate from these books, although not all 36 books contained one. Some contained the 1sh Orange Brown instead, and it is believed that fewer than half of the books contained the 1sh Purple. Remarkably, the Bertsimas collection also features a complete presentation book with the 1sh Purple (see lot 3092).

This issue was supposed to be surcharged 1sh, similar to the 3p and 6p (SG 159, 162). There was a great need for stamps for telegraph purposes, but the final product never came to fruition and production was stopped midway. De La Rue supplied the stamps quickly, taking the registration sheets for the creation of the presentation books. As they were received imperforate, they had to be hurriedly perforated to look like issued stamps for inclusion in those books.

Ex Baillie. With 2005 B.P.A. certificate. SG £15,000.

E. 7,500-10,000
6,750
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3078°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3078, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1883, 2sh6p Lilac on Blued Paper, "Specimen" Overprint (SG Specialised K9s; SG 175s; Scott 96aS), GREAT BRITAIN, 1883, 2sh6p Lilac on Blued Paper, "Specimen" Overprint (SG Specialised K9s; SG 175s; Scott 96aS)GREAT BRITAIN, 1883, 2sh6p Lilac on Blued Paper, "Specimen" Overprint (SG Specialised K9s; SG 175s; Scott 96aS). Lettered I-D, "Specimen" Ty. 9, original gum, exceptionally well-centered, Extremely Fine, SG £625

E. 300-400
225
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3079°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3079, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1883, 2sh6p Lilac on Blued Paper (SG Specialised K9; SG 175; Scott 96a), GREAT BRITAIN, 1883, 2sh6p Lilac on Blued Paper (SG Specialised K9; SG 175; Scott 96a)GREAT BRITAIN, 1883, 2sh6p Lilac on Blued Paper (SG Specialised K9; SG 175; Scott 96a). Lettered F-B, original gum, lightly hinged, excellent centering with wide margins, bright shade and sharp impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE 2-SHILLING 6-PENCE ON BLUED PAPER.

This value was adopted to serve postal duty and to replace the 2sh6p Inland Revenue embossed stamp, hence the "Postage & Revenue" legend. No essays were created for this value, as it was hastily executed by adapting a 3sh essay. It shows the tightly spaced wording, and the "2/6" looks more like a fraction than a shilling value.

Ex Gross. With 1990 R.P.S. certificate. SG £6,750. Scott $9,250.00.

E. 4,000-5,000
3,250
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3080°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3080, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 2sh6p Deep Lilac (SG Specialised K10(2); SG 179; Scott 96 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 2sh6p Deep Lilac (SG Specialised K10(2); SG 179; Scott 96 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 2sh6p Deep Lilac (SG Specialised K10(2); SG 179; Scott 96 var). Lettered N-C, original gum, lightly hinged, remarkably well-centered with wide margins, deep rich shade, Extremely Fine, ex Baillie, SG £825, Scott $625.00 as Lilac

E. 300-400
375
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3081°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3081, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 2sh6p Deep Lilac on Blued Paper from "White Paper" Period (SG Specialised K10(2)a; SG 179a; Scott 96 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 2sh6p Deep Lilac on Blued Paper from "White Paper" Period (SG Specialised K10(2)a; SG 179a; Scott 96 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 2sh6p Deep Lilac on Blued Paper from "White Paper" Period (SG Specialised K10(2)a; SG 179a; Scott 96 var). Lettered B-B, original gum, minor h.r., well-centered with wide margins, intensely rich color

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-SHILLING 6-PENCE ON BLUED PAPER DURING THE WHITE PAPER PERIOD. AN UNUSUAL AND RARE VARIETY.

The Blued paper is often referred to as "Revenue" paper, as it was chemically treated to prevent reuse of pen-cancelled revenue stamps. It is generally assumed that the 1883 Issue was first printed on this paper to use up the stock on hand, since high denomination stamps were not pen-cancelled, thus eliminating the specific need for it. The question of why this particular blued paper stock was used during the white paper period is still up for debate. The only logical conclusion put forth by Wiseman is that due to the lack of stock controls at Somerset House, some old stock could have been previously overlooked and used for the 1884 printing.

Ex Baillie. With 1975 R.P.S. certificate. SG £9,000.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,300
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3082°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3082, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 5sh Rose on Blued Paper (SG Specialised K11; SG 176; Scott 108a), GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 5sh Rose on Blued Paper (SG Specialised K11; SG 176; Scott 108a)GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 5sh Rose on Blued Paper (SG Specialised K11; SG 176; Scott 108a). Lettered B-H, original gum, lightly hinged, outstanding centering with balanced margins, lovely shade on clearly blued paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE 5-SHILLING ROSE ON BLUED PAPER, ESPECIALLY SO IN THIS PRISTINE CONDITION.

Despite its high catalogue value, examples of this stamp are available on the market. However, what should not be overlooked is the condition of almost all examples offered for sale. Most are slightly off center, regummed, repaired and/or have surface rubbing. Examples with none of those problems are rare, and the stamp offered here is one of the finest extant.

Ex Baillie. With 1990 R.P.S. certificate. SG £18,000. Scott $18,750.00

E. 7,500-10,000
8,000
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3083°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3083, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 5sh Rose (SG Specialised K12(1); SG 180; Scott 108), GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 5sh Rose (SG Specialised K12(1); SG 180; Scott 108)GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 5sh Rose (SG Specialised K12(1); SG 180; Scott 108). Lettered I-H, original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, gorgeous centering, Extremely Fine, a choice example, ex Baillie, SG £1,100, Scott $1,100.00

E. 400-500
350
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3084°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3084, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 10sh Cobalt on Blued Paper, "Specimen" Overprint (SG Specialised K13t; SG 177as; Scott 109cS), GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 10sh Cobalt on Blued Paper, "Specimen" Overprint (SG Specialised K13t; SG 177as; Scott 109cS)GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 10sh Cobalt on Blued Paper, "Specimen" Overprint (SG Specialised K13t; SG 177as; Scott 109cS). Lettered A-D, "Specimen" Ty. 9, original gum, lightly hinged, few creases and small surface scrape, otherwise a Fine example of this "Specimen" in the rare Cobalt shade, SG £5,000

E. 500-750
300
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3085°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3085, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 10sh Ultramarine on Blued Paper (SG Specialised K13(1); SG 177; Scott 109b), GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 10sh Ultramarine on Blued Paper (SG Specialised K13(1); SG 177; Scott 109b)GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 10sh Ultramarine on Blued Paper (SG Specialised K13(1); SG 177; Scott 109b). Lettered I-G, original gum, lightly hinged, strong color on lightly blued paper, couple natural paper wrinkles (not mentioned on accompanying certificates)

VERY FINE. AN IMMENSELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-SHILLING ULTRAMARINE ON BLUED PAPER. A MAJOR GREAT BRITAIN RARITY, ESPECIALLY SO IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.

The color of this issue, unlike the 5sh, was undecided for many months. The De La Rue First Scheme was in Brown, Second Scheme in Red and Third Scheme in Brown again. It was not until the Fourth Scheme submitted on Dec. 12, 1882, that the Ultramarine color was selected.

Ex Baillie and Gross. With 1969 and 1987 R.P.S. certificates. SG £40,000. Scott $40,000.00

E. 15,000-20,000
17,000
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3086°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3086, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 10sh Cobalt (SG Specialised K14(1); SG 182; Scott 109a), GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 10sh Cobalt (SG Specialised K14(1); SG 182; Scott 109a)GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 10sh Cobalt (SG Specialised K14(1); SG 182; Scott 109a). Lettered D-H, original gum, lightly hinged, beautifully centered, rich color of this distinctive shade, couple minor natural gum wrinkles

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1884 10-SHILLING COBALT. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE SMALL HANDFUL KNOWN OF THIS SUBTLE BUT DISTINCTIVE SHADE.

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 impressive condition of this stamp mandated a small comment on the R.P.S. certificate as "Memo: A fine stamp". While seemingly innocuous, notations of the general quality of stamps are rarely seen on certificates unless truly warranted and out of the norm.

Ex Baillie. With 1990 R.P.S. certificate. SG £42,000. Scott $40,000.00.

E. 15,000-20,000
16,000
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3087°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3087, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 10sh Ultramarine (SG Specialised K14(2); SG 183; Scott 109), GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 10sh Ultramarine (SG Specialised K14(2); SG 183; Scott 109)GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, 10sh Ultramarine (SG Specialised K14(2); SG 183; Scott 109). Lettered F-C, original gum, lightly hinged, well-centered, fresh color and impression on bright paper, Very Fine and choice, ex Baillie, SG £2,250, Scott $2,250.00

E. 750-1,000
550
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3088°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3088, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1887, 10sh Pale Ultramarine (SG Specialised K14(3); SG 183a; Scott 109 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1887, 10sh Pale Ultramarine (SG Specialised K14(3); SG 183a; Scott 109 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1887, 10sh Pale Ultramarine (SG Specialised K14(3); SG 183a; Scott 109 var). Lettered F-F, original gum, lightly hinged, wide margins, pretty shade, Very Fine, ex Baillie, SG £2,500, Scott $2,250 as Ultramarine

E. 750-1,000
600
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3089°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3089, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, £1 Brown Violet, Watermarked Crowns, "Specimen" Overprint (SG Specialised K15t; SG 185s; Scott 110S), GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, £1 Brown Violet, Watermarked Crowns, "Specimen" Overprint (SG Specialised K15t; SG 185s; Scott 110S)GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, £1 Brown Violet, Watermarked Crowns, "Specimen" Overprint (SG Specialised K15t; SG 185s; Scott 110S). Lettered G-B, "Specimen" Ty. 9, original gum, lovely rich shade, some slight paper adhesion on gum but free from the myriad of faults that often plague this issue, Fine, SG £2,800

E. 750-1,000
550
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3090°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3090, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1884, £1 Brown Lilac, Watermark Crowns (SG Specialised K15; SG 185; Scott 110), GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, £1 Brown Lilac, Watermark Crowns (SG Specialised K15; SG 185; Scott 110)GREAT BRITAIN, 1884, £1 Brown Lilac, Watermark Crowns (SG Specialised K15; SG 185; Scott 110). Lettered B-B, original gum, minute h.r., well-centered, deep rich color on bright paper, accompanying certificate mentions "slightly rubbed" which, in our opinion, is so insignificant as to be unworthy of mention

VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE DESIRABLE 1884 ONE-POUND WITH WATERMARK CROWNS. PARTICULARLY ELUSIVE IN THIS QUALITY CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL-GUM.

Ex Gross. With 1981 B.P.A. certificate. SG £32,000. Scott $32,500.00.

E. 10,000-15,000
8,500
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3091°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3091, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1888, £1 Brown Lilac, Watermark Orbs (SG Specialised K16; SG 186; Scott 123), GREAT BRITAIN, 1888, £1 Brown Lilac, Watermark Orbs (SG Specialised K16; SG 186; Scott 123)GREAT BRITAIN, 1888, £1 Brown Lilac, Watermark Orbs (SG Specialised K16; SG 186; Scott 123). Lettered A-D, original gum, lightly hinged, incredible depth of color on pristine bright paper, completely free of the maladies that plague these long stamps

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-POUND BROWN LILAC ON WATERMARK ORBS PAPER. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES IN EXISTENCE, BOASTING SUPERB OVERALL FRESHNESS. AN ICONIC GREAT BRITAIN RARITY.

A little known fact about the £1 on Watermark Orbs paper 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.

Owing to the long size of this stamp, examples invariably have faults such as creases and bends. Many unused examples have also been regummed. An example free of faults with original gum is a great rarity.

Ex Baillie. Signed A. Diena and Mondolfo. With 1978 B.P.A. certificate. SG £72,000. Scott $75,000.00.

E. 40,000-50,000
37,500
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3092°
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Sale Number 1198, Lot Number 3092, Surface Printed Issues, 1881 OnwardsGREAT BRITAIN, 1884-1888 Complete "Before and After the Stamp Committee" Presentation Book, GREAT BRITAIN, 1884-1888 Complete "Before and After the Stamp Committee" Presentation BookGREAT BRITAIN, 1884-1888 Complete "Before and After the Stamp Committee" Presentation Book. Original binding with three card pages with mounted stamps separated for display, first page with "Series Superseded by the Issue of April 1884." comprising the Line Perforated 14 Imprimaturs including the two key values of 9p Straw, Plate 5 (SG Spec. J95, £20,000) and 1sh Purple, Plate 14 (SG Spec. K8C, £15,000) plus 1880 -1/2p-5p Provisional Issue, 1881 1p 16 Dots, 1881 2-1/2p Blue, Plate 22, 3p Rose, Plate 21 and 4p Grey Brown, Plate 18, second page with "Series Issued April, 1884." comprising of 1883 -1/2p-1sh with printed information of Committee and De La Rue Officials, third page with "Series Determined Upon by the Stamp Committee and Issued January, 1887." comprising of the 1887-92 "Jubilee" with eleven values from -1/2p-1sh, remarkably fresh overall

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FEW INTACT STAMP COMMITTEE PRESENTATION BOOKS SURVIVING FROM THE ORIGINAL 36 GIVEN TO OFFICIALS AND DIGNITARIES, MOST OF WHICH DID NOT INCLUDE THE 9-PENCE STRAW AND ONE-SHILLING PURPLE.

Only 36 copies of the "Before and After the Stamp Committee" presentation books were given as gifts to officials, including Queen Victoria (it is now part of the Royal Collection with 1sh Purple separated). All known examples of the 1sh Purple originate from these books, although not all 36 books contained one. Some contained the 1sh Orange Brown instead, and it is believed that fewer than half of the books contained the 1sh Purple. Remarkably, the Bertsimas collection also features a single of the 1sh Purple (see lot 3077).

Original reports indicated that only six of the presentation books contained the 1sh Purple, but there were probably more. Due to collector demand for singles, many of the pages have been destroyed with the key values removed. Very few complete presentation books with the 9p Straw and 1sh Purple still exist.

Ex Manzi and Baillie.

E. 20,000-30,000
23,000
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