Sale 1270 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 6-8 December, 2022
Category — Basutoland thru Bechuanaland
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTRAORDINARILY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED TOP SHEET-SELVAGE SET OF THE 1934 BASUTOLAND KING GEORGE V OFFICIALS. NO MORE THAN TEN UNUSED SETS ARE POSSIBLE WITH ONLY ONE OTHER TOP SELVAGE SET KNOWN. ONE OF THE KEY SETS OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH IN THE FINEST CONDITION OBTAINABLE.
In January 1934, 300 of each value were supplied to the Secretariat in Maseru. A handful of uses are known between February and June, 1934. The issue was officially withdrawn and the remainders destroyed. Only 24 of the -1/2p, 34 of 1p, 54 of 2p, and 27 of 6p are thought to have been issued. According to the monograph written by Barry Fletcher, only ten of the -1/2p and 6p, eighteen of the 1p, and 14 of the 2p exist in unused condition.
Ex Melat. Catalogued as hinged. Scott $46,000.00. SG £40,000
VERY FINE VERTICAL STRIP OF THREE OF THE 1961 2-1/2-CENT ON 2-PENCE DECIMAL SURCHARGE WITH TOP STAMP HAVING THE SURCHARGE OMITTED. ONLY ONE SHEET WAS DISCOVERED LEAVING ONLY SIX EXAMPLES AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS. ONE OF THE KEY RARITIES OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH QUEEN ELIZABETH II REIGN.
This issue was surcharged on panes of 60. The surcharge on this pane was shifted so severely downwards that it nearly misses the top stamp entirely leaving the bottom selvage surcharged. According to Power Search, this is the only example we have offered in our sales for over 30 years. An error missing from nearly all British Commonwealth collections and rarely offered for sale.
With 2013 B.P.A. certificate. Catalogued as just top pair. Scott $16,000.00. SG £18,000