Sale 1270 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 6-8 December, 2022
Category — Mauritius thru New Britain (New Guinea)
VERY FINE. A HANDSOME USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1848 ONE-PENNY ORANGE FROM THE EARLY IMPRESSION.
Ex Hind, da Silva, and Stevens. With 1966 R.P.S. and 1970 A. Diena certificates. Scott $7,250.00. SG £8,000
VERY FINE. A RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 2-ANNAS ON ONE-PIASTRE SURCHARGE WITH SMALL FIVE-POINTED STAR. ONLY 59 WERE ISSUED.
Of the 59 issued, at least eight are institutionalized and most recorded examples are unused. The vast majority we have encountered, whether used or unused, are off-centered and/or have faults. The stamp offered here ranks among the finest of the small number available to collectors.
Scott $8,500.00. SG £12,000
VERY FINE. A CHOICE PAIR OF NEVER-HINGED BLOCKS OF FOUR OF THE 5-SHILLING AND 10-SHILLING SEAHORSES WITH "SPECIMEN" OVERPRINTS. ONLY ONE SHEET OF 40 OF EACH WERE RELEASED BY THE BPMA.
While the "Specimen" overprints are rare in their own right, they are more affordable than the unused stamps which would catalogue £54,000 as hinged singles.
SG £11,200 as hinged singles
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-PENCE ON 20-PFENNIG WITH BOTH THE DOUBLED SURCHARGE ERROR AND "1" FOR "I" VARIETY. A KEY RARITY OF NEW BRITAIN.
Only ten of the double surcharge with one G.R.I. albino were printed. The other known examples have the second "G.R.I." completely albino. This is likely due to the top selvage being folded over during overprinting. The "1" for "I" only occurs from position 10, making this the unique copy of both the error and variety.
Ex Marquess of Bute (with backstamp) and Creed. Signed Field and Buhler. With 2002 Gibbs certificate. Catalogued only as double surcharge without any premium for variety. Scott $6,000.00. SG £5,500
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1915 8-PENCE ON 80-PFENNIG WITH DOUBLE SURCHARGE ON THE MARSHALL ISLAND ISSUE WITH 6MM SPACING. THIS IS A NEW DISCOVERY AND THE BASIS ON WHICH THE MOST RECENT STANLEY GIBBONS NUMBER HAS BEEN ADDED. AS SUCH, THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE.
This 8p on 80pf Second Printing of the Marshall Islands Issue with 6mm spacing is a rarity in its own right with few recorded. Previously, the only listed variety of this stamp was the Surcharge Inverted where only one has been recorded per Gibbs. As it has been over 100 years since issuance, it is highly likely this Surcharge Doubled will follow suit. It is quite remarkable that this major error has gone unnoticed for years and mistakenly identified as the First Printing with 5mm spacing. An incredible rarity of the highest magnitude for any British Commonwealth collection, especially for a collector of New Britain (New Guinea).
With 2022 B.P.A. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Stanley Gibbons. The catalogue value for the Surcharge Inverted (SG 64me) is £18,000 though this offering should define a conclusive future listing price