Sale 1259 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 21-23 June, 2022
Category — New Caledonia thru Reunion
VERY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE KEY RARITY OF NEW CALEDONIA. ONLY 100 OF THE IMPERFORATE STAMPS WERE SURCHARGED.
Power Search reveals we have offered only one other (no gum).
Signed A. Brun. With 1998 Behr and 2000 P.F. certificates. Scott $10,000.00. Yvert €14,000
VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARITY. ONLY ONE SHEET OF 100 STAMPS WERE SURCHARGED.
Signed Marquelet, Roumet, and Calves. With 2002 P.F. certificate. Scott $5,250.00. Yvert €7,200
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARY QUALITY ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF SCOTT NO. 5.
This is the finest centered copy we have ever seen.
Ex Neal Allen, Wyer and Markowitz. Signed Calves. With 1998 Behr and 2015 Scheller certificates. Scott $3,600.00. Yvert €5,000
VERY FINE. THE KEY RARITY OF OBOCK. ONLY 25 WERE PRODUCED.
Signed A. Brun and Calves. With 1998 Behr and 2000 P.F. certificates. Scott $11,000.00. Yvert €14,500
VERY FINE. A MARVELOUS UNUSED EXAMPLE OF REUNION 1852 30-CENTIME BLACK ON BLUE. AMONG THE FINEST OF THE FEW KNOWN. EVEN MORE RARE WITH THE YVERT LISTED VERTICAL X VARIETY.
In 1852, Reunion was supplied with their first adhesive stamps. They were General French Colonies issues that were given to all the Colonies of France. However there were no 15c or 30c stamps to fulfill the 30c and 45c rates. Because it would take a long time for any new stamps to reach Reunion, it was decided to print new stamps locally. This same phenomenon occurred on other isolated islands throughout the world, such as Hawaii, Mauritius and Fiji, where the local printers produced the first stamps of the country, using much more primitive methods than more prosperous countries that had been producing stamps for several years. These typographed stamps of Reunion were printed on very thin pelure paper that often had irregularities such as wood pulp inclusions and pinholes.
These stamps proved to be unpopular with the local population, primarily due to the fact that they were issued without gum. A small number were used and the remainders were eventually destroyed, leaving scant few unused available today. Due to the crude printing methods, nearly every example has a fault to some degree, with many possessing several faults and/or repairs. The Venn copy is clearly among the finest known. In addition, it is the "Vertical "X" in the Central Design" variety, the only variety Yvert lists on either of the first two Reunion stamps.
Signed Calves. With 2004 Sismondo and Calves certificates. Scott $39,000.00 (as the generic No. 2). Yvert €62,000. The basic Yvert No. 2 catalogues €46,000