Sale 1259 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 21-23 June, 2022
Category — Senegal thru Tahiti
EXTREMELY FINE. THE FINEST QUALITY UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE STAMP WE HAVE SEEN.
With 1997 A. Brun and 2000 P.F. certificates. Scott $3,200.00. Yvert €4,300
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 1902 5-CENTIMES ON ONE-FRANC SURCHARGE.
The "0.05" surcharge was intended for the 75c stamp, and the "0.10" surcharge for the 1fr stamp. This "0.05" on 1fr stamp lay unknown in a European collection for decades, until its first public offering in a 1999 auction, where Mr. Venn purchased it. Therefore it is only the second time it has been publicly offered. No other copies have surfaced to date, making this the only known example.
How this error came about is hard to say. In 1899 the stamps of Somali Coast were revalued, with the new value handstamped on the stamps of the 1894-1900 series. A postal worker may have inadvertently handstamped just this one 1fr stamp before realizing their error, or a small number may have been incorrectly handstamped and the others lost to philately. And still yet, it could have been done intentionally, with the need for a 5c stamp and no 75c stamps available to surcharge. The handstamp clearly has the same characteristics as the "0.05" on 75c stamp.
This stamp is certainly worthy of listing in the major catalogues. In fact, it should be a major number since its genuineness is unquestioned but its origin unknown.
Signed Calves. With clear 1999 Behr and P.F. certificates. Unlisted in Scott or Yvert.
EXTREMELY FINE. A FABULOUS EXAMPLE OF THIS TAHITI RARITY.
Only 50 stamps received this surcharge, and that includes all of the various surcharge positions known. The example offered here is one of the very finest of the small number still in existence.
Signed A. Brun and Calves. With 1995 P.F. certificate. Scott $4,600.00 Yvert €7,000
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A HIGHLY DESRIABLE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THIS 1882 25-CENTIMES WITH INVERTED SURCHARGE.
Only 50 of the 40c were surcharged, and that includes both the normal and inverted surcharge positions.
Signed A. Brun. With 1995 P.F. certificate. Scott $3,900.00. Yvert €7,000
VERY FINE. A HIGHLY COLLECTABLE COMPLETE SET OF THE FIRST POSTAGE DUES. ONLY 100 SETS ARE POSSIBLE.
Most signed by notable French experts. Each with 2000-2007 P.F. certificate. Scott $7,025.00. Yvert €9,350
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE GROUP OF THE SECOND POSTAGE DUES.
Most signed by notable French experts. Each with a clear certificate (nine P.F., two A.P.S., one Calves). Scott $6,600.00 Yvert €9,125