Sale 1287 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 23-24 May, 2023
Category — Ascension thru Canada
VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 1889 4-PENCE INVERTED SURCHARGE. A RARE ERROR THAT IS ONLY KNOWN USED.
Our limited research shows that a majority of these errors have minor faults. With 1989 R.P.S. certificate. Scott $4,500.00. SG £4,000
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A HIGHLY DESRIABLE EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE MORE CHALLENGING KING GEORGE VI KEYPLATE VARIETIES.
The "Lower Right Scroll with Broken Tail" is the most elusive of all of the King George VI plate varieties. It exists only on the 1942 printing of the 2sh6p, 5sh, and 10sh values. This was an emergency war-time printing by Williams Lea, and saw limited use.
With 2017 B.P.A. certificate. SG £4,250
VERY FINE. ONE OF THE KEY ERROR RARITIES OF THE ENTIRE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AND CERTAINLY ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING VARIETIES FROM THE QEII ERA.
In 1966 the Protectorate of Bechuanaland became the Republic of Botswana. To produce the first stamps, the 1961 Definitive set of Bechuanaland was overprinted "BOTSWANA". The 7-1/2c value is pictured with an African Gray Hornbill bird on a green background. However, a tiny number were printed on a yellow background instead. These were sent to post offices and sold over the counter. Nearly all were used and the majority of those are lost to philately forever. This is the only unused example we have seen. Interestingly, the underlying Bechuanaland stamp (without overprint) is not known with the yellow background error.
Having the background printed in the wrong color is one of the most unusual types of errors in philately. It is far more rare (and desirable) than having a color omitted, which is how most modern errors are produced. In the case of this error, the difference between the green and yellow background is obvious and striking. The South African Stamp Catalogue specifically notes "This is the only QEII commonwealth error of colour recorded; 5-8 examples are believe to exist."
Not listed in Scott. Listed in Stanley Gibbons, but only priced used (as unused never come to market). The only catalogue that prices it unused is the South African Stamp Catalogue, which lists it at ZAR 700,000. That is a huge difference in value to the ZAR 15,000 it assigns to a used copy, which suggests that nearly all of the 5-8 recorded are used.
With 2015 B.P.A. certificate
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VERY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 6-PENCE ON VERY THICK SOFT WOVE PAPER.
With 2022 Greene Foundation certificate. Scott $6,750.00. SG £6,000. Unitrade C$9,000.00
VERY FINE IMPERFORATE PAIR OF THE 17-CENT CARTIER. ONLY 100 STAMPS (50 PAIRS) WERE PRODUCED.
With 2022 Greene Foundation certificate. Scott $6,000.00. SG £6,500. Unitrade C$10,000.00
EXTREMELY FINE. A SELECT QUALITY EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT BROWN RED, OTTAWA PRINTING -- SELDOM FOUND IN SUCH CHOICE NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.
With 2016 P.F. certificate. Scott $1,900.00. Unitrade C$2,700.00.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A HANDSOME AND SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1897 5-DOLLAR JUBILEE.
With 2022 Greene Foundation certificate. Scott $4,250.00. Unitrade C$8,000.00