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    1873 (March 15): Unissued 'Abnormal' 6 d. pale buff, pl. 13, wmk. Spray, lettered R-A, a good used example, cancelled by large part duplex in black (447 of Leeds) leaving the Plate Numbers clear. Slightly soiled and creased as usual but immensely rare - just 49 examples have been recorded. Cert. BPA (1999) Gi = £ 25'000.rnrnNote: Plate 13 was never put to press other than in grey (Gi. 146/147). The recorded used examples of this 'Abnormal' arise from sheets run off at the time the Imprimatur was pulled and which were later perforated. The date of issue is taken from a usage on letter mailed from Leeds to Warsaw.rnrnThe histroy of the first discovery of a 6d plate 13 in pale buffrnextract from ‘The Philatelic Record’ February 1895, page 56rn rnThe 6d plate 13 in pale buff (instead of grey) was first discovered in 1890 “… the late Mr. Firth, who sent the specimen to Mr. A.H.Wilson for examination. It was duly perforated and postmarked, and bore the letters AF/FA.  Mr. W.E.Jeff shewed showed the specimen at the Exhibition of the London Philatelic Society, in 1890, to many who were present. It was described by him in Stanley Gibons Monthly Journal for September, 1890, and was chronicled in the Philatelic Record for June of that year. Besides Mr. Firth’s copy another has been since reported, and now a third is reported as a discovery“rn Approx 90% of all known specimens recorded in the Karl Louis Card Index Register were used with the LEEDS '447' obliterator.rn rn 
    Starting bid : 7,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 9,500 CHF