Lot# 3935 - Auction 227-233
Setting 2 / GRI and Value 5 mm. Apart 1914 (Dec 16): 5 d. on 50 pf. black & purple on buff, Setting 2, position 7, a used example of excellent colour and centering, variety "Thin 5 in 5 d.", the "5" being from a different font with straight top, tied to piece by oval RABAUL / NEW BRITAIN datestamp (9 Jan 1915) in violet (Gibbs type 8), leaving the variety clear. Holcombe in his certificate records five examples, Gibbs states, on page 89 of the handbook, that just three examples are recorded in used condition and thus the stamp could be deemed a tad under-catalogued. Extremely rare and most attractive. Signed David Field. Cert. Holcombe (1989) Gi = £ 2'500.rnrnProvenance: Collection Marquess of Bute, RL, London, 29 April 1959, lot 138.rn Corinphila sale 80, March 1990, lot 6712.
Starting bid :
Hammer price : 2,400 CHF
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