Lot# 820 - Auction 257-264
The first Hungarian stamp 1871: Lithographed 2 kr. chrome-olive perf. 9¼ : 9½, the poor first print with ink spots in the face of the Emperor giving the impression of being pock-marked, the perforation shifted to the base resulting in a strong shift of the design to the top, two illegible datestamps. One of the rarest stamps of Hungarian classical philately. Signed Ferenc Orbán; cert. István Glatz (2020) Mi = € 5'000.rnNote: The new Hungarian state had decided to print its own stamps and to issue them on January 1st, 1871. However, by the middle of 1870 it had became evident, that the planned Engraved definitives could not be produced until this deadline. Therefore, a provisional Lithographed issue was planned with the Printing Office assumed to be able of preparing the necessary stones within a short time. Production probably started in December 1870, nearly eight million stamps and a considerable quantity of postal stationery had been produced, when quality problems were recognised. Eight million stamps and half a million envelopes were destroyed, only the 5 kr. stationery envelopes, postcards, and money transfer orders were continued to be printed. Some of the 2'100 sheets of the 2 kr. were in fact not destroyed and came into use in 1873. They are the earliest Hungarian produced stamps that were actually used. These chrome-yellow stamps were printed on a thick white paper very similar to that of the final Lithographed issue, but the design has a greater resemblance to the first postcards than to the later Lithographed 2 kr. stamp. Besides the spots on the profile, the right outer frame line is jagged and the inside circle of the bead frame is thinned or broken. As mentioned above, few stamps ecscaped the destruction, only about a dozen examples have been found so far, a complete cover is in the collection of the Hungarian Postal Stamp Museum in Budapest.
Starting bid :
Hammer price : 4,800 CHF
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