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Lot #140

GERMAN EAST AFRICA Mafia Island Issues

1915 4h green, manuscript "G R Mafia JDM" overprint in black, well centered, h.r., fresh and v.f., only 10-15 were issued by the Governor Lt. Colonel J.D. Macklay when the handstamp was not readily available, with 2004 Robert Gibbs cert. The British occupied Mafia, a small island off the delta of the Rufiji River, in January 1915, as a base of operations against the cruiser "Konigsberg", which had holed up in the delta to repair her boilers. Only a small numbers of German East African and Indian Expeditionary Force stamps were handstamped for civilian use (Gibbs 12)
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Catalog #NL2
Catalog Value $3,750

Price Realized
$1,500.00

Lot #141

GERMAN EAST AFRICA Mafia Island Issues

1916 15 h (watermarked), validated "G.R. Mafia" and "J.D.M" by the military governor Lt. Colonel J.D. Mackay, unused, fine,
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Catalog #NL4
Catalog Value $3,750

Price Realized
$950.00

Lot #142

GERMAN EAST AFRICA Mafia Island Issues

1915 15h ultramarine, violet overprint, well centered, barest trace of a hinge, v.f., signed Buhler, Hoffman-Giesecke,
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Catalog #SG M4B
Catalog Value £600

Unsold

Lot #143

GERMAN EAST AFRICA Mafia Island Issues

1915 30h lake and black, deep purple overprint, fresh color, small h.r., fine, approximately 20-30 issued, with 1995 BPA cert.,
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Catalog #SG M6B
Catalog Value £1,100

Price Realized
$1,100.00

Lot #144

GERMAN EAST AFRICA Mafia Island Issues

1915 45h purple and black, black overprint, well centered, l.h., v.f., fine, approximately 20-30 issued, with 1995 BPA cert.,
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Catalog #SG M7A
Catalog Value £800

Price Realized
$550.00

Lot #145

GERMAN EAST AFRICA Mafia Island Issues

1915 German Fiscal Stamps overprinted "O.H.B.M.S. Mafia", 24p-1r, set of five, l.h., usual tropical staining, fine-v.f., with 1998 BPA cert. These stamps were found in July 1915 in the Mafia Customs House and were overprinted for civilian use,
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Catalog #SG M21-25
Catalog Value £4,200

Unsold

Lot #146

GERMAN EAST AFRICA Mafia Island Issues

1916 handstamped in three lines "G R Post Mafia," prepared by the postal authorities in Zanzibar, used on Indian stamps overprinted for the Indian Expeditionary Force, complete set of 10, usual minor toning, 1r with small fault, mostly fine-v.f.,
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Catalog #SG M33-42
Catalog Value £1,600

Price Realized
$1,200.00

Lot #147

GERMAN EAST AFRICA Mafia Island Issues

1916 handstamped in three lines "G R Post Mafia," prepared by the postal authorities in Zanzibar, struck on 1a I.E.F. adhesive (uncancelled, because the canceller did not arrive until early July) adhesive on OHMS cover (opened for display) addressed to London, endorsed "Major N.King", with Zanzibar June 20, 16 cds on back, roughly opened at sides, minor toning, fine, with penciled notation "this stamp paid R. Indian Postal Charge to the British P.P. at Zanzibar" and "guaranteed original E.F.Hurt", also with 1998 Eichele cert. A very rare cover
Envelope
Catalog #SG M35

Price Realized
$1,500.00

Lot #148

GERMAN EAST AFRICA Mafia Island Issues

1916 handstamped in three lines "G R Post Mafia," prepared by the postal authorities in Zanzibar, struck on 1a I.E.F. adhesive, tied by Mafia July 16 postmark on cover (embossed "Zanzibar Government") to an official (audit office) in Zanzibar, with arrival pmk the next day, staple holes and little rust at top, fine and very rare cover (SG M35)
Envelope
Catalog #SG M35

Price Realized
$2,600.00

Lot #149

GERMAN EAST AFRICA Mafia Island Issues

1916 Italic Surcharge on I.E.F. overprinted stamps of India, 3p-1r complete set of ten, mostly h.r., usual slight overall toning, fine-v.f., signed, with 1966 BPA cert. for the top value,
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Catalog #SG M43-52
Catalog Value £2,250

Price Realized
$2,300.00

Lot #150

GERMAN EAST AFRICA Mafia Island Issues

1915 "G.R. Post 6 Cents Mafia" four line handstamp applied on stampless cover to Zanzibar, with Zanzibar "JY 9 15" arrival alongside, filing folds and light stains away from the cancel, still v.f., with 2007 Robert Gibbs cert. Confirming that this is one of only three known commercial covers with this handstamp, which was applied directly on the cover due to the shortage of 6c postage stamps. A major Mafia Island rarity
Envelope

Price Realized
$3,750.00

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