Rare Stamps & Postal History of the World
May 12, 2020

Our May 12, 2020 sale was prepared in anticipation of London 2020 World Stamp Exhibition. While the show has been rescheduled, this auction will take place as scheduled. There is an important collection of Great Britain and British Commonwealth, with many individual Colonies offered intact. In addition, there are hundreds of better individual lots of Inverted Centers of the World, French Colonies Postal History selection from the Lorenz correspondence to Trieste, excellent range of European countries, with Italy and Colonies, especially Fezzan, Poland, Russia, as well as rarities from Japan, Korea and more. There are many attractive and substantial Large Lots and Collections, often fully scanned.

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Lot #1406
BRITISH COMMONWEALTH ST. HELENA Semi-Postals
1961 Tristan Relief Surcharges, set of four, n.h., well centered, v.f., signed Diena, etc., with his 1969 and 2020 Brandon certificates (SG 172-175) (The small island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic, hit the headlines in October 1961 when violent volcanic activity caused the evacuation of the population. The authorities on the neighboring island of St. Helena, some 1,400 miles to the north-east, started a Relief Fund, and a supply of Tristan da Cunha stamps were surcharged "ST. HELENA Tristan Relief" with an amount for the fund. Unfortunately only the Colonial Office in London could authorize new stamps, a fact clearly unknown to the Governor, and the issue was withdrawn after only one week. These are among the rarest of modern stamps as only 434 sets were sold)
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Catalog #B1-4
Catalog Value £8,000
Price Realized
$5,250.00

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