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British Commonwealth continued...

Baghdad continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
681 ng image1917 1a on 20pa Rose carmine, lovely unused single of this rare unissued value, which is not listed in either Stanley Gibbons or Scott, brilliant rose color and distinct Baghdad surcharge, attractively centered and very fine; a block of four is found in the Royal collection and only four other stamps from a block of four from the Bute collection are known in private hands, ex-Bute. (Image) Est. 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $4,500.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
682 ng image1917 2a on 40pa Blue Mosque of Selim, bright unused single of this unissued value, which is not listed in either Stanley Gibbons or Scott, centered to the top but still attractive and very fine for this very rare stamp; this is the bottom left stamp from a block of four that was in the Bute collection, these four stamps constitute the only four stamps in private hands, there is an additional horizontal pair in the Royal collection; this stamp remained unissued because too few were printed, most of which were mutilated; signed Joe Saatchi and accompanied by 1961 BPA certificate; ex-Bute. (Image) Est. 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $13,500.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
Bahamas
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
683 og S.G. #26 imageS.G. #26, 1863 4p Bright rose, bright fresh color, virtually perfect centering which is most unusual on these difficult issues, part o.g., choice very fine; 1990 APS certificate (Scott #13; $375.00). (Image) £275

SOLD for $130.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
Bechuanaland
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
684 O S.G. #21 imageS.G. #21, 1887 £5 Lilac and black, the key high value of this country, attractive and exceptionally scarce used single, with clean "638" numeral in bars cancel, lovely pastel lilac color, well centered and extremely fine; rarely is this used stamp found in such exquisite quality; 1960 RPS certificate (Scott #22; $1,350.00). (Image) £1,500

SOLD for $1,250.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
Bermuda
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
685 O S.G. #13b imageS.G. #13b, 1874 "Three Pence" surcharge on 1/- Green, surcharge in italic capitals with the "P" same as the "R", fresh used horizontal pair with light oval bars cancel, centered slightly to top, but very fine and decidedly scarce in multiples; 1996 Brandon certificate; ex-Dickgiesser (Scott #12a; $2,200.00+). (Image) £1,600+

SOLD for $1,200.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
686 c image1893 "One Penny." provisional postcard surcharge, perfectly positioned between 1/2p Stone and 1p Dull rose Victoria adhesives (S.G. #19, 22), used on post card to Erfurt, Germany, stamps neatly tied to card by "Kingston/Oc 31 93/Bermuda" duplex cancel, Erfurt arrival c.d.s. at bottom left, a very fine and choice example; this very rare provisional resulted from a reduction in the overseas postcard rate to 1p, with existing stocks of postcards being surcharged, including those cards in stock that had the 1/2p and 1p adhesives applied, it is believed that only 80 or 87 of these cards were so surcharged, with only a very few of these ever being used, and fewer still survive today, with this being among the finest available used examples; 1954 RPS certificate. (Image) Est. 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,200.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
687 c S.G. #30b, 30ba imageS.G. #30b, 30ba, 1901 "One Farthing" on 1/- Bluish grey, "F" inserted by hand, the left stamp in a horizontal strip of four, tied to multicolored picture post card to England by "St. Georges/Bermuda/13 JU 02" double circle c.d.s., very fine; this unusual variety is of the greatest rarity, apparently the type in the first position of one of the horizontal rows became damaged, to remedy the situation the "F" was inserted into this position by hand to a very few stamps, only seven examples have been recorded, five of these are mint including one in the Royal collection, of the two used this is the only example on a postally used card, and it is also of particular interest being part of a larger multiple, a wonderful rarity of this country; Stanley Gibbons catalog value for used off card is £7,000; 1990 BPA for S.G. #30ab as formerly; ex-"Alford" Collection (Scott #26b; $7,250.00 for used off card). (Image) Est. 7,500-10,000

SOLD for $8,500.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
688 og S.G. #89d var, imageS.G. #89d var., 1930 2/6 Grey black and pale orange vermilion on grey blue, very well centered single, with fresh distinctive color of this very scarce printing, in addition it shows the leaf flaw at bottom right, position 54, clean o.g., very lightly hinged, extremely fine; 1979 BPA certificate for S.G. #89b due to the renumbering of the section since then; ex-Dickgiesser (Scott #50 var.). (Image) 2,750.00+

SOLD for $2,900.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
British Guiana
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
689 O S.G.#171a imageS.G. #171a, 1882 2c Orange, "2 Cents" doubly printed, a striking error with both impressions of equal intensity, one displaced 5mm to the bottom right into the bottom frames, used horizontal pair with light and attractive George-Town cancels, bright fresh color, well centered, left stamp is sound, right stamp has small thin and tiny internal break (from cancel) that do not detract at all from the pair's very fine appearance, truly of no consequence since this is the only known example of this error in private hands, the only other recorded example being a single in the Royal Collection (Scott #108a, listed but unpriced). (Image) £6,500+

SOLD for $10,500.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
British Levant
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
690 c S.G. #15 imageS.G. #15, 1906 "I Piastre" surcharge on 2p Gray green and carmine with "Levant" overprint, this is the scarce locally surcharged value for use in Beirut, horizontal pair tied to 1906 commercial registered cover to England by "Registered/Beyrout/3 JY 06" oval, London transits on the reverse, addressed to Manchester with several different registry ovals of that city as they attempted to find the party, finally endorsed in red on the front "Not Known" and with "Manchester/R.L.B." (returned letter branch?) c.d.s. on the front, evidently for return to the sender, cover with folds, not affecting the stamps, and soiling, which mildly affects the perforations, still a fine and extremely rare usage of a very scarce issue; clear 1977 RPS certificate for S.G. #25 as formerly (Scott #25). (Image) Est. 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,250.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
691 c image1916 1/2p to 1/- Mount Athos, a series of nine different stamps, including two different colors each of the 2 1/2p and 1/-, this issue is unusual in a number of respects, they were produced in a photographic process (in sheets of twelve for each value), and there are three different countries' languages and denominations incorporated into the design, Greek, Russian and English, these came about during World War I because of a planned allied takeover of the Holy Mountain District of Mount Athos, these stamps were prepared to be used at the local native post office, similarly, a set of British stamps overprinted "Levant" were prepared for the British Consular Post Office (S.G. #S1-8), when the project was abandoned neither of these issues were used for their intended purpose, the overprinted British stamps went to the Army Field Post in Salonica where they were sold and used, nearly all of the stamps for the local post office were destroyed making them extremely rare, in addition, the British naval officers responsible for the project made a very few covers that went through the Salonica Field Post Office, stamps are cancelled by a prepared Greek "Agion Oros/25.1.1916" (the intended day of issuance) and with "Field Post Office/G.X/2 MR 16" c.d.s. on the cover, a red censor marking also ties three of the stamps, this cover is addressed to Lieut. Commander Pirie-Gordon on the H.M.S. "Exmouth", only three such covers are recorded with these issues, and this is the only one with all nine values, tiny tear at bottom, otherwise very fine; ex-Pirie-Gordon Collection. (Image) Est. 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $4,000.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
692 og S.G. #S1-8 imageS.G. #S1-8, 1916 1/2p-1/- King George V with "Levant" overprints cplt., this set was issued for a British Post Office to be set up on Mount Athos in Northern Greece, when this project was abandoned the stamps were sold at the Salonica Army Field Post Office and some were used from there, fresh bright colors, o.g., very fine set; exceptionally scarce as a total of only £80 17s in face value were overprinted, if issued in equal numbers (which was not likely the case) only a little over 500 sets would have been issued; 1998 Holcombe certificate. (Image) £850

SOLD for $500.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
Brunei
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
693 c S.G. 1-7 imageS.G. #1-7, 1895 1/2c-10c Star and Crescent, single of each tied to registered cover by light "Brunei/22 Jul/1895" c.d.s. postmarks, sent to London, the reverse is franked with Labuan 1894 2c, 5c (pair) and 6c Pictorials tied by Labuan c.d.s. postmarks (two stamps also tied by Tottenham receiver), stamps with slight perforation gum staining as often on these, otherwise fine; any cover with this 1895 Issue is very scarce. (Image) Est. 300-400

SOLD for $200.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
Bushire
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
694 c S.G. #4, 15 image S.G. #4, 15, 1915 (Aug.) 5ch Carmine and brown and 1915 (Sept.) 1ch Deep blue and carmine, a very attractive mixed issue cover with both stamps tied by "Bouchir (Depart)/14.IX.15" c.d.s., with an additional strike at left, portion of censor tape at top, stamps are well centered and very attractive, both of which are scarce with only 257 and 186 respectively printed of each, in addition the cover is a scarce commercial usage paying the proper 6ch rate, extremely fine and an exceptionally rare cover (Scott #N4, N15). (Image) Est. 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,700.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
695 c S.G. #15/24 imageS.G. #15/24, 1915 1ch, 3ch, 9ch, 24ch and 1Kr Coronation issue, an impressive five-color franking, all from the scarcer overprinted Coronation issue, registered to England, all stamps are neatly tied by individual strikes of "Bouchir (Depart)/16.X.15" double circle c.d.s., also circular violet censor handstamp, Karachi transit and red London registry receiving c.d.s. on the reverse, stamps vary in centering but mostly quite well centered, especially the scarcer 9ch, cover has portion of the address eradicated, otherwise very fine; an exceptionally scarce franking with between 115 and 186 stamps issued for each value and particularly rare on cover (Scott #N15/N24). (Image) Est. 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $3,250.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
696 og S.G. #15 imageS.G. #15, 1ch Deep blue and carmine, unusually well centered mint single, deep intense colors, o.g., small h.r., extremely fine; only 186 stamps were issued; 1987 Brandon certificate (Scott #N15; $350.00). (Image) £325

SOLD for $350.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
697 O S.G. #15 imageS.G. #15, 1ch Deep blue and carmine, used example with light portion of c.d.s. cancel, attractive and very fine; 1935 BPA certificate (Scott #N15; $350.00). (Image) £325

SOLD for $240.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
698 O S.G. #17 imageS.G. #17, 1915 3ch Deep green, lightly cancelled used single, intense deep green color, very fine; only 149 stamps of this value were printed; 1978 BPA certificate (Scott #N17; $400.00). (Image) £400

SOLD for $325.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
699 og S.G. #20 imageS.G. #20, 1915 9ch Deep violet and brown, marvelously choice mint single, virtually perfectly centered within large margins, o.g., light h.r., extremely fine; only 115 examples of this value were printed (Scott #N20; $500.00). (Image) £550

SOLD for $475.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM
700 O S.G. #20 imageS.G. #20, 1915 9ch Deep violet and brown, used single tied to piece by nearly full strike of "Bouchir (Depart)/18.X.15" double circle c.d.s., centered a bit to bottom, otherwise very fine; signed E. Stern and accompanied by 1976 BPA certificate (Scott #N20; $525.00). (Image) £600

SOLD for $450.00
Closing..Jun-27, 05:00 PM

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