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EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT HALF-PENNY ON 20-PIASTRE "G.R.I." OVERPRINT USED ON A FIRST DAY COVER. ONLY 25 STAMPS WERE PRINTED WITH TWO RECORDED COVERS.
In early 1916, the British Royal Navy occupied Chustan Island, which is
located off the coast of Izmir in the Gulf of Smyrna, and renamed it Long Island. The only stamps that were found were Turkish fiscal stamps which were overprinted with a typewriter. The recipient of this cover, Lt. Comm. Pirie-Gordon, was the Civil
Administrator of the island.
The rarity of this cover should not be underestimated. With only 25 stamps known to be printed, only twelve unused examples are recorded. Used consists of one on piece, one on cover front ("Mountrobeck" Collection,
Christie's 1994), a cover featured in War Stamps of Salonika and Long Island by F.J. Melville and the example offered here.
With 1981 B.P.A. certificate
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VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-1/2-PENCE ON ONE-PIASTRE "G.R.I." OVERPRINT. A MERE 25 EXAMPLES WERE OVERPRINTED AND WITH ONLY 13
HAVING BEEN RECORDED TO DATE.
A major British Commonwealth rarity. With 1917 R.P.S. certificate. (Image)
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