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Lot No: 199

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India QV ½a mauve on lilac fiscal stamp overprinted “SERVICE/POSTAGE” in semi-circle in green, block of eleven from the 1st. Setting, 3-4, 15-17, 27-29, 39-41, each cancelled with type 6 cancel with four sharing unclear G.P.O. circular datestamp and tied to piece; two stamps with minor faults, otherwise sound. Believed to be the largest recorded block and a spectacular showpiece multiple. SG O19 £1760 as singles

Note: It was soon found that the supply of “Service” stamps would not be sufficient to cope with the demand and it was not considered advisable to overprint any more of the current postage stamps as these stocks were also becoming very low. Between 4 August and 7 September 1866 sheets of the ½a. “Bill or Draft” stamps were surcharged “SERVICE/POSTAGE”. There were two different settings of the overprint, the first being in one horizontal row of twelve, repeated down the sheet
Provenance: Sir Eric Studd, 1976

Catalogue No: SG O19
Catalogue Value: £1,760

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