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Auction: 167 - The Philatelic Collector's Series Sale
Lot: 252

#3, 1851 12d Black on laid paper, a magnificent used example of this great classic rarity, being in a condition that only a tiny number of the known used examples can boast, featuring four large margins including a portion of the adjoining stamp at top, strong color and a crisp detailed impression on fresh white paper, light target cancel not obscuring the design as it so often does, extremely fine; one of the finest used examples in existence; 1999 PF certificate; (Unitrade C$180,000.00).

A total of 51,000 stamps (255 sheets each of 200 subjects) were issued, however, the stamp proved to be quite unpopular with the public due to its limited usage for specific postal rates to distant destinations, hence it saw limited distribution, only a mere 1,450 stamps were ever sold in over three and a half years of use and all remaining stamps were destroyed in 1 May, 1857; a highly desirable example of this coveted rarity which is missing from most collections.

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