Auction: 18010 - British North America, The David Pitts Collection
The Pence Issues
1851 Laid paper
12d. black, a spectacular used example in an intense deep colour and with full strong detailed impression on bright paper indicating that this was quite probably from an early impression of the plate, large to exceptionally large margins giving a well-balanced appearance and neatly cancelled with a single clear strike of the seven-ring target postmark.
An extraordinarily attractive and exceptionally fine example of this iconic classic high value rarity. One of the most desired stamps of the British Empire, this outstanding example having always been considered the finest known used example.
Balasse (1980) and Philatelic Foundation (1983) Certificates.
Sc. 3; S.G. 4, £100,000. Photo
Note: A total of just 51,000 stamps were printed, a mere 255 impressions of the plate of 200 subjects. The stamp proved unpopular and only a miniscule 1,450 were sold, the balance being returned to the Post Office and subsequently destroyed
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