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Auction: 21041 - The "Dubois" Collection of Jamaica Postal History and Stamps - Part II
Lot: 530

1921 Abolition of Slavery Unissued Sixpence
The Stamp Prepared For Issue Though Withdrawn On Political Grounds
Script CA Paper

The upper left example from the block of four that was later separated into singles, strong colour and fresh mint with the stamp retaining full original gum; folded between stamp and margin and with trace of a gum crease, otherwise fine. An outstanding example of this exceptionally rare and iconic stamp. S.G. 91, £38,000. Photo

Note: This stamp was printed as part of the 1919-21 Pictorial Issue and depicts the main square in Spanish Town on 1 August, 1833, when the then Governor, Sir Lionel Smith, read the "Declaration of the Abolition of Slavery". The governor at the time of issuance, Sir Leslie Probyn, feared the stamp's subject, the Abolition of Slavery, might be controversial and all examples of the stamp were ordered to be destroyed. By the time the order was made the stamps with Specimen overprints had already been distributed through the U.P.U., resulting in several examples being in the market place today. Only two blocks of four, with MCA and Script watermark, were saved from destruction with one of each watermark being sent to King George V for inclusion in The Royal Philatelic Collection. The other blocks of four were subsequently broken up in to singles, making only four examples of each watermark being available to collectors

Kimball, March 1962

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