On June 18th, Spink
London will offer The "Garrison" Collection of New Guinea "G.R.I"
Surcharges in philatelic auction.
The collection features a fine
selection of stamps and postal history from the "G.R.I" issues of
reoccupied New Guinea during the Great War.
When the 1914-18 Great War broke
out, the Commonwealth was asked to equip an expeditionary force to
capture the German held areas of New Guinea.
From 25th September 1914
the Australian Imperial Forces captured stock of colonial stamp
issues from the Germans which were subsequently overprinted with
"G.R.I" (George Rex Imperator) and surcharged with their
approximate equivalent Sterling values.
Featured in the auction is one of
the major rarities of these overprinted issues, an unused and well
centred Marshall Islands 5s. on 5m. variety (lot 619). Printed in
carmine and black, it still contains a part of the original gum
S.G. 64q. Estimated £12,000 - £15,000.
Estimated: £12,000 - £15,000
Also on offer is an extremely rare
example of a German New Guinea 3d. on 30pf. black and orange on
buff vertical pair (lot 552). The surcharge on the lower stamp is
completely omitted, making it incredibly scarce with only four
recorded examples. Estimated £8,000 - £10,000
Estimated: £8,000 - £10,000
Amongst the rarities on offer, the
sale additionally offers what is believed to be the largest known
"block" of "G.R.I" overprints (lot 617). An extremely rare example,
the "block" exhibits nineteen 1d. on 5pf. green, eighteen on stamps
of German New Guinea and one on Marshall Island.
All are affixed to a piece of
paper, with the last position causing the surcharge to be printed
onto the "blanket.
An extraordinary exhibition piece,
it is estimated £6,000 - £8,000.
Estimated: £6,000 - £8,000
Other highlights include a
magnificent example of a Käwieng Deutsch Neu-Guinea 3d. on
registration label block of twenty (2x10) that features two types
of printed errors (lot 566) and a very rare example of an unused
German New Guinea 5s. on 5m. carmine and black with 3¾mm. spacing
Both are estimated £5,000 -
Estimated: £5,000 - £6,000
Estimated: £5,000 - £6,000
Spink Specialist, Nick Startup
comments; "This collection is one of the best to come onto the
market in recent years, with many major varieties and rarities
included. Many have graced the great collections of the past,
including that of the Marquess of Bute (1959) and Robert Gibbs
The following day, June
19th, Spink London will hold its third philatelic sale
within a week, The "Lionheart" Collection of Great Britain and
British Empire - Part III.
Parts I and II were both well
received in 2013 and it is looking promising the latest part of the
"Lionheart" Collection will follow suit.
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