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BRITISH COMMONWEALTH continued...

Niger Coast Protectorate continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
538 O imageS.G. #17, 1893 1/2p on 2 1/2p Purple on blue, Ty. 5 surcharge in vermilion, used single with "Forcados River/JA 3/94" c.d.s. with inverted "C" index letter, stamp is exceptionally well centered and possessing strong colors, extremely fine; used provisionals are generally scarcer than mint but the vast majority that were used were used in Old Calabar, however some of this type surcharge were sent to Forcados River, this particular type of Forcados River postmark is listed as very rare by Nicholson and is probably a commercial usage taken from a multiple; this type surcharge not listed in Scott. (Image) £200+

SOLD for $325.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
539 O imageS.G. #17a, 1893 1/2p on 2 1/2p Purple on blue, Ty. 5 surcharge in vermilion, double surcharge, a handsome used single of this extraordinarily rare surcharge variety, with light Old Calabar c.d.s., exceptionally well centered and fresh on bright blue paper, faint vertical crease of little relevance to this rarity, otherwise extremely fine; Nicholson notes that only four examples of the double surcharge have been recorded, he does not specify whether used or mint but Stanley Gibbons only prices this used, nevertheless an important rarity of these provisionals which is greatly undercataloged; not listed in Scott. (Image) £1,300

SOLD for $1,500.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
540 og imageS.G. #18, 1893 1/2p on 2p Green and carmine, Ty.6 surcharge in violet, fresh mint single, well centered with all perfs. clear of the frames, nice color and well struck surcharge, o.g., choice very fine; estimates vary on the number surcharged but no more than 120 were printed and some believe that only half that many were actually printed; 1989 BPA certificate (Scott #20; $400.00). (Image) £600

SOLD for $675.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
541 og imageS.G. #19, 1893 1/2p on 2 1/2p Purple on blue, Ty. 6 surcharge in vermilion, wonderfully fresh mint single with clear bright colors, well centered, o.g., very lightly hinged, choice very fine; 1991 BPA certificate (Scott #21; $350.00). (Image) £275

SOLD for $500.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
542 O imageS.G. #20, 1893 1/2p on 2p Green and carmine, Ty. 7 surcharge in violet, well centered used single with "Old Calabar River/AP 22/94" c.d.s. with index letter "B" (this listed by Nicholson as very rare), accompanying certificate states minor discoloration which is truly minor and normal on used stamps with this green color, and of little importance in relation to the rarity of the cancel, otherwise very fine; only 120 stamps are believed to have been surcharged; 1984 BPA certificate (Scott #8, $225.00+). (Image) £225+

SOLD for $160.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
543 og imageS.G. #21, 1893 1/2p on 2 1/2p Purple on blue, Ty. 7 surcharge in vermilion, beautifully centered mint single possessing attractive pastel color on bright blue paper, o.g., very lightly hinged, extremely fine; 1990 BPA certificate (Scott #10; $225.00). (Image) £275

SOLD for $550.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
544 O imageS.G. #21, 1893 1/2p on 2 1/2p Purple on blue, Ty. 7 surcharge in vermilion, perfectly centered and fresh used single with light Old Calabar River c.d.s., extremely fine; 1990 BPA certificate (Scott #10; $190.00). (Image) £180

SOLD for $150.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
545 og imageS.G. #24, 1893 1/2p on 2 1/2p Purple on blue, Ty. 7 surcharge in violet, an impressive mint example of this incredibly rare stamp, with especially deep purple color on fresh bright blue paper, plus an exceptionally sharp and detailed impression of this surcharge, quite well centered, fresh and with full o.g. being only lightly hinged at the top, very fine and choice; this is another of the several highlights in Mr. Allen's collection of Niger Coast, only eight examples of this stamp have been recorded and it is believed that only nine examples were originally printed, making this a must for the collector attempting to collect all the types of the Old Calabar Provisionals; 1996 Holcome certificate (Scott #9; $3,500.00). (Image) £4,500

SOLD for $8,500.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
546 og imageS.G. #25, 1893 1/2p on 2 1/2p Purple on blue, Ty. 8 surcharge in vermilion, attractive mint single, fresh with excellent color and well struck clear surcharge, o.g., very fine; scarcer than the modest catalog value implies as only 60 stamps are believed to have been printed; 1994 BPA certificate (Scott #10 var.). (Image) £425

SOLD for $425.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
547 og imageS.G. #27, 1893 1/2p on 2 1/2p Purple on blue, Ty. 8 surcharge in green, pretty mint single, deep colors and well struck surcharge, o.g., small tone spot on reverse only, otherwise very fine; scarce with only 60 stamps believed to have been printed; 1993 BPA certificate (Scott #13; $375.00). (Image) £400

SOLD for $450.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
548 og imageS.G. #29, 1893 1/2p on 2p Green and carmine, Ty. 9 surcharge in violet, well centered mint single, colors are strong and fresh for this difficult green stamp, plus a particularly well struck example of this surcharge, o.g., light h.r., very fine and choice; another undercataloged value of which it is believed that only 60 stamps were printed; 1993 BPA certificate (Scott # 14; $250.00). (Image) £325

SOLD for $475.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
549 O imageS.G. #30, 1893 1/2p on 2p Green and carmine, Ty. 9 surcharge in blue, attractive used example with central "Old Calabar River/AP 14/94" c.d.s. with index letter "A", fresh color and strong full strike of this surcharge, choice very fine; only 60 stamps are believed to have been printed; 1991 BPA certificate; ex-Dale-Lichtenstein (Scott #18; $350.00). (Image) £600

SOLD for $500.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
550 og imageS.G. #31, 1893 1/2p on 2 1/2p Purple on blue, Ty. 9 surcharge in vermilion, mint single deep colors, o.g., light gum toning on the reverse, otherwise very fine; only 60 stamps are believed to have been printed; clear 1992 BPA certificate (Scott #17; $350.00). (Image) £475

SOLD for $425.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
551 og imageS.G. #32, 1893 1/2/p on 2 1/2p Purple on blue, Ty. 9 surcharge in blue, fresh and handsome mint single, quite well centered, deep colors with particularly strong strike of the surcharge, o.g., l.h., choice very fine; 120 stamps believed to have been printed; 1992 BPA certificate (Scott #18; $350.00). (Image) £325

SOLD for $500.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
552 og imageS.G. #33, 1893 1/2p on 2 1/2p Purple on blue, Ty. 9 surcharge in green, mint single, rich colors and strong strike of the green surcharge, o.g., l.h., two small tone spots at top, otherwise very fine; 120 stamps believed to have been printed; 1987 Brandon certificate (Scott #19; $350.00). (Image) £350

SOLD for $240.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
553 og imageS.G. #34, 1893 1/2p on 2 1/2p Purple on blue, Ty. 9 surcharge in violet, an especially fresh example of this extraordinarily rare stamp, most striking is its intense luxuriant purple color, plus a sharp detailed strike of the rare violet surcharge, o.g. that is lightly hinged; very fine; one of the major rarities of the "Half/Penny" surcharges, only sixteen examples have been recorded out of what is believed to be a total printing of 22 stamps; 1996 Holcombe certificate (Scott # 16; $3,750.00). (Image) £4,250

SOLD for $7,500.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
554 og imageS.G. #35, 1893 1/2p on 2 1/2p Purple on blue, Ty. 10 surcharge in green, fresh mint single, quite well centered, well placed and strong surcharge, clean o.g., l.h., very fine; 120 stamps are believed to have been printed; 1991 BPA certificate (Scott #28; $325.00). (Image) £400

SOLD for $700.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
555 og imageS.G. #35, 1893 1/2p on 2 1/2p Purple on blue, Ty. 10 surcharge in green, attractive mint single, fresh colors, o.g. slightly disturbed from red interleaving, very fine; 1995 BPA certificate (Scott #28; $325.00). (Image) £400

SOLD for $600.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
556 og imageS.G. #36, 1893 1/2p on 2 1/2p Purple on blue, Ty. 10 surcharge in vermilion, a handsome mint single of one of the rarest "Half/Penny" surcharges, this stamp's appearance features rich color on fresh blue paper, plus an intense and clear strike of the rare vermilion surcharge, o.g., lightly hinged, accompanying certificate mentions corner crease at top right which is little more than a gum bend and of minor significance in relation to the incredible rarity of this stamp, otherwise very fine; only four examples of this stamp have been recorded out of the miniscule printing of six stamps making its current catalog values seem far too conservative and are destined to be revised upwards after this sale; 1991 BPA certificate; ex-Dale-Lichtenstein (Scott #27; $3,750.00). (Image) £5,500

SOLD for $8,000.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM
557 og imageS. G. #37 var., 1893 1/- on 2p Green and Carmine, Ty. 11 surcharge in violet, setting A with the "n" of "One" directly above the "ll" of "Shilling" coming from the trial sheet, wonderfully fresh mint single with bright colors, well centered, strong surcharge, clean o.g., l.h., choice very fine; only 28 stamps are known from this trial sheet setting; 1990 Holcombe certificate (Scott #29 var.; $400.00+). (Image) £400+

SOLD for $800.00
Closing..Apr-03, 12:00 PM

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