KUT 1903 SG9/10,12/16 Specimen

KUT 1903 SG9/10,12/16 Specimen
1903-04 wmk CC 1r to 50r (exclg 3r), seven values, locally handstamped 'SPECIMEN' (15x2mm, in a seriffed type not recorded by Samuel), with clearly identifiable part strikes of Gabon circular receiving handstamp, inscribed 'COLONIE du GABON/RF 1er BUREAU/ SECRETARIAT GENERAL'. From the Gabon UPU archive, dispersed c.1975. Gabon joined the UPU after the original UPU 'specimens' had been distributed to member states, and so normal stamps were specially handstamped at Mombasa (?) and supplied direct to the Gabon Post Office. Without gum, and slight soiling, but good colours and well above average for such items. A fascinating and important group of the highest rarity, which may be the only surviving examples of the five of each that originally existed. (See Samuel p.58 for the story of similar local specimen opts supplied to Gabon by Hong Kong and Rhodesia. The same phenomenon has recently been discovered for Gambia.)

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