BRITISH EAST AFRICA 1895 SG56var Mint
Stock Code: P201006043
1895-96 6a pale brown, type 8 opt on India, left marginal from R6/1 of upper left (8x10) pane of an original sheet of 320, showing part marginal inscription "(STAMP)S ==" at left, AND ADDITIONAL OPT IMPRESSION in margin (which is offset on gum), o.g. Trivial blemishes, still fine fresh appearance. Ex Minns, illustrated on colour plate 1 of the 2002 EASC "Zanzibar" handbook, with description on p.84 explaining that the 8x10 format of the 6a value meant that only eight columns of the 12x10 setting for the other values could be used for each pane. Columns 1-8 were applied to right panes, but columns 5-12 to left panes, with column 4 falling on the sheet margin (as here). A fascinating stamp, spectacular and rare in this form.
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