CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 1872 SG24a/31 Proof
Stock Code: P178011574
1872 (c.) "Seated Hope" set of 4, comprising 1864-77 type 4 4d blue and 1s deep green and 1871-76 type 6 1d carmine-red and 5s yellow-orange, plate proofs on thin glazed card with type D7 "CANCELLED" opt, the 1d in a lower left corner interpane block of 16 (8x2) with plate number "2" and marginal guideline, the 4d in an upper right corner interpane block of 16 (8x2) with plate number "1" and marginal guideline, and the 1s and 5s in matching lower left corner blocks of 8 (4x2). Some typical minor rubs and surface marks, still very fine for these, and rare in their respective formats. Possibly only one sheet of 240 of each valued printed (for use as De La Rue colour standards), yielding 20 interpane horizontal pairs and just two (!) plate numbers. [No other values exist in this form].
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