CEYLON 1876 Revenue Stamp Duty: 500r bistre and 1000r rose used

Stock Code: P223007906

Stamp Duty: 1876 500r bistre and 1000r rose, Wmk CA, both used, cancelled by punch and 5/4/78 and 22/11/76 ms dates respectively, the 500r with pulled perfs at top, the 100r with small thin at top edge. An extremely rare pair of these high values with a fascinating story. Due to De La Rue's minimum order, 250 and 236 sheets were delivered of each value, with a total face value of £4.5 million, a quantity sufficient for 750 years(!) of consumption. As a result, 244½ and 232 sheets respectively were surcharged as lower values, leaving just 5½ and 4 sheets left of each value, a supply which lasted their full 16 years of validity.

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CEYLON 1876 Revenue Stamp Duty: 500r bistre and 1000r rose used - $720.60*


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