No Longer Available - NATAL 1877 SG86/9 Mint Block of 15 (5x3) showing four types of fraction se-tenant

Stock Code: P223004320

1877 (13 Feb) ½d on 1d rose, "type 19" surcharge, block of 15 (5x3) from R7-9/2-6 of a right pane with marginal wmk line at right, showing four different varieties of the "½" fraction se-tenant (with "b" x2, "c" x6, "d" x5, "e" x2), o.g. (the two lower rows unmounted). Odd imperfections (middle column with unobtrusive crease, a few short or toned perfs, tiny gum blemishes), still remarkably fine overall condition, with fresh colour. A rare and fascinating multiple; only 99 sheets (=396 panes) were surcharged (by separate 6x10 settings for the "HALF" and "½" elements), and in the past 20 years we have only offered single examples and one pair (both type "a"). (cat £1845++}. [We have concluded that the top row shows types c, e, d, c, c, the middle row types c, d, b, c, c, the bottom row types d, e, d, b, d, but the overlap of the fractions with the "HALF" inevitably makes a couple of these identifications tentative. Types "a" and "f" appear to be absent. Plating of this issue is complex, but on the basis of the detailed study by E.W. Mann in London Philatelist Vol XLIX, pp. 64-5 it would appear that on each pane Rows 1-6 showed type "a" throughout, while row 10 had a different arrangement of types compared with the bottom row of this 5x3 block. Those observations permit the deduction that this block must come from Rows 6-9. But it must be admitted that the Part I listing is far from ideal.]


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