RHODESIA 1896 SG62/a Mint 4d blue, type 8 opt on CGH, marginal vertical pair, lower stamp error "COMPANY" omitted

Stock Code: P223014606

1896 (22 May-Aug) 4d blue, type 8 opt on CGH, vertical pair with part interpane margin below, the lower stamp error 'COMPANY' OMITTED, brilliant large part o.g., with the error showing only the barest trace of hingeing. A superb example of this famous rarity, from pos. 4 of the row. Ex Sinton (Harmer 12/1955, lot 55) with RPS (1932) and BPA (2020) certs. [Hoffman (LP 1986) recorded only 16 examples, of which just six were in such a marginal pair with normal as here, one being in the Royal Collection. The latest discussion (in "Rhodesian Philately" (2021) by Trotter, Hoffman and Flanagan, at pp. 275-7) suggests that up to 27 examples of total omission may originally have existed, variously from pos.1-6 of the bottom row of several panes. The precise cause of the error has previously been something of a mystery, but the presence of an albino impression of "COMPANY" on this pair (not mentioned by the certificates) indicates that a spasmodic malfunction of the inking roller must have been responsible.].

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RHODESIA 1896 SG62/a Mint 4d blue, type 8 opt on CGH, marginal vertical pair, lower stamp error "COMPANY" omitted - $12,675.00*

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