SOMALILAND PROTECT 1912 SG60/9s Specimen
Stock Code: P13402353
1912-13 wmk MCA ½a to 1r, eight values (exclg 1a, 2½a), with two examples each of 3a to 12a (the 3a and 6a to 12a inrejoined horizontal pairs), all opt 'SPECIMEN', with additional part strikes of receiving handstamps, from theGabon UPU archive (dispersed c.1975). The 2a, 3a, 8a, 12awith 'COLONIE DUE GABON/SECRETARIAT GENERAL', the otherswith 'COLONIE du GABON et du CONGO FRANCAIS/DIRECTION de L'INTERIEUR', the two types having been in concurrent use.Without gum as usual, and odd small faults, but a rare and fascinating group. Only three examples of each value sent to Gabon, with the pairs therefore unique. (N.B. Fragments of a 2a pair are adhering to the reverse of the 6a pair, proving that the 2a in this group is the only possible survivor from the original three).
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