ZANZIBAR 1895 SG18j Mint

Stock Code: P190002120

1895-96 1r green and aniline carmine, type 1 opt on India, ERROR OPT VERTICALLY DOWNWARDS, in a HORIZONTAL STRIP OF THREE, showing virtually complete and part ("Zan") impressions at the right of the first stamp and at the left of the third stamp (each with small second "z"), but with the centre stamp effectively without overprint (just tiny traces impinging on the right perfs), part o.g. The overprints characteristically faint (as a result of attempted removal by the printer after the mistake was spotted), with some reinforcement and slight imperfections (first stamp with shortish perfs and unobtrusive crease), nevertheless fine fresh appearance, and a fascinating and important multiple, being the only recorded strip of this remarkable error, in addition to two blocks and two pairs (one in the Royal Collection). [What seems to have happened is that a full 12x10 pane, intended to receive the 6x10 setting [3] on its left and right halves, was inadvertently inserted SIDEWAYS into the press - not difficult since a 12x10 pane was almost square - and thus received VERTICAL overprints (mostly partial and misplaced) on six horizontal rows of twelve, or 72 stamps. The other four rows will have completely missed the overprint.] Ex Griffith-Jones, with BPA cert (2018). (cat £1275++).


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