ZANZIBAR 1895 SG18j var Mint

Stock Code: P190002085

1895-96 1r green and aniline carmine, type 1 opt on India, ERROR OPT VERTICALLY DOWNWARDS, in a BLOCK OF FOUR, showing one complete and two large part impressions (each with small second "z") down the centre perfs, large part o.g. The overprints characteristically faint (as a result of attempted removal by the printer after the mistake was spotted), but under magnification plateable as Setting 3, R2/2-4, with the centre impression (straddling all four stamps !) exceptionally showing the variety "Broken capital Z and no dot to i". Severed vertically and rejoined, and the lower left stamp with horizontal bend, nevertheless fine fresh appearance, and a fascinating and important multiple, being one of two recorded blocks, unique with the R2/3 variety. [The setting which produced this remarkable error was not previously known. What seems to have happened is that a full 12x10 pane, intended to receive the 6x10 setting 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), not mentioning the full plating details. (cat £1700++).


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