ZANZIBAR 1896 SG24j/23C/25G Mint

Stock Code: P190002203

1896 (11 May) "2½" on 1a plum, type 1 opt on India, vertical strip of three from the second (? Oct 1896) printing, R4-6/5, showing the three surcharge types 4 (top stamp), 3 (middle stamp) and 5 (bottom stamp) SE-TENANT in black, and each with additional varieties, fresh part to large part o.g. R4/5 (tall second "z") shows variety "Inverted 1 in ½" (with no fraction bar as usual), R5/5 also has "Tall second z", while R6/5 has "No dot over i", confirming Opt Setting 3, the surcharges having the taller 5¾mm fraction, rather than the 5mm fraction of the original May setting (on Opt Setting 1). A fascinating multiple of the highest rarity, the finer of the two such recorded strips, apart from the two complete panes of 60 (which both have condition problems). Ex Baumann (Harmer 22/9/1977, lot 636 - colour illustration on front cover) and Griffith-Jones, with RPS cert (1977). (cat £3130++). [N.B. The "Inverted 1" variety was not present in the original May 1896 Surcharge setting.]


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