ZANZIBAR 1930 SGD1,3,9,16 Postage Due
Stock Code: P167005914
Postage Due. 1930 (JU 12) large piece from an underpaid "G.R.F. (Martin)" cover (from Kampala) with 1926-30 postage dues to the value of 72c applied on arrival, representing a "6as" deficiency (at 12c = 1a), and showing fine "T in circle" tax mark crossed through in red with M/S "Charges paid" in same ink alongside. The franking comprises the 1c, 3c and 50c black/orange, from R5/1 (1c) or R3/1 (3c, 50c) and the 18c black/salmon (R2/1), tied by either type D9 (1c, 3c) or PP3 ("PAR") cds, dated "JU 12 30", with each stamp additionally showing red M/S cross and initials. Some typical imperfections, but a spectacular item of considerable rarity and importance, being the earliest recorded usage of the 1c and 50c values and also of the 18c black/salmon. Ex Griffith-Jones, documented as item 29 (on p.461) in his census of first issue covers, with the 50c being one of only eight recorded properly used examples.
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