SOUTH AFRICA 1947 SGO36b var Official

SOUTH AFRICA 1947 SGO36b var Official
Official. 1947-49 "Set 23"(=1949-50 issue) 2d "dull blue-grey and vivid violet" roto (screened centre), "SUID-AFRIKA" hyphenated, SG type O2 opt (20mm space), left marginal block of nine, showing OPT DRAMATICALLY MISPLACED TO LEFT (and slightly diagonal), being R17-19/1-3 from the part sheet of 84 (cyclometer number 2077) illustrated in "SA Philatelist" for Dec 1950, fresh large part o.g. (bottom row unmounted). All stamps have the two lines of opt placed centrally and transposed ("OFFICIAL" at left, "OFFISIEEL" at right, just 7.5mm apart), while the first "OFFISIEEL" column appears in the left margin. The top row separated (and R17/3 with unobtrusive crease at foot), nevertheless a truly spectacular piece and one of the finest available multiples from the original find, including three of the twelve possible examples with "OFFISIEEL" completely shifted on to the margin. Ex Matheson. [Union Handbook O121 V2]

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