Japanese Tama 6 Yo Stamp

08 Apr 2021  Thu

In 2012 the discovery of the Japanese Tama ('egg-bound) 6 yo stamp is a little short of a fairytale. The stamp is legendary in Japan and called "Tama 6 yo" (egg-brown 6). It is a 6 SEN of the Cherry Blossom issue from 1875 in orange-brown colour. Before this find, only 6 other copies were known.

This Japanese stamp’s catalogue value is 336,900 dollars and was sold by the Postiljonen Jubilee Auction for 124,635 dollars in Sweden. All the existing copies of this stamp are owned by great Japanese collectors.

One stamp of this type was discovered by a Scandinavian Philatelist in a large World collection from a European auction house. This stamp is the seventh copy of this stamp type known to date. It is also considered the best existing copy by Japanese experts.

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