Spink’s Auction is going to offer a wide variety of interesting philatelic material from 10th to 12th July in London. A special collection by David Pitts contains the finest known used example of Canada’s 12-penny black Queen Victoria stamp which was issued in 1851 on laid paper. It is regarded as the rarest and most valuable Canadian issue.
The stamp features an intense deep colour. It was probably from an early impression of the plate because of the presence of detailed designs on bright paper. The large margins give the designs a good balance and the stamp is cancelled with a single clear strike of the seven-ring target postmark.
The stamp is offered with an estimated value of £100,000. It has a listed market value of $135,000 for a used example. However, it is difficult to exactly evaluate the stamp.
Another rare item is Trinidad’s 1901 black on red Britannia issue with the value omitted. Only three known examples of this type exist. Only a little portion of the letter “Y” from “ONE PENNY” is seen. One example is a part of the Royal Philatelic Collection. It has a listed market value of $42,250 and is being offered with an estimated value of $26,400 to $33,000.
Several other interesting stamps would be offered for sale during the auctions.
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