Niger Coast 1892 QV 5d with GB9 Somerset House Specimen


  • 1892 QV 5d dull purple & blue (SG 5).
  • F-VF/M large part OG example HANDSTAMPED SPECIMEN TYPE GB9.
  • The GB9 handstamp was primarily applied to stamps retained as specimens in the Inland Revenue reference collection at Somerset House.
  • Infrequently - as in this instance - the GB9 handstamp was also used to cancel specimens of overprinted GB postal issues supplied for UPU distribution.
  • This practise was discontinued after a short period of time in favour of more permanent defacements.
  • See additional image below.
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