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CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 1871 5/- WORKING DIE PROOF, RARE


CHF1,150.00


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  • Description
  • 1871-76 DIE PROOF for 5/- (SG 31)
  • in black on glazed card dated April 1871 and marked BEFORE HARDENING.
  • Heat discoloration around perimeter of card (which seems to affect all surviving 5/- proofs - the De La Rue works were destroyed by fire in 1940).
  • Endorsed "A punch of this exists with blank duty tablet" in red manuscript with a red line through the value tablet.
  • A unique working proof,
  • particularly elusive for the high value.
  • Rare. Ex De La Rue archives.
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