Bechuanaland 1891 QV Ovpt Somerset House Specimen Security Trial

CHF525.00

1891 Overprints on QV Jubilees 1d & 4d (SG 33&35). F-VF/M horizontal pairs with attempted defacement of the GB9 SPECIMEN handstamp. Believed to have been carried out as part of the Somerset House trials (experimenting with printing security) to prevent re-use of Specimen stamps. Scarce archival specimen items. Ex Firth. See similar pieces/period under Zululand.
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