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NAURU 1916-23 4d slate-green variety, SG8b

SKU JC2567

Nauru 1916-23 4d slate-green, type 1 overprint, DOUBLE OVERPRINT ONE ALBINO (with the albino impression 1mm below the inked overprint, clear on reverse), SG8b.

A fine mint example with large part original gum. Minor gum disturbance from hinge removal but, overall fine appearance.

A rare printing variety as only one upper pane existed, from 'J17' printing.

Provenance: Ex Buckingham (Grosvenor 28/2/2006, lot 825).

Stanley Gibbons catalogue value: £225.

Nauru was occupied by Australian forces following the outbreak of World War I. During this time, Australian stamps overprinted 'North West Pacific Islands' were used from 1914 to 1916. The British government took control of the island and British stamps were then overprinted 'NAURU' and were first issued in October 1916.

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