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NAURU 1916-23 5d yellow-brown variety, SG9b var

SKU JC2569

Nauru 1916-23 5d yellow-brown, type 1 overprint, DOUBLE OVERPRINT ONE ALBINO (with the albino impression ½mm to left and 1mm below the inked overprint) and exceptionally showing variety 'Short left stroke to N' (R1/8), from 'H16' printing, SG9b var.

A fresh and fine mint example with large part original gum.

Exceptionally rare as one of only two possible with this combination of varieties.

Provenance: Ex Keith Buckingham (Grosvenor 28/2/2006, lot 827).

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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