SOMALILAND PROTECTORATE 1903 3a brown-orange, variety, SG5b
Somaliland Protectorate 1903 3a brown-orange, overprint at top, variety '1' for first 'I' in 'BRITISH' (R6/4, upper pane), SG5b.
A very fine mint example with fresh colour and large part original gum. Couple of slightly shortish perforations, mentioned purely for accuracy.
An extremely rare and unusual variety with a maximum of only 66 possible.
The Protectorate Post Office was established on 1 June 1903, when control of British Somaliland was transferred from the Indian Government to the British Foreign Office. The first stamps used were the Indian stamps overprinted with "BRITISH SOMALILAND". These were only used until the following year, when in 1904 the Protectorate issued its own stamps, featuring a profile of King Edward VII.
The Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is £450.