UGANDA 1896 2a black variety, SG71/a
Uganda 1896 (7 Nov) Typeset 2a black on thick white wove, handstamped 'L' (type 7) for local use, lower left corner block of 4, showing variety 'Small O in POSTAGE' on upper left stamp (R3/1), SG71/a.
A fine and fresh unused block. Trivial wrinkling mentioned for accuracy, but a fine and very scarce positional multiple.
The first stamps of Uganda under the British Empire were only valid for internal postage. Then Reverend Ernest Millar at Mengo of the Church Missionary Society produced the first stamps on his typewriter from 1895-1896. These are some of the most crude and valuable pieces of paper ever created.
The Typeset stamps, which followed in 1896, are only slightly less crude and valuable. As they were only used locally, few examples have survived and most of those have serious condition issues.
The Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is £910+.
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