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British Guiana 1850-51 12c black and indigo "Cottonreel", SG6

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British Guiana 1850-51 12c black and indigo "Cotton Reel", type 'C' with thin frame, SG6. Indistinct MS initials, cut square with clear margins except frameline barely touched by "GU" of "GUIANA", neatly cancelled by large part "BERBICE" circular date stamp dated "DEC 6 1851", SG6.

Typical paper blemishes characteristic of the coarse "sugar" paper (tiny pinholes and insignificant traces of thinning) but much above average for this classic rarity, whose primitive charm is best appreciated in strong sunlight. Accompanied with a clear Friedl certificate (1979) as Scott 5b. The SG catalogue price is £45,000. A rare opportunity to own what is of the world's great stamp rarities.

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