NAURU 1916-23 1d bright scarlet variety, SG2/a
Nauru 1916-23 1d bright scarlet, type 1 overprint, block of 4 from 'I16' printing showing variety 'NAUP.U' (first state) on lower right stamp (R6/2), with 'splayed A' on R5/1 proving the position, SG2/a.
A brilliant quality mint block with original gum. Most importantly, the valuable printing varieties are unmounted mint. A beautifully presented philatelic piece.
Very scarce in this form and condition.
The Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is £700++.
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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