Tonga 1886-8 2d pale violet, 6d dull blue, SG2b, 3ab
Tonga 1886-88 2d pale violet, 6d dull blue, perforations 12 x 11½, SG2b, 3ab.
Fine mint examples with fresh large part original gum. Typical centring for this issue, but much better quality than normally seen for this issue.
The Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is £83.
Tonga became a constitutional monarchy under King George Tupou I (named after King George III), in 1875. Stamps were first issued with a King George I visage in 1886. Tonga became a British Protectorate in 1900 under a Treaty of Friendship. Tonga, however, maintained its sovereignty, and the Tongan monarchy continues to this day.
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