BECHUANALAND 1913-24 5s rose-carmine (UNUSED), SG84a
Bechuanaland 1913-24 5s rose-carmine "Seahorses", Waterlow printing, overprint double, one albino, SG84a.
Brilliant quality mint example with original gum. An exceptional deep shade, which is an absolute joy to behold.
Such was the success and popularity of the famous Seahorses stamp issue in Great Britain that it was overprinted and used in other countries in the British Empire including Morocco, Offices in the Turkish Empire, Bechuanaland and Ireland. The stamp is considered a miniature piece of propaganda in response to the German threat posed to Britain at sea on the eve of World War I. The Seahorses boldly claimed Britain’s naval domination and reputation of being "ruler of the seas".
The quality is superb and very scarce in this shade.
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