BRITISH LEVANT 1916 'Salonica' 4d grey-green variety, SGS5var
British Levant 1916 'Salonica' 4d grey-green, type S1 overprint, block of 4, all with inverted albino overprints on the gummed side, SG5var.
A brilliant quality mint block of four with original gum (lower pair are unmounted mint, which is exceptional to find for this). One shortish perforation, mentioned purely for accuracy as it is an exquisite quality philatelic piece.
A very rare block, with only 480 examples printed of the basic stamp.
Accompanied with a Royal Philatelic Society (RPS) certificate of authenticity (1980) for a block of nine from which this block originated.
The term British Levant has been adopted by stamp collectors to describe the stamp issues from various British Post Offices within the former Turkish Empire.
These overprints of British stamps were originally prepared for use by a civilian post office to be set up on Mouth Athos, Northern Greece. When the project was abandoned, they were placed on sale at the Army Field office in Salonica.
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