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Great Britain 1841 2d blue Plate 3, SG14

SKU RS2906

Great Britain 1841 2d blue Plate 3, SG14.

A superb unused, with original gum, close to large four margin horizontal block of six lettered 'IA-JC'. Beautiful colour and gum, this magnificent multiple having been previously described as having a "Proof like impression”.

A major GB philatelic rarity in this quality.

Provenance: Ex. Sir Leonard Atkinson & Sir Gawaine Baillie.

White lines were added to the 1841 printings of the 2d blue to distinguish them from the original 1840 2d blue printings.

According to the Treasury Minute dated 17 December 1840, it had proved impracticable to change the colour of the 2d blue to another light colour.

In accordance with the instructions “…as it may be important, hereafter, to have the means of distinguishing the new Twopenny Labels from the old ones, to make some alteration in the plate used for printing them,” the white lines were added.”

The design of the 2d blue was therefore changed with a horizontal white line being added at the top and bottom. The new design became known as the “white lines added issue”.

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