NAURU 1916-23 set of 10 to 1s, SG1/12VARS
Nauru 1916-23 Set of 10 to 1s, (excluding the 1½d and 2d die II). All stamps in the set show the constant variety 'short left stroke to N' (R1/8). The 9d is a non-marginal single, the other values are all in top marginal horizontal pairs (2d, 3d, 5d, 1s with positional guide mark), SG1/12VARS.
A fine mint set with original gum and most of the stamps are unmounted mint. The 3d stamp has a tone spot and the 1s pair with faintly toned gum, but overall a fine, scarce and desirable group of the first British stamps overprinted "NAURU".
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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