Samoa 1895-1900 3d on 2d orange-yellow error, SG79a
Samoa 1895-1900 3d on 2d orange-yellow, type 10 handstamped surcharge in black, perforations 11, vertical pair, ERROR IMPERFORATE BETWEEN, SG79a.
A fine and fresh mint imperforate pair with large part original gum. Typical centring for this issue.
A really fine quality example for this rarity, and added provenance with this actual example being illustrated on p.155 of Robert P. Odenweller's book, "The Stamps and Postal History of Nineteenth Century Samoa".
The Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is £700.
The "Palms" design was first issued in 1886, printed by the New Zealand Government Printer for John Davis, a photographer from Apia. He supposedly was appointed by King Malietoa, and was supported by the Americans and the British. It was also under his watch that the Express stamps were issued. His post office was never recognised by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), so some consider these "Kingdom" issues to be "local". His postal service ceased when the German Imperial Government Post Office opened on March 1, 1900.
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