Somaliland Protectorate 1903 ½a green variety,, SG25d
Somaliland Protectorate 1903 King Edward VII ½a green, type 1 overprint, variety "SOMAL.LAND", from lower pane R6/7 or R7/5, SG25d.
A fine mint example with large part original gum.
This example from R6/7 ("B" over "OM"), exceptionally showing complete omission of the stop and as such an extremely rare printing variety.
Provenance: Ex Inglefield-Watson (Spink 3/10/07, lot 1541 (part)).
Stamps of India were used at the two post offices (Barbara and Zeila) from 1 January 1887 to 1903. The Protectorate Post Office was then established on 1 June 1903, when control of British Somaliland was transferred from the Indian Government to the British Foreign Office.
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