TANGANYIKA 1917-21 50r carmine and green 'G.E.A.' variety, SG6VAR
Tanganyika 1917-21 50r carmine and green, type 2 'G.E.A.' overprint, variety 'very large stop after E' from R5/3 in the setting of 60, SG62var.
A fine and fresh mint example with large part original gum, perfect in all respects other than one shortish perforation, not material to overall quality or value.
A real rarity in this condition of the top value stamp from the issue.
After the Allied invasion of German East Africa in World War I, civilian mail was accepted by the Indian Army postal service using Indian stamps overprinted 'I.E.F.' Some offices, however, reverted to civilian control on 1 June 1917. They used these stamps from East Africa and Uganda, which then included the "G.E.A." overprints once they were ready.
Provenance: Ex celebrated collection of Dr K Pennycuick.
The value of the variety is not listed in the Stanley Gibbons catalogue, although the basic stamp is catalogued at £750 and this is much rarer.
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