Australia Tasmania 1853 4d orange plate II, SG10
Australia Tasmania 1853-55 4d orange, plate II, position 17 on the sheet, SG10.
A very fine used example with large margins, neatly cancelled by "19" numeral of Port Arthur. A lovely example with fresh colour.
Tasmania, an island just off south-eastern Australia, was one of the six British colonies that merged to form the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. Van Diemen's Land was established in 1803 and was the second British colony after New South Wales in 1788. Van Diemen's Land was renamed Tasmania in 1856.
This early Tasmanian stamp issue of 1853 shows a portrait of Queen Victoria and are known as “Couriers” after the Hobart Town Courier newspaper office, where they were printed. As an early colonial Australian stamp, they are keenly sought after by collectors and rarely found in such fine condition.
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