Tonga 1891 1d carmine & 2d violet, SG7/8
Tonga 1891 (23 Nov) 1d carmine and 2d violet, perforations 12½, "stars" overprint, SG7/8.
Fine quality mint examples with part original gum. Minor gum blemishes and typical centring in the 2d for this issue, but with nice centring for the 1d. Overall, fine appearance and much above average for this difficult early stamp issue.
The Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is £130.
Tonga became a constitutional monarchy under King George Tupou I (named after King George III), in 1875. Stamps were first issued with a King George I visage in 1886. Tonga became a British Protectorate in 1900 under a Treaty of Friendship. Tonga, however, maintained its sovereignty, and the Tongan monarchy continues to this day.
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