UGANDA 1896 8a black variety, SG74a
Uganda 1896 (Nov) Typeset 8a black, overprint 'L' for local use, left marginal showing variety 'Small o in POSTAGE', SG74a.
A fine unused example, although rather roughly separated at right.
A key rarity.
Provenance: Ex Peter Chantry
Accompanied with a clear Royal Philatelic Society certificate of authenticity (1997) as former SG74B.
The Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is £1,500.
The first stamps of Uganda under the British Empire were only valid for internal postage. Then Reverend Ernest Millar at Mengo of the Church Missionary Society produced the first stamps on his typewriter from 1895-1896. These are some of the most crude and valuable pieces of paper ever created.
The Typeset stamps, which followed in 1896, are only slightly less crude and valuable. As they were only used locally, few examples have survived and most of those have serious condition issues.
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