Zanzibar 1926 12c black/green Postage Due Cover , SGD7
Zanzibar 1926 (SP 21) incoming cover from Durban (blue and red embossed "UNION-CASTLE LINE" logo on flap), underfranked by 1926 1d black and carmine "Ship", tied by machine cancel, with "T/20c" oval tax mark applied on despatch (= 20 gold centimes) at lower left.
Type D9 "ZANZIBAR" arrival backstamp of "SP 21 26", the deficiency paid on face by 1926-30 12c black/green postage due, SGD7 (R5/1 on sheet), uncancelled as was the usual until mid-1929.
An attractive cover despite a small cover stain (and flap tears), and the 12c postage due with unobtrusive faults.
Minor condition faults can be forgiven as it is such an extremely rare and desirable early usage cover and one of only seven recorded from 1926, from which just two have the 12c value.
Provenance: Ex Griffith-Jones (Illustrated on p.289 as fig. 11.7; census listing F.4) and Harmer 3/1999 (lot 1617, where it realised £3,215).
Accompanied with a clear British Philatelic Association certificate of authenticity (1999).
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