THE “FERRARY” NUMERAL ERROR
1850-51, 12 cents black on pale blue, Townsend Type C, “2” of “12” with straight foot, with initials of postal clerk Wight “EDW”, cut round with uncommonly even margins well away from the circular frame-line, with March 1851 Demerara datestamp, which allows the variety to be clearly visible, small thins not detracting from the remarkably attractive appearance of this example; (SG £25’000).
One of only six examples recorded showing this important variety, of which three are cut round, this being in contrasting superior quality as it possesses a lighter cancellation which enables a clear vision of the variety.
Philippe von Ferrary (Lot 288, Sale III, April 1922)
John E. du Pont (Lot 60028, David Feldman SA, June 2014)
Expertise: Cert. BPA (2014)