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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)