British Guiana 1851 2 Cents Census

British Guiana 1851 2 Cents Census

This is the fifth extract in a series of articles about philatelic rarities taken from the Encyclopaedia of Rare and Famous Stamps, vol.2, pp.21-26, by L. N. Williams, published by David Feldman in 1992, with updates since its publication. The compilation of...
Greece 1861 Paris Printing Seven Colour Franking

Greece 1861 Paris Printing Seven Colour Franking

The First Issue of Greece was issued in 1861, and was both designed and printed in Paris, France. Numerous proof multiples, a large number of covers, “flyspeck” plate varieties, different numeral town cancels, and much more make this an attractive...
Cape of Good Hope: The C.L. Pack Bisect Cover

Cape of Good Hope: The C.L. Pack Bisect Cover

The 4 pence value of the Cape was often used in multiple form on legal correspondence. In fact, the largest known franking of this stamp, 22 examples, was used on an internal package of legal papers. However, the usually meticulous performance of the post office at...

France’s First Issue “Bearded Lady”

The One Franc high value of the 1849 first issue of France comes in a variety of colours and shades: Carmine, Carmine-Brown, Vermilion (including Bright and Dark shades). It can be found with large even margins, in blocks (including one with one position inverted, the...