1896-1902 Figures in Lower Corners Only 6d green BW #Q42A (SG 230), better perforated than many examples but with trimmed perfs at upper-right, early usage with superb '[PAR]CEL POST/BRANCH/3 15APR02/BRISBANE' cds, Cat $35,000 (£15,000). Royal Philatelic Society, London Certificate (1992). One of the great rarities of Queensland, and of the Commonwealth Period States issues.̃̃ACSC states "...sixteen examples are recorded. The stamp was first discovered in 1903 shortly after issue...Most examples have the Parcel Post Branch datestamp...The dates range between April and November 1902. The origin of these stamps is uncertain and remains controversial. Most examples show characteristically rough perforations...Many of the stamps show defects of various sorts..."̃̃Until quite recently this stamp was relegated by Gibbons to a footnote, although the indisputably unissued Shilling Violet from South Australia was accorded full catalogue status. While the circumstances surrounding the issue of the Lower Corners 6d remain shrouded in mystery, and some still harbour the fantasy that it should be classified as an "unissued" stamp, there can be no doubt that a small number of these stamps were sold to the public. Colonel Harrie Evans' very fine example was sold for $29,120 - then a record for a Queensland stamp - at our auction of 4/5/2002. Since then several other examples have sold at auction for similar prices. While the connoisseur might reject this example has having some trimmed perforations, it is nonetheless an above-average condition example that would rightly take pride of place in most collections.
QUEENSLAND , AUSTRALIAN COLONIES General , Unissued Stamps