1914 'G.R.I.' Overprints '1 Shilling.' on 1mk red SG 111 marginal example from the top of the sheet, neat Apia cds of 7.9.14, Brun & Grobe guarantee backstamps, Cat £7000. BPA Certificate (1951, no photograph). [The rarest "basic" stamp of the New Zealand Occupation & a great Pacific Islands rarity of which only 35 examples were issued. J Edgar Williams' example on piece sold for $13,225]
Our vendor notes that the overprinting of the GRI stamps commenced on 3rd September, a Thursday. This is the date given by Gibbons and Gibbs as the day of issue. However, given the laborious nature of the job, and the need to have lower denominations available for day-to-day use, Mr Reiners suggests that Monday 7th was more likely the First Day of Issue, especially for the High Values and more particularly for this stamp which was a correction to the 'Shillings' error.
Auction Category: SAMOA
overprinted stamps , Military World War I , NEW ZEALAND , SAMOA