Prestige Philately Auction 211 CatalogueCOMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA - Other Pre-Decimals
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1927 Canberra 1½d block of 4 comprising two vertical pairs Imperforate Between BW #132b (SG 105a), above-average centring for this error, faint ironed-out crease across the right-hand pair, very lightly mounted, Cat $10,000+ (Cat £10,000+) as two pairs. Ex Stuart Hardy. [The ACSC states "22 pairs have been identified...[including] a block of 4 in the Royal Collection & a pair in the Australia Post Archives...well-centred examples command a premium". This is the only recorded block in private hands. Arthur Gray's pair - with a minor crease - sold for $5077]
1928 International Exhibition pair of miniature sheets from the upper-right of the sheet, well centred, both with central Exhibition cds of 29OC28 (the Opening Day) in green BW #133MSwa, CTO with full unmounted o.g., greatly undercatalogued at $500 x2. Superb! The only multiple with the cancellation in green that we have recorded. [** Please note: the right-hand M/S has a reddish tint in the postmark ink. We have therefore re-assessed the pair as with Green CDS x1 & Red CDS x1. The estimate & reserve have been adjusted to $1500 & $1150 respectively **]
For many years the ACSC listed the cds in red or "green", with no reference to blue cancels. Consequently, the common blue impressions were routinely, and erroneously, called "green". The 1994 edition of the ACSC was the first to list all three colours. Examples of the genuine green cancels are very scarce with fewer than 10 having been recorded. Perversely, the ACSC 2007 Edition reduced the catalogue value from $800 to $500 & this was not rectified in the 2014 edition. A single sheetlet in our auction of 5.3.2015 sold for $1521.