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Auction: 19015 - The Philatelic Collectors' Series Sale
Lot: 1160

British Guiana
The "Coventry" Collection Featuring 1852-76 Ship Stamps

Great Britain Used in British Guiana
1858 (10 May) quadruple rate front and part back of a printed entire to Glasgow, bearing 6d. lilac strip of four (imperforate at right) cancelled with four "A03" obliterators and with London Paid transit datestamp (31.5) below, the reverse with Demerara and Glasgow (31.5) datestamps; the front with creases and the strip with a few minor perf. imperfections, nevertheless an highly important and exceptional franking used on the first day of usage of Great Britain adhesives. S.G. Z3. Photo

By Post Office Notice of 11 May 1858, the receipt of 4d., 6d. and 1/- stamps that arrived on 9 May was announced. The stamps were made available at Stationery establishments of Messrs. Richardson & Co. and Mr. Short as well as at the Post Office. All letters for the U.K. were to be prepaid from 1 April 1858 and the newly arrived stamps were to fulfil this purpose until the Waterlow issue of 1860 was to be available
Unusual frankings are recorded in Townsend and Howe, page206, though no mention is made of a quadruple 2/- rate

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