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Auction: 21013 - Important Stamps and Covers of the British Commonwealth - Conducted behind closed doors
Lot: 3144

(x) Northern Rhodesia
Postage Due Stamps
1953 Mkushi Provisional Issue
In July 1953, postal rates within the South African Postal Union were increased. Many post offices in Northern Rhodesia experienced shortages of Postage Due stamps. Owing to a misunderstanding, quantities of the 1951 1d. Definitive and of the 1953 Rhodes Birth Centenary 1d. stamp were overprinted and surcharged by typewriter. Although unofficially prepared, their usage was subsequently approved by the Postal Authorities

1953 (4 July) envelope from Lusaka to Mkushi Post Office franked 1951 ½d. chocolate (3) sharing two neat datestamps, showing circular-framed "t" alongside manuscript "1d" and bearing Rhodes Centenary 1d. green with Type 3 type-written "postage/due/1d" in red cancelled and tied by arrival datestamp; central vertical fold. Very rare with only five such covers recorded in The Rhodesian Philatelist, of which this is number 1 and the earliest recorded date of use of any of these Postage Due provisionals. Illustrated on the front cover of issue 46 of The Rhodesian Philatelist. S.G. cat. from £4,750. Photo

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