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Auction: 21013 - Important Stamps and Covers of the British Commonwealth - Conducted behind closed doors
Lot: 3146

(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 (11 July) envelope from Ridgeway to Mkushi franked with Coronation 1½d. sharing a light datestamp, showing a further strike alongside manuscript "T1d" in blue crayon and bearing Definitive marginal 1d. green Type 1 with typewritten "postage /due/1d" in red cancelled by two Mkushi datestamps (14.8) on arrival; central vertical fold. Very rare with only eleven such covers recorded in The Rhodesian Philatelist, of which this is number 10. S.G. cat. from £4,750. Photo


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