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The Most Extraordinary Philatelic Item?

 
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Posted 05/02/2010   08:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add rod222 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

What Is the Most Extraordinary Item Known to the Philatelic World?

How would you answer this question? It is an interesting subject.
I would name the small original copper plate from which the
extremely rare "Post Office" Mauritius stamps, the 1p orange and
2p blue of 1847, were printed. These two stamps, unused,
catalog $37,000.

The plate was engraved by J. Barnard, a watchmaker, of Port Louis,
Mauritius, for the first stamps issued on the Island. The one-penny
design was in one corner, and the two-pence in the opposite corner,
and only a small number of stamps were printed, one at a time.

The plate was found in 1912 after remaining undiscovered for 65
years among the effects of the long-deceased Governor of the Island
who was in office when the stamps were current. It was acquired
by Neville L. Stocken, of London and subsequently sold to (?) Loder,
an English collector.

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Posted 05/02/2010   10:04 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wowie.

Hey, the fellow with the plate, could that be used to print more? Reprints as such?
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Posted 05/02/2010   10:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperdude to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Now that would be an interesting reprint. I wonder if the plate is in a musuem or private collection now?
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Maybe he printed enough privately to wallpaper a room! His secret special room!
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Posted 05/02/2010   10:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Maybe he printed enough privately to wallpaper a room! His secret special room!


What an extaordinary thought....I like it
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Posted 05/02/2010   9:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BeeSee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Maybe he printed enough privately to wallpaper a room! His secret special room!


Or to fill some spaces in your album
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Posted 11/22/2010   08:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Donfromfife to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think a deliberate scratch was made on both stamps in the plate so any reprints made would be immediately noticable
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That is fascinating Rod. Thanks!
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Donfromfife, Welcome!

Scoot on over to the Welcome thread and introduce yourself to everybody.

Glad you are here.
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