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Sale 78: The Westpex Sale

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New Zealand - 1873 Chalon Issue, Perf. 12½, Wmk. NZ & Lozenges

Lots 321-324

Lot 321 o   

New Zealand, 1873, Queen Victoria "Chalon Head", 1d brown, perf 12½, N Z watermark, watermark inverted as usual, barred "C" in oval cancel, well centered amid typically tight margins, strong color and late impression - a characteristic of this late N Z watermark printing, Very Fine and choice, an exceptional example missing from even the most advanced collections; with 2011 Odenweller certificate. Scott No. 45. Campbell Paterson No. A1s.
SG No. 140    £8,000 ($11,040).

WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1873 1D BROWN PERF 12½ WITH "N Z" WATERMARK - A GREAT CHALON HEAD RARITY WITH ONLY A FEW KNOWN TO EXIST.

The 1d brown on NZ watermark paper is so elusive that this issue was not discovered until 1891. It's existence was doubted at the time however the plate wear on this issue could not be accounted for and would be nonexistent on the earlier printings (and in a different color). No unused examples are known and only two multiple are recorded - a rejoined pair and an intact pair on cover.

Realized: $9,500

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Lot 322 ()   

New Zealand, 1873, Queen Victoria "Chalon Head", 2d vermilion, perf 12½, N Z watermark, without gum, deep rich color, Very Fine, a very scarce and elusive stamp in mint condition; with 2011 Odenweller certificate. Scott No. 46. Campbell Paterson No. A2v.
SG No. 141    £1,200 ($1,660).

Realized: $575

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Lot 323 o   

New Zealand, 1872, Queen Victoria "Chalon Head", 2d vermilion, perf 12½, Lozenges watermark, light barred oval cancel, exceptional centering, strong vibrant color, Extremely Fine, a beautiful used gem; with 2014 Odenweller certificate. Scott No. 50. Campbell Paterson No. A2x.
SG No. 142    £500 ($690).

Realized: $850

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Lot 324 o   

New Zealand, 1872, Queen Victoria "Chalon Head", 2d vermilion, perf 12½, Lozenges watermark, an equally scarce variety showing the space between the patterns, light barred "O 70" duplex cancel, wide margins, bright fresh color, Very Fine; with 2011 Odenweller certificate. Scott No. 50 var. Campbell Paterson No. A2x (Z).
SG No. 142 var.    £500 for normal ($690).

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Realized: $325

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