Lot 881Philippines, 1868-74, "HABILITADO POR LA NACION", 5c Vermilion, Double Inverted Overprint, left copy in a right margin horizontal pair with normal with "faint double overprint", clear to just cutting margins the other sides, pair, part o.g. (h.r.), each copy affected by some small faults, attractive Very Fine appearance, a rare showpiece with only 5 mint overprinted stamps known and this pair being the only recorded multiple and incorporating the only recorded overprint variety. Very important item for any serious Spanish Philippines collection; with 2009 A.P.S. certificate stating "right stamp has light creases" only.
Scott Nos. 27A; $16,000 + (as 2 normal singles) Estimate $6,000 - 8,000.