All this week we will be featuring highlights from the Crosby Collection.
Lot 580 Prince Edward Island #5DP 1862 2d Queen Victoria Die Proof in Rose Red on Wove Paper with horizontal mesh, measuring 27 x 30 mm. Very fine. Accompanied by a 2017 Greene Foundation certificate identifying it as a “die proof reprint.” Minuse & Pratt unlisted. Based on our research, we have only identified one example of a die proof in rose red for seven different values, the recorded example for the 1d, 3d, 6d and 9d values once graced the Lehr collection sold in 1992. The three remaining values recorded (2d, 1c and 3c) are part of the Crosby collection. Although the Greene Foundation identified these as reprints, they appear to have been printed in the 19th century. Each value is believed to be unique and the reason for their preparation will likely remain a mystery. From the Louis Sidney Crosby Collection of Prince Edward Island. Estimate C$250.