Lot 320, Canada twelve penny black plate proof with vertical SPECIMEN in green, sold for C$4,914

Lot 320, Canada twelve penny black plate proof with vertical SPECIMEN in green, sold for C$4,914Lot 320 Canada #3Piii 12d Queen Victoria Plate Proof in Black with Vertical SPECIMEN in Green, on card-mounted India paper, with four margins, very fine. The rarest of the four issued plate proofs in black, and rarely offered. Rsv. $2,900. Unitrade CV$6,500, sold for C$4,200.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 8, Canada twelve penny plate proof with diagonal SPECIMEN in carmine, sold for C$4,446

Lot 8, Canada twelve penny plate proof with diagonal SPECIMEN in carmineLot 8 Canada #3Pii 12d Queen Victoria Plate Proof in Black, with Diagonal SPECIMEN Overprint in Carmine, on India paper, with large to very large margins, very fine. Accompanied by a 2007 Saskatoon Stamp Centre certificate of authenticity. The diagonal specimen proof is rarely seen in this lovely quality, and several of the recorded examples have small faults. From the Outaouais Collection. Unitrade CV$5,000, sold for $3,800 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 509, Australia first two sets of Postage Dues with SPECIMEN overprints, sold for C$2,223

Lot 509 Australia #J1S-J20S 1902-04 First Two Sets of Postage Dues with Various SPECIMEN Overprints, with 44 stamps (missing a few values in range) all on two large sheets, with several strikes of “POSTES ET TELEGRAPHES / MADAGASCAR / COLLECTION DE BERNE” handstamps in red. There is a notation at bottom of first sheet reading “Quarante deux figurines postales / Certifié conforme” and signed by the “Directeur des Postes et Télégraphes”, second sheet similar except “Trois figurines…”. We note different SPECIMEN overprints, either serifed or non serifed, horizontal or vertical (reading up or down). There is another stamp on the first sheet, that of New South Wales Scott #108 (specimen overprint catalogues $52). A great group, likely unique and a must have for any serious Australia collector. Both pages scanned online. Rsv. Estimate $2,000, sold for C$1,900.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.