Russian 1866-1875 stamp sheets to auction at Spink

A complete set of sheets for the Russian 1866-1875 series is to cross the block at Spink London on July 20 with a valuation of £40,000-45,000 ($61,539-69,231).

The lot is one of only two surviving sets of the issue extant.

Russian stamps Spink
The Russian stamps were issued between 1866 and 1875

In total there are six perforated sheets, each made up of four panes of 25 stamps, valued from 1k through to 3k.

While the design of the issue remained more or less the same as earlier stamps, advances in technology led to the introduction of watermarks.

An 1897 Chinese large figure revenue surcharge is another highlight, with a valuation of £20,000-25,000 ($30,765-38,457).

The lot is offered in good condition, without gum, and displays strong centring and colours.

A rare Chinese Whole Country is Red stamp is up for auction at David Feldman on July 19.

An 1898-1908 Rhodesia £20 yellow stamp carries an identical estimate of £20,000-25,000 ($30,740-38,435).

It's offered in mint, unmounted condition and is described as "a great rarity of fine appearance and a showpiece".

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