South Africa 1944-50 1½d blue-green and yellow-buff "Gold Mine" Official, HORIZONTAL type O2 overprint (11-12mm space, as used for ½d value in vertical format), horizontal pair, SGO34var.
A fine unmounted mint pair with full original gum.
A rare item of significant philatelic interest as its status is unclear. It is mentioned in the footnote below SGO35 in the Stanley Gibbons British Commonwealth & Empire catalogue. (King George VI CW catalogue number: O19b.)
Accompanied with a King George VI Expertising cert (2006).
N.B. The article "1½d Official, Horizontal Overprint" (Bob Hisey, The Springbok, vol 52/4 (Oct/Dec 2004), pp 112-4 makes a case for this having been issued in error, rather than a clandestine printing.
Stanley Gibbons catalogue value: £1,000.
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