Ascension 1946 Victory 2d and 4d, perforations 'SPECIMEN' (type D21), SG48s/9s.
Very fine and fresh mint examples with original gum. The 4d stamp has a small trace of a gum tone speck, mentioned purely for accuracy and not detracting from overall quality.
These "SPECIMEN" examples were used solely by postal administrations for reference purposes to help spot any attempted forgeries.
The Ascension specimens are generally considered to be the most difficult to find of all the colonial Victory specimens.
The Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is £450.
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