British Levant 1916 'Salonica' 4d grey-green, type S1 overprint, block of 4, upper pair with inverted albino overprints on the gummed side, SG5var.
A brilliant quality unmounted mint block of four with full original gum , which is exceptional to find for this. Minor bends and one shortish perforation, but remains of very fine appearance.
A very scarce block, with only 480 examples printed of the basic stamp.
Accompanied with a Royal Philatelic Society (RPS) certificate of authenticity (2010).
Stanley Gibbons catalogue value: £760++.
The term British Levant has been adopted by stamp collectors to describe the stamp issues from various British Post Offices within the former Turkish Empire.
These overprints of British stamps were originally prepared for use by a civilian post office to be set up on Mouth Athos, Northern Greece. When the project was abandoned, they were placed on sale at the Army Field office in Salonica.
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