British Levant 1916 'Salonica' 4d grey-green, type S1 overprint, vertical strip of three, all with inverted albino overprints on the gummed side, SG5var.
A brilliant quality mint strip of three with original gum (lower pair are unmounted mint, which is exceptional to find for this).
A most unusual multiple and very scarce with only 480 examples printed of the basic stamp.
Accompanied with a copy of the Royal Philatelic Society (RPS) certificate of authenticity (1980) for a block of nine from which this strip originated.
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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