Ceylon 1918-19 'WAR STAMP' 1c on 5c purple, variety watermark inverted and reversed, block of 4 from upper right corner of lower right pane with part interpane margin above, SG335y.
A very fine mint positional block of four with original gum (all stamps unmounted mint).
A very scarce positional piece, pleasing with the variety visible in the right margin from the face.
Stanley Gibbons catalogue value: £480+.
The War Tax stamps included a 1 cent postal tax in addition to the 5 cents postal rate. The additional revenue raised was used to defray the costs of war.
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