Gambia 1869-72 4d pale brown, no watermark, imperforate with large to huge margins from top of sheet, showing significant downward misplacement of embossing, SG2.
A brilliant quality mint example with original gum. Light gum bend, mentioned for accuracy and inconsequential to overall very fine quality.
The first stamps issued for the West African colony of Gambia are noted for their simple but effective design. They were printed from 1869 by the London printers, De La Rue & Co.
The coloured background was typographed first, showing the name ‘Gambia’ in white letters at the top and the value in words in a matching panel at the bottom. A profile head of Queen Victoria was then embossed in white on it. This gave a cameo effect, similar to a brooch. The stamps are known as the "Cameos".
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