Nauru 1916-23 2s6d (pale) sepia-brown, De La Rue printing, showing 'overprint treble, two albino', with the abino impressions respectively 3½mm to left/2½mm above, and 16mm to left/2mm above, in relation to the inked overprint, SG19b.
A fine mint example with original gum.
An extraordinary stamp, from R4/3 of the one 2s6d complete sheet received in Nauru prior to 2 Sept 1916, which showed 'double overprint one albino' on rows 1-3 and 'treble overprint one abino' on rows 4-5, having apparently been overprinted (? as a trial) with a setting of 4 in a single row.
This sheet remained intact (finally in the possession of Sir John Dodd) until broken up in the 1960s, as explained by Buckingham (see pp. 68-9 and 110-11 of his book).
Provenance: Ex Keith Buckingham (Grosvenor 28/2/2006, lot 895).
Accompanied with a British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate of authenticity (1968) as former SG 19a ('deep brown'), and illustrated on p.82 of Buckingham's book.
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