Rhodesia 1910-13 2s6d sepia and deep crimson, variety 'long gash in ear' (position 2), SG156var.
A brilliant quality mint example with large part original gum. A few slightly shortish perforations, mentioned purely for accuracy, and further benefiting from lovely fresh colour.
A very scarce printing variety.
This is probably the most popularly collected area of stamps from Rhodesia, known affectionately as "the double heads", featuring Queen Mary and King George V. They are also widely considered in philatelic circles as being amongst the most attractive stamps ever issued in the world.
The printing varieties, such as this fine rarity, represent the spice of collecting this stamp issue and are highly sought-after. The gash in the Queen's right ear variety only occurred on position 2 of the printing plate. This gash changed progressively as the printing plate was modified or electros were taken off.
The Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is £1,275+.
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