Tonga 1962 1s "Emancipation" 1s blue and black error, SG125a

SKU: JC2967

Sale price£175
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Tonga 1962 (7 Feb) "Emancipation" 1s blue and black, type 59 overprint, ERROR OVERPRINT INVERTED, SG125a.

A fine used example of this great rarity with part circular date stamp. In superb condition, other than a trivial surface mark.

A key British Commonwealth rarity, being one of 28 examples used on first day covers at Vavau (from a half-sheet of 30 issued).

The overprinted stamps were issued in celebration of the Centenary of Emancipation. Emancipation Day remains a public holiday in the Kingdom of Tonga to this day celebrating the abolition of the system of serfdom which had been used by the local chiefs for centuries as a means of forced labour. On June 4th 1862, Tonga's first Christian king, George Tupuo I declared the abolition of serfdom in the official emancipation edict as part of his 1862 Code of Laws.

The Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is £200, which appears undervalued in the context of this stamp's rarity.

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