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Hi Bill,

Many thanks - I have only found the Crown to Right of A on the 1/2d and two of the 2d so far on the monos, but they were nice to find anyway, despite being listed. Of these 2d's, I have one each with both the OS perforation types (type F and Type J) which was good to see too. I shall delve closer into them on my day off tomorrow and try and get a handle on some shades. All good clean fun !

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Jerry,

Here is a part page relevant to your question regarding the difference with the word "Papua" on the Small and Large Papua lithographs. This is from the excellent book mentioned by Bill on the previous page that my colleagues Michael Parr and "Robbo" Robinson wrote (apologies for the left side of the scan, hard to bend the book without damaging it):

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P.S. One of my contributions is the front section "Queensland Issues Used in British New Guuinea"
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Hi Tony,

Many thanks for this - it was certainly a huge help compared to the illustrations that I found in my Robson Lowe, which were tiny and not easily distinguishable anyway. I have picked out only 4 so far of the large issues from my pile, compared to about 70 of the small. All perf OS.

I also got forwarded some brilliant scans from Mark of full sheets of the two types of OS that were used to puncture the issues, which has solved another of my ongoing issues, namely the variances of the 'offset' Type J OS punctures.

I had raised this with a colleague and mentioned that one particular OS version looks extremely close (but not quite) like the Melbourne Type F OS punctures used in some Aussie states punctures as well as with these Papua issues. His scan showed me exactly why this was the case, as one of the punctures in the Type F sheet has the O and S pretty much in line with each other. A good mystery solved.
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A cover I recently found on wonderful Delcampe site. Not a great scan by the seller, they have it up for sale for around $8AU.

Looks to have the deformed d and 2 on the ½, but sadly the cover has been in the blotchy wars.
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Unfortunately every 1½d. of the bicolour issues has the same pantograph flaw with the figures in the right side value tablet.

In that condition, even at $8, I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole :!:

The franking is the correct Empire letter rate for 1925.
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Thanks Lakatoi, I thought I ask anyway.


Much appreciated
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Sold this within hours of listing it today on my Rarity Page, as the price was attractive, but thought it was worth adding here for the record, as a very striking and unique 1905 2/6d Lakatoi piece. The record Multiple, as it appears the Rod Perry sold block of 9 from 44 years in 1977 was broken down into the super saleable singles, during the 1980 Stamp boom sadly. :mrgreen:

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1901/1905 British New Guinea Lakatoi 2/6d, the very LARGEST surviving Block - ex John DuPont!: An amazing survivor after 120 years. The 2/6d Black and Brown, watermark vertical, on thin paper as can be clearly seen on scan. This 2/6d was the top value possible there for many years, and was their ‘£2 Roo’ of the country. Indeed the 2/6d had a very short life, being first issued 1905, and was replaced in 1906 by the PAPUA overprint. Wonderfully fresh and flat and clean - four units are MUH original gum and the other 2 stamps and margins have barest hinge touches. A MUH original gum single of these is near unheard of, and sells for several times a hinged copy, like the first issue Roos, and are of course $2,000 a SINGLE! A wonderful and UNIQUE top left corner block 6, with some minor plateable flaws of course I feel sure for the specialist.

Terrific freshness and Provenance - been in the Northern Hemisphere most of its life. Deep bright vibrant colours as you can see, recess printed by De La Rue in London, and with razor sharp, crisp plate impression, almost proof-like. If ever there was a Blue Chip item to tuck away for ‘the bottom drawer’, or an absolute essential buy for any Gold Medal PAPUA exhibit - it is this one! Mark Franklin’s superb Papua handbook advises of the various 2/6d Lakatois, only 2,234 were sold in totality, and of course many of those were used postally. By far the largest multiple surviving of ANY of the 2/6d BNG issues - even the mind blowing award winning Papua collections of Peter Troy, and Tim Ryback auctioned in recent times, did not even own a block of FOUR of any BNG 2/6d Lakatoi version!

From the legendary Billionaire John DuPont collection, who died in USA prison of course, for murdering his boyfriend, and who also owned the legendary 1856 1d Black on Magenta British Guiana, which sold in recent years for about $US10 million alone. Along with his other fine stamp collections. Much more on that DuPont stamp sale circus here - www.tinyurl.com/DuPontBNG This very same block 6 was invoiced by Prestige Auctions in August 2013, for $A14,500, on an estimate of $15,000. Due to a very fortunate purchase, I can offer if for $4,000 LESS than that Public Auction price of 8 years back - a UNIQUE piece for the Connoisseur, and near all are fresh, flat, MUH original gum. (Stock 492LC)


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Hope nobody minds, but just adding up a nice Daru cancel I picked up at a fair... different type to my other Daru cancel and relatively sock on the nose!
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Lundy,

A nice CDS cancel 8-)

Relatively rare to have a CDS cancelling a BNG stamp on cover in that era. The regulations were to cancel stamps with the barred obliterator and the CDS was to be applied to the cover front. The barred obliterator in the case of the Daru PO would be the 10 bar type.

The same thing sometimes occurred with Queensland stamps in that era as BNG was administered by Queensland early on.
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Thanks Tony, really appreciate the extra information which I will add alongside it in my collection

Thanks again

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Hi All

I'm wondering if the 'line through P of Postage left" on this 1d Lakatoi is a known flaw?

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borsac wrote: 17 Aug 2022 19:04 Hi All

I'm wondering if the 'line through P of Postage left" on this 1d Lakatoi is a known flaw?

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Hi Tony,

Yes, it is a known flaw and occurs on Position 9 of the sheet.

It is found on SG 49, SG 60 & SG 67.

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Thank you Bill
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