November 14th, 2016

1854 Indian 4 annas invert stamp expected to reach US$174,500! Latest auction news is glad to introduce to collectors' attention the latest auction news from the world of philately: 1854 Indian 4 annas invert error stampis expected to reach US$174,500 at Robert A Siegel in New York.

The stamp displays an inverted head and is one of only 28 such specimens recorded. All are used and vary in how the margins have been cut.

The 1854 issue was India's first nationwide postage stamp (it was preceded by the ScindeDawk two years earlier – although that was restricted to local use in the modern day Sindh province of Pakistan). The 4 annas was one of the world's earliest multi-coloured stamps. As a multi-stage printing was required, there was more chance of errors occurring.

Siegel explains: "Miraculously, no mention of this error was made until 1874 where an example was exhibited at a Royal Philatelic Society London meeting. Since then, this error has been a highly sought after item and examples have graced some of the finest collections of India ever formed". Sourced by

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