Australia #440-441 (SG#426a) 1968 5c Soil Science & Medical Congress Issue, a VFNH Gutter Pair

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A pristine and VFNH gutter pair of the 5c Soil Science Congress and Medical Congress stamps from 1968. These stamps were issued in sheets of 100 that contained 2 panes of 50 of each design that were separated by a stamp sixed gutter. Thus every sheet could only have 10 gutter pairs. Like all Australian issues from the 1950's through 1970's that were heavily speculated in the 70's, the price has fallen dramatically since the 1980's. I remember in 1983 when these pairs regularly sold for $40 each in Australia. This price was based on genuine scarcity though, unlike some of the issues of this period. Indeed, this is the first such pair I have seen in a long time. 

Gibbons lists this pair at 6 pounds (approx. $12) for VFNH. The pair offered here grades 84 as follows:

Centering/Margins 54/70 

Paper freshness: 5/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 5/5

Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5

Perforations: 10/10