Lagos #53s 10/- Dark Brown and Dull Green King Edward VII, 1903-1904 Single Crown CA Issue, A VF Mint Specimen Overprint

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A well centered and very fine mint OG example of the 10/- dark brown and dull green King Edward VII stamp from the 1903-1904 Crown CA issue, with Specimen overprint.

The specimen overprints were produced only for distribution to member nations to the UPU and as such fewer than 400 of each stamp exist so overprinted. 

Gibbons only prices the set for the specimen overprints. However a fair estimate for this stamp is $238, based on the catalogue price for a specimen set and the price for the unoverprinted stamp, which is 350 pounds ($700). Mild gum toning, as is often found with these - the specimens were usually affixed to specimen books, so examples with pristine gum are very rare. The stamp offered here grades 79 as follows:

Centering/margins: 50/70 

Paper freshness: 4/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 5/5

Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5

Perforations: 10/10

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