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France: 1853-61, 1 franc carmine, an unused tête-bêche pair.

France: 1853-61, 1 franc carmine, an unused tête-bêche pair.

Printer: Anatole A. Hulot

Medium: Surface printed

Date: 1853

Shelfmark: Tapling Collection

Item number: 1

Length: 24

Width: 41

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Philatelic item

Louis Napoleon became Emperor Napoleon III in 1852 and his head appears on the stamps of the 1853-61 series.

Many of the early stamps of France exist where one of the impressions is upside-down in relation to those next to it or tête-bechê. These tête-bechê varieties are something of a mystery as it is not known why the plate maker and printer, Anatole A Hulot, produced them in this way.

This 1 franc carmine tête-bechê pair is one of the great rarities of French philately.

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