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Switzerland: Zurich 1843 4 rappen, an unused horizontal strip of five.

Switzerland: Zurich 1843 4 rappen, an unused horizontal strip of five.

Printer: Orell, Fussli & Co.

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1843

Shelfmark: Tapling Collection

Item number: 1

Length: 25

Width: 98

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Philatelic item

In 1843 Switzerland, was the second country after Great Britain to issue postage stamps, when the canton of Zurich issued 4 and 6 rappen values.

Unlike the British 1d black and 2d blue, the main feature of the design is the face value. These were printed by lithography by Orell, Fussli & Company of Zurich. In 1850 the stamps of Federal Switzerland superseded them.

The 4 rappen horizontal strip of five is the largest known unsevered multiple and unique thus.

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