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Transvaal: 1870 imperforate 1/- deep green, an unused tête-bêche pair.

Transvaal: 1870 imperforate 1/- deep green, an unused tête-bêche pair.

Printer: Adolph Otto

Medium: Surface printed

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Tapling Collection

Item number: 1

Genre: Philatelic item

Transvaal, formerly South African Republic, and now part of South Africa, issued stamps from 1870.

The printing plates were first made and printed from, by Adolph Otto of Gustrow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, in Germany. Over the years to 1883 these and other similar printing plates were used by a variety of local printers in Transvaal, including for overprinted stamps during the first British occupation following annexation in 1876.

The 6d and 1/- plates are known with one of the impressions upside-down in relation to those next to it, this is known as tête-bechê.

This is the only recorded tête-bechê pair of the 1/- deep green of 1870.

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