Switzerland: 1847 Basel Dove 2½ rappen

Description

Before the formation of a federal state in 1848, Switzerland was a loose confederation of independent cantons, each having their own postal arrangements. It was during this period that the city of Basel issued its one and only stamp, the famous ‘Basel Dove’. This is the first stamp in the world to have been printed in three colours, as well as the first to include embossing in the design. Because of the beauty of the design this is a popular stamp, and an unused pair is particularly rare.

Full title:
Switzerland -1847 Basel Dove 2½ rappen, vertical pair unused
Created:
1847, Switzerland
Format:
Philatelic item
Copyright:
© British Library
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Tapling Collection

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