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1904 Pictorial 4d Lake Taupo invert

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Date of production  1904 (1904)
Number in existence  1
Estimated value  NZ$125,000
Nature of rarity  Invert error
Face value  4d
1904 Pictorial 4d Lake Taupo invert

The 1904 Pictorial 4d Lake Taupo invert is a postage stamp error considered to be the rarest New Zealand stamp. The centre vignette is inverted in relation to the outer frame. The stamp was discovered in a schoolboy album in 1930 and no other copy has been found since then.

The 4d stamp depicts Lake Taupo in New Zealand's North Island. It was part of the first pictorial series originally issued in 1898 but reissued in different colours and sizes in 1899 and 1900. The same design was used for a 1d value issued in 1898.

The sole example is used, postmarked Picton 1904.

Previous owners

  • Jack Dennett (the discoverer)
  • Marquis De Rosny
  • Robert W. Lyman
  • New Zealand Post
  • In 2010 NZ Post deposited the stamp in the New Zealand national museum Te Papa on a long term loan.

    References

    1904 Pictorial 4d Lake Taupo invert Wikipedia


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