Beautiful Ballarat — Weekly Feature #385

WF385Gold was discovered in 1850 near the tiny village of Ballarat, in Victoria, Australia. Within a year, the 10,000 miners that flocked to the area made this village the largest population center in Victoria. It is now a tourist destination in part because of the beautiful Victorian architecture.

The first stamps for Victoria were issued in 1850 (ahead of Canada) and were designed and printed locally by lithography. Many of these early stamps have poor quality printing from worn plates and identification can be a challenge. Printed successively by Ham, then Campbell, Ferguson and Calvert the best readily available guide to the early printings is found in the Stanley Gibbons catalogues. Also still available is the outstanding work by Geoff Kellow on “The Stamps of Victoria.” This week we offer a pair of two penny “Queen on Throne.” These stamps had position letters similar to the line engraved issues of Great Britain, but in a more complex sequence. The two combinations of this pair SW/TX relate to positions 18 and 19 of the 50 stamps in a pane of 50. The pair has well clear to full margins and a barred numeral 5 cancel of Ballarat and is the March 1855 printing by Campbell and Ferguson.

The pair has a 2008 Sismondo Certificate: “genuine in all respects, postally used, with complete margins on all four sides, and is in sound condition, being free from hidden faults or repairs at the time of examination. I have signed it.”
The pair is the red lilac shade Scott Classic #16a, SG #36.
Our Price: $75

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