Auction preview: Canadian material to highlight Sept. 1-2 Auction Galleries Hamburg sale

Germany’s Auction Galleries Hamburg is gearing up for a two-day sale featuring several Canadian highlights alongside a wide range of European material.

Scheduled for Sept. 1-2, the sale will feature more than 4,200 lots, among the top Canadian highlights of which is Lot 259, a complete set of 16 stamps from the 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee issue (Scott #50-65). The stamps were issued on June 19, 1897 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign, which eventually lasted 63 years and 216 days—the second-longest reign by a British monarch, having been surpassed by Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 9, 2015.

All of the Diamond Jubilee stamps were engraved, unwatermarked and printed under contract by the American Banknote Co. The stamps’ design features an 18-year-old Queen Victoria in 1837, when she began her reign, and a photograph of the 78-year-old Queen in 1897. This lot is expected to bring 1,250 euros (about $1,855 Cdn.).

Lot 256 is expected to bring nearly $1,500 Cdn.


Lot 256 is a mint block of four 1875 five-cent olive green stamps with perforations measuring 11.5 by 12 (SC #26v). Described by auctioneers as a “very rare multiple” and signed by iconic philatelist and authentication expert Herbert J. Bloch—the speaker at the 1958 banquet of the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada—this lot has an estimate of 1,000 euros (about $1,484 Cdn.).

Other highlights include Lot 263, a complete 1949 King George VI definitive set with each stamp featuring a black “OHMS” (On His Majesty’s Service) overprint. Each stamp is described by auctioneers as mint never hinged, but most of the examples include pencil notations. This lot is expected to bring 50 euros (about $74 Cdn.).

For more information about the upcoming sale, click here.

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