An 1851 12-penny black specimen plate proof (Scott #3P) is expected to bring $1,000 at All Nations Stamp and Coin’s 1,200th auction this weekend.
To be offered as Lot 8, the stamp has a vertical ”SPECIMEN” overprint in carmine towards the right side. It’s described by auctioneers as being in Very Fine condition.
The first issue of the Pence series, the 12-penny black was printed by the New York firm Rawdon, Wright, Hatch and Edson. The original die was engraved by Alfred Jones based on Alfred Chalon’s portrait of a young Queen Victoria that was also used on the stamps of other British colonies.
Beginning at noon on March 9, the 200-lot sale will take place at the auction house’s Vancouver headquarters. It features Canada, British Columbia and world stamps and postal history as well as coins, scrip and ephemera.
As with every weekly All Nations auction, no buyer’s premium or additional credit card fees are charged to bidders.
For more information, visit allnationsstampandcoin.com.