All Nations Stamp and Coin has opened its 1,100th weekly auction, which features material from the Major General George Pearkes Collection, including a Victoria Cross-themed stamp page signed by the Canadian Victoria Cross recipient.
Pearkes was awarded the Victoria Cross as well as a Military Cross and a Distinguished Service Order for his bravery at Passchendaele in 1917. He eventually served as the 20th lieutenant governor of British Columbia from 1960-68.
Lot 1 of All Nations Auction No. 1100 is a used one-penny Victoria Cross stamp issued by Australia in 1900 (Scott #B3) and formerly owned by Pearkes. The stamp is on a page and cancelled with a circular date stamp. The page, which is signed by Pearkes, has a pre-sale estimate of $100.
1851 12-PENNY BLACK
Other highlights include two interesting rarities: Lot 8, a faulty 1851 12-penny black, of which only 104 examples have survived, and Lot 70, the first postage stamp issued by British Columbia and Vancouver Island.
The used 12-penny black (SC #3) is in Very Good condition. This “faulty space-filler” has a pre-sale estimate of $5,000.
Rounding out the highlights is the 1860 two-and-a-half pence (British Columbia #1) in Very Fine unused condition. This lot is expected to bring at least $10,000.
The sale closes at noon on March 18 at All Nations headquarters in Vancouver, B.C.
For more information, visit allnationsstampandcoin.com/auction.html.