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Issue Date

1861

Issuer

Cape of Good Hope

Known For

Rare error in Cape of Good Hope Stamps.

Approximate Value

15,000 pounds sterling

History

Cape of Good Hope stamps were printed by Messrs. Perkins, Bacon & Co. The stamps were created by a Cape of Good Hope surveyor and was supposedly designed in a triangular shape so that even the illiterate can tell that it is not a stamp from another country.

The design of the is that of a female figure sitting on top of an anchor, which is resting on top of a rock, symbolizing the Cape.

The Woodblock Stamps were printed in 1861 and comes in both 1 penny and 4 penny forms. The 1 penny Woodblock Stamp comes in the color Vermillion while the 4 penny Woodblock Stamp comes in the color Blue.

However, as is common during this error, the 1 penny stamp sometimes is accidentally printed with the color blue:

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and the 4 penny stamp is accidentally printed with the color vermillion

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