Postage Stamps: 1869 1st Republic to 1882
FIRST REPUBLIC  -  Otto printings
OTTO BI-COLOURED BOGUS ISSUE 3d dull salmon and dull reddish purple, imperforate on vertically laid cream paper with very good, even margins. Thinned at top, otherwise very fine. Very rare.
Note: Four ‘duties’ of these bi-coloured bogus issues are recorded: 1d, 3d, 6d and 1/-. In Transvaal Philately (1986), Major Mathews quotes an 1880 advertisement stating only 11 sets were printed. Although uncorroborated, it is clear they are very rare. We are only aware of two sets on the market in over 40 years and we have never previously handled any.