Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Rare 1850 "convict" stamp on display at Australian stamp exhibit

The Pacific Explorer 2005 stamp exhibition opened today at the Darling Harbour convention centre according to the Sydney Morning Herald of New South Wales. Thirty-four countries are participating.

One of the highlights of the show is part of the Tapling Collection. The collection includes the first stamps issued in Australia - the "Sydney Views" of 1850, as they are called - showing "convicts landing at Botany Bay, their fetters taken off, received by Industry, sitting on a bale of goods."

The Tapling Collection is estimated to be worth around $75 million and is one of the most famous stamp holdings in the world. It was bequeathed to the British Library in 1891 by the British MP and cricketer Thomas Keay Tapling,

Other prominent items from the Tapling include the 1847 one penny stamp, pictured, and "two pence" Mauritius stamps and the 1851 two-cent Hawaii stamp from the "Missionary" series."flawed" West Australian fourpenny, with its inverted lettering around a black swan.

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posted by Don Schilling at 7:23 PM