SWITZERLAND – 1843, Double Geneva stamp – worth $34,500

1843, Double Geneva stamp

A rare Double Geneva of 1843 is the third oldest European stamp issue after the Zurich 4 and 6 (1842), and the British Penny Black and Two penny blue, (1840). This is unusual early issue from Geneva, Switzerland, that is really two stamps in one. It is printed in black on yellow-green paper and its design comprises twin coats of arms, each surrounded by the words “Poste de Geneve/5 C/Port local” within a square. The interesting fact about this item is that its half was only used within the city, whereas the whole stamp paid the rate to other towns in the Geneva canton. One of the specimens of this notable Swiss stamp brought $34,500 at Cherrystone sale that took place in March, 2015.

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