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John Mowbray with claret stamp

John Mowbray with claret stamp

One of the rarest New Zealand stamps is the 1906 New Zealand Exhibition one-penny claret. When the exhibition committee decided the original printing, with a claret-coloured ink, was too dark, it ordered the stamps to be destroyed. The stamps were reprinted with a brighter vermilion ink. However, one claret sheet accidentally made its way into public circulation. Here John Mowbray of Mowbray Collectibles holds one of these claret stamps up to a magnifying glass in 2004. It sold at auction that year for $20,530.

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Carl Walrond, 'Postage stamps - Stamp collectors and dealers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/32099/john-mowbray-with-claret-stamp (accessed 20 October 2019)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 20 Jun 2012