The 1 Shilling SPECIMEN stamp is one of the most difficult stamp of classical Cyprus to acquire. With only twenty being produced and a small number known to exist, it usually resides with major or institutionalized collections. Only single copies of this stamp are known to exist unlike the other denominations were a small number of multiples are known. It is noted that for only half of the stamps (10) information for their provenance was found.
The diagrams below show the positions of the stamps within the sheet. The colored shapes indicate the recorded copies and the table lists the source of the information. Different colours are used in order to distinguish the individual pieces and blocks.
Below and on the right, there is a listing of all the stamps, with their unique positions and where these have been recorded.
The sheet layout of the 1 shilling stamp showing the positions of the stamps that were overprinted "SPECIMEN"
The 1 Shilling SPECIMEN stamps
LI David Feldman - "The C.G. Constantinides Collection", 1-6 November 1993 (lot 10278)
LK Mac Donnell Whyte Ltd Dublin - Public Auction, 7 May 2005 (lot 25)
MI Spink - Charilaos Dikaios Sale
9 Nov 2011 (lot 1058)
MJ Karamitsos - Patakias collection
27 June 1998 (lot 2088)
ML Robson Lowe International Ltd - The Elley
Cyprus, 23 March 1976 (lot 79)
David Feldman - "K" Collection
26 May 2000 (lot 10252)
NJ Private Collection
NL Harmer's London - "Great Britain and British Europe", 3-4 May 1978 (lot 41)
Argyll Etkin "Worldwide Stamps and Postal History featuring the William Frew Collection of Cyprus", 6 Mar 2015 (lot 779)
OI Argyll Etkin - "Crutwell Sale", 9 March 2007 (lot 1137)
OK Spink - "The Aphrodite Sale", 24 February 2009 (lot 17)
OL Argyll Etkin - Warwick Sale, 12 November 2010 (lot 1112)
The J.C. North collection, featured at the Robson Lowe Ltd auction of 2 May 1956, page 7, lot 90, is a lot of the 1880 specimen stamps. there is a mention of the 1 shilling stamp without specifying its check letters.
The V.H. Richardson collection sold by Robson Lowe Ltd on 6 July 1960, page 12, lot 139, similarly mentions the presence of the 1 shilling specimen in a large lot of specimens covering the period 1880-1946.
In the "Colonel J.R. Danson" sale of British Europe by Robson Lowe Ltd, lot 1026, features the following specimen stamps: 1/2 d pair, 1 d, 2 1/2 d and the 4 d, without photo or check letters.
Harmers of Londin in their "Great Britain and British Europe" sale of 3-4 May 1978, lot 31, mention a 2 1/2 d specimen stamp.
In the C.G. Constantinides Collection sold by David Feldman on 1-6 November 1993, lot 10297, mentions a 2 1/2 d pair without any further details.
The Millennium Auction sold by David Feldman SA on 26-27 May 2000, page 48, lot 10252, mentions one 6 d specimen stamp without the check letters.