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Somali Coast

Inverted Centre on Definitive Issue of 1902

Inverted Centre

According to L.N. Williams the term "vignette" is often used with reference to the stamp's central and most prominent feature (101); he procedes to explain that, strictly speaking, a "vignette" has shading around the edges to help blend the design into the surrounding paper (108).

The inverted vignette of Somalis on a camel on this 1902 definitive is, according to the Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, the product of a fraudulent printing done in Paris. Imperforates, transposed colours and inverted centres exist for most of the 1902 and 1903 issues.


"Somali Coast." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. 1997.

Williams, L.N. Fundamentals of Philately. State College, Penn.: American Philatelic Society, 1990.



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