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Iceland: Revenues: Customs Cancels - Tollur  
From August 1924 through 30 November 1938, "Tollur" cancellations were used to cancel postage stamps that were used to pay customs / import duties / taxes. Because the duty amounts collected were often large, Tollur cancellations are more common on high denomination stamps than low denomination stamps. Due to patterns of use and issue dates of the stamps, many stamps are significantly scarcer with Tollur cancels than with postal cancels.

Well-struck, well-centered Tollur cancellations are unusual, and especially on well-centered stamps -- such items command significant premiums even on otherwise common stamps. Tollur-canceled blocks of some stamp issues range from scarce to rare, especially in undamaged condition.

This is just a sampling of unusual and high-quality items from my stock. Want lists are welcome for all stamps that exist with Tollur cancellations.
The cancellation devices were issued to all post offices and customs collecting stations located in port towns. As there were more than 50 devices in use, there are some type differences and at least two typefaces are recorded, however these various differences are usually difficult to discern on canceled stamps. Stamps issued after 30 November 1938 that bear Tollur cancels are "after canceled" and are not genuine usages.

Certain stamp issues were specifically not allowed to be used to pay customs duties, thus these are extremely scarce with Tollur cancels: 1930 Parliament and 1934 Airmails were excluded, but apparently after some had been used. Documentation has not been found that the other airmail stamps or the semi-postal stamps were disallowed, however, their extreme scarcity suggests that they were not permitted. The literature does not address the use of Official stamps, however, their extreme scarcity with Tollur cancels suggest that use was at least not regular. Before the introduction of the Tollur cancellation devices, such usages were canceled with sewing machines, punches, handwriten dates and lines, etc. -- such items are scarce.
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235078
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Tollur FULL DOCUMENT: 142 in two 5-strips and a pair Fine, plus 196 VF single. One 142 with 1937 postal cancellation. On back of complete import invoice, showing the normal practice that several stamp will have a Tollur cancellation and one stamp always has a dated postal cancellation. This also shows why low-denomination stamps tend to be very scarce with Tollur cancellations, of the 13 stamps (120.05 kronur) only one stamp is low-denomination. Such documents are RARE as those that survived initially were then usually destroyed by collectors to obtain the postal-canceled stamp. Even though the individual Tollur-canceled and postal-canceled stamps on this piece total around $160, on the piece they have MUCH greater value. The document had been folded in its earlier life and most recently, for exhibition, a fold at the bottom third was used to nicely show all the essential features -- not all documents are so easily exhibitable as this example. I have only been able to previously offer such full documents one or two times in the last 38 years!
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235076
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Tollur Piece of Document: 142 Fine 3-strip and 186 VF pair with Tollur cancellations; 174 F-VF with postal cancellation (date unclear). On back of piece of import invoice, showing the normal practice that several stamp will have a Tollur cancellation and one stamp always has a dated postal cancellation. Such pieces are extremely scarce as they were usually destroyed to obtain the postal-canceled stamp. Even though the individual Tollur-canceled stamps on this piece total only around $50, on the piece they have much greater value. I have only been able to offer such pieces four or five times in the last 38 years! Website image shows the "raw" item and how it had been (and still is) mounted for exhibition, making it look nicer.
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235077
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Tollur Piece of Document: 142 Fine thin and 186 F-VF 3-strip with Tollur cancellations; the last 186 with 1937 postal cancellation. On back of piece of import invoice, showing the normal practice that several stamp will have a Tollur cancellation and one stamp always has a dated postal cancellation. Such pieces are extremely scarce as they were usually destroyed to obtain the postal-canceled stamp. Even though the individual Tollur-canceled and postal-canceled stamps on this piece total only around $104, on the piece they have much greater value -- this is even more true when the postal-canceled stamp (186) is valuable in its own right. I have only been able to offer such pieces four or five times in the last 38 years! Website image shows the "raw" item and how it had been (and still is) mounted for exhibition, making it look nicer.
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209871
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108 F-VF 4-block with Superb strikes of Tollur cancellations. Small thin and one pp on lower right stamp, but really looks nice!
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34.00

234975
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108 VF+ pair with Superb Tollur cancellation. Very scarce so nice!
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29.00

233709
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108 F-VF with Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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12.00

237032
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108 F-VF+ with Tollur cancellation.
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14.00

237033
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108 F-VF+ with Tollur cancellation.
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237034
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109 F-VF+ PAIR with two Superb Tollur cancellation strikes. Left stamp creased, but pair looks terrific.
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22.00

233710
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109 VF with Tollur cancellation. Very nice.
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12.00

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237036
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109 VF with neat Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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12.00

237037
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109 VF with neat Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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12.00

237038
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109 VF with neat Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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12.00

237039
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109 F-VF with neat Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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237040
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109 F-VF with neat Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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10.00

237041
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109 Fine with full Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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10.00

237042
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109 Average centered with near Tollur cancellation.
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233715
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110 F-VF with Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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9.50

237043
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110 Fine++ with neat Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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11.00

237044
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110 Fine with full Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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11.00

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237045
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110 Fine with neat Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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8.50

237049
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110 Average centered with neat Tollur cancellation.
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5.50

237050
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112 F-VF with complete, upright, horizontal Tollur cancellation. The small-size stamps are very scarce with such perfectly centered Tollur cancels!
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22.00

237052
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112 F-VF neat Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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12.00

231579
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112 Average with Tollur cancellation.
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6.00

209881
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113 VF with Tollur cancellation. Scarce so nice.
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18.00

237053
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113 VF very nice Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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237054
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113 VF very nice Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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18.00

233719
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113 F-VF with Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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14.00

233720
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113 Fine with Tollur cancellation.
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10.50

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237058
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113 Average centered, neat Tollur cancellation.
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5.00

209886
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114 F-VF+ with Tollur cancellation.
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233721
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114 F-VF with Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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233723
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114 F-VF with Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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12.00

233725
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114 Fine with Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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8.50

209797
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117 Fine 4-block with Tollur cancellations.
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43.00

237063
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117 F-VF/VF 4-BLOCK with two Superb Tollur cancellations. Wonderful!
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90.00

237060
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117 F-VF, with full Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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13.00

237061
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117 F-VF neat Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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12.00

233727
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117 Fine with Tollur cancellation.
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7.50

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233728
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117 Fine with Tollur cancellation.
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7.50

237062
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117 Fine centered separated pair showing full Tollur cancellation between them. Attractive.
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18.00

233730
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117 Average with Tollur cancellation.
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4.50

209801
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120 Fine+ 4-block with Tollur cancellations.
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209802
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120 Fine+ 8-block with Tollur cancellations. Very attractive and unusual.
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95.00

209890
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120 VF with Tollur cancellation. Scarce so nice.
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12.00

233732
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120 F-VF with Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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8.50

233734
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120 Fine with Tollur cancellation.
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6.50

237065
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121 VF with neat, full Tollur cancellation, but light crease. Very attractive.
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237066
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121 VF with neat, full Tollur cancellation, but light crease. Very attractive.
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11.00

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234209
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121 F-VF with F-VF Tollur cancellation. Very attractive with bright color.
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234986
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121 F-VF with Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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12.00

237068
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121 Fine with complete Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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237069
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121 Fine with complete Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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10.00

237070
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121 Average centered with VF complete Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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7.50

237071
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121 Average centered, neat Tollur cancellation, but light crease. Attractive.
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4.50

237072
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121 Average centered, neat Tollur cancellation, but light crease. Attractive.
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4.50

209872
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122 VF 4-block with VF strikes of Tollur cancellations. Upper left stamp with tiny tear, but block really looks nice!
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34.00

234210
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122 F-VF with VF Tollur cancellation, but thin spot. Attractive.
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7.00

237073
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122 F-VF with VF, complete, well centered Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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15.00

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237074
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122 F-VF+ neat Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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12.00

237075
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122 F-VF+ neat Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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12.00

233738
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122 Average with Tollur cancellation.
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4.50

234988
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123 F-VF with Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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237216
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123 F-VF with nice Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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237077
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124 VF centered, but rounded upper left corner (not obvious from front). Very nice Tollur cancellation. This stamp has turned out to be scarcer than thought with Tollur cancel.
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7.50

209899
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126 Superb with Tollur cancellation. Scarce so nice.
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5.00

237078
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126 Superb centered with neat Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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237080
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126 VF centered with neat Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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237082
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126 Fine centered with complete and perfectly centered Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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5.00

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209873
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126, Facit #142v1 variety (white bulge to the right of the "1") Fine 4-block Tollur cancels. The variety on both left-side stamps (an entire 10-stamp column consisted of this variety, however, nice multiple like this is are scarce). Very attractive and unusual!
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234992
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126 with Facit variety # 142v1 (white bump on right side of numeral "1"). VF with Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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234993
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126 with Facit variety # 142v1 (white bump on right side of numeral "1"). VF with Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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6.00

237083
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127 Superb centered with complete Tollur cancellation. A beauty!
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12.00

237084
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127 Superb centered with neat Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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8.00

209903
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127 VF with Tollur cancellation. Scarce so nice.
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6.00

237086
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127 VF neat Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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6.00

234995
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127 F-VF with full Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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237087
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127 F-VF neat Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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4.50

237088
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127 F-VF neat Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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4.50

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128 Superb pair with Tollur cancellations. Scarce so nice.
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237089
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128 Superb horizontal pair with two neat Tollur cancellations. Very attractive.
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237093
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128 Superb with nice Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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237090
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128 F-VF+ horizontal pair with neat Tollur cancellations. Attractive.
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237091
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128 F-VF+ horizontal pair with single nice Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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237092
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128 VF with nice complete Tollur cancellation. Attractive.
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237095
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128 VF with nice Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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237097
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128 F-VF with nice Tollur cancellation. Very attractive.
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3.75

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