The Victor Hugo Cover

The Victor Hugo cover franked with three examples of Great Britain’s most iconic stamp now has three certificates of opinion from three philatelic expert bodies declaring the stamps as completely genuine.

TrioThe Victor Hugo cover, which was sent by Victor Hugo from Guernsey to his publishers in Brussels on Monday the 27th November 1865, is franked with three of of the world’s most iconic stamps – the Great Britain 1858-79 1d rose-red showing a plate number 77.

Only six other examples of this stamp are still known to exist today. One unused example, stamp AB, resides in the Royal collection, one unused example, stamp BA owned by Tapling and a used example, stamp PH, reside at the British Library, and three used examples stamps LL, PI and MI in private hands.

The whereabouts of the unused stamp AC are unknown and there is nor definitive evidenece that the documented stamp NC does exist.

This cover is the most forensically tested philatelic item known. Scientific examinations by internationally recognised bodies using state of the art analytical equipment (unprecedented in philatelic history) have unequivocally demonstrated that the stamps are completely genuine. The Victor Hugo cover now has three certificates of opinion from three philatelic expert bodies declaring the stamps as completely genuine.

A cover written in the hand of the famous playwright Victor Hugo franked with three used examples of this stamp can only be regarded as a World-Class Philatelic Gem.

The interesting fact however is that all three stamps originate from re-engraved impressions form Plate 73 which were, for whatever reason, altered temporarily to read a plate ’77’ and then back again.

This enigma has shed the spot light on the origin of all the accepted Plate 77 stamps.

Clearly the discovery of the Victor Hugo cover has certainly opened new grounds for research on the 1958-79 issue.