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Suit: King of Hearts 
Country: Greece 
Name: Solferino 
Year: 1870 
Denomination: 40 lepta 
Description: The Solferino - error of color - is the rarest of all Greek stamps, featuring the profile head of Hermes (Mercury) the messenger of the Greek gods. All copies were used in Piraeus, Greece. These stamps were most impressive because of their striking salmon color. The Greek stamps had control numbers printed on the back of the stamps. These figures on the back were printed in lilac-rose ink. Somehow the front side of one sheet of the 40 lepta was printed in the lilac-rose ink. This resulted in the famous 'Solferino' error of color, which was described by early philatelists as 'dark red' rather than lilac-rose. At the 1984 'Maximus' collection of Greek stamps, the 'Solferino' sold for $107,000.00, the highest price ever paid for a Greek issue. The auction was conducted by David Feldman during March 29-30, 1984 in Zurich, Switzerland. 
Color: Lilac-rose ink on Greenish paper 
Used/Unused: Used 
Perf/Imperf: Imperforate 
Cancel marks: Light cancel 
Catalog: Scott 37a 

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