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Stamp SetA major error was found in the sheet of 30 Fils overprint. The error is found in Row 7/8 and reads 20 Fils in Arabic instead of the intended 30 Fils. Donaldson writes that the error, which was caused by the typesetting, was discovered at the beginning of the printing run and was corrected. The incorrectly surcharged sheets, together with other spoiled sheets (all of which had to be accounted for), were dispatched to the G.P.O. in London for destruction. Five sheets were apparently overlooked and were included with the corrected supply sent to the Post Office in Abu Dhabi leaving only 5 stamps with this very rare error.
Type of StampDefinitive
Web Cat.18z
Scotts Cat.Not Listed
Michel Cat.Not Listed
CountryAbu Dhabi
Issue Date01-Oct-1966
Denomination30 Fils on 30 Naye Paise
ColourRed-Orange
Perforation14 ½
Quantity5
DesignM.C. Farrar-Bell
DescriptionThe Second Definitive Issue – Arabic 20 instead of 30 Fils Error - 1966
PrinterOverprint and Surcharge was done by the Arabian Printing & Publishing House (Photogravure by Harrison & Sons of London).
CommentsBesides my own copy of this stamp, which is found in a block of 16, I know the whereabouts of one more copy. This copy is found in a full sheet. If you have or know the whereabouts of any of the persumed remaining three copies please report this to me via this website – Thank you! Your webmaster.

Four of the five sheets were also unusual in that, in addition to the usual Cylinder Number (1A) below Row 10/9, there was a “ghost” 1A in the lower margin between Row 10/4 and 10/5, apparently wrongly positioned on the printing plate and incompletely erased. One of these four sheets, apart from the error on Row 7/8, also showed faint signs of a second overprint and surcharge 2½ mm to the right.
CreditsThe Postal Agencies in Eastern Arabia and the Gulf by Neil Donaldson - Page 246-248
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