The day starts with a two part session, commencing with Books at 10h00 and followed by Stamps at noon. The second session, devoted to Stamps, starts at 15h00. The final session, combining Coins and Stamps, gets under way at 19h00 that evening. All auctions are held in the showrooms and offices of Stephan Welz & Co, 13 Biermann St., Rosebank, Johannesburg. Viewing of all items will be on Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Monday 12th May between 09h00 and 17h00 at the same venue.It’s worth noting that secure parking is available in the hotel basement over the road from the showrooms and during auction day, additional security is much in evidence in and around the premises.
At noon, the second part of Session One brings to the South African stamp collector, or anyone with a bent for South African history, more than 120 lots from important collections and accumulations. This is followed by a fascinating range of 53 lots of early First Flight Covers from around the globe, including those commemorating the UK and RSA postal history events of 1911.
Session Two, starting at 15h00, opens up with items from the Anglo Boer War and then moves on to encompass a philatelic A to Z of the history of the territories of Southern Africa from the Cape Of Good Hope, Natal, the OFS, Transvaal and the components of the former High Commission Territories of Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Swaziland. Featured is a selection of South African stamps from the days of both Union and .the Republic as well as lots from Great Britain and the Commonwealth, including a particularly nice pair of mint Queen Victoria Twopenny Blues of 1841 (estimate R35 000 – R45 000).
Session Three opens up with the coins on auction, featuring some highly desirable lots. Of note is a 1983 ZAR Gold Half Pound with an auction estimate of R50 000 – R60 000 and a 1902 Gold Veld Pond, 1 of just 986 minted, with an estimate of R60 000 to R70 000. The sale then moves into its final phase as the focus shifts to 200 lots of the Rhodesias. Of great interest is the highly important assembly of Rhodesian Double Head issues from the collection of the late Norman Levin. The 165 lots from this collection include a fine array of multiples and scarcer shades. Norman Levin’s extensive collection of BSA Company postmarks will also feature. The sale will end with other stamps from the various incarnations of Rhodesia, right up through UDI in 1965 to the birth of Zimbabwe and its more recent history.
For further information, please check our website www.swelco.co.za from time to time as details of the upcoming sale will be featured in the near future.