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Suit: 10 of Diamonds 
Country: Switzerland 
Name: Basel Dove, First Issue 
Year: 1845 
Denomination: 2 1/2 rappen 
Description: Widely regarded as one of the world's most beautiful stamp issues, the 'Basel Dove,' issued by Switzerland's Canton Basel, was the first to be printed in three colors. The stamp features a white embossed dove in flight with a letter in its beak, superimposed on a red shield against a blue background. Canton Basel was the third (and last) of Switzerland's Cantons to issue its own stamps. As beautiful as they were, however, postage stamps never gained popularity among the Swiss, and were withdrawn. 
Color: Black / Carmine / Blue 
Used/Unused: Used 
Perf/Imperf: Imperforate 
Cancel marks: Red cancel 
Catalog: Scott 3L1 

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