Spink’s philatelic specialists have put together the July Collector’s Series Sale (20th – 21st July 2015) with some truly amazing rarities and exotic items from across the globe. With a strong showing from China, Rhodesia, South Africa and Russia, this is a philatelic auction not to be missed. With some exceptional estimates, Spink is hopeful to break a few world records with this auction. Many of the Russian items are estimated to go for some exceptional prices and out of 1179 lots, two Russian items refuse to be swamped by the rest of the sale. The first of these lots is not only visually stunning but also has a very interesting story behind it. It is an 1897 (2 Oct.) 10k. letter card from Erivan (Russian Armenia) to Middlesex. The sender, a Mr L. L. Bellifante, was a member of the Geographical Society of London. It reports in length to a Mr. Black an expedition he undertook to Mount Ararat, its

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