Distinguishing the Four Printings of the 2d Blue Surface Printed Lagos Stamp With Crown CC Watermark and Perforated 12.5
This post will attempt to explain how to distinguish the four printings of these stamps using the following characteristics:
2. Colour shades.
3. Paper differences.
The discussion in my last post about the significance of the various cancellations used on this issue applies equally to this value as well. I am not going to repeat the details of that discussion here, but will instead provide a link to that discussion:
However, the dates found on the Lagos CDS cancellations can be utilized to distinguish the various printings as follows:
- First printings will be cancelled between June 10 and mid-October 1874.
- Second printings will be cancelled between mid-October 1874 and April 1875.
- Third printings will be cancelled between early April 1875 and June 1875, though some may go quite a bit later.
- Fourth printings will be cancelled from mid-June 1875 and 1876 when they were replaced.