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.