This post will attempt to explain how to distinguish the seven printings of these stamps using the following characteristics:
2. Colour shades.
3. Paper differences.
The discussion in my first post about the 1d, where I talk 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 should be cancelled between late July 1874 and September 1875, though some may be cancelled as late as January 1875.
- Second printings should be cancelled between September 1874 and December 1874.
- Third printings will be cancelled between early October 1874 and January 1875.
- Fourth printings will be cancelled between December 1874 and September 1875.
- Fifth printings will be cancelled between February 1875 and October 1875.
- Sixth printings will be cancelled between April 1875 and August 1875, with the later 1876 Lagos diamond grid cancel being common.
- Seventh printings will be cancelled after July 1875 to early 1876. All the used examples I have seen are cancelled with the Lagos diamond grid cancel.
As you can see, the paper is smooth, with no clear mesh being visible - consistent with other first printings of the series.
Second Printing - Dispatched August 13, 1874