Distinguishing the Six Printings of the 4d Rose Queen Victoria Crown CC Keyplate Perforated 14 (1876-1880)
Today's post will deal with the second most complicated value in this second Queen Victoria series, the 4d rose. There were six printings made between 1876 and 1880, which totaled 959 sheets of 60 stamps (57,540) as follows:
May 9, 1876 - 104 sheets or 6,240 stamps.June 12, 1877 - 203 sheets, or 12,180 stamps.August 28, 1878 - 250 sheets, or 15,000 stamps.July 23, 1879 - 102 sheets, or 6,120 stamps.November 26, 1879 - 100 sheets, or 6,000 stamps. November 18, 1880 - 200 sheets, or 12,000 stamps. The above figures illustrate that while the second, third and last printings, are about equally scarce, the first, fourth and fifth printings are at least twice as scarce as all the others, and in mint condition, should be as scarce as the one shilling, of which 5.760 stamps were issued.
One difficulty with this stamp is that the number of shade combinations for the head plate, and the duty plate, is greater than six, so some printings had more than one shade. It seems safe to ass…