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.
- Burgundy - a deep wine red. It has a slightly bluish undertone.
- Rose-carmine - a bluish rose.
- Carmine-rose - a bluish pinky red. Rose predominates over carmine.
- Rose - a pink, with no bluish or carmine undertone.
The stamp on the left is the most bluish of the three. The middle stamp is the same general tone as the one on the left, while the stamp on the right is less bluish. Most, but not all used examples in my stock bear the Lagos diamond grid cancel. I do have one example, shown at right, that is cancelled with the 9-bar oval barred obliterator.
Let's take a look at the backs:
You have to look carefully, but if you look at these stamps long enough you can see that the words "four pence" are a lighter rose than the rest of the stamp.
Here you can see some slight variations in the shade, but all of them are very similar. They are all comb perforated, and the duty plate and head plate colours are the same.