Distinguishing The Three Printings of the 6d Green Queen Victoria Crown CC Keyplate Perforated 14 (1876-1880) And The 1/- Orange
Today's post brings us to the end of the second crown-CC definitive issue of Lagos, with the 6d green and the 1/- orange. According to Ince, there was only one printing of the 1/- orange, which was dispatched on November 26, 1879. This consisted of 96 sheets of 60 stamps, totaling a mere 5,760 stamps - an absolutely minuscule printing, making it one of the scarcest stamps of Nigeria. Despite there being only one printing, all of which were line perforated, it would appear that more than one press run may have been required to fill the requisition, as I have found at least two shades of orange on this stamp.
However, there were three printings of the 6d green, all of which were released prior to 1879, according to Ince:
- May 9, 1876 - 106 sheets, or 6,360 stamps.
- June 12, 1877 - 212 sheets, or 12,720 stamps.
- August 28, 1878 - 250 sheets, or 15,000 stamps.
You will notice that the colour is the exact same deep, bright green as the mint stamps. Also note how the two stamps are clearly line perforated, and how they are both cancelled with the barred oval grid cancel, which replaced the Lagos diamond barred grid.