The Queen Victoria Crown CA Keyplate Definitive Issue of 1882-1885 An Overview
This issue is interesting because although Lagos joined the UPU in 1879, this set does not comply with the colour regulations, yet it was in use for nearly four years. The replacement of these stamps with the colour changes occurred gradually with some overlap between the two sets.
The Stamps, Issue Dates and Last Dispatch Dates
- 1d & 2d - February 1882 - December 1885 - 46 months or 15 quarters.
- 3d - February 1882 - June 1886 - 52 months or 17 quarters.
- 4d - February 1882 - April 1884 - 26 months or 7 quarters.
There is only one proof known from this issue. It is a 1d lilac, which is the same as the issued stamp in all respects, except that the words of value are missing. It is held in the Queen's collection.
I have not yet seen any covers from this issue at all. The first covers I have seen from Lagos are from the next issue.
This concludes my overview of the stamps of this issue. Over the next four weeks, I will take each value in turn and show you the different printings that I have identified in my own stock.