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Printings of the 4d Mauve Queen Victoria Keyplate Definitive Watermarked Crown CA 1884-1886

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Today's post continues my examination of the stamps of the second Crown CA Issue of Lagos, with the 4d Mauve. Between July 1884 and December 1886, 41,760 stamps were dispatched to the colony in 11 different printings as follows:

July 8, 1884 - 58 sheets of 60, or 3,480 stamps. September 24, 1884 - 60 sheets, or 3,600 stamps.December 16, 1884 - 60 sheets, or 3,600 stampsApril 21, 1885 - 60 sheets, or 3,600 stamps.July 13, 1885 - 60 sheets, or 3,600 stamps.September 29, 1885 - 60 sheets, or 3,600 stamps.December 29, 1885 - 62 sheets, or 3,720 stamps.March 29, 1886 - 60 sheets, or 3,600 stamps.June 30, 1886 - 60 sheets, or 3,600 stamps.October 12, 1886 - 76 sheets, or 4,560 stamps.December 13, 1886 - 80 sheets, or 4,800 stamps. As you can see, the last two printings are slightly more common than the others, but by and large the printings are all roughly the same in terms of scarcity. Interestingly, the printing quantities are almost exactly the same for all shipments, as the 2d slate…

Printings of the 2d Slate Queen Victoria Keyplate Definitive Watermarked Crown CA 1884-1886

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Today's post is where we begin to delve into some of the more difficult values of the second Crown CA Issue of Lagos - i.e. those having more than 10 printings. The first of these that I wish to deal with is the 2d slate or grey. Between July 1884 and December 1886, 41,760 stamps were dispatched to the colony in 11 different printings as follows:


July 8, 1884 - 58 sheets of 60, or 3,480 stamps. September 24, 1884 - 60 sheets, or 3,600 stamps.December 16, 1884 - 56 sheets, or 3,360 stampsApril 21, 1885 - 61 sheets, or 3,660 stamps.July 13, 1885 - 61 sheets, or 3,660 stamps.September 29, 1885 - 63 sheets, or 3,780 stamps.December 29, 1885 - 61 sheets, or 3,660 stamps.March 29, 1886 - 60 sheets, or 3,600 stamps.June 30, 1886 - 60 sheets, or 3,600 stamps.October 12, 1886 - 76 sheets, or 4,560 stamps.December 13, 1886 - 80 sheets, or 4,800 stamps. As you can see, the last two printings are slightly more common than the others, but by and large the printings are all roughly the same in …

Apology to My Readers - There Will Likely Be No Post This Week

I have to offer my sincere apologies to my readers this week, as my time got away from me yesterday while writing my post for my other Canadian Philately blog. I was writing an update to a post I did about the 1937 Long Coronation Issue of Newfoundland, and what started as something I thought would take a few hours, took me until 3:30am to complete. Unfortunately it is income tax season here in Canada, and I still have a bit of work that I do in that respect, so the rest of my time this week is spoken for. Consequently, I very much doubt that I will have time to write any post this week, for which I am very sorry. If I do get a few hours towards the end of the week, I may start on the next value in the series. However, in the meantime, if you wish to read my post about the 1937 Long Coronation Issue, you can access it here:

http://canadianphilately.blogspot.ca/2017/02/the-1937-long-coronation-issue-of.html

If you have never paid much attention to the 1937 Coronation issue, you may fin…

Announcing the World's First Bed and Breakfast Aimed at Philatelists!

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As many of my readers are now aware, my partner Steph and I recently moved from Toronto to historic Saint John, New Brunswick as we had a dream of operating a Bed and Breakfast, in conjunction with my stamp business. We bought a lovely 140 year old house located in the west side of the city, which used to be a Bed and Breakfast. We decided that it would be a fabulous idea to operate it as a Bed and Breakfast with a twist: it will be the first Bed and Breakfast that I know of, which is aimed at providing a quiet and cozy, stamp filled getaway for those of you philatelists looking to immerse yourself in your stamps, while having all your needs catered to.

We offer two guest bedrooms, each with their own self-contained bathroom, so that you can be assured of complete privacy in your room. Our room rates range from a low $95 per night for our Rose Gold Room, to $105 per night for our large Grandma Green Room. You can bring your stamps with you and sit in our comfy office, at a large tabl…

The Printings Of The 6d Olive Green Queen Victoria Lagos Keyplate Issue Watermarked Crown CA 1884-1886

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Today's post will pick up where last week's post left off with how to distinguish the six printings of the 6d olive green definitive of Lagos that was in use between 1884  and 1887 when it was replaced by the bi-coloured mauve and claret definitive stamp.

The six printings, which were released at the same time as the 1/- orange, were dispatched as follows:
First printing - July 8, 1884 - 58 sheets of 60 stamps - 3,480 stamps.Second printing - December 16, 1884 - 62 sheets of 60 stamps - 3,720 stamps.Third printing - July 13, 1885 - 60 sheets of 60 stamps - 3,600 stamps.Fourth printing - December 29, 1885 - 61 sheets of 60 stamps - 3,660 stamps.Fifth printing - June 30, 1886 - 58 sheets of 60 stamps - 3,480 stamps.Sixth printing - October 12, 1886 - 76 sheets of 60 stamps - 4,560 stamps.  It will immediately be apparent that the quantities dispatched for each printing were roughly the same, although the last printing had a quantity about 30% higher than the other printi…