The Printings Of The 2d Lilac and Blue Keyplate Stamp of Lagos 1891-1904 Part Two
Group 2: Printings from the Second State of the Plate - Printings 11 to 27 - About December 1889 or January 1890 to About January 1894.
Here is another, very large example, which was found on the twenty sixth printing:
What struck me about it was the very narrow left leg to the "N" and the narrow bottom to the "C", and then the narrow bottom to the "E". The combined effect of these anomalies is that the letters appear deformed, and abnormally thin.
Another variety, which may well be constant is the frame break under the "N" of Pence. In fact, I'm fairly certain that I came across an inner frameline break at approximately the same place on the 2.5d value, which would suggest that it is indeed constant. Here is a close-up scan:
The head plate shade of this printing is closest to Gibbons' reddish lilac, but is just a touch duller. The duty plate is closest to Gibbons's blue, with the shade being just a bit deeper.
This is the first printing, after a long range of printings, where I have several mint examples, as shown above, and several used examples, as shown below:
Twenty Sixth Printing