The 1904-1906 King Edward VII Keyplate Issue of Lagos Part One
This issue used the exact same colour scheme and designs as the previous one. The reason for its issue was that the Crown Agents adopted the use of a new type of watermarked paper containing a repeating pattern of crowns over the initials CA. The use of a repeating pattern meant that the paper could be used for any size of commonwealth stamp, and would result in less paper wastage. The previous paper required the plate to be properly aligned with the paper so that each stamp would get one watermark, and often for larger stamps, this meant a smaller sheet size and more paper wastage.
Initially, the first printings, which were made in July 1904, and which replaced the existing issue in October that year, were printed on unsurfaced medium wove paper. all values were issued except for the 2.5d. The quantities printed were thus:
- 1/2d: 120,360 stamps - issued October 10, 1904.
- 1d: 485,880 stamps - issued October 22, 1904.
- 2d: 36,360 stamps - issued February 1905
- 3d: 36,600 stamps - issued April 27, 1905.
- 6d: 24,480 stamps - issued October 31, 1904.
- 1/-: 24,000 stamps - issued October 15, 1904.
- 2/6d: 6,240 stamps - issued December 3, 1904.
- 5/-: 6,240 stamps - issued January 1905.
- 10/-: 6,240 stamps - issued December 3, 1904.
- 1/2d: 121,400 (1st printing July 12, 1905) and 121,800 (2nd printing December 6, 1905).
- 1d: 240,000 (1st printing July 6, 1905) and 249,000 (2nd printing July 12, 1905).
- 2d: 36,960 stamps printed July 12, 1905.
- 2.5d: 60,000 stamps printed July 12, 1905. 12,000 were type 1 and 48,000 were type 2.
- 3d: 36,000 stamps printed July 12, 1905.
- 6d: 24,600 (1st printing July 12, 1905) and 60,960 (2nd printing December 6, 1905).
- 1/-: 24,600 stamps printed July 12, 1905.
- 2/6d: 6,240 stamps printed July 12, 1905.
- 5/-: 6,240 stamps printed July 12, 1905.
- 10/-: 6,240 stamps printed July 12, 1905.
Here, there is a variation of both the head plate any duty plate colours. The left stamp is a deep dull green and green, while the one on the right is dull green and myrtle green.
Here, there is a slight variation in the intensity of the head plate colour, with the right stamp being a deeper shade of purple than the stamp on the left.
On this value, there is a very slight variation in the pale purple of the head plate.
The one shilling value shows variation in the head plate colour, with the stamp on the left being a pale dull green and the right stamp being a deep dull green.
On the 1/2d value, the duty plate colours are generally a myrtle green, but the head plate colours vary from pale dull blue green on the left, to dull green on the right.
On the 1d value, both the paper colour and the purple varies. On the left, the paper colour contains more orange, being a salmon colour, while the right stamp is more of a dull rose. The purple of the left stamp is more reddish while the one on the right is more bluish.
This is the most outstanding shade variation I have seen on a single printing stamp. Both head and duty plate colours vary, but the duty plate of both stamps are printed in entirely different colours. On the left we have a deep purple and grey-blue stamp. The normal shade combination is shown on the right, which is deep reddish purple and ultramarine.
The type 2 stamps with larger letters can be found in shades of deep purple and deep reddish purple. The blue colour of the paper is fairly consistent.
While the head plate colours are fairly consistent on the 3d, they duty plate colour varies from a chestnut colour on the left, to a deep lake-brown on the right.
The 6d shows the most variation, as it was printed twice. The duty plate colour is fairly consistent, but the head plate colour shows considerable variation from dull purple on the left, to pale reddish purple in the middle to deep purple on the right.
Like the 2/6d on the ordinary paper, the 2/6d value on chalky paper shows variation in the duty plate, with the left stamp having a carmine duty plate, and the right stamp having a scarlet duty plate.
The above scan shows two examples of the 2.5d that each show a clearly lopsided and deformed "Y" in "Penny". The Y is distorted and is not straight. A close up scan shows this distortion more clearly:
This variety was discussed in the post covering the stamps of the last issue, so it is fairly certain that it is a constant variety.
The next variety may or may not be constant, since I am seeing it for the first time, but it is a break in the lower frame of the 3d on chalky paper:
The break is very obvious and clear, even without enlargement.