The 1904 King Edward VII Keyplate Issue of Lagos
During this period, two stamp issues were produced, both exactly the same design and colours and differing only in terms of the watermarked paper used. The first issue which was placed on sale on January 22, 1904, was printed on paper with the single crown CA watermark that had been used on the previous Queen Victoria issue. The second issue, which appeared only 9 months later in October 1904, was printed on paper with a multiple crown CA watermark. Thus stamps of this first issue, are comparatively scarce compared to the second issue, and in postally used condition the higher values are rarities.
The 1d and 2.5d stamps were printed on coloured papers, with the paper of the 1d being red, and the 2.5d being blue.
There was only one printing of each value except the 2.5d, of which there were two printings. Consequently it is a relatively straightforward issue compared to the previous Victorian issues. However, there are still a number of interesting aspects to collect, and today's post will examine some of these aspects, with the remainder to follow next week.
The Basic Designs and Numbers Printed
The flaw, showing the clear, shorter stroke on the first N and the elongation of the second "N".
A normal stamp, showing the tops and bottoms of both "N's level.
The Short Y on the 2.5d Purple and Ultramarine
Next, we have a flaw in which the "Y" of "Penny is too short. Normally, the vertical stroke should come down to the same level as the bottom of all the letters. However, in this case , it is noticeably shorter than the other letters.
The scan below shows a pair from what would appear to be position 59 of the right pane, or position 119 of the sheet:
Below is a closer scan showing the flaw more clearly:
The flaw occurs on the upper left stamp in the above block. A close up scan is shown below:
This brings me to the end of this week's post. Next week I will look at cancellations on the stamps of this issue, and postal history.