This post will attempt to explain how to distinguish the seven printings of these stamps using the following characteristics:
2. Colour shades.
3. Paper differences.
The discussion in my first post about the 1d, where I talk about the significance of the various cancellations used on this issue applies equally to this value as well. I am not going to repeat the details of that discussion here, but will instead provide a link to that discussion:
However, the dates found on the Lagos CDS cancellations can be utilized to distinguish the various printings as follows:
- First printings should be cancelled between late July 1874 and September 1875, though some may be cancelled as late as January 1875.
- Second printings should be cancelled between September 1874 and December 1874.
- Third printings will be cancelled between early October 1874 and January 1875, with a few being cancelled with the Lagos diamond barred grid.
- Fourth printings will be cancelled between December 1874 and September 1875.
- Fifth printings will be cancelled between February 1875 and October 1875, with a few being cancelled with the Lagos diamond grid cancel that was introduced in February 1876.
- Sixth printings will be cancelled between April 1875 and August 1875, with the later 1876 Lagos diamond grid cancel being common.
- Seventh printings will be cancelled after July 1875 to early 1876. All the used examples I have seen are cancelled with the Lagos diamond grid cancel.
The last printing is by far the most common, but perhaps not in used condition, judging from the fact that of all my used examples of this stamp, only 2 come from this printing. This printing consisted of 105 sheets, being 6,300 stamps - close to 1/3rd of the total issue. This printing appears to have been printed in carmine - both for the head plate and duty plate. This example shows a nice, clear example of the Lagos diamond barred grid cancellation.
Rose-carmine & brown-carmine. Bright crimson & brown-carmine.
Carmine & brown-lake. Carmine-lake.