Lagos #30 2d Dull Mauve and Blue Queen Victoria 1887-1902 Bicoloured Keyplate Issue, Three VF OG Mint Examples, Each From a Different Printing

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Three very well centered and very fine mint OG examples of the 2d dull mauve and blue Queen Victoria stamp from the 1887-1902 Bicoloured Keyplate Issue, each being printed in completely different shades, from different printings, including the scarce first printing.  Gibbons only lists one shade combination, which is dull mauve and blue, but in actual fact most of the stamps seen on the market are usually dull mauve and some variation of ultramarine. The earliest printing from 1887 has the head plate printed in deep mauve, while the duty plate is printed in a very distinct shade of dull greyish blue. This is a very scarce printing, judging from the very low number of examples I have encountered over the years. Printing made from the early 1890's in the middle of the issue are printed with a lighter mauve for the head plate, and Royal blue for the duty plate. Then, for the later printings we see the appearance of pale mauve and ultramarine. This lot includes one of each major printing: the first printing, a mid-range printing and a later printing. Gibbons values three fine mint OG examples of the most common printing at 21 pounds (approximately $42). However, the first printing should be worth that alone, so a more realistic estimate is $65 for the three. The stamps offered here grade 84 as follows:

Centering/margins: 54/70

Paper freshness: 5/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 5/5

Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5

Perforations: 10/10

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