Lagos #31, 31b 21/2d Ultramarine and Blue Queen Victoria 1887-1902 Bicoloured Keyplate Issue, Two VF Used Examples of the Two Listed Colours, With the Smaller Size Duty Plate

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Two well centered and very fine used examples of the 2 1/2d ultramarine and 2 1/2d blue Queen Victoria stamps from the 1887-1902 Bicoloured Keyplate Issue, each being the type A, having the smaller size duty plate.  This value was issued in 1891 after the reduced 21/2d UPU letter rate was introduced. A small portion of the first printing was made using the same inks used for the earlier 2d stamps. The ink was not replaced, once exhausted, being replaced instead by the ultramarine colour. This accounts for its immense scarcity. In addition the examples here are especially nice in the sense that the ink does not show the discolouration typically caused by the compounds in the cancellation ink.  Gibbons values two fine used stamps at 51.75 pounds (approximately $103.50). The stamps offered here grade 84 and 80 as follows:

Centering/margins: 44/60 and 40/60

Paper freshness: 5/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 5/5

Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5

Perforations: 10/10

Cancellation: 10/10

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