Lagos #39 2/6d Dull Green and Carmine Queen Victoria 1887-1902 Bicoloured Keyplate Issue, Two VF OG Mint Examples, Each From a Different Printing, Showing Two Different Shades of Carmine
Two well centered and very fine mint OG examples of the 2/6d dull green and deep carmine and dull green and deep aniline crimson Queen Victoria stamps from the 1887-1902 Bicoloured Keyplate Issue. According to Ince, this value was sent to the colony in several printings, totaling 28,320 stamps. Of these, 18,060 were unsold as of the time the Edward VII stamps were issued. Accordingly the remainders were all sent to London for destruction in 1905, leaving only 10,260 issued stamps from all printings. This makes this value scarcer than most of the well known rarities of the 1890's from countries like Canada, Great Britain and the United States.
The stamp with the deep carmine duty plate is most likely the earlier printing, while the one with aniline crimson duty plate is most likely either the last printing from August 1901, or one of the last printings.
Gibbons values two fine mint OG examples at 46 pounds (approximately $92). The stamps offered here grade 80 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5