Lagos #35-35a 6d Dull Mauve and Dull Claret Queen Victoria 1887-1902 Bicoloured Keyplate Issue, Three VF OG Mint Examples, Each From a Different Printing, Showing Completely Different Colours For the Duty Plate

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Three well centered and very fine mint OG examples of the 6d dull mauve and dull claret, dull mauve and purple and dull mauve and 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 86,340 stamps. Of these, 23,400 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 62,940 issued stamps from all printings, which isn't a very high number considering the number of printings made to reach that number. 

The stamp with the dull claret duty plate is most likely the earliest printing from 1887, followed by the one with the purple duty plate. The one with aniline crimson duty plate is most likely either the last printing from August 1900, or one of the last printings. 

Gibbons values three fine mint OG examples at 14.50 pounds (approximately $29). However, this is for the more common later printings. 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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