Lagos #57-57a 2.5d Ultramarine and Purple on Grey-Blue King Edward VII, 1904-1906 Multiple Crown CA Issue, Fine and Very Fine OG Mint Examples of Both the Large and Small Duty Plates

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Two fine and very fine mint OG examples of the 2.5d ultramarine and purple on grey blue King Edward VII stamp from the 1904-1906 Multiple Crown CA issue, showing both listed versions of the duty plate, the large and small letters of "21/2 Penny". 

Although there was only one printing of 60,000 stamps, it is thought that of these, 12,000 were of the smaller duty plate, while the remaining 48,000 had the larger letters.

Gibbons values fine hinged examples at 56.75 pounds (approximately $113.50). The stamps offered here grade 70, and 75 as follows:

Centering/margins: 45/70 and 40/70

Paper freshness: 5/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 5/5

Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5

Perforations: 10/10 

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