Lagos #47-47b 2.5d Ultramarine and Purple on Grey-Blue King Edward VII, 1903-1904 Single Crown CA Issue, VF OG Mint Examples of Both the Large and Small Duty Plates

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Two very fine mint OG examples of the 2.5d ultramarine and purple on grey blue King Edward VII stamp from the 1903-1904 Crown CA issue, showing both listed versions of the duty plate, the large and small letters of "21/2 Penny". 

The two duty plates correspond to two printings of this stamp. The smaller letters correspond to the first printing of 24,720 stamps in March 1903, while the larger letters correspond to the second printing, of 60,720 stamps made in July 1904. 

Gibbons values fine hinged examples at 5.5 pounds (approximately $11). The stamps offered here grade 75 as follows:

Centering/margins: 45/70 

Paper freshness: 5/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 5/5

Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5

Perforations: 10/10 

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