Lagos #55-55a 1d Black and Purple on Red King Edward VII, 1904-1906 Multiple Crown CA Issue, VF OG Mint Examples of Both the Ordinary and Chalk Surfaced Papers

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Two very fine mint OG examples of the 1d black and purple on red King Edward VII stamp from the 1904-1906 Multiple Crown CA issue, showing both ordinary and chalk-surfaced papers. 

The ordinary paper stamps were released in July 1904 and are less scarce than those on chalky paper (485,880 stamps compared to 249,000 respectively). 

Gibbons values fine hinged examples at 9.50 pounds (approximately $19). The stamps offered here grade 75 and 80 as follows:

Centering/margins: 45/70 and 50/70

Paper freshness: 5/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 5/5

Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5

Perforations: 10/10 

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