Lagos SG#10 1d Milky Lilac, Queen Victoria, 1876-1880 Comb Perf. 14 Crown CC Watermarked Issue, 4th Printing, A Fine Used Example
A fine used example of the 1d milky lilac Queen Victoria De La Rue Keyplate stamp from the 1876-1880 comb Perf. 14 Crown CC issue. According to J.F Ince in his definitive work, there were a total of 66,600 stamps issued across 4 different printings between May 9, 1876 and November 18, 1880. This example is from the fourth printing from November 18, 1880, of which 12,000 stamps were printed. Vertical wove paper showing fine vertical mesh and watermarked crown CC. Moderate, but somewhat smudgy strike of a Proud type D6 Lagos CDS cancel.
Stanley Gibbons values a VF-75 used example at 20 pounds = $40. Fine should be worth approximately 50% of Gibbons. This printing is twice as scarce as the first printing, which is the most common. So, it should be worth a slight premium, like $25 or so.
I have written a blog post which explains the differences between the printings, which you can access here.
The stamp offered here grades F-66 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5