Lagos SG#10 1d Pale Milky Bluish Lilac, Queen Victoria, 1876-1880 Line Perf. 14 Crown CC Watermarked Issue, 3rd Printing, A VF Used Example
A very well centered and very fine used example of the 1d pale milky bluish lilac Queen Victoria De La Rue Keyplate stamp from the 1876-1880 Line 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 third printing from July 23, 1879, of which 18,300 stamps were printed. Vertical wove paper showing fine vertical mesh and watermarked crown CC. Cancelled with a crisp strike of Proud type K2 Lagos 8-bar bootheel killer cancel. This cancel was introduced in the fall of 1880 to replace the K1 grid killer.
Stanley Gibbons values a VF-75 used example at 20 pounds = $40. This printing is slightly scarcer than than the first printing, which is the most common. So, it should be worth a bit more, perhaps $50 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 VF-82 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5