Lagos SG#14 4d Carmine Rose, Queen Victoria, 1876-1880 Comb Perf. 14 Crown CC Watermarked Issue, 6th Printing, A Fine Mint OG Example
A fine mint example of the 4d carmine rose 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 57,540 stamps issued across 6 different printings between May 9, 1876 and November 18, 1880. This example is from the sixth printing from November 18, 1880, of which 12,000 stamps were printed. Printed on vertical wove paper with no visible, and slightly thicker and crackly cream gum that is characteristic of the printings made in 1880.
Stanley Gibbons values a VF-75 mint example at 225 pounds = $450. Fine should be worth approximately half, this amount, or $225. Despite the numbers printed, the 4d is one of the scarcer stamps in the set to find mint - much tougher than the 1d, 2d, 3d or 6d.
I have written a blog post which explains the differences between the printings, which you can access here.
The stamp offered here grades F-70 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5