Lagos SG#14 4d Rose Carmine, Queen Victoria, 1876-1880 Line Perf. 14 Crown CC Watermarked Issue, 2nd Printing, A Fine Mint Example

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A well centered and fine mint OG example of the 4d rose carmine 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 57,540 stamps issued across 6 different printings between May 9, 1876 and November 18, 1880. This example is from the second printing from June 12, 1877, of which 12,180 stamps were printed.  Printed on vertical wove paper with no visible mesh and watermarked crown CC. The perfs at the bottom right are short and so this reduces the grade from very fine to fine. 

Stanley Gibbons values a VF-75 mint example at 225 pounds = $450. Fine should be worth approximately 50% of Gibbons, and despite the number of stamps printed being higher than several of the other values, this is a much scarcer stamp in mint condition than either the 1d, 2d, 3d or 6d. So, a reasonable value for this would be $200-$225. 

I have written a blog post which explains the differences between the printings, which you can access here

The stamp offered here grades F-74 as follows:

Margins/centering: 54/70

Paper freshness: 5/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 5/5 

Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5 

Perforations: 0/10 (several short perfs on the right side). 


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