Lagos SG#14 4d Pale Burgundy, Queen Victoria, 1876-1880 Comb Perf. 14 Crown CC Watermarked Issue, 4th Printing, A Fine Used Example

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A fine used example of the 4d pale burgundy 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 fourth printing from July 23, 1879, of which 6,120 stamps were printed.  Printed on vertical wove paper with fine vertical mesh. Cancelled with a what appears to be a light strike of a Proud K3 9-bar Lagos bootheel killer cancel. This cancel is not known to have been in use before 1887 according to Proud, but this definitely appears, based on the narrow width of the bars to be an example.  

Stanley Gibbons values a VF-75 used example at 12 pounds = $24. Fine should be worth approximately 50% of Gibbons, so approximately $12. 

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

The stamp offered here grades F-69 as follows:

Margins/centering: 30/60

Paper freshness: 5/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 4/5 

Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5 

Perforations: 10/10

Cancellation: 10/10 


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