Lagos SG#15 6d Deep Green, Queen Victoria, 1876-1880 Line Perf. 14 Crown CC Watermarked Issue, 2nd Printing, A Very Fine CDS Used Example
A very well centered and very fine CDS used example of the 6d deep green 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 34,080 stamps issued across 3 different printings between May 9, 1876 and August 28, 1878. This example is from the second printing from June 12, 1877, of which 12,720 stamps were printed. Printed on vertical wove paper with fine vertical mesh. Cancelled with a light and incomplete strike of Proud type D8 Lagos CDS dated sometime in the 1880's. I cannot read the second number in the date. It looks like it might either be a 3 or an 8. It is worth noting that August 1887 is the earliest known use of this cancel, some 5 years after this stamp was replaced by the crown CA watermark. This is a very desirable stamp as most used crown CC stamps are cancelled with one of the two types of Lagos killers (Proud types K1 and K2).
Stanley Gibbons values a VF-75 used example at 6 pounds = $12. However, with a CDS cancel like this it should be worth a considerable premium over this.
I have written a blog post which explains the differences between the printings, which you can access here.
The stamp offered here grades VF-84 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5