Lagos SG#6 6d Deep Dull Bluish Green, Queen Victoria, 1874-1876 Perf. 12.5 Crown CC Watermarked Issue, 6th Printing, A Fine CDS Used Example

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A very fine appearing but fine CDS used example of the 6d deep dull bluish green Queen Victoria De La Rue Keyplate stamp from the 1874-1876 Perf. 12.5 Crown CC issue. According to J.F Ince in his definitive work, there were a total of 22,620 stamps issued across 7 different printings between May 12, 1874 and May 13, 1875. This example is from the sixth printing from February 3, 1875, of which 3,240 stamps were printed. Vertical wove paper showing fine vertical mesh and watermarked crown CC. Cancelled with a crisp strike of a Proud D6 Lagos CDS cancel, dated December 13, 1875, with time code A. There is a small shallow thin on the back that is not visible from the front, but reduces the grade from VF-82 to F-72. 

Stanley Gibbons values a VF-75 used example of the more common seventh printing example at 18 pounds = $36. The fourth through sixth printings are twice as scarce as the seventh printing and thus should be worth at least a modest premium.  Fine should be worth approximately half of VF, so a reasonable value would be $15-$18. 

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

The stamp offered here grades F-72 as follows:

Margins/centering: 44/60

Paper freshness: 5/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 5/5

Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5

Perforations: 8/10 

Cancellation: 10/10

Adjustment for shallow thin: -10 points

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