Newfoundland #1 1d Brown Violet, Crown and Heraldic Flowers, 1857-1860 Pence Issue, A VF Appearing, But Fine Unused Example on Thick Paper

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A fresh and very fine appearing, but fine unused example of the 1d brown violet Crown and  Heraldic Flowers stamp from the 1857-1860 Pence Issue, printed on a thick hard handmade wove paper, from the 1860-61 printing.

This misunderstood and often misidentified issue was printed in 4 main printings, which are listed in Unitrade as follows:

  • 1857 to 1860 - dry printings made on thick, soft machine made paper with distinct mesh. This encompasses the scarlet vermilion rarities and the better 1d and 3d's, which are distinguished from what follows by shade and by dimensions, being that the design is 1/2 mm wider than the later printings.
  • 1860 to July 1861 - dry printings, but now made on handmade paper that varies in thickness and has no mesh. These are listed in Unitrade as the orange stamps and the better 5dm which again is 1/2 mm wider than later printings. 
  • July 1861 - wet printings made on soft paper, which varies in thickness in deep shades. These are not separately listed in Unitrade, but are grouped with #15A-23. They are much scarcer than the later remainders in the pale shades, and are worth considerably more than the Unitrade prices. 
  • November 1861 to 1864 - wet printings, but on hard paper, which again varies in thickness, in medium to pale shades. These are the common remainders upon which Unitrade's prices are based. 

The stamp offered here is one of the printings from the second period. There is a light horizontal crease where the frameline meets the bottom margin. It does not flex at all, as the paper is still very stiff, and it is not visible from the front. Nonetheless, it reduces the grade from very fine to fine. 

Unitrade values a F-65 OG example at $80, so unused should be worth $40. The stamp offered here grades F-74 as follows:

Centering/margins: 54/70

Paper freshness: 10/10

Colour: 10/10

Impression: 5/5

Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5

Adjustment for light crease at base: -10 points