Newfoundland #19a 5d Venetian Red (Orange Brown), Crown and Heraldic Flowers, 1861-1862 Pence Issue, Very Fine Mint OG Example on Medium Hard Wove Paper
A fresh and very fine mint OG example of the 5d venetian red (orange brown in Unitrade) Crown and Heraldic Flowers stamp from the 1860-1861 Pence Issue, printed on the medium, hard, hand made wove paper, from the November 1861 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 last period, on a medium version of the hard paper. There is a small piece of adhesion on the back, which could likely be removed with great patience, by scraping gently with a sharp pair of tongs. However, I would just leave it the way it is.
Unitrade values a VF-75 OG example at $120. The stamp offered here grades VF-81 as follows:
Paper freshness: 10/10
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5