Sierra Leone #6 (SG#7) 1d Rose-Red and Carmine, Queen Victoria, 1872-1873 Keyplate Issue, Line Perf. 12.5, Watermarked Crown CC Sideways, a VF Unused Example
A well centered and very fine unused example of the 1d rose red and carmine Queen Victoria keyplate issue of 1872-1873 with sideways crown CC watermark and perf. 12.5 line.
On these early keyplates and throughout the crown CC period (i.e. before 1880) the centering of De La Rue issues tends to be very poor, much like the Canadian 1859-67 Cents issue. Therefore grading takes this into account, so that fine centered stamps will appear balanced, but may have the perfs touching the design on 2 sides, or just lightly cutting in. VG stamps will be notably off centre, and cutting into the design heavily. Perforations on the perf. 12.5 issues tend to be somewhat rough, due to the paper used and many mint Crown CC issues have no gum, so the value without gum should be about 50% of an OG example.
Gibbons lists this stamp in fine for 85 pounds for OG. Unused should generally be worth about 40-50% of the OG price, or about 42.5 pounds (approx. $85). The stamp offered here grades between 75 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5