Lot 181 Hong Kong Used in Shanghai #Z805 $1 on 96c Grey Olive Queen Victoria, 1885 Surcharged Keyplate Issue, A Fine Used Example, Crown CA Watermark, With SON April 19, 1889 Shanghae CDS Cancel
A Fine Used Example of the $1 on 96c grey olive Queen Victoria from the 1885 Surcharged Keyplate Issue, with Crown CA watermark, with S.O.N April 19, 1889 Shanghae CDS cancel..
Gibbons values this at £110, but we're estimating at $60. The stamp offered here grades 70 as follows:
Paper Freshness: 0/5
Absence of Visible Paper Flaws: 5/5
It is important to note that cancellations on these early keyplate issues usually consist of a barred numeral killer cancel. These are usually struck heavily and centered on the stamp, so that a heavy cancel will not preclude a stamp from being either fine or VF, though it will lower the grade by 5 points or so for an average cancel. So, a stamp that is well centered and would otherwise grade VF-80 or above will still be VF, but one that would normally grade VF-75 will be fine. In addition, on the unwatermarked and Crown CC issues, the centering was unsually poor, so that stamps with perforations touching the design are the norm for the VF grade. Fine centered stamps will have the perforations just barely cutting into the design on 1 or 2 sides. VG examples will have the perforations cutting quite significantly into the design on 1 or 2 sides and will often show the outer framelines of the adjacent stamps in the opposing margins. The Crown CA issues are a different matter entirely, and the normal grading stadards are applied to those in assessing conditon grade.