Lot 188 Lagos SG#3 (SC#3) 3d Red Brown and Chestnut, Queen Victoria, 1874-1876 Perf. 12.5 Crown CC Watermarked Issue, 2nd Printing, Perf.12.5, A Fine Mint Part OG Example, 2022 Scott Classic Cat. $130 USD, Click on Listing to See ALL Pictures

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SKU Lot-188-July-20-2022

A fine centered large part OG example of the 3d red brown and chestnut 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 15,780 stamps issued across 4 different printings between November 18, 1874 and May 13, 1875. This example is from the second printing from December 14, 1874, of which 3,300 stamps were printed. Vertical wove paper showing no clear mesh and watermarked crown CC.

2022 Scott Classic values a VF-75 example of the more common fourth printing example at $130 USD. Fine should be worth approximately half this amount.

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

The stamp offered here grades F-68 as follows:

Margins/centering: 40/70

Paper freshness: 5/5

Colour: 5/5

Impression: 5/5

Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5

Perforations: 8/10

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