Lot 301 Lagos SG#35 (SC#27) 6d Lilac & Normal and Aniline Bright Magenta, Queen Victoria, 1887-1902 Bicoloured Crown CA Issue, Two Very Fine OG Examples, 2022 Scott Classic Cat. $11 USD, Click on Listing to See ALL Pictures
Two well centered and very fine mint OG examples of the 6d lilac and bright magenta and lilac and aniline magenta Queen Victoria De La Rue Keyplate stamps from the 1887-1902 bicoloured Crown CA watermarked issue. According to J.F Ince in his definitive work, there were a total of 86,340 stamps sent to the colony and 23,400 remainders returned to London in 1905 for destruction. Thus, the net quantity issued was 62,940. This was spread out over what I believe to be 59 printings, made between March 1887 and October 1902. Although there is some variation in the head plate colour, most of the variation is in the ink used for the duty plate, which shows an astonishing amount of variation, from claret to aniline crimson. Like most values of this set, the progression of the printings can be identified by the degree of plate wear which first shows up in the detail of the Queen's hair and the diadem, as I explain in my blog posts. The very last printings made in October 1902 are from the new plate 2, and show full detail in the Queen's hair and crown.
2022 Scott Classic values two VF-75 mint examples at $11 USD.
I have written four blog posts which outline the differences between the printings. You can access the first one here.
The stamps offered here grade VF-84 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5