Wednesday, October 12, 2011

1 shilling Queensland varieties

There is one easily distinguished constant variety (position no 76) known. As well, Ken Scudder has identified a number of plate flaws. There are also numerous non-constant flaws. The constant flaws identified by Scudder, with their position numbers on the proof sheet are:

  • No. l - a line through the centre of the "D" and a solid upper part to the "A" of "QUEENSLAND". A Type I.
  • No. 2 - the Type II line flaw as a continuation of the right limb of the "H" of "SHILLING" most prominent; plus a flaw on the "S" of "QUEENSLAND" not unlike a "$".
  • No. 10 - Type II line flaw as a continuation of the right limb of the "H" of "SHILLING".
  • No. 12 - outer frame is broken at the lower left corner, small flaws on the "EN" of "QUEENSLAND" and the "N" of "SHILLING". A Type IV.
  • No. 70 - Type II line flaw as a continuation of the right limb of the "H" of "SHILLING".
  • No. 76 - Thick, and partly filled in "NG" of "SHILLING", upper part of "S" also filled in. A Type IV.
  • No. 109 - Large white flaw obliterating the "N" of "SHILLING". A Type I. (Hard to believe this is a constant flaw as I have not seen any others)

Two other flaws identified by Scudder but not tied to a position number are:
  • a white flaw on the upper part of the "E" of "ONE". A Type III.
  • a 9.0mm long white vertical line inside the oval between the "Q" of "QUEENSLAND" and the "O" of "ONE". A Type I.

Examples


  • The constant variety, a thickened and distorted G found on the later mauve printings is position no 76

The bottom stamp shows the distorted "G" as well as a thickened top "S" in Shilling


The top left stamp shows the distorted "G" as well as a thickened top "S" in Shilling 



  • No. l Has a line through the centre of the "D" and a solid upper part to the "A" of "QUEENSLAND". A Type I.


There are many other examples in this issue where the "A" is partially filled in as well

  • No. 2 Has the Type II line flaw as a continuation of the right limb of the "H" of "SHILLING" most prominent; plus a flaw on the "S" of "QUEENSLAND" not unlike a "$".
Part of a pair showing the continuation of the right limb of the "H" of "SHILLING" and the flaw on the "S" of "QUEENSLAND"

  • No. 10 The Type II line flaw as a continuation of the right limb of the "H" of "SHILLING". or
  • No. 70 The Type II line flaw as a continuation of the right limb of the "H" of "SHILLING".
The best way to distinguish these two is that with position no 70 the top of the "H" is also distorted

Position no 10. A scratch above the "H"


Position no 70. A scratch above the "H" with a deformed top right hand side "H"


No. 12 - outer frame is broken at the lower left corner, small flaws on the "EN" of "QUEENSLAND" and the "N" of "SHILLING". A Type IV.


From a reconstructed sheet


  • No. 109 - Large white flaw obliterating the "N" of "SHILLING". A Type I.

From a reconstructed sheet


  • No 75 "Q" and "U" joined

Copy on the left courtesy of Dave Elsmore with a reconstructed sheet example on the right



An example from a specimen block of 4


Another example


Non-constant varieties include:


A very pronounced example of the distorted "G"


A pronounced scrape on the cheek

A break in the bottom fame under the 'L' of Shilling, The first 'L' of Shilling also has a white bob under it. This may be a constant flaw as I have seen two different examples

The 2nd examples seen in the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group 

A blob under the "D" of Queensland 


A blank area in the Queen's hair, courtesy of Dave Elsmore

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