Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2d. Queensland blue used circular date stamps

Rockhampton 11 January 1881
Used in Sydney, NSW on 7 February 1881




2d. Queensland blue used numerals

131 Gladstone common
Barred numeral 148 Bundaberg common
Barred numeral 87 Ipswich common
47 Cardwell common
Barred Numeral 222 Specimen Gully / Norwood  (1876-84) numeral not seen on a Chalon or first sideface.
173 Millchester - Rare






2d. Queensland blue fiscal cancellations

Some examples of fiscal cancellations:



2d. Queensland blue multiples

Multiples are scarce. Here are examples I have seen grouped under mint, postally used and fiscally used

Mint



2d blue block of 16 (4x4) with all eight lower units being Die II SG 137/c, rejoined between the upper 8 and lower 8 units, large-part original gum. Ex Colonel Harrie Evans and Manning

2d block of 4. Seen on the Internet


SG 1879-81 2d grey-blue 'first sideface', wmk 6, block of 4, fresh large part original gum. Ex Butler and Griffith


S.G. 138, 138c. Crown over Q Type II, 2d. grey-blue Die I and Die II blocks of four, unused with large part original gum. Ex Griffith


2d Bottom marginal mint block of 10. Seen in a private collection


2d block of 6. Seen in a private collection


2d block of 4. Seen in a private collection


2d block of 4. Ex Butler


2d block of 4. Ex Butler

2d block of 4, with the bottom right hand stamp a die 2. Seen in the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Postally used



2d used block of 4. Ex Butler



2d used block of 4. Seen in a private collection


Fiscally used




2d fiscally used block of 9 with a Registrar General stamp dated 20 January 1881. From my collection


2d fiscally used block of 9 courtesy of Dave Elsmore



2d fiscally used block of 30 dated 7 January 1881 courtesy of Dave Elsmore



2d fiscally used block of 24 and a detached block of 6 dated 4 October 1880 courtesy of Dave
Elsmore

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

2d. Queensland blue flaws

Here is a beautiful example  of the "N" in Queensland missing. This example is from Dave Elsmore's website "Some unlisted Queensland plate flaws."
A long A (bottom right-hand side) in Queensland
Another example of a long A (bottom right-hand side) in Queensland. Also the top of the P in pence is squashed


This one has a broken p in pence
This one has a horizontal line between the E and N of pence

This one has a broken E and C in pence
A known variety is a scratch after the C of pence. This stamp also has a blob above the E of pence
A sort of blob before the Q of Queensland. I have a couple of these in various stages of development:
This one is less fully formed:

Void area on the top if the C in PENCE. From the collection of Carl Burnett

Tail on the right leg of A in QUEENSLAND. From the collection of Carl Burnett

A known variety is QU joined at the base (left hand stamp):

Sunday, December 11, 2011

2d. Queensland blue varieties


There are two spectacular varieties of this stamp

  • Penge instead of Pence. For examples see here
  • Queensband instead of Queensland. For examples see here:

Another variety is QU joined (Stamp no 68, Row 7 no 8)


QU joined, courtesy of Dave Elsmore. Wmk type 6


QU joined, seen in a private collection


QU joined from the proof sheet

QU joined, ex Griffith

QU joined, from my collection

Another prominent but transient variety is where the T in Two is largely obscured


T in Two largely obliterated. Ex Manning

2d. Queensland Die 2 types

Die 2 also has 4 types:

Type 1: The foot of the right limb of 'N' of Pence touches the oval below

Type 2: The top bar of the first 'E' of Queensland is pointed and upturned at the end. The damaged scroll of die 1 has been repaired

Type 3: 'C' of Pence is thinly drawn and larger than any other type

Type 4: There is a thin white line to the right of the upper curve of 'D'

Saturday, December 10, 2011

2d. Queensland blue colours

The stamp is known in the following colours: Blue, grey blue, bright blue and Deep blue
Blue


Grey blue


Bright blue


Deep blue. This shade was issued on 2 March 1881