Thursday, March 15, 2012

1d. Queensland QO varieties

The most famous variety, albeit unlisted in catalogues, is the fabled OOeensland variety.








A lot has been written on this stamp and its provenance and authenticity, which I won't repeat here. Full discussions can be found here and here.


The listed variety is "QO" QOeensland instead of Queensland. It occurs as the 48th stamp in the first plate and was caused by the electro sticking to the matrix, tearing away a portion of the raised surface. A second plate was made in 1880 and this variety occurred in position no 44. A third plate was prepared after March 1881 and there is no trace of the "QO" in this plate.










A QO example on a burele band. Ex Manning


Another QO example


An incredible number of QO varieties, from the collection of Carl Burnett


And here is a montage of many of them!


One more QO from Carl Burnett


Watermark 2nd crown over Queensland. Dated 8 June 1882. Seen at Premier Postal auction no 73


Seen at Premier Postal auction no 52

Seen at Premier Postal auction no 51

Watermark 2nd crown over Queensland. Seen at Premier Postal auction no 54


Seen at Phoenix auction no 8


Seen on Ebay 

SG13ab SG 134ab WMK6 print error Q"O"EENSLAND. From my collection


Qoeensland. Seen on Ebay


2 more examples of Qoeensland. Seen at Prestige Philately auction no 152


Qoeensland. From the collection of Carl Burnett

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