Wednesday, December 7, 2011

6d. Queensland varieties and flaws

While this issues has many flaws, there are few flaws of any significance in this sixpence plate. However, Ken Scudder notes the following:
  • No. 23 - A white flaw joins the downstroke of the "D" of "QUEENSLAND" to the inner oval
  • No. 26 - The tail of the "Q" is joined to the "U" of "QUEENSLAND". A Type II
  • No. 36 - The tail of the "Q" is joined to the "U" of "QUEENSLAND". A Type IV
  • No. 61 - A white flaw joins the top of the reversed "S" of the right side ornament to the white outer oval
  • No. 82 - The upper part of the "A" of "QUEENSLAND" is filled in
  • No. 83 - Flaw across the 2nd "E" of "QUEENSLAND"
  • No. 84 - A 1.5 mm long horizontal flaw in the bottom frame below the "N" of "PENCE"
  • No. 92 A 1 mm long horizontal flaw in the top frame above the "U" of "QUEENSLAND"
  • A long "P" to "PENCE"
  • Bottom frame missing below "PE" of "PENCE"
  • 0.75 mm diameter white spot joined to the upper left of the 1st "N" of "QUEENSLAND"
Not listed by Scudder is a variety where an excrescence is attached to the top right hand side of the "Q" of "QUEENSLAND". There is also a dot to the left of the "P" of "PENCE". Examples are shown below as well as other transient flaws seen by me


No. 23 - A white flaw joins the downstroke of the "D" of "QUEENSLAND" to the inner oval and the t
op line on the upper left hand side is damaged


No. 26 - The tail of the "Q" is joined to the "U" of "QUEENSLAND". A Type II



No. 26 - The tail of the "Q" is joined to the "U" of "QUEENSLAND". A Type II. 
Here the p is filled in. The second E in pence is also pretty solid 


No. 26 - The tail of the "Q" is joined to the "U" of "QUEENSLAND". A Type II Note how the 'P' of pence is filled in


No. 36 - The tail of the "Q" is joined to the "U" of "QUEENSLAND" on the right hand stamp. A Type IV. Note how the 'P' of pence is filled in




No. 82 - The upper part of the "A" of "QUEENSLAND" is filled in


No. 83 - Flaw across the 2nd "E" of "QUEENSLAND". From a proof sheet


No. 83 - Flaw across the 2nd "E" of "QUEENSLAND". From a block of 8 ex Griffith


No. 84 - A 1.5 mm long horizontal flaw in the bottom frame below the "N" of "PENCE". From a proof sheet



No. 92 A 1 mm long horizontal flaw in the top frame above the "U" of "QUEENSLAND". From a proof sheet


Long "P" to "PENCE"


Long "P" to "PENCE" on left hand stamp. Courtesy of Carl Burnett


Excrescence attached to the top right hand side of the "Q" of "QUEENSLAND"

Excrescence attached to the top right hand side of the "Q" of "QUEENSLAND". Seen in the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook group

Excrescence attached to the top right hand side of the "Q" of "QUEENSLAND"

Excrescence attached to the top right hand side of the "Q" of "QUEENSLAND" on the bottom right stamp. Courtesy of Dave Elsmore

Geoffrey Adams ("A Queensland Swan Song" London Philatelist vol 102, November 1993, p. 316) notes: " There is a variety on the 6d stamp known as the 'Flag' variety; missing shading lines in front of the Queen's chin have been replaced by solid colour in the shape and appearance of a flag." I have yet to locate an example of this


Some flaws not listed by Scudder:


 A break in second line in the top of the top right spandrel


 Here is a blob on the left joining the upright of the L of Queensland. You can see the bottom of the top right spandrel is also pretty solid here with a white triangular splotch


 Top part of the e in pence is filled in



 Seen on Ebay in November 2012, a blob above "CE" of Pence


Bottom right frame damaged. Seen on Ebay


Large green coloured blob in the top left hand corner. Courtesy of Carl Burnett


"E" of "PENCE" filled in on both stamps to some degree. Courtesy of Carl Burnett

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