Saturday, December 22, 2012

Stamps of Queensland: Details of Dies

This article, "Stamps of Queensland: Details of Dies" by Grahame I. Dickson, appeared in Australian Stamp Journal, 12 December 1920, pp. 185-6. I have extracted the information for the 1st Sidefaces. Click on the image to see it in larger detail.

And here is the full text:

By Grahame I. Dickson.

I have long been awaiting the new revised list of the stamps of Queensland by the Royal Society. Time, however, has not yet brought this to light, and I have, therefore, made out in brief a list of the details of the dies used during the period 1879-1896. Only the principal details as to perforations and watermarks have been included, in order to avoid confusion, and the die marks given can readily be distinguished;

Issue 1879

One Penny.

Type A (line top of right triangle cuts into oval)
Die I -Right low triangle, curve line thick on right top. Left low triangle, curve line joins vertical frame-line up.
Die II - Left top triangle, curve line defective, and lines bottom corner open.
Die III - Left lower triangle, curve line extends up and joins frame line (in 1 and 3, not in 2 and 4). Right lower triangle, curve line runs up even.
Die IV - Left lower triangle curve line extends up beyond triangle, not to frame line. `Right lower curve line runs thick and joins frame thick.

Type B Triangles complete (line does not touch oval)
Die I - Left low triangle, curve line joins vertical frame line up, and vertical line dividing triangle and frame irregular or defective.
Die II - Both low triangles, curve line joins vertical frame lines down. Right scroll in oval band, piece cut out.
Die III - Left low triangle, bottom line joins vertical frame line left, horizontal coloured line between frame and triangle clear.
Die IV - Right low triangle, curve line joins horizontal frame at foot.

Two Pence

Type A
Die I - As die I., Type "A," 1d. value, with T W furthest apart, and right low triangle, curve line thick right up.
Die II -  As die II., Type "A", 1d. value.
Die III - As die III. Type "A" ld. value, with right low triangle joins bottom line in centre.
Die IV - As die IV. Type “A" 1d. value.

Type B
Die I – As die I. Type "B," 1d value, with TW joined.
Die II - As die II. Type "B" 1d. value, with T W not joined, O oval, top E (Queensland) curved up. V
Die III – As die III. Type "B" 1d. value, with TW joined .
Die IV – As Die IV. Type "B" 1d. value with TW joined

Four PenceType B only
Die I - F, nearest scroll, U R widest space, N C (pence) close.
Die II - FN furthest from scroll, almost joins O C close.
Die III - F, middle bar thick, O, round and thick, U in four up and curved, N C E equally spaced .
Die IV - F, close scroll, bent back, O wide, N C E equally spaced.

Six Pence Type B only
(N.B. - From die II. of 1d. value.)
Die I - S (six), top flat and long, P, upright, stroke curved, C nearer N than E.
Die II - S (six), top small, P sloping back at top, end diagonal, C nearer E than N.
Die III - Curve line left low triangle touches oval, dot below P, P normal and rounded foot, C angular, equally spaced.
Die IV - Frame lines touch over Q and E, S tail flat, C nearer N than E, P normal, end square. .

One Shilling Type B only
(N .B. - Die II. of 1d. value: Remodelled.)
Die I - Value near left scroll, O, large and oval, touches line below, S long tail.
Die II - H in value runs up into oval, second L likewise, 0 small and round.
Die III -  S, top small, O small and oval, E low, bar long.
Die IV - Value furthest from left scroll, 0 cuts oval line above, NG close.

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