Wednesday, October 12, 2011

1 shilling Queensland cliche type

This issue was derived from the 1d. Die 2 and was the last value of this series to be issued. The letters "One Shilling" was separately engraved on each of the four subjects of the new die.

Ken Scudder distinguishes the 4 types of each cliche / mould as follows:

Type 1

  • Curve of the lower left spandrel merges with the vertical frame line. 
  • Either a small coloured flaw below the "O" of "ONE" or the "O" is joined to the oval below. Also, often a small
  • coloured flaw above the "O".
  • "ONE" closest to the left ornament.
  • "S" of "SHILLING" has a long, thick bottom stroke.
  • Frame line below lower right spandrel most often joins the outer oval.

Type 2

  • In the right side ornament the top of the "reversed S" is damaged. 
  • Both curved lines of the lower spandrels join the lower frame lines. 
  • The right limb of "H" and the 2nd "I" of "SHILLING" touch the oval above.
  • Often a line flaw in the shading above "H", as a continuation of its right limb.
  • Heel of the lst "L" of "SHILLIN G" touches the oval below.
  • Spot of colour on white oval, in front of and level with the eye.

Type 3

  • Break in the left vertical frame line at bottom corner.
  • Cross bar of the "H" of "SHILLIN G" is set low.
  • "E" of "ONE" has a longer lower bar.
  • Most often, the heel of the lst "L" of "SHILLING" touches the oval below.
  • Right side ornament most often has an extra bud at the bottom.
  • Often, a small white flaw from the base of the neck.

Type 4

  • Curved line of the lower right spandrel joins the horizontal line below at an acute angle and, possibly, by only a
  • fine line. 
  • "NG" of "SHILLING" set close.
  • "O" of "ONE" large and usually joins the oval above.
  • Often the outer frame is flawed at the top left corner.

The most obvious of these features are shown below:
Type 1. The bottom of the O touches the white line outside the oval

Type 2. The top of the right limb of the H touches the right line around the oval. The I also touches the right line of the oval
Type 3. The horizontal stroke on the first L of shilling is cut short and there is a second bud on the lowest right-hand scroll. Under the first L there is usually a white bump

Type 4. The top of the O cuts the white line around the oval and the letters NG are close together. Note the Sydney, NSW datestamp

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