Monday, August 17, 2015

1 shilling Queensland Sideface

This was the final value of the series to be issued, around May 1880. It was used  extensively for fiscal purposes, and is thus more commonly seen with fiscal cancellations than with postal ones.

The initial printing was Deep Mauve and Mauve in around May 1880. There were probably two printings, with an estimated 62,670 issued for postal use.

In May 1881 it was issued in a Deep Reddish Violet, reducing to a Pale Reddish Lilac later and it is estimated that between this date and the end of the issue in February 1883, 138,740 were issued for postal use, and that there were probably at least four printings. Iappears that the colours of the various printings became progressively paler, from Violet to Lilac. One of the printings in the Reddish Lilac has a somewhat spotty appearance. The last printing was probably the Pale Reddish Lilac.

For more information on this issue and to see examples, click on these blog pages:

1 shilling Queensland Sideface - colours
1 shilling Queensland cliche type and printing
1 shilling Queensland varieties
1 shilling Queensland multiples
1 shilling Queensland postally used
1 shilling Queensland fiscal cancellation
Queensland 1 shilling specimen handstamps
Queensland 1 shilling cancelled handstamps
Queensland First Sideface Plate Proofs - 1 shilling

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