A remarkable display of the
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The £5 orange
of 1882 is often the pride and joy of many a
Initial printings were on blued paper to a greater or lesser degree. White paper was used from 1889. Both papers have a variety of ‘Specimen’ and ‘Cancelled’ handstamps.
In its later printings, the plate started to develop defects and shows several frame distortions and breaks. Some of these are better than the well known TA and JC frame breaks of the £1 value. The display includes examples of several such breaks, two of which were used for the illustrations in the latest Stanley Gibbons QV specialised catalogue. Several of these varieties are progressive and illustrate the gradual deterioration of the plate.
The display ends with two items that did not progress to become issued stamps. One of these is unique.
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