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Plate 10 Black Printing (State 1)

Plate 10 has some characteristic letters which help in identification of this plate:

  • H and T are thick and short
  • I is tall
  • J is square footed
  • M is broad and short
  • N is tall and slender
  • Q has a unique shape (slightly less oval) and tail is more horizontal
  • R are recut Ps with the tail added

  • These letters are in some cases similar to those of Plate 11, but are otherwise unqiue in comparison to the remaining plates.  The
    "O" Flaw and the positions of the letters within the letter squares aid in the seperation of the stamps of Plate 10 and 11.
     
     

    The "O" Flaw
    Stage 1             Stage 2              Stage 3
    GI: enlargement showing "O" Flaw

    Characteristics of Plate 10 Black Printing (State 1)

    Earliest Known Date of Use  02 January 1841
    Flaw  "O" Flaw Stage 1: All stamps except BE, BF, BH, BJ, BK, KB
    "O" Flaw Stage 3: AD to DJ
    No Flaw  BE, BF, BH, BJ, BK, KB
    Shifted Transfer/Basel Shift  RK, RL
    Double Letters  GJ, HA, KL, PA
    Re-entries  PG, PK, SI, TA
    Horizontal guide lines  Through value and lower squares: FC, JK, KG, KI, LI, MI, NK, OL,   
     PG, PJ, SC
    Vertical guide lines  N.E. Corner: AI, BJ, DB, to DJ, EF, EG, EI, FB, FG, FJ, FK, FL, GA, 
     GB, GF, GH, GI, GK, GL, HA, HD, ID, KF, KK, MA, MK, NA, NB, NI,  
     NJ, OA, OC, PJ, QA, QB, QC, QI, RA, RF, RG, SA, SB, SC, SG, TB, 
     TC, TF, TG, TJ, TK.  N.W. Square: LG, MF   
    Guide Dots  Outside S.E. corner: JL, SL, TC
     Inside S.E. corner: OL, TK
     Top of N.E. corner: GD
     Right of N.E. corner: AL
     Right of N.E. square: AG
     Inside N.E. corner: AI, AK
     K square: EK
     Center of C: RC
     Under B square: TB
    Extended frame lines  S.E. extends left: DB, SG
     S.W. extends right: OK, QI
     Left frame line extends below: CA, CK, DA, DC, DF, DI, EH, FD, FL, 
     GC, HB, KB
    Constant Varieties  J Flaw: EJ, JF, NJ, OJ, PJ, SJ, TJ
     MA: defective M; MD: line in M square; JK: horzizonta line at base 
     Long Tailed R: RA to RH, and RJ to RL
     DD: dot under N of PENNY; ND: mark below D
    Printing in Red  State 1, State 1 Pre-provisional, State 2 (see below)
    Color of Maltese Cross  Black is normal Red is uncommon
    Thin Paper  Exists
    Inverted Watermark  Examples unknown

    Characteristics of Plate 10 Provisional Black Printing (State 2)

    State 2 Provisional Printing
    Repairs
     BA to BD, BG, BL, CA  to CH, CK, DH, DK, DL 
    The "O" Flaw is corrected on the above stamps

     

    Plate 10 Red Printing (State 1)


    State 2 Printing in Red without the  
    "O" Flaw
    Stage 1             Stage 2              Stage 3
    DL: enlargement showing Missing "O" Flaw

    Characteristics of Plate 10 Red Printing  (State 1)

    Flaw  "O" Flaw Stage 1: All stamps except BE, BF, BH, BJ, BK, KB
    "O" Flaw Stage 3: AD to DJ
    No Flaw  BE, BF, BH, BJ, BK, KB
    Shifted Transfer/Basel Shift  RK, RL
    Double Letters  GJ, HA, KL, PA
    Re-entries  PG, PK, SI, TA
    Guide lines, Dots, etc.  Same as on the Black Printing but more difficult to see 
    Constant Varieties  J Flaw: EJ, JF, NJ, OJ, PJ, SJ, TJ
     MA: defective M; MD: line in M square; JK: horzizonta line at base 
     Long Tailed R: RA to RH and RJ to  RL
    Color of Maltese Cross  Black 

    Characteristics of Pre-provisional Red Printing State 1

    State 1 Pre-provisional   BA to BD,  BG, BI, BL, CA to CL, DH, DK, DL
     The "O" Flaw is not corrected on the above stamps

    Characteristics of Red Printing State 2

    State 2 Repairs  BA to BD,  BG, BI, BL, CA to CL, DH, DK, DL
     The "O" Flaw is corrected on the above stamps

     
     
     

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