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Plate 8 Black Printings

The "O" Flaw Stage 1 appears on most of the impressions of row AA through OJ.  The "O" Flaw Stage 2 appears on most of the impressions from OK though TL.  In some of the later repairs by re-entry the "O" flaw is eliminated.  The roller used for repair of this plate did not have the "O" Flaw
and obliterated the flaw during the process of repair.  Also, the roller had blank corner squares and effected the star corners, causing the so called
white star flaw in the north-east corner.
 

 "O" Flaw Stage 1 and 2 exist on this plate
 Example from  Plate 8 without "O" Flaw

 
 
White Star Flaw

 
 
Example of Plate 8 on cover

Characteristics of Plate 8 Black Printing

Earliest Known Date of Use 11 September 1840
Flaw  "O" Flaw Stage 1 and 2
No Flaw Stage 1: most  stamps of row AA-OJ
Stage 2: most stamps of OK-TL
Re-entries DL, RL, TA, TJ
Double Letters HA, MI
Constant Varieties BL, HL, TL
Horizontal Guide Lines EL,  FB, FG, FH, NB, SC
Vertical Guide Lines AA, AE, AF, AJ, AK, BC, BG, BI, BK, CC, CD, CI, DA, DC, DD, DG, DH, DI, DK, EA, EB, EC, EF, EG, EI-EL, FC, FD, HA, HC, HG, HH, HI, IB, JE, LB, LD, LF, LI, MA, ND, OD, OF, OI, OK, PB, PC, PD, PG-PK, QA-QE, QH-QK, RA-RG, RI, RJ, SA-SD, TB, TC
Guide Dots In or below the L squares: AL, EL, GL, HL, IL, ML, OL, PL, QL, SL, TL;  south-west corner: AB, AD, AH, AK
Printing in Red State1,  State 1 Provisional,  State 2 Provisional
Color of Maltese Cross Red or Black
Bleute Paper Exists
Thin Paper Exists
Inverted Watermark Exists (uncommon)

 

Plate 8 Red Printings

 "O" Flaw Stage 1 and 2 exist on this plate
 Example from  Plate 8 with
"O" Flaw

 
DB: "O" Flaw Stage 2

 

Characteristics of Plate 8 Red Printing State 1

Earliest Known Date of Use January 1841
Flaw  "O" Flaw Stage 1 and 2
No Flaw Stage 1: most  stamps of AA-OJ
Stage 2: most stamps of OK-TL
Re-entries DL, RL, TA, TJ
Double Letters HA, MI
Horizontal Guide Lines EL,  FB, FG, FH, NB, SC
Vertical Guide Lines AA, AE, AF, AJ, AK, BC, BG, BI, BK, CC, CD, CI, DA, DC, DD, DG, DH, DI, DK, EA, EB, EC, EF, EG, EI-EL, FC, FD, HA, HC, HG, HH, HI, IB, JE, LB, LD, LF, LI, MA, ND, OD, OF, OI, OK, PB, PC, PD, PG-PK, QA-QE, QH-QK, RA-RG, RI, RJ, SA-SD, TB, TC
Guide Lines In or below the L squares: AL, EL, GL, HL, IL, ML, OL, PL, QL, SL, TL;  south-west corner: AB, AD, AH, AK
Constant Varieties BL, HL, TL
Color of Maltese Cross Black
Inverted Watermark Exists

Characteristics of Plate 8 Black  Printing State 2 (1840 Repair)

GE, HE No "O" Flaw

Characteristics of Plate 8 Red Printing State 2 (1840 Repair)

GE, HE No "O" Flaw

Characteristics of Plate 8 Red Printing State 1, Pre-Provisional

Repair by Re-entry DK, PG, PK, RF, RG, RH, SE, SF, SG, TE, TF, TG, TH

Characteristics of Plate 8 Black Printing State 2
22 January - 03 February

"O" Flaw Removed DK, PG, PK, RF, RG, RH, SE, SF, SG, TE, TF, TG, TH

Characteristics of Plate 8 Red Printing State 2
22 January - 03 February

"O" Flaw Removed DK, PG, PK, RF, RG, RH, SE, SF, SG, TE, TF, TG, TH

Plate 8 Late Red Printing Repair of 1841

Non-coincidental Re-entry State 2 AE-AL
Coincidental Re-entry State 2 AD, BH, BI, BJ, BK, BL, CJ, CK, CL, DI, DJ, EG, EH, EI, EJ, EK, EL, FG, FH, FI, FL, GL, HK, HL, II, IJ, IK, IL, NE, NF, NG, NH, PI, PJ, PL, QE, QF, QG, QH, QI, QJ, QK, QL, RD, RE, RI, RJ, RK, SD, SH, SI, SJ, TB, TC, TD, TI
Coincidental Re-entries State 3: DK, PG, RF, RG, SE, SF, SG, TE, TG, TH

 
 

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