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Plate 9 Black Printings


In the original unrepaired state every stamp shows the "O" Flaw Stage 2.  Plate 9 saw extensive service and was destroyed
on 07 October 1843.  Plate 9 printings in red were produced long after printings in red from other plates were discontinued.
Below can be seen an example of the later priting in the contemporary shade of the period with an 1843 Numeral Maltese
Cross.  Plate 9 red printings are the most common of the red printings from the black plates. Guide lines and dots appear on many of the stamps and are useful in identifying numerous stamps from this plate.
 
 

 Plate 9 with Red Maltese Cross
"O" Flaw Stage 1 and 2 exist on this plate
 Plate 9 with Black Maltese Cross

 
DC: "O" Flaw Stage 2

 
 
 
White Star Flaw

 
 
Example of Plate 9 on Cover with Red Maltese Cross

Characteristics of Plate 9 Black Printing

Earliest Known Date of Use 18 November 1840
Flaw  "O" Flaw Stage 1 and 2
No Flaw Black Printings: All had Flaw; Red Printings w/o Flaw: AE, AG, AH, AI
Re-entries EH, NK
Double Letters BH, BL, CK, DC, EB, HB, JL, LB, LL, MA, OA, OB, TB
Constant Varieties EA (Horz. line below E square) , JA ( Horz. lin in N.E. square)
Horizontal Guide Lines BA, BB, BF, CA, CB, CJ, FF, HA, HB, HC, HE, HH, IA, IB, JB, JC, JD, JE, JG, JH, JK, KA - KL, LL, ML, NA, NI, NJ, OA, OH, OI, PC, PK, QA, QB, QD, QG, RC, RD, RI, SE, SI 
Vertical Guide Lines AA - AK, BA, BB, BC - BG, BI, BK, CA, CB, CE, CF, CH, CI, CJ, CL, DA - DG, DI, DJ, DK, EA, EB, ED, EE, EF, EI, EJ, EK, FB, FC, FD, FE, FF, FJ, FK, GA, GC - GG, GJ, GK, HA, HB, HE, HK, IK, JD, KA, KC, KG, KK, LF, LK, LL, MA, MB, MC, ME - MK, NA -NE, NG - NI, NK, OA - OI, PC, PF, PI, PJ, PK, QF, RA, RF, TA - TD
Guide Dots Inside S.E. corner: BL, IL, JL, KL, LL, TA, TE
Outside S.E. corner: SL, TC
Above N.E. corner: AB, AC, AH, AI, AJ
Printing in Red AStates 1, 2 and 3
Color of Maltese Cross Red or Black
Thin Paper Exists
Inverted Watermark Exists (uncommon)

Characteristics of Plate 9 Black Printing 1st Repair

State 2 Without "O" Flaw AE, AG, AH, AI

 Characteristics of Plate 9 Black Provisional Printing  2nd Repair

State 2 Without "O" Flaw AA, AB, AC, AD, AF, AJ, AK, AL, BB, EC, ED, FC, FD, FE

Plate 9 Red Printings

 "O" Flaw Stage 1 and 2 exist on this plate
 Example from  Plate 9 with
"O" Flaw
Late use with  
1843  Numeral 6 MC

Characteristics of Plate 9 Red Printing Unrepaired

Earliest Known Date of Use ?
Flaw  All stamps except as noted below
No Flaw AE, AG, AH, AI
Re-entries EH, NK
Double Letters BH, BL, CK, DC, EB, HB, JL, LB, LL, MA, OA, OB, TB
Constant Varieties EA (Horz. line below E square) , JA ( Horz. lin in N.E. square)
Color of Maltese Cross Black

Characteristics of Plate 9 Red Printing State 1

State 1 Repair with "O" Flaw AA, AB, AC, AD, AF, AJ, AK, AL, BB, EC, ED, FC, FD, FE

Characteristics of Plate 9 Red Printing State 2 

State 2 Repair  w/o "O" Flaw AA, AB, AC, AD, AF, AJ, AK, AL, BB, EC, ED, FC, FD, FE

Characteristics of Plate 9 Red Printing State 3

State 3 Repair w/o "O" Flaw AAC - AJ and EC
This repair deepened the Queen's portrait and background and also
removed the White Star Flaw in the N.W.  

Characteristics of Plate 9 Red Printing State 2 (Known in Red Only)

State 2 Repair (Red Only) BC,  BD, FA, FB, FF, GA, GB, GC, GD. 
This group of stamps is unique in that no corresponding black printings are known in this state

 
 

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