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The Shades of the Perforated Star Issues


The following are examples of the shades which occurred on the Perforated Star Issues from 1854 through 1864.  The Plum
shade is the scarcest of all these major shades.  Below  is an example of the plum shade.

Plum

Issue of 1855: Introduction of the Large Crown, Die II,  Alphabet II, Perforated 14
Plate 4

From the advent of the first official government perforated stamps in 1854 to the introduction of the First Transitionals in about October of 1856, the Perforated Stars appeared in the following major shades besides plum: purple-brown, deep claret on deeply blued paper, red-brown, orange-brown, red-orange, brick-red, yellow-brown, lake-red.  Some of these shades are seen below and on the following pages.  All of the following shades on bluish paper are from the 1855 Issue, Die II, Alphabet III,  Large Crown, Perforated 14.


Chocolate and Purple-brown
 

Purple-brown Plate 33



Purple-brown Plate 23 in combination with Rose-brown Plate 32

Chocolate-brown
Imprimatur 
Plate 39

Plate 42
Click the image of the Chocolate-brown Imprimatur Plate 39 for a larger picture

Claret
 

Plate 37
 
 

Plate 35
 
 
 
 

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