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Penny red perf 16 with odd "P"

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Trevor Bishop 114/08/2016 17:58:21
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Hi ,

I was just sorting through a few old covers and came across this one and thought I would try & ID it . If I'm right I think it is SG 21 perf 16 alphabet 2,the letter is dated 21/04/1855 , however the loop of the P is filled in in both of these consecutive stamps . Does this make it " constant flaw " or just too much ink . Either way I wasn't able to find the relevant plate no in the QV specialised catalogue .

Can someone help me or point me in the right direction , perhaps I should be looking more at the stars in the upper corners ??



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Julian15/08/2016 08:21:40
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Hi Trev I know nothing about this style stamp but just looking at these, they are different.

Because the letter the other side is "E" & "F" and whilst I have obviously seen these stamps before, I never realised how different 2 stamps could be.

Because I have learned a bit about cheating from moderator Paul recently, I have done a quick search on the net and you can start by looking at the nostrils on the nose which tells you which Die was used and these appear to be Die 1 "right" and Die 2 "Left". The nostril on Die 2 is shorter and if from what I have just read about these, they are called Tonna's penny red stars.

As in ALL cases in tradition with stamps, there are many different varieties. And I thought Princess Diana was a hard subject to follow?!!!! It is this type of thing that attracts me to stamps, oddities. Probably because I am very odd myself?!!

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