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Surcharge variations on early 1893 stamps of Nigeria (Lagos)

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Fred Sellars09/07/2021 16:42:09
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On browsing the web this particular block of stamps that was for sale caught my eye, I noticed on a casual glance that the surcharged overprint of a halfpenny and bar on these 4d Lagos stamps of 1893 did not all look the same with some of the overprints being to the far left of the stamp that came into contact with the left frame-line, and some appearing quite central, other differences noted was the height of the overprints regarding the black bar that covered the 4d value, as you can see the top row is reasonably central, but with the middle row the bar overprint is lower showing part of the value at the top, on the bottom row the bar overprints have been inserted higher which shows the bottom of the value more clearly.

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On further inspection I also noticed that a couple of the stamps appeared to have been printed double or at least partially offset.

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Another had ghostly markings just above the word "half penny".

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This particular one having a black blob over the letter "P" of penny plus other markings.

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This stamp is a good example of the overprint having been printed/inserted to the far left.

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It's amazing how you can find so many different variations of an overprint on one small section of a sheet of stamps ! Fred.

Fred Sellars10/07/2021 11:12:23
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Here is another block but this time it comprises of 6 which comes from a different sheet, note the selvedge or margin to the right of the sheet is much narrower in contrast to the block of 9 previously exhibited.

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This is not a quiz, but ; how many differences can you spot ?

Are we due for another one of these ?

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Have a nice day everybody and hopefully the final result on Sunday, Fred

Fred Sellars21/07/2021 11:04:38
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This is more the natural colour of the overprinted stamps opposed to the previous attachments shown.

Just to put you in the picture so to speak.

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Have a nice day, Fred

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