ORANGE RIVER COLONY 1903 KEVII 1D DIE PROOF POSTAGE & REVENUE AS

CHF845.00

  • 1903-04 DIE PROOF of KEVII 1d,
  • but "Postage & Revenue" inscription,
  • frame plate only in black on glazed card
  • dated (in blue) 25 JUN 02 and marked AFTER STRIKING.
  • Superb, rare and an uncommon state of the die.
  • (Typically only a single such impression was taken for checking of the master die roller at each of the after hardening, before striking and after striking production stages.)
  • This plate was produced according to the original brief to De La Rue for a 1d Postage & Revenue design.
  • However in September of 1902 it was decided that all values would be inscribed Postage only.
  • This 1d plate was used to produce the 1902 colour trials including bicolours.
  • The plate would have fallen into disuse as the low values were printed as monocolours from single plates.
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