Orange River Colony Revenue 1903 KEVII Primary / Secondary Dies


  • 1903 KEVII Issue, PAIR of proofs comprising
  • 1) MASTER PROOF OF KEY DIE frame & vignette in black
  • with UNCLEARED DUTY/VALUE TABLETS & SURROUND larger-than-stampsize on glazed card.
  • From the De La Rue printer's Day Book, an uncommon Primary state of the die as composite of the frame & vignette (the so-called "Key Die") for these bicoloured stamps.
  • 2) Stampsize die proof from the Secondary die, now with 6d engraved in the value tablets and central vignette cleared.
  • In cutting the vignette from the Key Master the two black markings either side of the Crown were lost.
  • Superb, a rare pair.
  • Ex De La Rue archives, van Heerden & Trotter.
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