The Arch Issue of 1930-1935 Part 2
Shade and Gum Combinations Continued
The last post covered the shade variations found on the regular issue stamps to the $1. The list below details some of the shade and gum combinations found on the 5c airmail and 20c special delivery stamps:
5c sepia with cream gum and no visible mesh.
5c deep sepia with cream gum and no visible mesh.
5c agate with cream gum and no visible mesh.
5c agate with cream gum and coarse vertical mesh.
20c deep Indian red with deep cream gum and no visible mesh.
20c deep Indian red with coffee gum and no visible mesh.
20c deep Indian red with cream gum and no visible mesh.
20c deep Indian red with brownish yellow gum and no visible mesh.
I should mention that the colour names I have given in this and the last post are based on the Stanley Gibbons Stamp colour key, with the colour names modified as required to bring them into line with the actual colours.
In addition to the above, the 2c brown stamp is listed in a pale yellow brown shade in Unitrade as #166ii. I have never seen this shade, so I cannot comment on how it compares to the Stanley Gibbons colour key.
Re-entries on this issue were unheard of until very recently, when Ralph Trimble brought a few of them to our attention on his website, the link for which is given below:
Until recently, there were only two re-entries listed on this issue:
- The major re-entry on the 1c orange, and
- The major re-entry on the 1c myrtle green.
- A re-entry on the 1c green in which diagonal lines are shown extending into the white border just to the left of the right numeral.
- A re-entry from position 15 of the upper right pane of plate 3 of the 2c green and 2c red. In this re-entry, clear doubling can be seen on the "ADA"of "Canada", as well as the "AN".
This is one of the more difficult varieties to identify, especially on single stamps. On the normal stamp, the left pupil (the King's right) is slightly higher than the other, and is partly hidden under the eyelid. On the variety the eyelid of the left eye (King's right) is more open and appears whiter then the other eye. It only occurs on the stamp immediately to the left of a line in a line pair. However, not all stamps to the left of a line will be the variety. Again, this is a fairly scarce variety that so far is only known on the 2c coil stamps. However, it could exist on other stamps as well.
These are the known varieties on this issue, but it is possible that there may be other undiscovered varieties.
This issue featured a relatively large number of plates. The imprints are found in all four corners, depending on which pane they are from, and in addition, each pane also has a centre position. The centre positions are distinguished by the fact that the imprint is 6 mm from the stamps, whereas on the corner positions, the imprints are 5 mm from the stamps. The blocks of this issue are all scarce, as they are valued at a premium over the price of four single stamps. The number of plates used, combined with the number of positions, makes for a very large number of collectible blocks, particularly if we consider shade, gum and paper varieties:
- 1c orange - 1 plate, 2 positions (2 blocks)
- 1c deep green die 1 - 2 plates, 2 positions (2 blocks)
- 1c myrtle green die 2 - plates 5-8 (16 blocks) - no centre positions
- 2c deep dull green - plates 1-6 (22 blocks)
- 2c deep red die 1 - plates 3-6 (26 blocks)
- 2c deep red die 2 - plates 7-8 (8 blocks)
- 2c blackish brown die 2 - plates 7-10 (16 blocks)
- 2c agate die 1 - plates 5-6 (11 blocks)
- 3c scarlet - plates 1-5 (20 blocks)
- 4c yellow bistre - plates 1-2 (8 blocks)
- 5c dull plum rotary - plates 1-2 (7 blocks)
- 5c deep dull purple - plate 3 (4 blocks)
- 5c Prussian blue - plate 3 (4 blocks)
- 5c Milky blue - plate 3 (4 blocks)
- 8c deep blue - plate 1 (2 blocks - upper left and upper right)
- 8c red-orange - plate 1-3 (7 blocks)
- 10c olive green - plate 1 (4 blocks)
- 12c grey black - plate 1 (6 blocks)
- 20c brown red - plate 1 (6 blocks)
- 50c dull blue - plate 1 (6 blocks)
- $1 bronze green - plate 1 (2 blocks)
- 25c booklet containing 4 panes of 6 of the 1c dark green, with a light green cover;
- 25c booklet containing 2 panes of 6 of the 2c deep dull green, with a light green cover;
- 25c booklet containing 2 panes of 6 of the 2c deep red, with a bright red cover;
- 25c booklet containing 2 panes of 6 of the 2c agate, with a deep brown cover;
- 25c booklet containing 2 panes of 4 of the 3c deep red.
- 25c booklet containing 1 pane each of 4 of the 1c deep green, 2c agate and 3c deep red.
- 1c myrtle green, which can show either "plate" or "No.4" on the tab.
- 2c deep dull green, which can show either "plate", "No.4", or "No.5"on the tab. These panes can also be found perforated on both sides.
- 2c deep dull green rotary, which can show a partial "3"on the tab.
- 2c deep red, which can show either "plate", "No.4", or "No.5"on the tab.
- 2c agate, which can show either "plate", or "No.4"on the tab.
- 3c deep red which can show either "plate", "No.1", or "No.2" on the tab.
- 1c deep green pane of 4, which can show either "plate" or "No.1" on the tab.
- 2c agate pane of 4, which can show either "plate", "No.1" or "No.2" on the tab.