Printing Inks Used On The 1967-1973 Centennial Issue - Part Two of Eight
5c Blue - Fishing Village
Of the four stamps I am examining today, this one exhibits the widest range of shades, ranging from deep violet blue, all the way to a deep bright blue. The range does not seem to be confined to either the dex gum or PVA gum stamps showing similar ranges of colour. However, I have not seen the deep indigo shade on the PVA gum stamps. The BABN booklet stamps do not show a range however, with all the booklet stamps I have come across being more or less the same shade. For this stamp, I find the best parts of the design to focus on in comparing shades is either the Queen's hair or the lower left corner.
Dex Gum Stamps - All CBN
In terms of a match to the Gibbons color key, the stamp on the top left is almost an exact match to Gibbons's deep violet blue. The gum on that printing is the satin cream type 5 that I identified in my post dealing with gum. The stamp on the top right, which also has the same gum, is just a bit lighter and brighter, although it is also closest to deep violet blue. The top middle stamp, which is printed on strongly ribbed vertical wove hibrite paper, with streaky type 1 gum, is also closest to deep violet blue, but it is much brighter than the other two. I would call this a deep bright violet blue.
Moving down to the second row, the stamp on the left is closest to Gibbons' deep blue, but is much brighter. So I would say that it is a deep bright blue. This stamp is printed on vertical wove paper, with no distinct mesh and type 1 streaky dex gum. The second stamp from the left is closest to Gibbons's steel blue, but is just a touch lighter and brighter. This stamp is printed on vertical wove paper with horizontal mesh and high gloss type 3 dex gum. The third stamp from the left, which has the same paper and gum characteristics as the left and right stamps from the top row, like them, is also closest to Gibbons's deep violet blue. However, the shade high is again lighter and slightly brighter. The stamp on the right is almost the same as the second stamp from the left on this row, except that the shade is list a touch duller and lighter. However, it is a variant of steel blue.
So it would seem that the sheet stamps with dex gum are all variations of either deep violet blue, steel blue, or deep bright blue.
PVA Gum Stamps - All CBN
Booklet Stamps - CBN and BABN
- The 25c booklets printed by the CBN, which contained a singe pane of 5 stamps plus label, and,
- The $1 booklets of 20 printed by the BABN and first issued in 1968.
6c Orange - Transportation
This is one of those stamps that has a surprisingly larger range of shades than one would expect. The coil stamps are a distinctly different orange shade that lacks the red of the shades found on the other stamps. As you will see, the booklet stamps display much the same range of shades as the sheet stamps. All of the 6c orange stamps have dex gum. In comparing shades, I prefer to focus on the Queen's hair, as this is where the differences are most pronounced, I find.
Perf. 10 Sheet Stamps - All BABN
Perf. 10 Booklet Stamps - All BABN
- The 25c booklets that consisted of four 6c stamps and a 1c stamp that were issued in 1968, and,
- The $1.50 booklets that consisted of a pane of 25 stamps.
Perf. 12.5 x 12 Sheet Stamps - All BABN
Coil Stamps - All CBN
6c Black - Transportation
The 6c black is a stamp for which you would think there were no shades at all. It is true that I have yet to see shade varieties for any particular printing, but when all printings of the stamp are taken as a whole, it becomes quite clear that there are differences in the black colour. I do not have the black swatches in my Gibbons colour key, so I cannot describe the shades with reference to that. However, my layperson descriptions of the shades should be adequate. Generally, the black varies from a charcoal-black on the die 1a BABN sheet and booklet stamps to a deep grey black on the die II's, to a deep silvery black on the CBN sheet stamps and finally a jet black on the coil stamps.
BABN Sheet Stamps - All With Dex Gum
CBN Sheet Stamps - All With PVA Gum
BABN Booklet Stamps
- The top left stamp comes from the $1.50 booklets of 25 that were first issued with perf. 10 in early 1970.
- The top right stamp comes from a 25c booklet pane of 4 that was issued in 1970.
- The bottom left stamp comes from either the 25c booklets or $1 booklets issued in 1971-1972.
- The bottom right stamp comes from a 25c booklet with PVA gum that was issued in 1971 before the postage rate change from 6c to 7c.
CBN Coil Stamp
7c Emerald - Transportation
This stamp is described in Unitrade as being emerald green, although a footnote in the catalogue does mention that the booklet stamps can be found in two shades. In reality, there is a small, but marked range of shades from myrtle green to deep grey-green. I have found that the range of shades found on the sheet stamps and booklet stamps generally match, but the coil stamp seems to only exist in the deep emerald shade. The sheet stamps and the booklet stamps were only printed by BABN, while the coil stamps were only printed by CBN.
Sheet Stamps - All BABN
Booklet Stamps - All BABN
Coil Stamp - CBN
This concludes my discussion of the shades of these four values of the set. Again, it is important for me to emphasize that this may not be complete, as a detailed study of the low values could turn up more subtle shade variations that are not shown here. However, I feel that the above covers at least 90-95% of the stamps that you would be sorting.
Next week, I will look at the 8c library, and then start the high values with the 8c-15c values. These four stamps, and especially the 10c and 15c will prove to be very rewarding to the shade enthusiast.