1874 Queen Victoria First Sidefaces
By 1870, the printing plates for the Full Face Queens were very worn
and needed replacing. A decision was made to design new stamps with a more
contemporary portrait of Queen Victoria.
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The 1d, 2d, 3d, 4d, 6d and
1/- stamps were designed by Messrs De La Rue & Co and featured a side on
portrait with different frame shapes for each denomination.
papers used for printing this issue were manufactured with Potassium
Prussiate to hamper cleaning off postmarks to reuse stamps and as a result
some stamps show varying amounts of blueing - particularly noticeable in
the 2d stamp.
In 1878, the issue was extended with the addition of 2
and 5 shilling stamps by W.R. Bock. The central portrait was copied
from the original stamps and new frames and values added. The new
values were intended for parcel post, but this service didn't eventuate
during the life of this issue, and the stamps were mostly used fiscally.
They are scarce - only around 47,000 of each were printed.
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