2nd May 1935 Silver Jubilee of King George the fifth's reign.
Designed and Engraved by F.D. Manley.
Watermarked, chalk surfaced paper, perforated 11½.
The design shows a somewhat uncomfortable king mounted on 'Anzac', a gift from admiring subjects in Australia. The stallion appears to be a spirited brute with a mule's face and temperament. The king is not sitting on this animal, he is standing in the stirrups ready to jump.
*note the small print run of the 2/- value.
A very high instance of varieties plague the 2d. It was originally assumed this issue saw the first use of copper electros rather than a direct steel master plate. Copper electros were used from the beginning of rotary recess. The only other current explanation is the first use of nickel coatings.
Different inks were used on the initial printings of both the 2d and 3d until a suitable one was found. Distinctly different shades of bright scarlet and brownish red distinguish these first printings of the 2d (1st four plates), and a bright blue in the 3d.
It is believed that plate 6 of the 2d is Delta Metal.
A nice example of a top strip from the lower panel of a PO sheet.