Key & Duty. Comb14
Surface-printed 6d stamps were added to the yearly supply for 1891,despite ample
stocks still remaining of the PB recess-printed 6d. The result was that they were
hardly issued before January 1893.
Again the No. 1 key-plate of 120 was used with a duty-plate of 60, which were
doubled in February 1896. During the first period there were 4 deliveries with
487,920 stamps, while a further 1,819,200 were invoiced on 15 April and 10 June
1896. The yearly demand reached 40,000 stamps in 1895, and it is quite
astonishing that these large orders were even contemplated. It was only because
demand by 1904 had jumped to 365,000 that it was possible to deplete the stock
by the end of 1906, The violet colour does not present shades of significance,
but the earliest are prone to run when soaked in water.
This wmk lasted well into federation being finally replaced by stocks of wa wmk