DLR Printings on PB Plates
Most collections contain fakes, not genuine copies of this overprint.
First - LOW - Overprinting
10 December 1874. 100 sheets
2nd and 3rd - CENTRE - Overprints
15 March 1875: 100 sheets
9 April 1875: 100 sheets
Helmich must have welcomed the second delivery on 18 January 1875. because he was in dire need and drew the whole consignment the same day. However, his difficulties were far from over, though he had written to the Crown Agents on 17 December 1874 increasing the quarterly deliveries from 24,000 to 72,000 stamps. That third delivery arrived on 5 May 1875 and he promptly drew 100 sheets. Meanwhile, Helmich had twice again been forced to beg the Governor's leave to overprint 2d stamps.
The remaining 48,000 stamps from the third delivery were issued on 1 July 1875
and again the Fleserve Chest was depleted. lt was Helmlch's
He|mich`s late and timid ordering of Penny stamps in 1874 created a crisis
situation by the end of the year. The Reserve Chest was depleted and stocks at the
Post Offices were running low with Christmas and New Year coming up.
He had to ask Governorís permission to surcharge ONE PENNY on 2d stamps
and, on 10 December 1874, he issued the new stamp.
However, the 100 sheets printed would only cover 4 weeks
supply. He was lucky, for just in time, on 18 January, 1875, he received 24,000
stamps from De la Rue which would see him through to late March, but without
further deliveries expected before May he had to ask for more overprints, He
was saved from further wrath, as meanwhile, a new Governor, William Cleaver
Francis Robinson had taken office. On 15 March and 9 April the Government
Printer had 100 sheets ready tor him. All 300 sheets were surcharged on 1872
printings of cc12.5 upright or reversed in about equal numbers in shades from light to deep orange.
The printing plate
Is believed to be, unusually, a full 120on covering all stamps of the sheet.
Most collections contain fakes, not genuine copies.
Coarse imitations of both stamp and surcharge are abundant but easily recognised. Better forgeries can be detected because genuine copies are:
TRIPLE AND DOUBLE LOW SURCHARGES
At least two trial sheets were used to position the overprint. By mistake, or due to the desperate shortage, these sheets, were carved up and distributed to the Geraldton, Greenough Post Offices and the Fremantle Commissariat.
The Geraldton / Greenough examples have very low overprints bleeding into the perfs or stamp below.
The commissariat has the only known double print and positions of the triple strikes are quite different, indicating that least one other sheet was involved.
The 4 triple overprints known used at Geraldton are easy to recognize as they
are cancelled with the 20/15-bars Numeral:
Copy GT 4:l first saw in a London-auction_May 1980. It sold for £7,100 or