Home Up 1d No Wmk CC12.5 CC14 CA12 CA14 CA14 Rose  Overprint

DLR Printings on PB Plates



bullet19 Feb 1884 First Overprinting  CA12 WEST : 150 sheets.

          Both the Yellow ochre and the scarce yellow shade.


 June 1884 Second Overprinting, Second setting.  CC14 WEST (SG89) 100 sheets

With effect from 1 February 1884, the inter colonial Newspaper rate was reduced from 1d to 1/2d. This necessitated an overprint until stocks in the new design were available from DLR and were sanctioned on Jan21 just before the announcement.

The emergency period 1 to 19 February

Publishers of newspapers, and there were at least three in Perth, Daily News, Perth Gazette and West Australian, were entitled to the new rate from the beginning of February. The payment 1/2d postage must somehow have been indicated on the newspaper, or more likely, on an addressed wrapper. A Crown/PAlD was applied to newspapers or wrappers during the emergency period from 1 to 19 February and that the publishers received, as a receipt for every two newspapers, Penny stamps to which it was also applied.

As only 2,000 papers, at the most, were mailed during the emergency period these hand stamps are rare

The overprint immediately caught the fancy of dealers and collectors The result has been that the CA12 found its way to even the humblest collection of Western Australia. Mint blocks are by no means scarce, Perhaps more than half the printing was hoarded. The extraordinary demand necessitated a further un-anticipated printing in May or June and this time 100 sheets of CC14 were used. That difference was not noted immediately, perhaps because the market was saturated. The result is that many fewer have survived mint

What really characterises the issue is the scarcity of used stamps in both perforations.


These first turned up in 1886 in large quantities with an occasional CA12 thrown in.

There are more CC14 forgeries in collections than the genuine article. Less so of course for the CA12 because it was no longer on issue.

Genuine overprints have:
1. The stem of the 1 is 0.8mm thick.
2. The '2' stands well-centred below the '1'.
3. The distance from the bar to the foot of 1 and top of 2 is one millimetre.
4. The stamp has to show wmk. WEST

The Printing Plates

The thin traction bar only exists on CC14 indicating two settings for the two printings

A Plate  of 60, in 12 horizontal rows of 5 applied 4 times to the sheet of 240  was used . First printing on CA12, then a 2nd printing with alterations to the three bottom rows on CC14

The type setter had just started dismantling the plate when the rush to buy sheets bye dealers and collectors made the PMG order further, unexpected, printing. Re-assembling the type made he two distinguishable differences. They are scarce because the market was saturated for this overprint and didn't detect the difference until much later.

The following assisted in building up the block of 60:

   1 2 3 4 5
R1   Pearl      
R7       0.4bar 0.4bar
R8         0.4bar
R9       Grinning 2 0.4bar


R12     0.2bar*    

Flaw, 'Pearl in 2', a minute un-coloured spot in the neck of the '2'

Flaw, 'Grinning 2', a cut through 2's downstroke where it meets the foot.  it also has the 0.4mm bar

Two different kinds of fraction bars were used, normally  0.5mm thick and a marginally thinner 0.4mm. Depending on inking and pressure of printing they may or may , not look alike.

*thin 0.2mm bar. 2nd setting only

*2 displaced left.

Rows 9&10
Rows 11&12

thin fraction (SG89a)