DLR Printings on PB Plates
Both the Yellow ochre and the scarce yellow shade.
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.
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.
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:
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 following assisted in building up the block of 60:
Flaw, 'Grinning 2', a cut through 2's downstroke where it meets the foot. it also has the 0.4mm bar
*thin 0.2mm bar. 2nd setting only
*2 displaced left.