Lower Plate D
Plate D, like plates E and F, is composed of Die II clichés. It was in commission for a very short time in January 1913. Accordingly, material is in short supply and the number of identified flaws is limited.
Plate D was paired to the upper plate A.
Adams, Bell and Pope make the following comment. “It is an unsolved mystery as to why Plate D and Plate A were retired so early and, barring a major accident it could have simply been that the 480-on plate was too large to work with and Cooke decided to break it down into a 240-on plate for all future printings. Cooke then cut the plate up for additional postal stationary, electrotypes and substitutions.
Plate D clichés are distinguishable from the clichés on the other Die II plates. Die II exists in two sub states on these plates. The second sub state has breaks in the first shading lines above and below N of ONE. The first sub state does not have these breaks.
Plate D clichés are of the first sub state (no breaks). Plates E and F are of the second sub state (with breaks).
Bellow are two stamps. The first is from plate D, the second is from plate F. Plate D has no breaks. Plate F has breaks.
The diagram below shows the positions of individual clichés on a plate of 120 units. The plate comprises left and right panes divided by a central gutter. The positions of the watermarks (POSTAGE, etc.) shown on the diagram are reasonably accurate. Being a lower plate, Plate D has printer monograms (not shown in the diagram).
Clichés shaded have no known constant printing flaws. Clichés without shading have constant printing flaws, with some flaws having more than one state. The numbering of stamps is conventional.
Constant varieties identified in the Australian Commonwealth Specialist Catalogue (2017) (ACSC) are indicated by the lettering used in the Catalogue. Thus, for example, the cliché at position L20 has the letter d, meaning that this is the position of the ACSC-listed flaw 3(D)d. Note that the ACSC identifiers start at d and run to h.
The positions of constant flaws and their descriptions come from the following sources:
Adams, D., B. Bell, G. Pope (2004), 1d Red Kangaroo and Map Series, published by the authors.
Kellow, G.N. (ed.) (2017), The Australian Commonwealth Specialists’ Catalogue: Kangaroos, Brusden-White.
Sluman, J (1992), The 1913 Penny Kangaroo Flaw List, published by the author.