The aim of this thread is to have an online catalogue for the faults and flaws of the £2 black and rose bi-colour Kangaroo.
The stamp was first issued on 10 April 1913. It is the last of the four bi-colour issues. The other three being the 5/- grey and yellow, the 10/- grey and pink and the £1 brown and blue.
Printed sheets were prepared by separate applications of the Vignette
(Kangaroo) plate, and an appropriate Duty
(map and value) plate. This produced a single sheet of 120 units in two panes of 60 (10 rows of 6 columns). On the Cooke printings, CA and JBC monograms were placed in lower margins under L57 and R58 respectively.
The duty plate units were all die II clichés.
The stamp was initially printed on first watermark paper by J.B. Cooke. Subsequently, the first watermark printing was replaced in 1918/19 by a printing by T.S. Harrison on third watermark paper. Further printings occured in August 1930 on Small Multiple Watermark paper and in May 1934 on CofA Watermark paper, both by J. Ash.
The printed shade varied from the official colour of black and rose to grey-black and crimson and even purple-black and rose (third only).
ACSC 55 (first watermark), 56 (third), 57 (small multi), 58 (CofA).
SG 16, 45, 114, 138.
Ray Chapman's 2013 book, The Chapman Collection of Australian Commonwealth stamps: the Kangaroo issues
published by the Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria.
Phoenix Auction House Flaw Finder http://www.phoenixauctions.com.au/cgi-bin/wsPhoenix.sh/flawfinder.p