ID the Australia KGV 4½d, 5d, & 1/4d Monogram & Imprint Plates

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ID the Australia KGV 4½d, 5d, & 1/4d Monogram & Imprint Plates

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The higher value KGV heads are the easiest to allocate an imprint or monogram to the plate from which it was printed. Sourcing such imprints is not as easy as several are rare to extremely rare.

The 4½d Value
All the Die 1 stamps are from Plate 1
A Harrison imprint is single watermark.
A Mullett imprint is single watermark.

An Ash imprint (N over N) was used for both the perf 14 and perf 13 issues.
Perf 14 4½d imprint
Perf 14 4½d imprint

Perf 13½ 4½d imprint
Perf 13½ 4½d imprint


Note that the perforation layout may differ even though it is the same plate.

Ash used two new plates for the Die 2 stamps, which although never officially issued without the 5d surcharge, have nevertheless inadvertently reached the philatelic market. Imprints are very rare.

Ash utilised his N over A imprint for plate 2 and his N over N imprint for plate 3.
Die 2 Plate 3 4½d imprint
Die 2 Plate 3 4½d imprint


Sold in the Arthur Gray KGV auction 2015

Note the letters in the value tablet are more pronounced, and it has a faint white border on the left hand side, which are defining characteristics of the die.

This value was no longer needed by the time the C of A watermark came into use.
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Re: Identifying the Australia KGV 4½d, 5d, & 1/4d Monogram &Imprint Plates

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The 5d Value


There is little to cause difficulty in allocating imprints and monograms for this value.


All the Die 1 stamps are from the same plate.
However some caution is needed distinguishing the Cooke CA monograms for the line perf issue (ACSC 122).
In the early printings it was located under 1L56, but was later moved to under 1L57.

Single monograms can be identified both by the characteristics of the jubilee line and the presence or absence of stamp flaws.

CA Monogram under L56
CA Monogram under L56
CA Monogram under L57
CA Monogram under L57


1L56 has a white flaw on the jawline just in front of the ear and a white spot in the jubilee line below the east border of the right value shield.
1L57 has neither of these identifiers but has a white flaw in the jubilee line directly below the "E" of "Five" in the value tablet.

In the comb perf issue (ACSC 123) the CA monogram was always under 1L57 and corner strips of three are rare.

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Care is also required in distinguishing the imprints of the Die 2 CofA watermark (ACSC 127).
Ash utilised his N over N imprint on both plates.
127 Ash Plate 2
127 Ash Plate 2
Here the crown is normal in 2R55.

127 Ash Plate 3
127 Ash Plate 3
Here the top left pearl is broken in 3R55.

This isn't a problem for the OS overprints because only Plate 2 was used.
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Re: ID the Australia KGV 4½d, 5d, & 1/4d Monogram & Imprint Plates

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The 1/4d Value

All 1/4d values were printed from the same plate.

Harrison and Mullet utilised single watermark paper.
Mullet also utilised small multiple watermark paper perf 14.
Ash utilised small multiple watermark paper perf 13 and CofA watermark paper.

Full Harrison imprints are somewhat rare, as many had the lower line of the imprint guillotined off before release.

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