GB QV 2d blue: what is the significance of the thickness of white lines

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GB QV 2d blue: what is the significance of the thickness of white lines

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Hi, regarding the 2d blue perforated I read that it exists with horizontal white lines, both thick lines and thin lines.

Does this characteristic only concern the perforated or also the imperforate?

What other interesting information exists on such white lines: years, plates, etc.?

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Re: GB QV 2d blue: what is the significance of the thickness of white lines

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MarcoCasadei wrote: 19 May 2024 03:42 Hi, regarding the 2d blue perforated I read that it exists with horizontal white lines, both thick lines and thin lines.

Does this characteristic only concern the perforated or also the imperforate?

What other interesting information exists on such white lines: years, plates, etc.?

Thank you
If I read Stanley Gibbons Part 1 correctly the thin line only occurs on Plate 6 first used in 1857, by which time stamps were being issued perf’d. They do list 35a as an imperf variety but the value given implies this is very rare.

Happy to be corrected by anyone with more expertise.

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Re: GB QV 2d blue: what is the significance of the thickness of white lines

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When issued in 1840, the 2d blue had no white line - this was added to the 1841, plates 3 & 4, issue. These were all imperforate and the line was thin.

The perf 16 stamps from plates 4 & 5 were issued from 1854, also with thin lines.

From 1858, the design changed with letters in all 4 corners. Thick lines are seen in plates 7,8,9 & 12. Then in 1869, the thin line stamps were issued from plates 13, 14 & 15.

Your left stamp is clearly plate 8 and the right one is plate 14.

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