Four Pence Emblem With “Significantly Cracked Electro"
Discovery – posted Mar 2005
This Victoria 4d imperforate Emblem was discovered
in a collection lot from a European source in February,
2001. The lower right section of the electrotype has
been completely severed from the main design, showing
a significant gap at the bottom, as if it had been “hinged”
at the mid-point. Additionally, there are three distinct
preprinting paper folds which are clearly visible in
the scan. The paper ridges are still evident in the
stamp, indicating that it has never been soaked and
pressed. The ridges are elevated from the main surface
of the stamp and have, consequently, been heavily inked
from the canceller being pressed onto the surface. The
corresponding “white unprinted areas” where
the paper folds prevented inking on the paper are visible,
as well. It is most likely that the break in the electrotype
may have prevented the paper sheet from lying flat of
the printing surface.
It is the only example of this major error recorded
to date, suggesting that it was quickly discovered by
the printers and the damaged electrotype was replaced.
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