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NOTES ON THE 5/- ADMIRALS

Images used with permission Stephen Reah-Johnson. 

Descriptions are abbreviated renderings of the full text: "The Colours and Printings of the 5/- Admirals" by Stephen Reah-Johnson (RSCJ 244 - September, 2012).

Where the Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is not listed for 'variants', a measured estimate is included in proportion to known scarcity of the stamp.  This is more of a working estimate than definitive.

Where the term 'proposed SG number' is used, this must be understood as being a more workable and plausible classification rather than a status awaiting final Stanley Gibbons approval.

SG 238  Deep Blue & Dull Green

Die II, Plate 3, State 1, Perf. 14

This is the SPECIMEN stamp.  Fairly common for a 5/- Admiral.  There are shades that are marginally bluer (see below).  The perf. 15 (SG 251) colors are not quite the same.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £170.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £100.00



5shDie2Plate3-1P141B

SG 238  Deep Blue & Dull Green

Die II, Plate 3, State 1, Perf. 14

Shade of the above.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £170.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £100.00

 

 

 

5shDie2Plate3-1P152

SG 251  Deep Blue & Dull Yellowish-Green

Die II, Plate 3, State 2 or 3, Perf. 15

Similar to SG 238, but the frame color is now closer to "Dull Yellowish-Green".  The portrait is not so deep and now lacks the "Prussian Blue" nuance.  This is the most common Die II 5/- perf. 15. 

SG Cat. Value: Mint £190.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £200.00

 

5shDie2Plate3-1P152v

SG 251 (variant)  Deep Blue & Dull Yellowish-Green

Die II, Plate 3, State 2 or 3, Perf. 15

The head color has a deep grey-blue factor - not nearly as bright as in perf.14.  The frame color has two-thirds "Grey-Olive" and one-third "Dull Yellowish-Green".  The ink and gum qualities are as in the normal stamps, but the paper has a buff tone vis a vis the white of the normal version. 

SG Cat. Value: Mint £190.00+ (scarcer)
SG Cat. Value: Used £200.00+ (scarcer)

5shDie2Plate3-2or3P143A

SG 239  Deep Blue & Deep Blue-Green

Die II, Plate 3, State 1, Perf. 14

Group A - In Group A, the overall impression is an exceptionally dark and deep-colored stamp.  The gum is toned (yellowish) but surprisingly clear, very smooth and shiny, and allows the paper mesh to be seen.  Group A is scarcer than Group B.  Probably the most common 5/- Admiral. 

SG Cat. Value: Mint £85.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £90.00

5shDie2Plate3-2or3P143B

SG 239  Deep Blue & Deep Blue-Green

Die II, Plate 3, State 1, Perf. 14

Group B - In Group B, the portrait is marginally finer, a bit less coarse and whitish; but it too does not show through at all on the back, and again the gum is shiny and smooth, and somewhat transparent, and shows some paper mesh, but in this case it is hardly toned at all.  The frame is bright "Myrtle Green" with a pronounced "Deep Blue-Green" component.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £85.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £90.00

5shDie2Plate3-2P143v1Var1

SG 239  Deep Blue & Deep Blue-Green

Die II, Plate 3, State 1, Perf. 14

Variant 1

The color is closest to "Light Green", a bit bluer, but still closer to the SG 238's than to SG 239; however, there is distinct shadowing behind the 5's.  The portrait is distinctly deeper, brighter, and more intense than any other Die II 5/- and has a "Prussian Blue" nuance.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £85.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £90.00

5shDie2Plate3-2P143v2Var2

SG 239  Deep Blue & Deep Blue-Green

Die II, Plate 3, State 1, Perf. 14

Variant 2

This stamp is closer to Group B above, but the frame color lacks the brightness, is more of a deep blue-green, and there is no shadowing in the 5's. 

SG Cat. Value: Mint £85.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £90.00

 

5shDie2Plate3-2P143v3Var3

SG 239  Deep Blue & Deep Blue-Green

Die II, Plate 3, State 1, Perf. 14

Variant 3

This stamp is also like Group B above, but the portrait is lighter, duller, closer to "Prussian Blue" and the frame is duller. 

SG Cat. Value: Mint £85.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £90.00

 

 

5shDie2Plate3-2P154

SG 251a  Deep Blue & Deep Blue-Green

Die II, Plate 3, State 2 or 3, Perf. 15

This is closest to the Group A shades of SG 239, but the frame is yellower (less blue), and the portrait is lighter and with a nuance of "Deep Grey-Blue" rather than "Prussian Blue". 

SG Cat. Value: Mint £2,000.00
SG Cat. Value: Used (no used examples are known)

 

5shDie2Plate4P145

SG 239  Prussian Blue & Myrtle Green

Die II, Plate 4, State 2, Perf. 14

The characteristic of this stamp is the gum, which is "crackly" (deep cracks into large fractures).  The gum is yellowish and rather transluscent vis a vis a whitish, smooth gum on all of the Plate 3 5/-'s.  The colors are similar to SG 239 Group B above, though the portrait is a bit whiter and the frame color deeper.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £85.00+ (scarcer)
SG Cat. Value: Used £90.00+ (scarcer)

5shDie2Plate5P146A

SG 239 (proposed SG 239a)  Steel Blue & Deep Dull-Green

Die II, Plate 5, State 2, Perf. 14

Group A - The portraits are whiter and more weakly-inked than the other Die II 5/-'s.  The gum is more greyish and transluscent than in Group B (see below).  The gum on both is only slightly rough, with fine cracks in no distinct pattern.  The paper on Group A is whitish; on Group B it is definitely toned.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £85.00+ (scarcer)
SG Cat. Value: Used £90.00

5shDie2Plate5P146B

SG 239 (proposed SG 239a)  Steel Blue & Deep Dull-Green

Die II, Plate 5, State 2, Perf. 14

Group B - The frame color is more like "Deep Dull-Green" rather than the "Myrtle Green" of the Group A (see above) stamps, and not at all shiny.  On both Group A and B, the inks are of good quality, and print a clear image. 

SG Cat. Value: Mint £85.00+ (scarcer)
SG Cat. Value: Used £90.00

5shDie2Plate5P146C

SG 239 (proposed SG 239a)  Steel Blue & Deep Dull-Green

Die II, Plate 5, State 2, Perf. 14

Group B - This is a shade in the Group B range.  Because of the distinctive difference of the king's portrait, vis a vis the other Die II 5/-'s, this stamp is worthy of catalog status.  The Plate 5, State 2 printing is by far the most common Die II 5/- used, but mint examples are very scarce to rare. 

SG Cat. Value: Mint £85.00+ (scarcer)
SG Cat. Value: Used £90.00

5shDie3APlate3R-1P147A

Proposed SG 254m  Prussian Blue & Deep Blue-Green

Die IIIA, Plate 3R, State 1, Perf. 14

There is a range of shades for the "white shoulder" (Die IIIA) 5/-'s, which seem to divide into two groups:  State 1 and State 2.  The portrait color is whiter than State 2, very faintly detectable on the back.  The frame color comes in shades, all greener than the Plate 2 printing.  The gum is yellowish and clear and lets much of the paper mesh be seen.

Est. Value: Mint £150.00+
Est. Value: Used £100.00+

5shDie3APlate3R-1P147B

Proposed SG 254m  Prussian Blue & Deep Blue-Green

Die IIIA, Plate 3R, State 1, Perf. 14

A State 1 shade of the above.  All State 1 printings use solid inks with somewhat rough surface textures which can show relief. 

Est. Value: Mint £150.00+
Est. Value: Used £100.00+

 

 

5shDie3APlate3R-1P147C

Proposed SG 254m  Prussian Blue & Deep Blue-Green

Die IIIA, Plate 3R, State 1, Perf. 14

Another State 1 shade of the above.  All State 1 stamps are scarce (but not rare) used and rare to very rare mint. 

Est. Value: Mint £150.00+
Est. Value: Used £100.00+

 

 

5shDie3APlate3R-2P148

Proposed SG 254n  Prussian Blue & Dull Blue-Green

Die IIIA, Plate 3R, State 2, Perf. 14

The portrait is better inked than Die IIIA, State 1 (above) and considerably richer.  The frame ink texture is spotty and uneven, though not watery.  On the reverse, it shows through in blue spots here and there.  The gum is grayish, less opaque than State 1, still allowing some paper mesh to be seen.  The portrait is more visible on the reverse than State 1.

Est. Value: Mint £300.00+
Est. Value: Used £100.00+

5shDie3BPlate8-1P149A

SG 275  Steel Blue & Deep Blue-Green

Die IIIB, Plate 8, State 1, Perf. 14

The toned paper 5/- Admirals divide into three groups based on headplate state allocation, each of which has shades.  The brighter shade (left) has gum that is whiter than the pale shade (see below), where the gum is more toned and yellowish.  On both the gum is transparent and allows the paper mesh to be seen; the frame image is faintly visible, but more distinct on the pale shade. 

SG Cat. Value: Mint £130.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £75.00

SG 275  Steel Blue & Deep Blue-Green

Die IIIB, Plate 8, State 1, Perf. 14

This is the pale shade and is less frequent than the brighter shade but not really scarce.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £130.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £75.00

 

 

 

5shDie3BPlate8-2P1410A

Proposed SG 277  Steel Blue & Dull Yellowish-Green

Die IIIB, Plate 8, State 2, Perf. 14

The king's portrait is severely under-inked, almost ghostly.  The image is faintly visible on the back where the frame is hardly visible at all, but the paper mesh can be clearly seen.  On some the gum is toned yellowish, smooth and very transparent; on others the gum is whitish, opaque and shows more evident wrinkles and cracks. 

Est. Value: Mint £150.00+
Est. Value: Used £150.00+

5shDie3BPlate8-2P1410B

Proposed SG 277  Steel Blue & Dull Yellowish-Green

Die IIIB, Plate 8, State 2, Perf. 14

A paler shade of the above, both of which are distinct enough to be worthy of catalog status.  Used copies are more frequently found fiscally used.

Est. Value: Mint £150.00+
Est. Value: Used £150.00+

 

 

5shDie3BPlate10-1P1411A

SG 276  Prussian Blue & Dull Blue-Green

Die IIIB, Plate 10, State 1, Perf. 14

These are the palest portraits of all the 5/- Admirals.  Three types can be distinguished in this group:  Type A (left) is the clearest, has greyish, transparent gum through which the paper mesh shows.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £150.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £80.00

 

5shDie3BPlate10-1P1411B

SG 276  Prussian Blue & Dull Blue-Green

Die IIIB, Plate 10, State 1, Perf. 14

Type B (left) has the palest portrait; the gum is toned, opaque, rough, yellowish; the frame is bluer than Type A above.  On both Type A and B, the frame is under inked. 

SG Cat. Value: Mint £150.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £80.00

 

 

5shDie3BPlate10-1P1411C

SG 276  Prussian Blue & Dull Blue-Green

Die IIIB, Plate 10, State 1, Perf. 14

On Type C (left) the frame is well inked; both portrait and frame are printed with a good quality ink that prints a clear image; the gum is toned but not rough.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £150.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £80.00

 

 

5shDie3BPlate10-2P1412A

SG 306  Deep Blue & Blue-Green

Die IIIB, Plate 10, State 2, Perf. 14

The "white paper" printings.  The frame has a monochromatic appearance - there is no shadowing or texture in the 5's of the value tablets.  The portrait color does not show at all on the back.  The paper mesh is only faintly visible.  The gum is opaque, slightly toned, and rough in texture but without any distinct fracture pattern. 

SG Cat. Value: Mint £140.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £170.00

5shDie3BPlate10-2P1412B

SG 306  Deep Blue & Blue-Green

Die IIIB, Plate 10, State 2, Perf. 14

This unusual shade of the above may possibly be a color changeling.  However, both shades have been seen used with dates from 1922. 

SG Cat. Value: Mint £140.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £170.00

 

 

 

5shDie3BPlate10-2P1413

SG 306 (proposed SG 307)  Steel Blue & Deep Bluish-Green

Die IIIB, Plate 10, State 2(?), Perf. 14

There is distinct texturing (dark shadows in the 5's), but under magnification, the ink is of uneven composition, somewhat spotty.  The frame does not show at all on the back.  The gum is thick and opaque with large, predominantly SW fractures.  The unusually deep frame color warrants catalog status.

Est. Value: Mint £140.00
Est. Value: Used £170.00

5shDie3BPlate10-2P1414A

SG 307 (proposed SG 306d) Deep Blue & Yellowish-Green

Die IIIB, Plate 10, State 2, Perf. 14

The 5's in the value tablets always show texturing (shadow); the ink under magnification is more constant than the above and shows only the slightest unevenness.  The gum is opaque and shows cracks that are less pronounced than above.  There is a slightly bluer frame shade (below).  The perf.15 (SG 321) version also has the bluer frame.

Est. Value: Mint £150.00
Est. Value: Used £170.00

5shDie3BPlate10-2P1414B

SG 307 (proposed SG 306d)  Deep Blue & Yellowish-Green

Die IIIB, Plate 10, State 2, Perf. 14 (also Perf. 15 SG 321)

This is the bluer frame shade mentioned above.  Both postally and fiscally used examples have been noted with dates from 1923 and 1924. 

Est. Value: Mint £150.00
Est. Value: Used £170.00

SG 321 Cat. Value: Mint £300.00
SG 321 Cat. Value: Used - not known used

 

NOTES ON THE 7/6d ADMIRALS

Images used with permission Stephen Reah-Johnson. 

Descriptions are abbreviated renderings of the full text: "The Colours and Printings of the 7/6d Admirals" by Stephen Reah-Johnson (RSCJ 244 - September, 2012).

Where the Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is not listed for 'variants', a measured estimate is included in proportion to known scarcity of the stamp.  This is more of a working estimate than definitive.

Where the term 'proposed SG number' is used, this must be understood as being a more workable and plausible classification rather than a status awaiting final Stanley Gibbons approval.

 SG 240  Deep Dull Purple & Slate-Black

Die II, Plate 3, State 1, Perf. 14

Group 1 (A) - The frame scroll (the swirls in the lower portion of the left (SW) scroll) definition is clear, gum very smooth, totally opaque, the deepest, clearest frame, and a bit bluer than (C) below. Always shows a reddishness in portait color.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £325.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £350.00

 

7s6dDie2Pl3-1P14B

SG 240  Deep Dull Purple & Slate-Black

Die II, Plate 3, State 1, Perf. 14

Group 1 (B) - The scroll definition is clear, gum thinner, more transparent, slightly toned. The portrait is the palest and most red of the group and does not show on the back. The frame color is the blackest.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £325.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £350.00

 

 

7s6dDie2Pl3-1P14C

SG 240  Deep Dull Purple & Slate-Black

Die II, Plate 3, State 1, Perf. 14

Group 1 (C) - This is the SPECIMEN stamp. The scroll definition is fuzzy. The gum is smooth, shiny, opaque and toned. The portrait ink shows on the back as a pale brownish-red blur. There is a slight 'Indigo' factor in the frame color.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £325.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £350.00

 

7s6dDie2Pl3-2P14A

Proposed SG 240a  Blackish Purple & Blue-Black

Die II, Plate 3, State 2, Perf. 14

Group 2 (A) - Generally scarcer than Group 1 above (SG 240), and can be divided into 3 main groups. In (A), the frame scroll definition is clear. The gum is whitish, very smooth and thin. Neither the head nor frame show through on the back. The frame color is close to "Black" with an "Indigo" factor. The portrait is redder and paler than "Deep Dull Purple". 

Est. Value: Mint £375.00
Est. Value: Used £400.00

7s6dDie2Pl3-2P14B

Proposed SG 240a  Blackish Purple & Blue-Black

Die II, Plate 3, State 2, Perf. 14

Group 2 (B) - On the back, the portrait shows faintly, as does the frame, but ever so slightly. The gum is opaque, smooth, and a bit toned. The portrait color is a bit browner than "Deep Dull Purple" and of medium depth. The frame is "fuzzy" and has a very strong "Indigo" factor.  

Est. Value: Mint £375.00
Est. Value: Used £400.00

 

7s6dDie2Pl3-2P14C

Proposed SG 240a  Blackish Purple & Blue-Black

Die II, Plate 3, State 2, Perf. 14

Group 2 (C) - The frame is a very deep, extraordinary virtual "Blue Black" with no "Indigo" factor. The definition is clear and does not show through on the back. The gum is shiny, toned and a bit rougher than either (A) or (B). There is a very faint suggestion of the portrait on the back. The portrait color is the darkest, blackest and least red of all, being just slightly browner than the SG key color "Blackish Purple". Extremely rare. 

Est. Value: Mint £500.00
Est. Value: Used £500.00

7s6dDie2Pl3-1P15B

SG 252  Deep Dull Purple & Slate-Black

Die II, Plate 3, State 1, Perf. 15

The Perf. 15 versions of Group 1 (SG 240). There at at least two different items which correspond to Group 1 (B) - clear scroll definition - and Group 1 (C) below.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £160.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £275.00

 

7s6dDie2Pl3-1P15C

SG 252  Deep Dull Purple & Slate-Black

Die II, Plate 3, State 1, Perf. 15

The Perf. 15 versions of Group 1 (C)  - having the fuzzy scroll definition. This is the most common of the Die II 7/6d Amirals.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £160.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £275.00


 

 

7s6dDie2Pl3-2P15

Proposed SG 252a  Blackish Purple & Indigo

Die II, Plate 3, State 2, Perf. 15

The Perf. 15 versions of Group 2 (proposed SG 240a). This stamp is closest to (B), but the "Indigo" factor is even stronger. The frame is still fuzzy, and the overall impression is deep and intense.

Est. Value: Mint £200.00
Est. Value: Used £300.00

 

 

7s6dDie3APl3R-2P14A

(SG 276a)  Deep Dull Purple & Indigo

Die IIIA, Plate 3R, State 2, Perf. 14

This is the proposed SG 254o classification as Die IIIB toned paper, i.e. SG 276a does not exist. Two different items are represented in the Die IIIA: (a) - to the left - and (b) below. (a) has very clear gum, the paper mesh is clearly visible, especially behind the dark portions of the frame. The portrait is very well inked and is the key color "Deep Dull Purple" with a component of "Maroon". The frame is "Indigo" with a component of "Blue Black".

Est. Value: Mint £850.00
Est. Value: Used £1,300.00

7s6dDie3APl3R-2P14B

(SG 276a)  Deep Dull Purple & Indigo

Die IIIA, Plate 3R, State 2, Perf. 14

In (b) to the left, the gum is more opaque and the mesh is usually barely visible. The inking of the portrait is somewhat lighter than (a) and the color is a bit redder viz like the Key color "Deep Dull Purple" without the brownish component. The frame is bluer than (a), more like a true "Indigo". In both, the gum is very smooth with tiny fractures. Both are very scarce mint and postally used.

Est. Value: Mint £850.00
Est. Value: Used £1,300.00

7s6dDie3BPl10-2P141922

SG 308  Maroon & Indigo

Die IIIB, Plate 10, State 2, Perf. 14

These are the white paper printings. There are three separate groups that may well prove to be three separate printings. Group (a) - to the left - is likely a 1922 printing. The portrait is closed to "Maroon". The frame is "Indigo" but also has more "Blue Black" than the other shades (b) and (c). Also the color suffuses into the paper to a greater degree. The paper mesh is more visible here than in the others in this group. The gum is crackly and fractures in a SSE pattern.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £225.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £375.00

7s6dDie3BPl10-2P141923

SG 308  Purple Brown & Indigo

Die IIIB, Plate 10, State 2, Perf. 14

This is (b) - likely a 1923 printing. The portrait color is less red than (a), and there is now a "Purple Brown" nuance in the "Maroon". On the back, the mesh is either very hard to see or invisible. The gum is thicker, more opaque, toned, and tends to fracture in a vertical pattern. The frame is more visible on the back than the portrait, and sometimes the image is clear. It is the most weakly inked of the frames and not so "Blue Black" as (a), but more of a shade darker than "Indigo".

SG Cat. Value: Mint £225.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £375.00

7s6dDie3BPl10-2P14inked

SG 308  Purple Brown & Indigo

Die IIIB, Plate 10, State 2, Perf. 14

This is (c) - likely a 1923 printing. The portrait is better inked, marginally redder, softer, and closest in this group to "Purple Brown", though still "Maroon". The gum is more whitish, opaque, cracks vertically and allows no mesh to be seen. The portrait and the frame can faintly be seen on the back, but both now have a hint of color.  The frame color is "Indigo", but with some "Blue Black" as in (b), but somewhat better inked. All shades are considered scarce both mint and used, and the SG value is underrated.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £225.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £375.00