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NOTES ON THE 5d ADMIRALS

Images used with permission Stephen Reah-Johnson. 

Descriptions include abbreviated renderings of the fuller text: "The Colours and Printings of the 5d Admiral" 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.

5dDie1nr1A

SG 212  Grey Black & Dull Yellowish Green

Die I, Plate 1, State ?, Perf. 14

The King's white ear is sufficient to distinguish Die I from any other 5d. printing. This is the SPECIMEN stamp.  There is very little color variation in frame or head, apart from a scarce, slightly bluer frame shade, which may be a moisture phenomenon. 

SG Cat. Value: Mint £6.50
SG Cat. Value: Used £20.00

5dDie1nr1B

SG 212  Grey Black & Dull Yellowish Green

Die I, Plate 1, State ?, Perf. 14

A lighter shade of the above. It is common mint, but not as common used (though not scarce). 

SG Cat. Value: Mint £6.50
SG Cat. Value: Used £20.00

 

 

5dDie2P1R-2nr2

SG TBA  Grey Black & Dull Yellowish Green

Die II, Plate 1R, State 2, Perf. 14

The frame color is less blue and considerably brighter than "Dull Yellowish Green". Neither the portrait nor the frame images show through on the back. The gum is toned and semi opaque, and some paper mesh shows through.

Est. Value: Mint £20.00
Est. Value: Used £20.00

5dDie2P1R-2nr2ext

SG TBA  Grey Black & Dull Yellowish Green

Die II, Plate 1R, State 2, Perf. 14

A lighter shade of the above. In both, the frame color is monochromatic and the ink of the RHODESIA tablet is very smooth, almost a watery viscosity. Uncommon both mint and used.

Est. Value: Mint £20.00
Est. Value: Used £20.00

5dDie2P1R-3nr3ShA

SG 227  Black & Yellowish Green

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

This stamp has the deepest and richest green frames of all the 5d Die II's. Shades ranges into blue nuances.  On greener stamps, the gum is toned, rather clear and allows much of the paper mesh to show through. On bluer stamps, the gum is whiter, more opaque, and the mesh is harder to see.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £21.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £48.00

5dDie2P1R-3nr3ShB

SG 227  Black & Yellowish Green

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

The blue shade of the above. On both, the image of the frame is barely visible on the back. The portrait is darkest (black) on the greener stamp where the image of the King's portrait is more visible. There is a slight shininess on the frame of the greener stamp.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £21.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £48.00

5dDie2P4-1nr4

SG 226  Grey Black & Grey Green

Die II, Plate 4, State 1, Perf. 14

This is the greyest of all 5d frames with much less black in the portrait.  The gum is toned, rough and crackled to a medium degree, and allows some of the paper mesh to be seen. The portrait is dimly visible on the back, but the frame not at all.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £22.00
SG Cat. Value: Used £48.00

5dDie2P5-2nr5A

Proposed SG 226a  Black & Dull Blue Green

Die II, Plate 5, State 2 (a), Perf. 14

There seem to be two printings: (a) and (b) (below). (a) has the darker portrait, which is always visible on the back. The gum is thinner and less opaque. The ink is somewhat shiny. (a) has slightly more blue in the frame color. It is possibly the most common Die II both mint and used. 

Est. Value: Mint £12.00
Est. Value: Used £12.00

5dDie2P5-2nr5B

Proposed SG 226a  Black & Dull Blue Green

Die II, Plate 5, State 2 (b), Perf. 14

With (b), the paper is thicker, the gum more toned and opaque, the portrait only dimly or irregularly visible on the reverse. The paper mesh is never seen whereas it is occasionally seen on (a). 

Est. Value: Mint £12.00
Est. Value: Used £12.00

 

 

5dDie3AP3Ror6nr6

Proposed SG 254f  Black & Dull Yellowish Green

Die IIIA, Plate 3R or 6, State ?, Perf. 14

The Die IIIA portrait is sufficient to identify this stamp as it is the only Die IIIA printing. The gum is semi-clear (but no mesh can be seen) and slightly toned. The paper is lightly toned and perhaps harder and thinner than usual. One of the great Admiral rarities  

Est. Value: Mint £500.00
Est. Value: Used £400.00

5dDie3BP8-1nr7ASh1

SG 263  Black & Dull Green

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

The dark, dense portrait within a very pale frame readily identifies this printing. The gum is toned, smooth with only very tiny shallow fractures; it is clear enough to let the paper mesh be seen. The frame color is hardly visible at all on the reverse.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £9.50
SG Cat. Value: Used £45.00

 

5dDie3BP8-1nr7BSh2

SG 263  Black & Dull Green

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

A shade of the above with slightly less yellow in the frame. It seems to be the only 5d frame that is not subject to color run, i.e. the ink has no water-soluble blue component.  The paper is clearly toned, hard rather than porous. Used copies are much more plentiful than the catalogue value suggests.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £9.50
SG Cat. Value: Used £45.00

5dDie3BP8-3nr8Sh1

SG 264 (1918)  Black & Dull Yellowish Green

Die IIIB, Plate 8, State 3, Perf. 14

This printing is readily identified by the almost aniline effect behind the RHODESIA panel - a heavy grey image with bits of green bleeding through. The portrait cannot be seen on the reverse, but the full mesh of the paper is visible.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £9.50
SG Cat. Value: Used £45.00

 

5dDie3BP8-3nr8Sh2

SG 264 (1918)  Black & Dull Yellowish Green

Die IIIB, Plate 8, State 3, Perf. 14

A more yellow shade to the frame. The portrait color on both is a cool "Black" without warmth.
Used examples of this printing are somewhat unusual and warrant the SG value.

SG Cat. Value: Mint £9.50
SG Cat. Value: Used £45.00

 

 

SG 264 (1919)  Black & Yellowish Green

Die IIIB, Plate 9, State 1 (a), Perf. 14

Easily identifyable by the inadequately inked portrait, which is coarse, brittle and badly defined. This is a range of shades, and may well be the most common 5d both mint and used. The gum is toned, rather rough and fractures into medium sized pieces. It tends to make the paper wrinkle as well. 

SG Cat. Value: Mint £9.50
Est. Value: Used £5.00

 

5dDie3BP9-1-B2nr9

SG 264 (1919)  Black & Yellowish Green

Die IIIB, Plate 9, State 1 (b), Perf. 14

Shade (b) is characterized by the blacker portrait as well as the bluer frameplate. Used copies have the inevitable bluish color run. In all shades, the portrait image shows through very little or not at all.   

SG Cat. Value: Mint £9.50
Est. Value: Used £5.00

 

5dDie3BP10-1nr10A

SG 264 (1920)  Black & Yellowish Green

Die IIIB, Plate 10, State 1 (a), Perf. 14

There is a range of shades which may represent different printings - roughly divided into (a), (b) and (c). The portraits are fairly well-inked, with the individual lines being somewhat fuzzy. The image in (a) shows only very slightly on the back. The frame shows as well. The gum is toned but clear.    

SG Cat. Value: Mint £9.50
Est. Value: Used £5.00

SG 264 (1920)  Black & Yellowish Green

Die IIIB, Plate 10, State 1 (b), Perf. 14

This is the (b) shade, which has more of a yellow nuance to the frame color. The portrait image does not show through on the back. The gum is toned but opaque, yet the paper mesh can also be seen. The black portrait color is colder than in (a).     

SG Cat. Value: Mint £9.50
Est. Value: Used £5.00

 

5dDie3BP10-1nr10C

SG 264 (1920)  Black & Yellowish Green

Die IIIB, Plate 10, State 1 (c), Perf. 14

This is the (c) shade, which also has the colder portrait color than in (a). The ink texture of the frame is not as watery as (a) or (b) and tends toward being more solid and deeper. The frame colors are more vibrant and bluish. The gum is smooth and opaque with many breaks. On all shades (but less so in (c)), there are broad horizontal streaks across the gum.    

SG Cat. Value: Mint £9.50
Est. Value: Used £5.00