|Identifying King George
Leeward Islands and Mauritius Head Plate Dies
|Compare the forehead, cheek and mouth shading.|
|Die 1 - High Values on Chalk Paper||Die 2 - All Values on Substitute Paper|
|Die 3 - High Values on Chalk Paper|
|If you are trying to sort the stamps of the Leeward Islands or Mauritius, you will need to understand how to identify the various Head Plate Die states. There are three Dies of the Head Plate that were used during the 15 years the stamps were printed. These Die Plate States can be used to help determine when a stamp was printed. The three Dies are shown below:|
|Identifying the three Die States|
Notice that there is a difference in the inking on the King's forehead and cheek. The forehead shows medium blank area at Die 1, to a narrow portion at Die 2, and widens at Die 3. The cheek shows a crack in a few lines at Die 1, with almost no crack at Die 2, and a triangular spot at Die 3.
The shading to the left of the mouth is thin and well defined as a downward
stroke joined by 3 horizontal strokes on Die 1. The shading to the left
of the mouth is thicker on Die 3.
Please be aware that every stamp is different, and variation will be found due to inking and other conditions that arose as the stamps were printed. Do not expect all stamps to easily fit into one of these states.
|This article is intended to help collectors identify their KGVI Stamps. Please feel free to write with additional information. It will be added to revised versions of this article.|
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