Sunday, June 7, 2009

5c and 10c Red for the Beginner's Collection

The 5c from the 1E1 October 1, 1935 printing.

The 5c typographed on the 1E1 paper, from 1937.

The 10c Red Type I is less common than the Type II. Color alone cannot be used to differentiate the types. In my ignorance, I use to automatically assume that the deep red stamps were all type I, but that is not the case. Type I is only found with the deeper red, but type II is found in this shade as well as the lighter shade, which in my opinion is caused by plate wear.

Type I (solid color block left of "BERNARDINO")

Type II (wedged color block with small dots left of "BERNARDINO")