The details addressed on this page are:

2.5 small 250 The 2½d. (2/6) red-brown stamp featured a very similar portrait of Queen Victoria (but there are slight differences) within an ornamental frame.

To the right are the figures of a mother holding a young baby and a young girl standing to the side. Also included are a Cross and an Anchor to symbolise Faith and Hope respectively.

The postal denomination of 2½d covered the foreign letter rate.

Main details of the printing.

This stamp was also printed from electrotype printing plates in sheets of 42 arranged in six rows of seven stamps.

Date of issue:
22 October 1897.
Watermark:
V over Crown (V3) sideways.
Perforation:
12½ single line perf.
Number printed:
14,280 (340 sheets).
Supplied to Bern Bureau (UPU):
Unknown.
Destroyed under Treasury Authority:
4,252
Number issued:
10,038 (239 sheets)

 

Multiples.

The largest multiples of the 2½d (2/6) stamp are:

There are a number of blocks of 4.

There is one cover known with a pair.

Strip of 5
Strip of five from the bottom left corner.
Details of the issue of this strip.

Prestige Philately March 2007, Lot 341 (part).

Block of 6 Block of 6 - second largest multiple.

Stamps off cover.

Melb FDI
2½d (2/6) brown Queen Victoria with CTO Melbourne date stamp of 22 October 1897 - First Day of Issue.
For the 2½ (2/6) 1897 Victorian Charity stamps, mint hinged and unused examples are common. Singles and pairs can only be rated as scarce if they are in good MUH condition with reasonable gum. Unfortunately the majority of stamps off cover are unused (no gum) and/or are in poor condition with thins, creases and stained. Almost all examples are singles which generally come in matched dates for the two denominations - possibly used on a cover and later removed.

There are a moderate number of "used" singles. A high proportion of the cancellations on the Hospital Fund stamps are actually CTO date stamps but that fact is not identified as such in descriptions by sellers. The CTO cancellation is distinctive with no inscription at the base. Other cancellations are very faint and indecipherable.

There are between 5 and 20 good used examples with distinguishable dates and these are listed elsewhere. A scarce example was used, like the 1d (1/-) stamp, before the issue date at Crowlands on 17 October 1897 (Status Auctions, February 2003. Lot 1587). Good used examples are much more elusive than unused or mint examples. Some stamps are used in the Commonwealth period - well after their validity for postal use. Some cancellations are barred numerals and so date of use cannot be determined.

Abbotsford
Abbotsford (unframed).
25 October 1897 - 3 days after issue.

One of the few 2½d (2/6) stamps used during the period of postal validity.

Richard Juzwin, Nov. 2013.

Melb 2 Nov
Melbourne 80.
2 November 1897.

Blue Owl Stamps, Nov 2013.

Wang
Wangaratta
6 January 1912 - used post-Federation.

ACE Auctions, November 2013.

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