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Qld 2d single
The 2d (1/-) violet stamp was an amalgamation of three design components incorporated into the essays. It shows:
  • a central image of the bust of Queen Victoria within a medallion (similar to that included in two of the essays). She has very long earrings;
  • a troopship like that on the second essay (it is leaving the dock not arriving) with troops on board as well as two significant launches rather than a row boat as in the fourth essay);
  • a light horseman (a member of the Queensland Mounted Infantry);
  • a wharf has also been included;
  • on the bottom are the words and figures, " Patriotic Fund (1900) Two Pence."

The postal denomination of 2d covered the inter-colonial rate.

Main details of printing.

Date of issue: 19 June 1900.
Watermark: Crown over Q (sideways) with two watermarks per stamp.
Perforation: 12.
Number printed: 6,500.
Number issued: 4,020.

Mint stamps now generally have yellow crackly gum.

The basic colour (as shown in catalogues) is violet - see the above example and the multiple.

There is also a more dominant bright purple known on mant stamps.


The largest multiple for the 2d (1/-) stamp is a pair (only one recorded).

2d pair 2d (1/-) pair in bright violet - only recorded multiple.
Has reinforcing to perforations on reverse.

Provenance: Bernie Manning.

Rodney Perry 1999 Lot 621.
Prestige Philately June 2009 Lot 1211.

First Day of Issue.

Few examples of First Day of Issue cancellations are known.

The only two recorded examples of a used stamp off cover with a cancellation of 19 June 1900 are shown here.

June 19
Brisbane/Queensland cancellation.
Maryborough FDI
Maryborough/Queensland 70 duplex.

Stanley Gibbons September 2013.


Used stamps off cover.

Cancelled examples of the 2d (1/-) stamps off cover are scarce. Indeed some philatelists regard this stamp, if genuinely postally used, as being the scarcest Australian non-error stamp issue for the past 160 years.

There are at least 10 recorded examples so far - in addition to the FDI cancellation above. Details are recorded elsewhere. Examples of genuine cancellations are:

Rockhampton 583 duplex of 21 June 1900 on piece - 2 days after issue.

Prestige Philately August 2004 Lot 617.
Status Auctions February 2007 Lot 1567.

Rock 2 Jly
Rockhampton 583 duplex 2 July 1900.

Millennium Auctions May 2012 Lot 450.

Brisbane 2 July 1900.
Has a horizontal watermark line at the top showing the stamp came from the top row in the sheet.
Prestige Philately October 2007 Lot 473.
BrisbaneBrisbane 29 July 1900.
Unusual octagonal PB cancellation.
Phoenix Auctions November 2009 Lot 1249.
Roma 24 September 1900.
Matthew Bennett January 2004 Lot 2417.
Stanthorpe 6 November 1900.
Prestige Philately September 2011 Lot 241.

Used with duplex 263 of Nelson.

Sandafayre September 2010.


There are also a number of examples of false (or at best dubious) cancellations (see also, for example, Prestige Philately October 2007 Lot 471). Ebay
Ebay September 2013.
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