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Vic 1900 2d The 2d (2/-) emerald stamp features three members of the Victorian contingent which served in the Boer War campaign - an infantryman "on guard" with a mounted bayonet and two mounted troopers, each with rifles, scanning the Transvaal horizon (the rider on the right possibly using binoculars).

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

 

Both stamps in the Patriotic Fund issue were printed from electrotype printing plates in sheets of 42 arranged in six rows of seven stamps.

Main details of printing.

Date of issue:
22 May 1900.
Watermark:
V over Crown (V4) sideways.
Perforation:
12½ single line perf.
Number printed:
Unknown but more than 20,034 (477 sheets) plus some sheets which were sent to the Victorian Agent General in London for sale.
Supplied to Bern Bureau (UPU):
Unknown.
Destroyed under Treasury Authority:
Unknown.
Number issued:
About 4,000 stamps.

Multiples.

There are two recorded multiples - both pairs - of the 2d (2/-) stamp:

Used stamps off cover.

As noted elsewhere, used 2d (2/-) stamps in good condition are scarce. There are at least 12 but probably less than 20 recorded.
Some examples are:

Elsternwick
Elsternwick 22 September 1911
(Late cancellation).

Status Auctions January 2013 Lot 1952.

Essendon
Essendon 18 June 1900.
Melb 11 1 01Melbourne 11 January 1901.

Ebay September 2013.

There are several similar cancellations which have part missing - for example 25 May 1900 (Prestige Auction June 2012 Lot 471) and ?5 July 1901 (Sandafayre October 2013 Lot 4170).

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