108 3c BROWN
A 'mock up' or essay of the 3c Brown prepared by printing a 2c Die Proof in Brown
and modifying the numeral boxes and the value in white paint.
It is stamped by the ABN company and dated April 2 on the rear.
The Die Proof as finally approved by the Post Office.
It is stamped by the ABN company on the reverse and dated May 20.
It is interesting to note that it took the Bank Note Company about one month to
prepare a final die after the essay was approved.
A Trial Color Proof in Black printed on card.
Plates 1-113 were printed using the Wet process.
All plates had imprints at the top and a band of lathework along the bottom.
Upper left Plate 2
Upper left Plate 80
Plates 1-71,78,80 had type B Lathework at the bottom
Type B lathework
Type B inverted lathework
This was on plates 58,64,65 and 78
Plates 72-76, 79 and 81-95 had type C lathework at the bottom.
Upper right Plate 90
Type C lathework
Type C inverted lathework
It is not known for sure which plates had this type of lathework.
Plate 77 had type E Lathewotk at the bottom
Type E or Special lathework
Plates 96-113 had a band of type D lathework at the bottom.
Upper left Plate 96
Upper right Plate 111
Type D lathework
Type D inverted lathework
This was on plates 98,99,102-105,108
Plates 104 and 105 have a cross or a plus sign in the upper margin. This might be
part of the PO number but it's purpose is not known for certain.
Upper left plate 104
Upper left plate 105
Upper right plate 105
Plates 112 and 113 had a Pyramid Guide Arrow in the right margin.
Plates 118 - 120 were printed using the Dry method with inscriptions at the top
and a band of type D Lathework at the bottom.
Each plate also had Pyramid Guide Arrows in the right margin.
Upper left Plate 118
Upper left plate 119
Pyramid Guide Arrow. Note that the arrow is reversed on these plates.
The stamps were also printed in booklet panes of four.
A starter strip perf 8 vertically
An end strip perf 8 vertically