2¢ SMALL QUEEN


Die Proof in Green printed on India


Trial Color Proofs printed on India in Red Brown, Brown Carmine, and Blue.



Examples of defaced plates from one of the type IV plates.




The earliest known usage of the 2¢ received in England on March 14, 1872.



A block perforated 11.9x11.9   Emerald Green.


Side imprint strip from either of the first two plates, perforated 11.6x11.9.


The first plate used for the 2¢ was a single pane plate with the type IV imprint,
an "A" on the the left, and a counter on the left.
It is known in a second state with an "R" added on the right to show that it was repaired or re-entered.
It is also known to exist without the "A".


Plate strip with counter and plate number "A" perforated 12.1x12.1.


The second plate used for the 2¢ was also a single pane plate with the type IV imprint,
a "B" on the the right, and a counter on the right.
It is also known to exist without the "B".


Imprint strip with counter and plate number "B" perforated 12.1x12.1. Note that the counter reads "TWO" not "TWO CENTS".


Bottom imprint strip from either of the first two plates, perforated 12.0x12.0.


The third plate used had a type V imprint with two panes of 100 stamps.
The left pane had an "A" above the imprint and the right pane had a "B".


Imprint strip with "A" and an "R" showing that it has been repaired, perforated 12.1x12.0.


Imprint strip with "B" and an "R" showing that it has been repaired, perforated 12.0x12.0.


Bottom imprint strip from either pane, perforated 12.0x12.1.


Margin imprint block from the left pane, perforated 12.0x12.0.


Cover dated JUly 12, 1887 with a single 2¢ and a bisect paying the 3¢ rate. The stamps are perforated 12.0x12.0


Two plates with a type VI imprint were produced in about 1889.
The first was a two pane plate with a "C" above the left imprint and a "D" above the right.
The second plate had an "S1" above the imprints.


Top imprint strip from the "C" pane, perforated 12.0x12.0.


Inperforate blocks from the "S1" plate.


Two more plates were produced in about 1892 with a type VII imprint.
These plates did not have a gutter between the panes, and had a "1" or a "2" above the central imprint.


Top imprint strip from the "1" plate, perforated 12.1x12.1.


Top imprint block from the "2" plate, perforated 12.0x12.1.


Top strip with counter from the "2" plate, perforated 12.1x12.1.
The position of the counter is slightly different from that of the "1" pane.


Top imprint block from either the "1" or "2" plate, perforated 12.0x12.0.


A cover dated April 13, 1897 from Ottawa to Hull, showing the special adjacent Post Office rate.



Overprinted "SPECIMEN" in Violet.
These stamps were prepared in the mid 1890's for distribution to other UPU countries.
Three different types of overprint are known.