3¢ SMALL QUEEN
Die Proof in Dark Orange printed on India
Trial Color Proofs printed on India in Green, Blue, Violet Brown, and Grey.
Copper Red perforated 11.9x11.9 Ja 12 1870. The earliest recorded date for the 3¢, also for the entire issue.
Copper Red perforated 11.9x11.9 Ja 13 1870. The earliest recorded date on cover.
Copper Red perforated 12.5x12.5 Ja 29 1870. The earliest recorded date for this perf variety.
The first plates had type III and IV imprints and had a single pane of 100 stamps.
They were used for the early Ottawa printings, and for the earliest Montreal printings.
Five plates numbered 1-5 are known to exist through available material.
Two others, 6 and 7, are known through the plate destruction records.
Plate strip from plate "1", the only plate known with a Type III imprint. Perforated 11.9x11.9
Plate strip with a Type IIIa imprint. Perforated 11.6x11.9
Plate strip possibly from plate "6". Perforated 11.6x11.9
There is a faint mark in the margin which may be part of a "6".
Plate strip from plate "2". Perforated 12.0x12.1
Plate strip from plate "3". Perforated 12.1x12.1
Perforated 12.0x12.1 Perforated 12.1x12.1
Left and right imprint blocks. These could be from any of the type IV plates.
Four new plates with type Va(dots on each side of the imprint) imprints were produced at Montreal, probably in the late 1870's.
These plates each had two panes of 100 stamps. Each pane had an identifying letter.
F and G on the first, H and I on the second, J and K on the third, and L and M on the fourth.
These are by far the rarest of the imprint pieces.
Block with imprint and identifier H from the right pane of the second Montreal plate perforated 12.1x12.1.
Block with part imprint but no identifier pereforated 12.1x12.1. Probably from one of these plates since it has a dot after the imprint.
A bottom strip with type Va imprint perforated 12.0x12.1. It could be from either of the eight panes.
A side block with type Va imprint perforated 12.1x12.0. It could be from either of the eight panes.
Five more plates were produced with a type Vb(no dots beside the imprint) imprint and the indentifiers S1 - S5.
These were plates with two panes of 100 stamps each, with the counter "THREE" at the left side.
A strip of ten with from plate S2 perforated 12.1sx12.1
Strips from the two panes of plate S3. There is a small difference in the placement of the identifier and the counter.
A strip of ten with from plate S4 perforated 12.0x12.0
A bottom strip with type Vb imprint perforated 12.0x12.0. It could be from either of the five plates.
A registered letter from Upper Bedford, Quebec to Salisbury, New Hampshire dated April 11, 1888.
The 2 cent registration fee to the USA was only in effect from March 1, 1888 to April 30, 1888.
The last 8 plates were prepared in the 1890's and had a type VII imprint. These plates had a single 200 stamp pane,
with the top imprint over the center of the pane. Identification letters A - H were used.
Upper imprint pieces are quite scarce, probably because of the location.
A block from the second plate with identifier B perforated 12.0x12.2.
A block from the third plate with identifier C perforated 12.0x11.9.
A strip from the fifth plate with identifier E perforated 12.0x12.2.
A block from the eighth plate with identifier H perforated 12.0x12.2.
A top strip with a right hand counter perforated 12.0x12.1.
A left hand bottom strip peerforated 12.0x12.2.
An unusual perforation shift perforated 12.0x11.9.
Plates A,B,H also exist imperforate.
Blocks from either plate with left and right hand counters.
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.