GB Black Plate 5

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Or Printing in Red from Plate 5

Mint copy of HH Plate 5
  • Registration Date: 1st & 11th June 1840
  • Date of final printing in black: 3rd February 1841
  • Number of sheets printed in black: 40,740
  • Destroyed: 12th November 1841
  • Constant Plate characteristics:
    • Re-Entries: LL, ND
    • Double Letters: DB, EB, HB, HE, HI, KE, PH, PJ, TH
  • Repairs:
    • Plate 5 was initially repaired on two occasions in 1840 during the black printing period.
    • The plate was repaired for the third time during early January 1841 (the Provisional Repair) just after printing commenced in red, resulting in units in red with a later state in black.
    • The final repair to plate 5 occurred late in 1841 during the red printing period.
A Row | B Row | C Row | D Row | E Row | F Row | G Row | H Row | I Row | J Row |
K Row | L Row | M Row | N Row | O Row | P Row | Q Row | R Row | S Row | T Row |

Missing Imprimatur positions courtesy of [1]

State 1

A Row

B Row

C Row

D Row

E Row

F Row

G Row

H Row

I Row

J Row

K Row

L Row

M Row

N Row

O Row

P Row

Q Row

R Row

S Row

T Row


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First 1840 Repair - State 2

The first repair to plate 5 occurred in 1840 prior to printing in red ink. Check letters are often fainter or thinned and RHS stronger.

GB Black Plate 5 AA2 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 AB2 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 CA2 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 CB2 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 CC2 PL5.jpg
CD Plate 5 State 2 showing faint check letters and burr line RHS
GB Black Plate 5 CE2 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 DA2 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 DB2 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 DC2 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 DD2 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 DE2 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 EA2 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 EB2 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 EC2 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 ED2 PL5.jpg
OB Plate 5 State 2 showing thinner check letters
GB Black Plate 5 PA2 PL5.jpg
TA Plate 5 State 2 showing thinner check letters

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Second 1840 Repair - State 2

The second repair to plate 5 also occurred in 1840 prior to printing in red ink and produced units repaired for the first time in state 2 and others repaired at both stages therefore producing units in state 3.

BA State 2 showing thinning to check letters
GB Black Plate 5 BC2 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 NA2 PL5.jpg

Second 1840 Repair - State 3

BB State 3 showing increased faintness to check letters. Click for more Images and States
CB State 3 showing increased faintness to check letters
CC State 3 showing increased faintness to check letters
GB Black Plate 5 CD3 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 CE3 PL5.jpg
DA State 3 showing increased faintness to check letters and stars
DB State 3 showing increased faintness to check letters and stars
DC State 3 showing increased faintness to check letters and stars
DD State 3 showing increased faintness to check letters and stars
EC State 3 showing increased faintness to check letters
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Earliest state in red following the 2nd plate repair

The colour was changed to red in February 1841. Due to the two earlier plate repairs during the period of black only printing this results in the earliest state in red being either state 1, state 2 or state 3 of the plate. These units can be matched with the repaired black letterings above.

Red prints in the earliest state of units that were later repaired. SG AS26 (A)

State 1
GB Black Plate 5 BD1 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 FE1 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 GE1 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 IB1 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 MB1 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 NB1 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 NC1 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 OC1 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 RG1 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 SG1 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 SH1 PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 TF1 PL5.jpg
State 2
GB Black Plate 5 AA2R PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 AB2R PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 BC2R PL5.jpg
State 3
GB Black Plate 5 BB3R PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 CC3R PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 CD3R PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 DA3R PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 DB3R PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 DC3R PL5.jpg
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Earliest state in red with no later repair

These red units can be matched with the repaired black letterings above, but were not further repaired.

State 2 SG AS27A
GB Black Plate 5 CA2R PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 DE2R PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 OA2R PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 OB2R PL5.jpg
State 3 SG AS29A
GB Black Plate 5 CB3R PL5.jpg
GB Black Plate 5 CD3R PL5.jpg

Third (Provisional) Repair - State 2

The third repair to plate 5 occurred early in January 1841 after the first printings in red had begun, but prior to the last (provisional) printing in black, resulting in units in red (the pre-provisional printings) existing in an earlier state than the final printing in black ink. The repair resulted in units existing in state 2, 3 and 4.

AC Plate 5 State 2 showing thinner check letters, burr line LHS
GB Black Plate 5 FD2 PL5.jpg
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GB 1d Plate 5 GA GA Plate 5 State 2 showing faint check letters and stars
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GB 1d Plate 5 GA GB Plate 5 State 2 showing faint check letters and stars
GB Black Plate 5 MA2 PL5.jpg
QA State 2 showing faint check letters
State 2 Provisional repair of TB
GB Black Plate 5 TC2 PL5.jpg
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Third (Provisional) Repair - State 3

GB Black Plate 5 PB3 PL5.jpg
TA Plate 5 State 3 showing thinner check letters and stars
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Third (Provisional) Repair - State 4

EC Plate 5 State 4 showing thinner check letters and stars