It looks like you have Die 2, but I was unable to enlarge your pic by clicking on it. Most of the normal check spots are obscured by the cancel on your stamp. However, there are a couple more, but I cannot tell from the size of your scan. You need to check the lines immediately to the right/left of the "TWO PENCE" panel.
I owe people several scans that I haven't done yet. I'll put in my Die 1 and Die 2 side-by-side in the scan pile, and hopefully I can put up the scans later today.
Meanwhile, please note that Die 1 and Die 2 as defined by Scott are NOT the same as the definitions in some of the Australian catalogs. In particular, there are actually 3 die varieties (Scott ignores one of them). I mention this to avoid possible confusion if someone is using a non-Scott catalog.
First a scan showing the Die 1 and Die 2, respectively. I didn't pull these out of my collection, so the left stamp is NOT Scott #71a, although the right stamp IS Scott #71. I selected them for the Die types.
You will see other differences between the 2 stamps, but ignore them for the moment because the left stamp is an unlisted major variety of Die 1 that Scott ignores.
In the next post, I will go over how to differentiate between the lettered areas of the 2 dies.
Examining areas A and B, you can see the difference in thickness at the top of the "2" and the bottom left of the "2". This difference occurs for BOTH right and left 2's. So you get to choose if one is obscured by a cancel.
Examining area C, look at the horizontal red lines to the left and right of the "TWO PENCE" panel. In Die 1, they pretty much all touch the red vertical frame. In Die 2, you will see a clear gap between the horizontal red lines and the vertical red line.
Sorry I was too lazy to pull my actual #71 and #71a from my collection.
And that concludes the comparative philately for the two dies as defined by Scott. (Remember, some of the Australian catalogs define 3 die types.)
In my original comparison pic of the two entire stamps, some of you may have noticed in the left stamp that the left frame line is much thicker and "TWO PENCE" lettering appears thinner. In the actual Scott #71a (Die 1), these 2 features are absent and left frame line appears thin and the lettering is thick (just like in the stamp on right).
Scott does not differentiate the variety of Die 1 that has the thick left frame line and the thick lettering -- this variety does NOT exist for the "multiple crown over A" watermark.
For those interested, the relationship between the 3 die definitions in some of the Australian catalogs versus the Scott catalog are:
Die 1 (thick uneven left frame line) = Scott Die 1 Die 2 (thin even left frame line) = Scott Die 1 Die 3 = Scott Die 2
Remember, Scott does not differentiate between the first 2 die types of the Australian catalogs.
OK, I woke up too early this morning and couldn't drink my Dr. Pepper because of my meds.
Tattersall would be a security underprint for that company. These are collectible.
Can you post a pic? It should be violet colored on a mint stamp, but it might appear as a residual violet or black on a used stamp. It comes in different formats, including "TATTERSALL" and "Tatter-sall" (on two lines).
I haven't seen many of these. Very nice, please post a pic! Thank you in advance!
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