In the post "'roo 6d Sg38A Die Iia" (last active in 2017)http://goscf.com/t/53185
there is plenty of discussion about the features of the Die IIA for the 6d, but there is no single summary in which everybody agrees -- and some of the information offered seems to either conflict or just does not mention all the features that other people may have mentioned.
I am hoping an expert in this subject can supply a single, consolidated
description of how to confirm that one does (or does not) have a Die IIA.... and answer these questions:
1) Until I read the original thread, I was not aware that Die IIA may (?) be a single-position replacement cliche. Is that correct? And only position 60 if that is correct? (And thus may show the sheet margin edge watermark depending upon watermark vs printing positioning of that particular example?) [Unfortunately, the American Scott Catalogue does not mention that single-cliche aspect for what Scott calls "Die III" -- if this is the case for any and all stamps with Die IIA, I can propose to the Scott editors clarifying information if somebody wishes to supply more information on the overall use of Die IIA.]
2) Is the break in the left inner frame on the left ALWAYS a very clear and distinct break? Or can it be a more vague thinness that looks like a break if you magnify it enough.
3) Is the left outer frame line ALWAYS broken (at the same location as the break in the inner frame line) on Die IIA? Some previous posters seemed to suggest that a break in the outer frame line does not always show if heavily inked? (Or may this have been a progressive-damage situation where it changed states?)
4) I have seen references by only some
previous posters that the upper right OUTER frame line corner is rounded on Die IIA. Is that true? If so, is that ALWAYS the case?
5) I have seen references by only some
previous posters that the upper right INNER frame line corner is "open" on Die IIA. Is that true? If so, is that ALWAYS the case?
6) I have seen suggestions by only some
previous posters that on Die IIB
the break in the top frame line is sometimes ink-filled (again, speaking of Die IIB). If that is possible for Die IIB, then how does one differentiate between an "ink-filled" Die IIB and a Die IIA?
7) A previous poster mentioned something about a break or feature near Queensland. To what is that in reference?
8) Are there other consistent (or even occasional) features of Die IIA?
9) Is the set of features for Die IIA on the 6d the same as the couple other denominations that seem (?) to use Die IIA?
[If I can get a more complete description of the reliable
features (not dependent upon inking), I will be happy to propose a more detailed description to the Scott Catalogue editors. While I know that Australians could care less about Scott, it would help the Americans correctly identify their stamps -- and perhaps reduce the number of incorrectly identified items offered on sites like eBay
, or prevent some " eBay
bunnies" from getting taken by incorrect items.]
The damaged stamp pictured below was shown to me by somebody who thought it was a Die IIA (and they had the watermark wrong). I suspect that it is NOT Die IIA. I can see a "faintness" that is almost a break in the inner frame line -- in what seems to be the correct position -- that led that person to that conclusion. However, I do not see any of the other features that some (but not all) people have mentioned in the original thread. This stamp has the 1915-1924 watermark (the more "common" with OS perfin).