Admiral plate census

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Image with the message About this plate census Admiral 1 cent green single Admiral 1 cent yellow single Admiral 2 cent carmine single Admiral 2 cent green single Admiral 3 cent brown single Admiral 3 cent carmine single Admiral 4 cent bistre single Admiral 5 cent blue single Admiral 5 cent violet single Admiral 7 cent bistresingle Admiral 7 cent red brown single Admiral 8 cent blue single Admiral 10 cent plum single Admiral 10 cent blue single Admiral 10 cent bistre brown single Admiral 20 cent olive green single Admiral 50 cent black single Admiral 1 dollar orange single Admiral 1 cent green War Tax single Admiral 2 cent carmine War Tax single Admiral 2 cent plus 1 cent carmine War Tax single Admiral 2 cent plus 1 cent brown War Tax single Admiral War Tax overprint single

Plate census - 10¢ plum
Admiral 10 cent plum single

In column 2 of the table, the heading "PO" stands for Printing Order. Beginning in February 1911, near the end of the KE VII period, until March 1915, the printing order number was hand punched on the plate, usually near the plate imprint. In March 1915, it was engraved on the plate in the pane selvedge above and/or below column 9 or 10. If a plate was used for more than one printing order, the old number was defaced and the new one punched in. In the table, only the number that is not defaced is listed.

Beginning with the 2¢ carmine in November 1915, the "printing order number" consisted of a number that indicated the stamp denomination and issue format (sheet, coil, or booklet) and one or two letters that indicated the printing order. The number did not change and the letters were not defaced. The PO column of plates with this new numbering scheme is greyed out.

In the three "Upper" and "Lower" columns, the size of each item is indicated by a letter and number. The letter indicates the configuration:

  • ►  S = Strip
  • ►  B = Block

The number following the letter is the number of stamps in the strip or block. If there are multiple items of the same size, the size is in parentheses, and the number preceding the parentheses is the number of items. For example, 4(B8) indicates that there are four blocks of 8 of a certain item. S1 indicates a "strip" consisting of a single stamp. B100 is a complete pane.

A grey cell indicates that the item does not exist. A light blue cell indicates that no material from the plate was reported in this census.

Plate PO Wet
Total Upper Upper Left Upper Right Lower Lower Left Lower Right
1 86 W 4 S1,S2,B4   S6      
? W 1 B4        
2   W 4 S1,S2,S3,B4          
86 W 3 S4,B20 S6        
129 W 1 B20          
3   W 4 B4,B6     S4,B4    
175 W 2   S10   S4    
4   W 3       2(S4),B6    
5   W 6 S2,S3     2(S3),S4 S7  
226   1 S4          
6   W 4 S4     S3,B6,B8    
289 W 1 S4          
7 W 5 S5   S3   2(S4) S3
8 W 4 S2 2(S3)     B4  
9 W 5 S2,3(B4),B6          
10 W 2 S2,B6          
11 W 10 S3,3(S4),B4,B6,3(B8)   S10      
12 W 6 S4,3(B4) S10 B20      


  1. Plates 1 and 2: consist of two panes. Plate imprints in the bottom margin of these two plates do not exist.
  2. Plates 7 and 8: the lower panes have type A lathework in the bottom margin. Plate imprints were engraved in the lathework and in a lathework-free area below column 10 of the lower left pane and column 1 of the lower right pane.
  3. Plates 9 to 12: the lower panes have lathework in the bottom margin and plate imprints below the lathework. The plate imprints were trimmed off the panes issued to post offices.
  4. Printing order number: hand punched on plates 1 to 6; set to "934" with one letter appended on plates 7 to 12.

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