Admiral plate census

Click on the stamp to see the plate census for that stamp,
including paper, perforation, and surcharge varieties.

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 - 2¢ + 1¢ carmine War Tax
Admiral two cent plus one cent carmine War Tax 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   W 6 S4,B8 S4 B6,S10 S2    
2   W 9 B8 S4 2(S4),S10 S2,S4,S10   S10
3   W 6 S2 S10   S2,S4 S3 S4
4   W 6   2(S10)   B4   S4,2(S10)
5   W 2   B20   S2    
6   W 2       S2 B20  
7   W 3 B8   S4     B20
8   W 3 S2,S10       B20  
9   W 2 S2         B20
10   W 2 S2         S10
11   W 4     S3,B20 S4   B20
12   W 2     B20   S3  
13   W 3 S2 S10   S2    
14   W 4   S10   B4,B6   B20
15   W 3 B20 B20   B24    
16   W 3   B10,B20       B6

Coil stamps released in sheet format, perforated 12 x 8

1   W 12 4(B20) S4,B6,B100 S3,B10,B20   S4 B100
2   W 13 B20 S4,B6 S3,3(B20),B100 B4,B6 S3,B6,B100  

Coil stamps released in sheet format, perforated 12 x 12

On plate imprint blocks, coil stamps perforated 12 x 12 can be distinguished from sheet stamps from plates 1 and 2 by the printing order number.
On the coil plates, the printing order number is 938A as opposed to 937A on the sheet stamps.

1   W 2 B12         S10
2   W 2         2(S10)  


  1. Die I: used to lay down plates 1-14 and coil plates 1-4.
  2. Die II: used to lay down plates 15-16.
  3. Plates 1-2, 15-16: also used to print the 2¢ + 1¢ brown.
  4. Coil plates 3-4: not issued in sheet format.
  5. Printing order number on plates 1-16: set to "937" with one letter appended.
  6. Printing order number on coil plates 1-2: set to "938" with the letter "A" appended.

Copyright © 2015 - 2024 The British North America Philatelic Society.
The documents on this website are for informational and non-commercial or personal use only.
Documents on this website shall not be used on other websites or for commercial purposes without permission.

This page was last modified on 2021-10-14