Admiral plate census

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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 - 5¢ violet
Admiral 5 cent violet 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
15   W 8 S3,S4,S5,B8,B10,B16 S10 B20      
16   W 3 S5,B6 B20        
17   W 2   B20 S10      
18   W 5 S2,B4,B4   S10,B20      
19   W 4 S2,S5,B8   S10      
20   W 2 B4,S5          
21   W 14 S3,S4,S5,B4,B6,
22   W 19 S5,2(B4),3(B8),
S10,2(B20) B20,B70      
23   D 9 4(S4),3(B8) S4 B8,B20      
24   D 11 2(S4),2(S5),S10,
25   D 10 S3,3(S4),B4,4(B8)   B20      

Wet printing, thin paper variety

21   W 15 S3,S5,B6,
B16 B20      
22   W 14 S4,4(B10),3(B12),
B10 B10,B20      

Imperforate (one upper left pane released by favour)

23   D 1   B8        


  1. Plates 15-22: 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.
  2. Plates 23-25: the lower panes do not have lathework or plate imprints in the bottom margin.
  3. Printing order number: set to "940" with one or two letters appended on all plates.
  4. Although not reported by Reiche or Marler, plate 14 was used to print some 5¢ violet stamps according to the article "5¢ Violet Plate Tectonics" by Leopold Beaudet in The Admiral's Log, Vol. VIII, No. 1, June 2004.

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