Other than a small publication by Hans Reiche in 1987, very little information and fewer images have been offered for Plate Flaws of the Admiral Issue. In his major work of 1982, Marler provided us with a tremendous amount of information on re-entries and retouches, but he listed only a few flaws.

The Unitrade catalogue lists only four Admiral plate flaws: the “shilling mark” on the one cent green (sheet and coil), the ’N’ and ‘V’ flaws of the seven cent brown and a cracked plate variety of the fifty cent.
A large number of plates were used to print the Admiral issue: well over 200 for the 1 cent alone. Careful attention to detail will quickly show the enthusiast that “the Admirals” are rife with printing flaws. I plan to document many of these interesting constant plate varieties. I hope to encourage others to compare their findings and share our knowledge.

In 2013 (*The Admirals's Log,* Vol. XIII, No. 1, page 13) I proposed a method which quickly describes the location of a variety on an Admiral stamp and that method will be the key to efficiently using this site.

The "Fault Group" number indicates the area of the stamp where the variety is located. If the variety overlaps two or more zones, the zone numbers are added together to determine the "Fault Group".

"Click" on any of the (Fault Group) numbers above to quickly see how the system works. The fault must be contained within the coloured area to be a member of that fault group.

If your stamp is already on the site, finding it should be a very easy, three step process.

1) From the “Denomination” pull down menu pick the value and colour of the stamp you wish to research.

2) From the “CPV type” pull down menu pick Re-entry, reTouch or Flaw.

3) From the “Zone” pull down menu pick the location (1-31) of the area(s) of the stamp you wish to research.

You will see a list of all Plated Admirals on the site which match your search criteria

Further refinements can be made to your search or you may view individual stamps via the "Stamp Details" button in the Close-up column.

The Stamp Description field may be quickly searched using the white search box always found near the top of the page.

(As of March 15, 2023 the 5¢ Blue is complete. Other values are in progress and are regularly updated.)

Page last updated: February 27, 2024 at 3:20pm