½ d Double Overprpint
The overprint process as explained earlier on the second sheet, was performed in four distinct operations. On one sheet the first strike was misaligned, causing the overprint to be shifted to the right, thus causing three varieties.
The first on the first column with the letters “CY” only (a maximum of twenty copies - one recorded so far), the second with the overprint reading “PRUS CY” (a theoretical maximum of one hundred copies) and the third being the one caused on the seventh column which has the partial double overprint as well as the normal overprint from the second operation of the four. In this later instance, a maximum of twenty copies are possible.
A closer inspection of the two stamps indicates that the angle of the overprint, relative to the bottom of the stamp, is the same on both stamps. If the overprint of the stamp with the “PRUS CY” overprint is extrapolated to the right, it falls exactly on the one with the double overprint, thus indicating that these stamps were from the same sheet.
The highlighted areas in the diagram show the positions of the two varieties on the sheet.
The above study has been prepared with the kind advice, assistance and encouragement of fellow philatelist Nikos Garilides.
The double overprint, plate 15, with the partial “PRUS” on the left and with the "CY on the right are the only examples recorded. In theory there must be twenty examples each with this variety. It is believed that only one sheet of these stamps, of which two column was overprinted double, the first and the seventh.
The plate 15 overprints “PRUS CY” showing above are two of a possible 100 in theory and is found from column two to six. However, the above examples are two of the four that have been recorded this far.