18 mm HALF-PENN Variety
The illustration on the left is showing the positions were the “HALF-PENN” variety occurs. It is clear that the operation of the overprint was again carried out separately on the top and bottom parts of the sheet separately as was with all other overprints in the series.
The HALF-PENN variety occurs at positions BG and LG on all plates where the upper part of the letter “Y” is missing and in some instances almost the entire letter, living what it seems like one full stop at the bottom of the letter and a dot at the end of the left arm.
A plate 205 HALF-PENNY overprinted stamp of position LG which should have had the HALF-PENN variety. It is known that the plate break which caused the variety, occurred at the initial stages of the overprint. However a few sheets escaped the break and a small number of the non-variety stamps, believed to be a maximum of ten examples are known.
Plate 215 lettered “LG” with the variety. It is thought that only two sheets of this plates were overprinted “HALF-PENNY” , yielding only four possible examples of the variety. This is the only copy that has been recorded so far.