THE PRINTING VARIETIES (3)
There are also stamps without any of the printing varieties mentioned. Such stamps are not uncommon for the 5 chahis violet.
As they generally bear April cancellations, they may have been printed from the block after it had been repaired or cleaned, but before the printing varieties 2A and 2B developed.
There are signs, especially on 5 chahis violet specimens, of a beginning of printing variety 2A.
I have named the stamps without any of the printing varieties clean state stamps.
COLOUR SHADES (1)
The violet stamps differ slightly in colour and vary from violet to mauve. A connection with early or later printings cannot be established. Also the blue stamps vary in colour, probably as a result of fading owing to the exposure to l ight.
The 5 chahis in black and the 12 chahis have been printed on envelopes made of a diagonally striped paper. The cancellation dates are 6/4 (postmark 2) and 21/4 (postmark 1).