Old Koban: 50 Sen Carmine
Issued 30 June 1879 – Scott #71 and Sakura #77
Forgeries with Genuine
- Sankō on either side in oval band above stars
- 17 petals in the crest.
Wada, Plate 14
With two Sankō
- In space between crest and sun, partially concealed by branches
- On each side of “SEN” , sometimes very faint
Wada, Plate 29
Six different printed cancels
The stamp designs were produced by multiple copying of a common die, but the actual size of the plate is still undetermined. There is some evidence that a much larger plate than six was used and that the same cancels occur more than once in each plate.
The Six Different Wada Printed Cancels
Wada: Plate 29
The six different printed cancels.