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The 1c to 5c all seem to have been produced from one setting as the minor positioning variations throughout the sheet are consistent through all 5 values. The printer has probably set up one denomination and then used something like the find and replace function on a word processor to change the denomination as desired.
Does anyone have an idea of how many sheets we're talking about with the skew? I can certainly identify two for 100% sure because I've got ones with different plate numbers. Looking at the others I have, I would guess at least 5 sheets from what I've got. But are we talking 10-20 sheets here? 50-100? 1000+?
I'm not sure anyone will ever really know how many skewed sheets there were, but toward the end of the old machine's life span almost all the sheets were skewed to some extent. The skewed overprints were still distributed to the post offices and used for postage all the same.
I've seen pictures of some interesting stamps resulting from this including one where the overprint reads "xxx 20c" instead of "20c xxx".
My very best wishes to one and all.
This Overprint Series certainly does provide a vast array of interesting discussion points.
For those interested in the Overprint Series I've just completed my latest FijiStamps.INFO Newsletter for 2013 (http://fijistamps.info/news/2013/13n2.html), where amongst a number of items I talk about is a brief article on the misalignment and underinking challenges of the Fiji Printers.
Please take a look, and feel free to go the http://FijiStamps.INFO site and Register for future Newsletters.