Greenock had two Types although, looking at the dates of use, it is quite likely that Type 2 is a recut of Type 1 albeit this is not mentioned in the Proof Books

Type 1

wpc0c96186_0fCharacteristics: The ‘normal’ experimental design with four short bars each side of ‘163’. However, the top right small bar was obviously faulty from day 1 as it does not show on any of the  examples I have seen (or extremely faint)

Proofed: 3rd January 1856

EKD: 7th January 1856

LKD: 1st December 1856 (although SPG state having seen 8th December 1856)

Months of Use:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
1856 5 2 2 3 8 3 3 2 5 5 1

 

Known Codes:

A C D E
5 7 15 11

 

Scarcity Rating: E /F (Scarce/Rare)

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 Type 2

wp4d259f29_0fCharacteristics: Similar to Type 1 except that there are six bars to the left of ‘163’ and five to the right albeit the third right bar is more of a dot than a bar and is missing in later impressions. There is a constant break in both arcs just below the ‘1’ in the year and, unlike Type 1, the Code letter is at the top rather than at the bottom

Proofed: 21st December 1856

EKD: 31st December 1856

LKD: 18th November 1859 (although SPG state having seen 19th November 1859)

Months of Use:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
1856 1
1857 1 2 2 3 3 2 4 2
1858 2 6 5 4 3 3 2 4 3 1 2 3
1859 5 1 3 4 2 7 6 4 4

 

Known Codes:

A B C D E F None
6 8 9 20 26 19 6

 

Scarcity: C (Average). An example dated 13th May 1857 has been seen in BLUE which is RARE

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