To print this value two plates have been used, one prepared by Masini and the second one by De Masa; the stamps made with the second plate appeared from beginning August 1859. Some details allow for the identification of the proper plate. Other minor details allow in addition for the identification of the group (right or left) from which the samples are coming. This last point, quite technical, will not be dealt here in detail: in the "Bibliography" section some suggested work is listed for the people who desires to continue the study. To be noticed how in both plates, inside the "0" of "10" is noticeable a small vertical trait on the left of the "0" itself, probably an engraving defect, always present (Fig. 1).

Constant defect
Fig. 1:
the small engraving defect always presents

First plate
Second plate

Fig. 2: 1st plate


Fig. 3: 2nd plate

1st PLATE (Fig. 2)
The small "I", secret engraver sign, is visible here.
Colors on the pink, lilac-pink.
2nd PLATE (Fig. 3)
It is not visible the small "I", secret engraver sign.
Colors are brighter than in the 1st table, on the carmine.

Catalogued color shades (as per Sassone) - 1st plate

Brownish pink (typical color)
Lilac pink
Dark brownish pink

Catalogued color shades (as per Sassone) - 2nd plate

Carmine pink (typical color)
Bright carmine pink
Deep carmine