Despite being promoted in in Crown Ducal advertisements for much of 1939, examples of Palermo are quite difficult to find. It is impossible to be sure why it was not a more successful design. Factors could be that it was expensive to produce, the design involves a lot of tube-lining, the demand for luxury goods may have fell with the outbreak of WW2 or perhaps the existing designs on offer like Persian Leaf, Caliph, Tarragona and Fruit Border were more appealing. It should also be remembered that Golden Leaves was still a huge seller at this time.
Just to confuse collectors, the design was reintroduced in the mid 1950s in a pink and grey colour scheme. These are never signed, have an AGR3 backstamp, but they do carry the same tube-lined number 5803. These items are not included in the frequency ranking calculation.