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BAHAMAS 1901-1920

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1901 Stairways at New Providence

3 p brown on yellow

  1 p red and black
  3 p brown on yellow (1917)
  3 p brown and black (1919)
  5 p orange and black 
  5 p lilac and black (1917)
  2 Sh blue and black
  3 Sh green and black

Overprinted 'SPECIAL DELIVERY'


(Reduced sizes)

  5 p orange and black (1916, 2 types of the overprint)
  5 p lilac and black (1918)

Overprinted '1.1.17' and red cross

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  '1.1.17 +' on 1 p red and black

Overprinted 'WAR TAX'(1918-1919)

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  1 p red and black
  3 p brown on yellow (2 types)
  3 p brown and black (2 types)

Overprinted 'WAR CHARITY 3.6.18.'

Image obtained thanks to Peter Elias

  1 p red and black

For the specialist; these stamps have watermark 'CC Crown', 'Multiple CA Crown' (1910) or 'Multiple Crown Script CA' (1921).

I have seen postal stationery of the 1 p red (no black colour!).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 p (watermark CC crown)** 
1 p (watermark multiple CA crown) **issued 1910
1 p (watermark multiple script CA crown) cc 
3 p brown on yellow (watermark multiple CA crown)** 
3 p brown and black (watermark multiple CA crown)cc 
5 p orange and black (watermark CC crown)**** 
5 p lilac and black (watermark multiple CA crown)** 
5 p lilac and black (watermark multiple script CA crown )** 
2 Sh (watermark CC crown)****** 
2 Sh (watermark multiple CA crown) **** 
2 Sh (watermark multiple script CA crown) ** 
3 Sh (watermark CC crown)****** 
3 Sh (watermark multiple CA crown)**** 
3 Sh (watermark multiple script CA crown)**** 

Special delivery

5 p orange and black**large overprint much more valuable
5 p lilac and blackcc 

Red cross issue

1 pccwatermark multiple CA crown

War Tax

1 p* *watermark multiple CA crown
3 p brown on yellow**both types
3 p brown and blackccboth types

Forgeries:


(Forged double 'SPECIAL DELIVERY' overprint)

 

1902 King Edward

2 1/2 p blue

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  2 1/2 p blue
  4 p yellow
  6 p brown
  1 Sh black and red
  5 Sh lilac and blue
  1 Pound green and black

For the specialist; these stamps have watermark 'CA Crown' (1 p, 2 1/2 p, 4 p, 6 p, 1 Sh, 5 Sh and 1 Pount) or 'Multiple CA Crown' (1905 onwards: 1/2 p, 1 p, 2 1/2 p and 6 p).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 pcconly issued with watermark multiple CA crown
1 p *cboth watermarks
2 1/2 p ****both watermarks
6 p****both watermarks
1 Sh****only issued with watermark multiple CA crown
5 Sh******only issued with watermark multiple CA crown
1 PoundRRonly issued with watermark multiple CA crown


I have been told that this is a Sperati forgery, I have no further information

 

1912 King George

1/2 p green 1 p red 2 p grey Later issue?

 1/2 p green
 1 p red
 1 1/2 p brown (1934)
 2 p grey
 2 1/2 p blue
 3 p lilac on yellow (1931)
 4 p yellow
 8 p brown
 1 Sh black and red
 5 Sh lilac and blue
 1 Pound green and black

Overprinted 'WAR TAX' (several types)

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  1/2 p green (overprint black or red)
  1 p red
  1 Sh black and red (overprint black or red)

For the specialist; these stamps have watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' or 'Multiple Crown Script CA' (1921).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Watermark Multiple CA Crown
1/2 pcc 
1 p cc 
2 pcc 
2 1/2 p ** 
4 p** 
6 p** 
1 Sh** 
5 Sh****** 
1 PoundRR 
Watermark Multiple Script CA Crown
1/2 pvcc 
1 p cc 
1 1/2 pcc 
2 pcc 
2 1/2 p cc 
3 pcc 
4 pcc 
6 p** 
1 Sh** 
5 Sh**** 
1 PoundR*** 
War Tax
1/2 pvc to *c to *depending on type
1 pccall types
1 Sh* to **** to *** depending on type

 

1920 King George V, larger size, peace commemoration

Image obtained thanks to Peter Elias

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  2 p grey
  3 p brown
  1 Sh green

For the specialist; these stamps have watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (vertical).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 pcc 
1 p cc 
2 p** 
3 p** 
1 Sh**** 


Postal stationery

In 1881 an envelope was issued with the portrait of Queen Victoria in an ellipse (4 p violet). In 1891 a surcharge was applied '2 1/2 ' on 4 p violet in red or black in several types. An envelope of 2 1/2 p blue was issued in 1892. In 1894 a registered envelope with value 2 p blue was issued.

A postcard was issued in 1881 (Queen Victoria, 1 1/2 p red). This postcard was surcharged 1 p in 1892. A new postcard in the value 1 p red was issued in 1892.

Example of postal stationery of later date:


Websites

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