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1886 Stamps of Cape of Good Hope overprinted

Overprinted 'British Bechuanaland' horizontally

1/2 p black (overprint black)

  1/2 p black (overprint red)
  1/2 p black (overprint black)
  1/2 p black (overprint green)
  1 p red
  2 p brown
  3 p red
  4 p blue
  6 p lilac
  1 Sh green

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 p (overprint red) ****Watermark 'CA Crown'
1/2 p (overprint black) **Watermark 'Anchor'
1 p****

"

2 p******

"

3 p******Watermark 'CA Crown'
4 p******Watermark 'CC Crown'
6 p******Watermark 'Anchor'
1 ShRR

"

A 5 Sh orange with the same overprint seems to have been prepared, but was not issued.

Forgeries, examples:

In the genuine stamps, there is no '.' behind 'Bechuanaland'!

 

1889 Stamp of Cape of Good Hope, overprinted 'BRITISH BECHUANALAND'

1/2 p green

  1/2 p green

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 p **** 

 

1889 Stamp of Cape of Good Hope, overprinted 'Bechuanaland Protectorate

  1/2 p black (overprint green)

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 p **** 

 

1891 Stamps of Cape of Good Hope, overprinted 'British Bechuanaland' vertically (upwards or downwards)

1 p red, upwards 2 p brown, upwards
1 p red, downwards 2 p brown, downwards

  1 p red
  2 p brown

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 ****Reading upwards
1 p**Reading downwards
2 p**Reading upwards
2 p**Reading downwards

 

1887 Stamps of Great Britain overprinted 'BRITISH BECHUANALAND'

1/2 p orange 1 p lilac 1 Sh green

1 Sh green
(Reduced view)

  1/2 p orange ('BRITISH' and 'BECHUANALAND' far apart)
  1 p lilac (1892)
  2 p green and red (1892)
  4 p brown and green (1892)
  6 p lilac on red (1892)
  1 Sh green (1892)

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 p** 
1 p** 
2 p**** 
4 p**** 
6 p****** 
1 Sh****** 
Overprinted 'Protectorate'

1/2 p orange

  1/2 p orange

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 p******Two types of 'Protectorate'
Surcharged and overprinted 'Protectorate'

'Four pence' on 1/2 p orange

  'Four pence' on 1/2 p orange

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
4 p on 1/2 p****** 
Forged overprint:


(Reduced size)

 

1887 Fiscal stamps of Great Britain overprinted 'BRITISH BECHUANALAND POSTAGE & REVENUE' in black

3 p lilac Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com


(Reduced sizes)

  1 p lilac
  2 p lilac
  3 p lilac
  4 p lilac
  6 p lilac
  1 Sh green
  2 Sh green
  2 Sh 6 p green
  5 Sh green
  10 Sh green
  1 Pound lilac
  5 Pounds lilac

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****** 
2 pR*** 
3 p****** 
4 pRR 
6 pRRR 
1 Sh****** 
2 ShRRRR 
2 Sh 6 pRRRR 
5 ShRRRR 
10 ShRRRR 
1 PoundRRRR 
5 PoundsRRRRRR 
Surcharged

'1 d.' on 1 p lilac 6d. on 6 p lilac

  'One Half Penny' on 3 p lilac
  '1d.' on 1 p lilac
  '2d.' (red) on 2 p lilac
  '4d.' (red) on 4 p lilac
  '6d.' on 6 p lilac
  '1 s.' on 1 Sh green

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 p on 3 pRRRR 
1 p on 1 p****** 
2 p on 2 pRR 
4 p on 4 p RRRR 
6 p on 6 pRRRR 
1 Sh on 1 ShRRRR 
Further overprinted 'Protectorate'

2d. on 2 p lilac Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  '1d.' on 1 p lilac
  '2d.' on 2 p lilac
  '3d.' on 3 p lilac
  '4d.' (red or black) on 4 p lilac
  '6d.' on 6 p lilac
  1 Sh green
  2 Sh green
  2 Sh 6 p green
  5 Sh green
  10 Sh green

The lower values were mainly used for postal purposes and the higher values for fiscal use.

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 on 1 p****** 
2 p on 2 pRR 
4 p on 4 p RRRR 
6 p on 6 pRRRR 
1 Sh RRRR 
2 Sh RRRRRR 
2 Sh 6 pRRRRRR 
5 ShRRRRRR 
10 ShRRRRRR 

The above forgery was made by Senf, it was given as an 'art supplement' or 'Kunst-Beigabe' in 1888 with the stamp journal the 'Illustrirten Briefmarken-Journal'.

 

1897 Stamps of Great Britain overprinted 'BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE'

On Queen Victoria stamps

  1/2 p orange
  1/2 p green
  1 p lilac
  2 p green and red
  3 p lilac on yellow
  4 p brown and green
  6 p lilac on red

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 p orange** 
1/2 p green** 
1 p**** 
2 p**** 
3 p****** 
4 p****** 
6 p****** 
On King Edward stamps (1904)

2 1/2 p blue

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  2 1/2 p blue
  1 Sh red and green

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 p**** 
1 p*** 
2 1/2 p****** 
1 Sh****** 
On King George V stamps (1914)

1 p red, other design

2 Sh 6 p brown 5 Sh red

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  1 p red (other design)
  1 1/2 p brown
  2 p orange
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p violet
  4 p grey
  6 p lilac
  1 Sh brown
  2 Sh 6 p brown
  5 Sh red

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 pc* 
1 p** 
1 p**Different type
1 1/2 p ** 
2 p**** 
2 1/2 p** 
3 p**** 
4 p**** 
6 p**** 
1 Sh****** 
2 Sh 6 p****** 
5 ShRR 

Forged overprints exist, examples:


(Forged overprints on King Edward stamps, overprint with too large letters)

 

1912 Overprinted 'Bechuanaland Protectorate' on stamp of Transvaal

  6 p orange and grey

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
6 pRRRR 

Postal Stationary

I have seen envelopes of Great Britain with Queen Victoria on it overprinted 'BRITISH BECHUANALAND': 1/2 p brown (with rounded corners), 1 p brown (ellipse), 4 p orange (circle) and 'FOUR' on 2 p blue (registration, circle).


Fiscal Stamps

In 1887 some fiscal stamps of Cape of Good Hope (6 p and 1 Sh) were overprinted 'BRITISH BECHUANLAND' (sorry, no picture available).

 

In 1903 again some fiscal stamps of Cape of Good Hope were overprinted (1 Pound, 5 Pounds and 10 Pounds, all with image of a woman), this time with 'BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE'.

Some fiscal stamps of Transvaal with the image of King Edward VII were also overprinted from 1904 to 1912:
'Bechuanaland Protectorate' on 2 Sh 6 p and 1 Pound
'BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE' (large 'B' and 'P') on 5 Pounds
'BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE' (letters same size) on 2 Sh 6 p, 1 Pound and 5 Pounds.

Again an overprint on some fiscal stamps of Cape of Good Hope (King Edward VII) appeared in 1906: 1 p, 1 Sh, 2 Sh, 5 Sh and 1 Pound.

In 1917 some fiscal and postage stamps of South Africa were overprinted with:
'BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE' on 2 Sh 6 p, 5 Sh, 10 Sh, 1 Pound black and blue, 1 Pound red and green and 5 Pounds;
'Bechuanaland Protectorate' on 1 p red (king) and 1 p red and black (ship);
'Bechuanaland Revenue Only' (in 2 lines) on 6 p, 1 Sh, 2 Sh, 2 Sh 6 p, 5 Sh, 10 Sh and 1 Pound;
'Bechuanaland Revenue Only' (in 3 lines) on 6 p, 1 Sh, 2 Sh, 2 Sh 6 p, 5 Sh, 10 Sh and 1 Pound.

A postage stamp of 1887 was overprinted with 5 Pounds in 1918 (very rare).

Tati Concessions


(Reduced size)

Some fiscal stamps with the image of an elephant and inscription 'TATI CONCESSIONS LIMITED' were also issued in 1895 (values 1 Sh red, 2 Sh 6 p blue, 5 Sh lilac, 10 Sh green, 1 Pound grey and 5 Pounds orange). They are all quite rare. I've seen them with a purple 'THE TATI CONCESSIONS LIMITED TATI MATABELELAND' oval cancel.


Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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