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BRITISH HONDURAS (BELIZE) 1866-1890

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Currency: 12 Pence = 1 Shilling ; After 1888: 100 Cents = 1 Dollar


The cancel 'A06' was used in British Honduras (also on stamps of Great Britain before 1866).

1866 Queen Victoria

6 p red 1 Sh grey

1 Sh green

Bisected
Bisected stamp

  1 p blue
  1 p red
  3 p brown
  4 p violet
  6 p red
  6 p yellow
  1 Sh green
  1 Sh 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
No watermark, perforation 14 (1866)
1 p blue******Imperforate stamps are proofs
6 p redRRImperforate stamps are proofs
1 Sh greenR***Imperforate stamps are proofs
Watermark 'CC Crown', perforation 14 (1872)
1 p blue****** 
3 p ****** 
6 p redRRRR 
1 Sh green****** 
Watermark 'CC Crown', perforation 12 1/2 (1879?)
1 p blue****** 
3 p R*** 
4 p****** 
6 p redR*** 
1 Sh greenRR*** 

Watermark 'CA Crown', perforation 14 (1882)

1 p blue******1884
1 p red****1884
4 p***** 
6 p yellowRRR1885
1 Sh greyRRRR1887
Surcharged in 'CENTS'(1888 onwards)

  '1 CENT' on 1 p green
  '2 CENTS' on 1 p red (2 types; small and fat overprint)
  '2 CENTS' on 6 p red 
  'TWO' (red) on '50 CENTS' on 1 Sh grey
  '3 CENTS' on 3 p brown (2 types; small and fat overprint)
  'FIVE' on '3 CENTS' on 3 p brown
  '6' (red) on '10 CENTS' on 4 p violet
  '6' (black) on '10 CENTS' on 4 p violet
  '6 CENTS' on 3 p blue
  '10 CENTS' on 4 p violet (2 types; small and fat overprint)
  '15' (red) on '6 CENTS' on 3 p blue
  '20 CENTS' on 6 p yellow (2 types; small and fat overprint)
  '50 CENTS' on 1 Sh grey (2 types; small and fat overprint)

These surcharges became necessary after the currency changes to 'CENTS'. The 'small' overprints were made locally, the 'fat' ones were made in London.

Value of the stamps

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

All perforated 14, unless otherwise stated

1 c on 1 green cc1892, watermark 'CA Crown'
2 c on 1 p red ****Small overprint, watermark 'CA Crown', exists bisected
2 c on 1 p redcc1888: Fat overprint, watermark 'CA Crown',
exists bisected
2 c on 6 pRRBoth types, watermark 'CC Crown'
'TWO' on 50 c on 1 Sh ******Exists bisected, watermark 'CA Crown'
Some rare misprints exist with 'TWO' only
Stamps with a black 'TWO' overprint are forgeries
3 c on 3 p RRSmall overprint, watermark 'CC Crown',
perforated 12 1/2 (RRR) or 14 (R)
3 c on 3 p ccFat overprint, watermark 'CA Crown'
'FIVE' on 3 c on 3 p **1891 Watermark 'CA Crown'
A misprint 'FI VE' exists
'6' (red) on 10 c on 4 p**1891 Watermark 'CA Crown'
'6' (black) on 10 c on 4 p **1891 Watermark 'CA Crown'
6 c on 3 p blue**1891 Watermark 'CA Crown'
10 c on 4 p ******Small overprint, watermark 'CA Crown'
10 c on 4 p**1888 Fat overprint, watermark 'CA Crown'
15 on 6 c on 3 p**1891 Watermark 'CA Crown'
20 c on 6 p******Small overprint, watermark 'CA Crown'
20 c on 6 p**1888 Fat overprint, watermark 'CA Crown'
50 c on 1 ShRRRRSmall overprint, watermark 'CA Crown'
50 c on 1 Sh******1888 Fat overprint, watermark 'CA Crown'

The value 50 c on 1 Sh exists overprinted 'REVENUE'.

The values 2 c on 1 p red and 2 c on 6 p red exist bisected as shown here:

I have seen many envelopes and a piece of an envelope, all adressed to a Mr. W.G.Aikman in Belize. If anybody knows more about these Aikman covers, please contact me.

Forgeries:

Probably a forgery, look at the cancel!

The above stamps are probably Spiro forgeries, first of the cancel is a typical 'forgers' cancel, furthermore the word 'PENCE' is written much too low in the 1 p and 3 p stamps. They have no watermark. Note that the buckle is different for different values in the genuine stamps. The 1 p, 6 p and 1 Sh of the forgeries have the buckle of the genuine 1 p, the 3 p of the forgeries has no buckle at all.

In the above forgeries the left stamp has the inscription 'SIX SPENCE' (with an additional 'S'!) and the middle stamp has the inscription 'THREE PENNY' instead of 'THREE PENCE'.

An imperforate forgery and perforated forgery (from the same forger?) and even a non-existing 6 p green forgery, all with very large pearls on the crown:


(imperforate forgery and perforated forgery)

Forged inverted overprint:

Forgery of an inverted overprint!

An overprint with 'TWO' in black (instead of red) on '50 CENTS' on 1 Sh grey is a bogus issue.

 

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