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1903 Stamps of India (Queen Victoria) overprinted 'BRITISH SOMALILAND'

8 a lilac 1 R green and red

  1/2 a green
  1 a red
  2 a lilac
  2 1/2 a blue
  3 a orange
  4 a green
  6 a brown
  8 a lilac
  12 a lilac on red
  1 R green and red
  2 R red and orange
  3 R brown and green
  5 R blue and violet

The overprint exist printed at the top of the stamp (for all values) or at the bottom of the stamp (values 2 a 6 p, 6 a, 12 a, 1 R, 2 R, 3 R and 5 R). Some errors exist; inverted overprints and missing second 'I' in 'BRITISH'.

 

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 a**** 
1 a**** 
2 a**** 
2 a 6 p****** 
3 a****** 
4 a****** 
6 a****** 
8 a****** 
12 a****** 
1 R****** 
2 RRRRR 
3 RRRRR 
5 RRRRR 

 

1904 Stamps of India (King Edward VII) overprinted 'BRITISH SOMALILAND' at the bottom

First stamp with printing failure:missing 'I'

  1/2 a green
  1 a red
  2 a lilac
  3 a orange
  4 a olive
  8 a 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
1/2 a** 
1 a** 
2 a****** 
3 a****** 
4 a****** 
8 a****** 

 

1904 King Edward VII, inscription 'SOMALILAND PROTECTORATE'

1 a red and black 1 a red 8 a blue and black 12 a orange and black

  1/2 a green
  1 a red and black
  1 a red (1909)
  2 a lilac and violet
  2 1/a a blue
  3 a green and brown
  4 a black and green
  6 a violet and green
  8 a blue and black
  12 a orange and black

These stamps have perforation 14.

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 'CA Crown' (1904)
1/2 a** 
1 a red and black ****** 
2 a****** 
2 1/2 a****** 
3 a****** 
4 a****** 
6 a****** 
8 a****** 
12 aRR 
Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (1905)
1/2 a** 
1 a red and black **** 
1 a red******1909
2 a****** 
2 1/2 a****** 
3 a****** 
4 a****** 
6 a****** 
8 a****** 
12 a****** 

Large size

  1 R green
  2 R lilac
  3 R black and green
  5 R red and black

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 'CC Crown' (1904), perforation 14
1 RRR 
2 RRR 
3 RRR 
5 RRRRR 

For the specialist, all the small stamps (except 1 a red) exists with watermark 'CA crown' and 'multiple CA crown'. The 1 a red issued in 1909 has watermark 'multiple CA crown'. For examples of these watermarks see under 'Official stamps'. The large stamps (Rupee values) have watermark 'CC crown'.

 

1912 King George V


(Reduced sizes)

  1/2 a green
  1 a red
  2 a lilac and violet
  2 1/2 a blue
  3 a green and brown
  4 a black and green
  6 a violet and green
  8 a blue and black
  12 a ornage and black

Larger size


(Reduced sizes)

  1 R green
  2 R lilac 
  3 R black and green
  5 R red and black

All the above stamps have perforation 14.

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' (1912)
1/2 a** 
1 a ** 
2 a****** 
2 1/2 a**** 
3 a**** 
4 a**** 
6 a****** 
8 a****** 
12 a****** 
1 R****** 
2 RRR 
3 RRR 
5 RRRRR 
Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1921)
1/2 acc 
1 a** 
2 a** 
2 1/2 a** 
3 a** 
4 a** 
6 a**** 
8 a**** 
12 a****** 
1 R****** 
2 R****** 
3 RRR 
5 RRR 


Official stamps

1903 Stamps of India (Queen Victoria) overprinted 'On H.M.S.' and 'BRITISH SOMALILAND'

1 a red 2 a violet 1 R red and green

 
  1/2 a green
  1 a red
  2 a violet
  8 a lilac
  1 R 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 a**** 
1 a **** 
2 a****** 
8 aRR 
1 RRR 

These stamps have been forged, examples:


(Forged overprints on genuine stamps?)

 

1903 Stamps of India (King Edward VII) overprinted 'SERVICE' and 'BRITISH SOMALILAND'

8 a lilac

  1/2 a green
  1 a red
  2 a violet
  8 a lilac
  1 R red and green

Used stamps do not exist?

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 a*- 
1 a *- 
2 a*- 
8 aR- 
1 RRR- 

 

1904 Stamps of King Edward VII overprinted 'O.H.M.S.'

1/2 a green 1 a red and black

  1/2 a green
  1 a red and black
  2 a lilac and violet
  8 a blue and black
  1 R green

Watermark 'Multiple CA crown' Watermark 'CA crown'

For the specialist: the 1 R has watermark 'CC crown'. The Anna values all have watermark 'CA crown'. Only the 2 a red and black was also issued with watermark 'Multiple CA Crown'.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsed Remarks
1/2 a****** 
1 a RR 
2 aRRRRWatermark 'CA Crown'
2 aRRRRWatermark 'Multiple CA Crown'
8 aRRRR 
1 RRRRRWatermark 'CC Crown'


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