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Currency: 12 Pence = 1 Shilling; from 1865 onwards 100 Cents = 1 Dollar


BRITISH COLUMBIA

1860 Queen Victoria

  2 1/2 p red

These stamps are perforated 14. An imperforate stamp in the same design in the colour red-brown was non-issued.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 1/2 pRR 

 

1863 Crown with 'V'

3 c blue '2 CENTS' on 3 p brown 5 c on 3 p lilac Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

3 c blue 2 on 3 p brown '25 CENTS 25' on 3 p yellow
(reduced sizes)

  3 p blue

Surcharged
  'TWO CENTS' on 3 p brown
  '5.CENTS.5' on 3 p red
  '10.CENTS.10' (blue) on 3 p lilac
  '25.CENTS.25' (violet) on 3 p yellow
  '50.CENTS.50' (red) on 3 p violet
  '1.DOLLAR.1' (green) on 3 p green

For the specialist: these stamps have watermark 'CC Crown' and are perforated 14 or 12 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
3 p****Only exists with perforation 14
2 c on 3 p******Only exists with perforation 14
5 c on 3 p****** 
10 c on 3 pRRRR 
25 c on 3 p****** 
50 c on 3 p RR 
1 Dollar on 3 p RRRRRR 

Typical cancel:

Forgeries:

Examples:

Forgery! Forgery! Forgery!

The overprinted value is wrong in the above forgeries: it reads '2 CENTS' instead of 'TWO CENTS', '10 CENTS', '25 CENTS', '50 CENTS' and '1 DOLLAR', instead of '10.CENTS.10', '25.CENTS.25', '50.CENTS.50' and '1.DOLLAR.1' respectively. Also, the text in the ellipse is touching its containing oval. In the genuine stamps, it never touches the oval.

A Spiro forgery, the pearls on the crown are much larger than in the genuine stamp (and there are only 5 pearls at each side of the crown instead of 6):

Also note, that in this Spiro forgery, the flower between the two legs of the 'V' is quite different from a genuine stamp. I've also seen this forgery cancelled with a pattern of lozenges.

Some Senf forgeries, with overprint 'FALSCH' (=forged in German):


(Senf forgeries)


(I've been told that these are Panelli forgeries, note the very clear '35' numeral cancel)


(Other Panelli forgeries)

I've read somewhere that the next forgeries are called Frodel forgeries, but I do not have any further information:


(Frodel forgeries)

Another, more sophisticated forgery:

Forgery!
Imperforated forgery, maybe also a Frodel forgery?


VANCOUVER ISLAND

1865 Queen Victoria, imperforated or perforated

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com 10 c blue

  5 c red
  10 c blue

For the specialist: these stamps have watermark 'CC Crown'.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Imperforate
5 cRRRRRR 
10 cRRRRRR 
Perforated (perforation 14)
5 cRR 
10 cRR 

Cancels:

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com
(Numeral cancel '35')

I know that the numeral cancels '35' (Victoria) and '36' (Nanaimo) were used in Vancouver Island.

Forgeries, example:

Note that the lower left corner ornament is different from the genuine stamp. This might be a product made by Spiro (but I'm not quite sure). I've also seen this forgery in a much lighter shade of blue.

I don't quite trust the following stamp, forgery?:

5 c red

The forger Sperati made a forgery of the 5 c and 10 c imperforate stamps.


(Sperati forgeries)

Kenneth W. Pugh provided me with the following information concerning these forgeries: Sperati used a genuine Natal 5 Sh stamp with watermark 'CC Crown', cut it to shape and bleached out the original design. He then printed the forgery on this paper. The paper is different and can be distinghuished using ultraviolet light: the forgeries are greyish and stained, often with a mauve or tose tinge. The printing process of the genuine stamps and the forgeries was also different, Sperati used a photo-lithographic process for his forgeries. All the details are therefore the same as in the genuine stamps, but all lines are slightly thicker due to this process: the forgeries appear more heavily printed and rougher than the genuine stamps. The colour of the 5 c is deeper and more rose than its genuine counterpart. The 10 c also posesses a deeper shade of blue than the genuine stamps. There are also a number of so-called 'constant flaws' in his forgeries, they are microscopically small as with all his reproductions. Unfortunately I don't posess any information about these flaws.

 

In 1866 Vancouver Island and British Columbia were united.


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