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1882-1899

'Two' on 4 c red 'TWO' on 4 c lilac 'TWO CENTS' on 4 c red 'TWO CENTS" on 4 c lilac 'Two Cents' on 4 c red '2 Cents' on 4 c red

  'TWO' on 4 c red 
  'TWO' on 4 c lilac 
  'TWO CENTS' on 4 c red 
  'TWO CENTS' on 4 c lilac 
  'Two Cents' on 4 c red 
  'Two Cents' on 4 c lilac 
  '2 Cents' on 4 c red 
  '2 Cents' on 4 c lilac 
  '2 Cents' and bar on 4 c red 
  '2 Cents' and bar on 4 c 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
'TWO' on 4 c red **** 
'TWO' on 4 c lilac*** 
'TWO CENTS' on 4 c red ** 
'TWO CENTS' on 4 c lilac** 
'Two Cents' on 4 c red***** 
'Two Cents' on 4 c lilacRRRR 
'2 Cents' on 4 c red****** 
'2 Cents' on 4 c lilacRRRR 
'2 Cents' and bar on 4 c red ****** 
'2 Cents' and bar on 4 c lilac RRRR 

  '3 Cents' and bar on 4 c red (1892)
  '3 Cents' and bar on 4 c lilac (1892)
  '3 Cents' on 28 c grey (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
3 c on 4 c red****** 
3 c on 4 c lilac **** 
3 c on 28 c****** 

'Postage & Revenue FIVE CENTS' on 4 c red 'Postage & Revenue FIVE CENTS' on 4 c lilac 'Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue' on 8 c yellow 'REVENUE AND POSTAGE 5 CENTS' on 8 c lilac 'POSTAGE REVENUE Five Cents' on 15 c green 'FIVE CENTS' on 16 c lilac 5 c on 36 c blue 5 c on 24 c green Certified genuine stamp, 5 c on 48 c

  'Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue' on 4 c red (1885)
  'Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue' on 4 c lilac (1885)
  'Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue' on 8 c yellow (1885)
  'REVENUE AND POSTAGE 5 CENTS' on 8 c lilac (1885)
  'POSTAGE Five Cents REVENUE' on 15 c green  (1890)
  'Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue' on 16 c lilac (1885)
  'Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue' on 24 c green (1885)
  'Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue' on 24 c brown (1885)
  'Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue' on 32 c grey (1885)
  'Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue' on 36 c blue (1885)
  'Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue' on 48 c red (1885)
  'Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue' on 64 c brown (1885)
  'Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue' on 96 c grey (1885)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c on 4 c red*****Watermark 'CA Crown'
5 c on 4 c lilacRRRRWatermark 'CA Crown'
5 c on 8 c yellow R***Watermark 'CA Crown'
5 c on 8 c lilac****Watermark 'CA Crown'
5 c on 15 c****** 
5 c on 16 cRRRWatermark 'CA Crown'
5 c on 24 c green RRRRRWatermark 'CC Crown'
5 c on 24 c brown RRRRRWatermark 'CA Crown'
5 c on 32 cRR*** 
5 c on 36 cRR*** 
5 c on 48 cRRRRR 
5 c on 64 cRR*** 
5 c on 96 cRRRR 

'TEN CENTS' on 24 c lilac

  'Six Cents' on 15 c green (1899)
  'TEN CENTS' on 16 c lilac (1885)
  'TEN CENTS' on 24 c green (1885)
  'TEN CENTS' on 24 c lilac (1885)
  '10 CENTS' on 24 c lilac (1885)
  'TEN CENTS' on 36 c blue (1885)
  'TEN CENTS' on 64 c brown (1885)

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 c on 15 c** 
10 c on 16 c RRRRRR 
'TEN CENTS' on 24 c green RRRRRWatermark 'CC Crown'
'TEN CENTS' on 24 c lilacRR***Watermark 'CA Crown'
'10 CENTS' on 24 c brownR***Watermark 'CA Crown'
10 c on 36 cRRRRRR 
10 c on 64 cRRRR 

'FIFTEEN CENTS' on 16 c lilac '15 CENTS' on 16 c orange

  'FIFTEEN CENTS' on 16 c lilac (1885)
  '15 CENTS' on 16 c orange (1885)
  'FIFTEEN CENTS' on 25 c brown (1891)
  'FIFTEEN CENTS' on 28 c grey (1891)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
15 c on 16 c lilac RR 
15 c on 16 c orange R*** 
15 c on 25 cRR 
15 c on 28 cR*** 

  'SIXTEEN 16 CENTS' on 24 c green (1882)
  'TWENTY CENTS' on 24 c green (1885)
  'Twenty Cents' on 32 c grey (1885)
  'TWENTY 20 CENTS' on 64 c brown (1882)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
16 c on 24 cRRRR 
20 c on 24 cRRRR 
20 c on 32 cRRRR 
20 c on 64 cR*** 

'Twenty five Cents' on 32 c grey 'Twenty eight Cents' on 48 c red

  'Twenty five Cents' on 32 c grey (1885)
  '28 CENTS' on 32 c grey (1885)
  'Twenty-Eight Cents' on 48 c red (1885)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
25 c on 32 cRR 
28 c on 32 cR*** 
38 c on 48 cRRR 

30 c on 36 c, with inverted overprint '30 CENTS' on 36 c olive '56 CENTS' on 96 c olive

  'THIRTY CENTS' on 36 c blue (1885, exists with inverted overprint)
  '30 CENTS' on 36 c olive (1885)
  'FIFTY-SIX CENTS' on 96 c grey (1885)
  '56 CENTS' on 96 c olive (1885)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
30 c on 36 c blueRRInverted surcharge: RR
30 c on 36 c olive RRR 
'FIFTY-SIX CENTS' on 96 c RRR 
'56 CENTS' on 96 cRRR 
Large sizes

2 R 25 c on 2 R 50 c yellow

  'One Rupee Twelve Cents' on 2 R 50 red (1885)
  '1 r 12 c' on 2 R 50 red (1885)
  '1 R 50 C' on 2 R 50 c grey (1899)
  '2 R 25 C' on 2 R 50 c yellow (1899)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
'One Rupee Twelve Cents' on 2 R 50 c RRR 
1 R 12 c on 2 R 50 cRRRR 
1 R 50 c on 2 R 50 cRRRR 
2 R 25 c on 2 R 50 cRRRR 
Forgeries:

A Sperati forgery of the 'Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue' on 24 c brown


(Sperati forgery, image obtained from Richard Frajola's website on Sperati forgeries: http://www.seymourfamily.com/rfrajola/Sperati/speratiindex.htm)

Sperati made forgeries of the 'Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue' on 24 c brown. He used a 4 c rose, from which he removed the image (leaving the overprint intact), and then printed the 24 c design on top of it, in such a way that the overprint and cancel appear to be on top. In this way, the paper, overprint and cancel are genuine! The printing method used by Sperati seems to be different from the genuine printing process.

Other forged overprints:


(Forged 'TEN CENTS' on a 36 c blue stamp)


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