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1867 Queen Victoria, smaller sizes, various frames, value in pence

1 p blue 3 p red

  1 p blue
  3 p red

These stamps have watermark 'CC crown' and perforation 14 (the 3 p also exists with perforation 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
1 p****** 
3 pRRRR 

 

1872 Queen Victoria, value in cents

2 c brown 2 c red brown 2 c green, typical cancel 4 c grey 4 c grey 4 c lilac 8 c yellow 16 c violet24 c green 32 c blue 36 c blue 48 c red Image thanks to Bill Claghorn.

  2 c brown
  2 c green
  4 c grey
  4 c lilac
  4 c red
  4 c yellow
  8 c yellow
  16 c violet
  24 c green (exists in lilac?)
  32 c grey
  36 c blue
  48 c red
  64 c brown
  96 c brown

Many of these stamps were surcharged, click here to see these surcharges.

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' (1872), normally perforated 14
2 c brown****Perforated 14, 12 1/2 or 12 1/2 x 14
Two shades of brown were issued: brown and red-brown
4 c greyR*Perforated 14, 12 1/2 or 12 1/2 x 14
4 c lilacRR* 
8 c R***Perforated 14 or 12 1/2 x 14
16 cR*** 
24 cR*** 
32 cRRR 
36 cRRR 
48 cRR*** 
64 cRRRR 
96 cRRR 
Watermark 'CA crown' (1883), normally perforated 14
2 c red brownRR**Also exists in yellowish brown
2 c green**Also exist with perforation 12 1/2
4 c red****** 
4 c lilac*** 
4 c yellow****1899?
8 c****** 
16 cRRRRR 
24 c lilacRRR?Non issued?

Often these stamps are heavily cancelled:

96 c brown
(Reduced size)

Forgeries, example:

Forgery! Forgery!
Image obtained with permission from Forgeries idenfication site of Bill Claghorn.

I presume the above two forgeries are the ones described in Album Weeds. Both forgeries don't have any watermark (it should be 'CC crown'). The 48 c has the face of the queen very badly drawn. The 'F' of 'FORTY' is placed too far to the right. In the 96 c the front pearl on the crown of the queen points to the 'N' of Ceylon (it should point to the 'O'). I presume they are Spiro forgeries, the 96 c has the typical 'Spiro' cancel, which can be found on many of the Spiro Brothers forgeries.

 

 

1879 Queen Victoria, larger size value in Rupees

1 R 12 c red 1 R 50 c red 2 R 25 c blue 2 R 50 c lilac on red

  1 R 12 c red
  1 R 50 c red
  2 R 25 c blue
  2 R 50 c red
  2 R 50 c lilac on red

Some of these stamps were surcharged, click here to see these surcharges.

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'
1 R 12 c R***1885, Perforated 14
1 R 50 cRRR1899? Perforated 14
2 R 25 cRRRR1899? Perforated 14
2 R 50 c red RRRRRR1879, Perforated 12 1/2 or 12 1/2 x 14
Watermark 'CA crown'
2 R 50 c lilac on red RRRR1899, Perforated 14

Forgery:


(Forgery)

 

1886 Queen Victoria

  5 c lilac

This stamp has watermark 'CA crown' and 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
5 c*c 

 

1886 Queen Victoria, small head

3 c green 3 c orange-brown and green 6 c red and black 15 c olive

  3 c green
  3 c brown and green
  6 c red and black
  12 c olive and red
  15 c blue
  15 c green
  25 c brown
  28 c grey
  30 c lilac and orange
  75 c black and brown

The 25 c exists with '25' in yellow:

Some of these stamps were surcharged, click here to see these surcharges. These stamps have watermark 'CA crown' and 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
3 c green*** 
3 c brown and green ** 
6 c** 
12 c****** 
15 c blue**** 
15 c green*** 
25 c*****Value in yellow: RR
28 c ***** 
30 c***** 
75 c****** 

 


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