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1874 Queen Victoria

1 p lilac 2 1/2 p brown 4 p blue 6 p green 1 Sh lilac

  1/2 p yellow
  1/2 p green (1886)
  1 p violet
  1 p red
  2 1/2 p brown
  2 1/2 p blue
  4 p blue
  4 p grey
  6 p green
  6 p orange
  1 Sh lilac

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1/2 p on 6 p green
(Reduced size)

  '1/2' on 1 p (bisected) violet
  '1/2' on 1 p (bisected, surcharge red and larger) violet
  'HALF PENNY' on 1 p (bisected) violet
  'Half Penny' on 6 p green
  'One Penny' on 6 p green 
  'One Penny' on 1 Sh lilac

For the specialist: The number cancel that was used in Dominica is A07. In 1874 the first stamps 1 p violet, 6 p green and 1 Sh lilac were issued with watermark 'Crown CC' and perforation 12 1/2. These same values and the values 1/2 p yellow and 2 1/2 p brown were issued with perforation 14 in 1877-79. All overprints are on stamps with watermark 'Crown CC'. All values (non-overprinted) were issued with watermark 'Crown CA' in 1883-90 (except 4 p blue and 6 p 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
Watermark 'CC Crown', perforated 12 1/2
1 p violetRRR 
6 p greenRRRR 
1 Sh RRRR 
Watermark 'CC Crown, perforated 14
1/2 p yellow****** 
1 p violet****** 
2 1/2 p brownRRRR 
4 p blueRRR 
6 p greenRRRR 
1 Sh RRRR 
1/2 on half of 1 p RRRRInverted surcharge: RRR
1/2 (red) on half of 1 p RRInverted surcharge: RRR
'HALF PENNY' on half on 1 p RRRR 
'Half Penny' on 6 pRR 
'One Penny' on 6 pRRRRRR 
'One Penny' on 1 ShRRDouble overprint: RRR
Watermark 'CA Crown' (1883), perforated 14
1/2 p yellow****** 
1/2 p green** 
1 p violetR*** 
1 p red**** 
2 1/2 p brownRRR 
2 1/2 p blue****** 
4 p grey****** 
6 p orangeRR 
1 ShRRRR 


('Revenue' and 'REVENUE' overprint)

Fiscal stamps: The 1 p violet, 6 p green and 1 Sh red exist with overprint 'REVENUE' (issued 1878). The 1 red exist with overprint 'Revenue'.

Special cancel: 'PAID AT DOMINICA':

Forgeries, example:

Spiro forgery!
Note the strange 'Spiro' cancels on these forgeries!

This Spiro forgery has no watermark and is badly perforated 13. In the genuine stamps there is a small white space below the 'T' of 'POSTAGE' and the label with the value below it, this is absent in Spiro forgeries.


(Left forgery, right genuine stamp with white space below 'T')


(Other forgeries, note the line in front of the nose of the Queen, even a revenue stamp was forged!)

Two forged '1/2' overprints on two attached half stamps:


(Forged overprints)

 

From 1891 until 1903 Dominica used the stamps of the Leewart-islands.

 

1903 View of Dominica


(Reduced size)

3 p black and lilac
(Reduced sizes)

  1/2 p green
  1 p red and black
  1 p red
  1 1/2 p orange
  2 p brown and green
  2 p grey
  2 1/2 p blue and black
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p black and lilac
  3 p lilac on yellow
  6 p orange and black
  6 p violet and lilac
  1 Sh green and lilac
  1 Sh black and grey
  2 Sh lilac and black
  2 Sh violet and blue on blue
  2 Sh 6 p orange and green
  2 Sh 6 p black and red on blue

Surcharged

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  'WAR TAX ONE HALFPENNY' (red) on 1/2 p green (1916)
  'WAR TAX' on 1/2 p green (1918, 2 types))
  'WAR TAX' (red) on 3 p lilac on yellow (1918)
  'WAR TAX =1 1/2 D.=' (red) on 2 1/2 p orange (1919)
  '=1 1/2 D.=' on 2 1/2 p orange

These stamps have perforation 14.

I have seen postcards of 1/2 p green and 1 p red in the same design.

The war tax stamps were introduced on 1st September 1916: an tax of 1/2 p was obligatory for all letters within the British Empire (except local mail and Leeward Islands inter island mail). These stamps are known to be used even after 1930 (information: Peter Elias).

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' (1903)
1/2 p** 
1 p red and black ** 
2 p brown and green ****** 
2 1/2 p blue and black ****** 
3 p black and lilac****** 
6 p orange and black****** 
1 Sh green and lilacRR 
2 Sh lilac and blackRR 
2 Sh 6 p orange and green RR 
Watermrk 'Multiple CA Crown'
1/2 p** 
1 p red and black ****** 
1 p red** 
2 p brown and green ****** 
2 p grey**** 
2 1/2 p blue and black ****** 
2 1/2 p blue**** 
3 p black and lilac****** 
3 p lilac on yellow**** 
6 p orange and blackRRRR 
6 p violet and lilac******Exists on thick and thin paper
1 Sh green and lilacRR 
1 Sh black and grey****** 
2 Sh lilac and blackRR 
2 Sh violet and blue on blue RR 
2 Sh 6 p orange and green RR 
2 Sh 6 p black and red on blue RR 
'ONE HALFPENNY WAR TAX'
on 1/2 p
** 
'WAR TAX' (small) on 1/2 p****** 
'WAR TAX' on 1/2 p c* 
'WAR TAX' on 3 p** 
'WAR TAX = 1 1/2 D. =' on 2 1/2 p ** 
'= 1 1/2 D. =' on 2 1/2 p** 
With watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown'
1/2 p green** 
1 p red** 
1 1/2 p ****** 
2 p grey**** 
2 1/2 p blue****** 
6 p violet and lilac****** 
2 Sh violet and blue on blueRRRR 
2 Sh 6 p black and red on blueRRRR 

 

1903 King Edward

  5 Sh brown and black

This stamp has 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 'CC Crown' (1903)
5 ShRRRR 
Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown'
5 ShRRRR 

 

1914 King George

 5 Sh green and red on yellow

This stamp has perforation 14 and 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 ShRRRR 


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