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FIJI 1891-1920

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1891 Canoe issue

1 p lilac

  1 p black
  1 p lilac
  2 p green
  5 p blue

Exists with various perforations.

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 blackcc 
1 p lilacccIssued 1896, exists cancelled to order: c
2 pccExists cancelled to order: c
5 p**Exists cancelled to order: *

Fancy cancels:

 

1903 King Edward VII

1 p red

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

All 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
With watermark 'CA Crown' (1903)
1/2 p** 
1 p lilac and black on red ** 
2 p** 
2 1/2 p lilac and blue on blue ** 
3 p** 
4 p** 
5 p ** 
6 p lilac and red** 
1 Sh green and red**** 
5 Sh green and black ****** 
1 PoundRR 
With watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (1905)
1/2 p*c 
1 p lilac and black on redcc 
1 p redcc 
2 1/2 p blue** 
6 p lilac** 
1 Sh green and red*** 
1 Sh black on green **** 
5 Sh green and red on yellow ****** 
1 Pound lilac and black on red RR 

On the website http://www.pisc.org.uk/fijiforg1.html, a forgery of the 1 Pound grey and blue can be seen on genuine watermarked paper. However, in this forgery, the value is in blue on a white background, while in the genuine stamps, it should be white on a blue striped background.

Some fiscal stamps exist with a large 'R' overprint and a bar through the word 'POSTAGE' on the left side of the stamp (similar to the ones shown after the 1912 issue).

 

1912 King George V

  1/4 p brown
  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  1 p lilac
  1 1/2 p red
  2 p grey
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p lilac on yellow
  3 p blue
  4 p black and red on yellow
  5 p lilac and olive
  6 p lilac and violet
  1 Sh grey and black on green
  2 Sh violet and blue on blue
  2 Sh 6 p black and red on blue
  5 Sh green and red on yellow
  1 Pound violet and black on red

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
With watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (1912)
1/4 pcc 
1/2 pvcc 
1 p redcc 
2 pcc 
2 1/2 pcc 
3 p lilac on yellow ** 
4 p** 
5 p** 
6 p** 
1 Sh**Exists on yellowish or bluish paper
also on bluish tinted paper on the front only
2 Sh 6 p**** 
5 Sh****** 
1 Pound****** 
With watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1922)
1/4 pcc 
1/2 pvcvc 
1 p redcc 
1 p lilaccc1927
1 1/2 pcc1926
2 pcc 
3 p bluecc 
4 p*c 
5 pcc 
6 p *c 
1 Sh** 
2 Sh **1926
2 Sh 6 p *** 
5 Sh ***** 

Surcharged 'WAR STAMP'

1/2 p green

  1/2 p green
  1 p red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
With watermark 'Multiple CA Crown'
1/2 pcc 
1 pcc 

The 1/2 p war stamp was to be used for inter island letters and the 1 p for overseas letters. I've seen an inverted 'WAR STAMP' overprint on the 1 p value:

The 1 p War Stamp also seems to exist printed together with a normal 1 p stamp (RRR).

Postage stamps overprinted with bar over 'POSTAGE' and 'R' to be used as revenue stamps, example:

I have also seen the 1 Sh stamp with the same overprint, more values exist.

 

The next stamps to be issued in Fiji were the 1935 Jubilee stamps picturing the Windsor Castle (4 values).


Postage due stamps

1917 Inscription 'POSTAGE DUE FIJI'

  1/2 p black (2 types, '1/2' different)
  1 p black
  2 p black
  3 p black
  4 p black

These stamps have perforation 11, they were printed locally on thick paper.

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 pRRRRBoth types
1 pRRR 
2 pRRR 
3 pRRR 
4 pRRRRR 

 

1918 Inscription 'FIJI POSTAGE DUE', value in circle


(Reduced size)

  1/2 p black
  1 p black
  2 p black
  3 p black
  4 p black

These stamps have 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
1/2 pcc 
1 pcc 
2 pcc 
3 p** 
4 p** 


Fiji Times Express stamps

1870 Fiji Times Express, Newspaper stamp

Certified genuine Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Certified genuine

  1 p black on lilac
  3 p black on lilac
  6 p black on lilac
  9 p black on lilac
  1 Sh black on lilac

Specialists disinghuish between the first printing on Quadrillé Paper and the second printing on Bâtonné Paper:


1 p stamps: Quadrillé Paper on the left and Bâtonné Paper on the right

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 pRR 
3 pRR 
6 pRRRR 
9 pRRRR 
1 ShRRRR 

Forgeries, example:

Forgery!

The horizontal lines should be thicker than the vertical ones for all values, in the above shown stamp, the lines are of equal size. According to Album Weeds, if we draw a horizontal line just above 'PENCE' the line should almost go through the center of the last 'S' of 'EXPRESS'. In the forgeries it will pass below the last 'S'. In the 1 p the '1' should be 4 mm high. In the 3 p the '3' is a plain one as shown above, and not a fancy one. The '6' in the 6 p is large (almost 7 mm high), and it is also a plain '6' (below an example of a fancy '6'). The 1 in 1 sh is a fancy '1' with shadelines.

Other forgeries, note the sizes and styles of the values:

Forgery

More information on the forgeries of these stamps can be found on: http://www.pisc.org.uk/fijiforg1.html The Fiji Times made some 'reprint - imitations' and about 8 other forgeries are known (according to this website).


Unlisted stamps

Inscription 'By Authority GOVERNMENT FRANK PRINT. OFFICE Fiji.', used for official wrappers?:


(Reduced size)


Fiscal Stamps

Besides the 'D' overprints on the 1871 issue (see there) and the 'R' overprints on the stamps with King Eward VIII and King George V, some special fiscal stamps exist. They have the inscription 'FIJI STAMP DUTY' and the face of Queen Victoria. The following values seem to exist: 1 p, 3 p, 6 p, 1 Sh, 2 Sh, 3 Sh, 4 Sh, 5 Sh, 10 Sh and 1 Pound, all in the colours brown and black. Example:


(Fiji Stamp Duty)

The values 1 p and 3 p seems to have been used for postal purposes in 1884.


Parcel Stamps

I've been told that the next labels with inscription 'G.P.H. No' and value are parcel stamps of Fiji. I have no further information. If anybody posesses information, please contact me!


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