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GIBRALTAR 1886-1903

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('G' cancel and 'A26' cancels)

Before introduction of stamps for Gibraltar, the stamps of Great Britain were used. From 1857-1859 the cancel 'G' was used, from 1860 onwards 'A26' was used.


1886 Stamps of Bermuda overprinted 'GIBRALTAR'

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  2 p brown
  2 1/2 p blue
  4 p orange
  6 p violet
  1 Sh brown

The overprints are done on the stamps of Bermuda with watermark 'CA Crown'. The 6 p has never been used in Bermuda with this watermark. The 1 Sh has a special shade of brown, not found in Bermuda either.

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 p****** 
1 pR*** 
2 pRRRR 
2 1/2 pRR*** 
4 pRRRR 
6 pRRRR 
1 ShRRRRRR 

Sperati made a forgery of the 1 Sh value, example:


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

In the above Sperati forgery, the edge of the overprint does not show the intensity of the impression of the genuine stamps.

 

1886 Victoria, various frames, value in Pence or Shilling

4 p orange and green 6 p violet and red 1 Sh yellow and red

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  2 p brown
  2 p brown and blue (1898)
  2 1/2 p blue
  4 p brown
  4 p orange and green (1898)
  6 p lilac
  6 p violet and red (1898)
  1 Sh yellow
  1 Sh yellow and red (1898)

Surcharged with 'CENTIMOS' and value

  '5 CENTIMOS' on 1/2 p green
  '10 CENTIMOS' on 1 p red
  '25 CENTIMOS' on 2 p brown
  '25 CENTIMOS' on 2 1/2 p blue
  '40 CENTIMOS' on 4 p orange
  '50 CENTIMOS' on 6 p violet
  '75 CENTIMOS' on 1 Sh yellow

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
1/2 p*** 
1 p** 
2 p brown****** 
2 p brown and blue ******1898
2 1/2 p****** 
4 p brownRRRR 
4 p orange and green ******1898
6 p lilacRRRR 
6 p violet and redRR1898
1 Sh yellowRRRR 
1 Sh yellow and redRR1898
Surcharged
5 c on 1/2 p****** 
10 c on 1 p****** 
25 c on 2 p****** 
25 c on 2 1/2 p ****** 
40 c on 4 pRR 
50 c on 6 pRR 
75 c on 1 Sh RRRR 

Forgeries: I know that Sperati made a forgery of the 1 Sh yellow value. I have no further information. Example of such a forgery:


(Sperati forgery)

 

1889 Victoria, value in Centimos

  5 c green
  10 c red
  20 c green
  25 c blue
  40 c brown
  50 c lilac
  75 c green
  1 P brown
  1 P brown and blue
  2 P black and red
  5 P grey

These stamps have watermark 'CA Crown' and perforation 14. A misprint exists, the 10 c without value inscription:


(Misprint with no value inscription; image obtained from http://www.sandafayre.com)

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** 
10 c**With no value inscription: RRR
20 c****1895
25 c*** 
40 c**** 
50 c***** 
75 cRR 
1 P brownRR 
1 P brown and blue ******1895
2 P******1895
5 PRR 

Typical cancel 'A26':

 

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