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1875 Queen Victoria, inscription 'POSTAGE'

Image obtained thanks to Bill Claghorn 4 p lilac 6 p orange

  1/2 p yellow
  1/2 p green
  1 p blue
  1 p red
  2 p green
  2 p grey
  2 1/2 p blue and orange
  3 p olive
  4 p lilac
  6 p orange
  1 Sh lilac
  2 Sh brown

Surcharged

  'ONE PENNY' on 6 p orange
  1 p on 4 p lilac (extremely rare)

For the specialist, all these stamps are perforated 14, except for the values 1/2 p yellow, 1 p blue, 2 p green, 4 p lilac and 6 p orange; these values also exist perforated 12 1/2. The stamps have watermark 'CC crown' or watermark '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
Watermark 'CC Crown', perforated 12 1/2
1 p blueRRRR 
4 pRRRR 
6 pRRRR 
Watermark 'CC Crown', perforated 14
1/2 p yellowRR 
1 p blue****** 
2 p greenRRR 
4 p RR*** 
6 pRRR 
Watermark 'CA Crown', perforated 14
1/2 p yellowRRRR 
1/2 p green** 
1 p blueRRRRR 
1 p red*** 
2 p grey*** 
2 1/2 p**** 
3 p****** 
4 p****** 
6 p****** 
1 Sh****** 
2 Sh****** 
1 p on 6 pRRRR 

Typical cancellations:


(Mute cancel, '554' cancel, '556' cancel and 'Elmina' cancel)

Numeral cancels and the corresponding towns:
554 : Accra
556 : Cape Coast Castle


B27 cancel for Mail Boat usage

Forgeries, example:

Forgery!

The above forgery has a line from the nose to the forehead. In the genuine stamp, there is no such line. There is probably no watermark in this stamp.

The next forgeries are Spiro forgeries. They can easily be recognised by their strange cancels (as on the following sheet), there is no watermark and the perforation is 13 (instead of 14 or 12 1/2). The 'G' of 'GOLD' of the Spiro forgeries is normal, in the genuine stamps this 'G' has a triangular tail:

Sheet of Spiro forgeries!

Spiro forgeries! Spiro forgeries! Spiro forgery, image obtained from the forgery site of Bill Claghorn

Album Weeds only describes the Spiro forgeries. I have only seen the values 1 p blue, 4 p lilac and 6 p orange of these forgeries.

Other primitive forgeries:

Forgery of the overprinted stamp:

Forgery!

 

1898 Queen Victoria inscription 'POSTAGE & REVENUE'

1/2 p lilac and green 2 p lilac and red 1 Sh green and black, 2 Sh green and red 5 Sh green and violet 5 Sh lilac and blue 20 Sh violet and black on red

  1/2 p lilac and green
  1 p lilac and red
  2 p lilac and red (1902)
  2 1/2 p lilac and blue
  3 p lilac and yellow
  6 p lilac and blue
  1 Sh green and black
  2 Sh green and red
  5 Sh green and violet
  5 Sh lilac and blue
  10 Sh lilac and red
  10 Sh green and brown
  20 Sh green and red
  20 Sh violet and black on red

Due to a theft the 20 Sh green and red was replaced by the 20 Sh violet and black on red in 1894. Stamps are known with removed fiscal cancels and newly applied gum pretending to be imperforate stamps.

Surcharged

  'ONE PENNY' on 2 1/2 p lilac and blue
  'ONE PENNY' on 6 p lilac and blue

For the specialist, all the above 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 pRR 
2 1/2 p****** 
3 p****** 
6 p****** 
1 ShR*** 
2 ShRR 
5 Sh green and violet RRRR 
5 Sh lilac and blueRRR 
10 Sh lilac and redRRRR 
10 Sh green and brown RRRR 
20 Sh green and redRRRRRR 
20 Sh violet and black on red RRRR 
1 p on 2 1/2 p ****** 
1 p on 6 p******Misprint: without 'ONE': RRR

Fiscal stamp with overprint 'JUDICIAL':

The following values exist: 1 p grey and red, 3p grey and orange, 6 p grey and green, 1 Sh lilac and green on yellow, 2 Sh lilac and red on yellow, 2 Sh 6 p lilac and violet on yellow, 5 Sh lilac and black on yellow, 10 Sh lilac and violet on yellow, 20 Sh lilac and black on red and 5 Pounds lilac and black on red.

 

1902 King Edward

1/2 p lilac and green 3 p lilac on yellow 5 Sh green and violet

  1/2 p lilac and green
  1/2 p green (1907)
  1 p lilac and red
  1 p red (1907)
  2 p lilac and orange
  2 p grey (1909)
  2 1/2 p lilac and blue
  2 1/2 p blue (1907)
  3 p lilac and yellow
  3 p lilac on yellow (1909)
  6 p lilac and violet
  6 p lilac and redish-lilac
  1 Sh green and black
  1 Sh black on green (1909)
  2 Sh green and red
  2 Sh lilac and blue on blue (1909)
  2 Sh 6 p green and yellow (1904)
  2 Sh 6 p black and red on blue (1909)
  5 Sh green and violet
  5 Sh green and red on yellow (1909)
  10 Sh green and brown
  20 Sh lilac and black on red

For the specialist, the above stamps have watermark 'CA crown' or watermark 'Multiple CA crown'. They are all perforated 14. Fiscal stamps in the same design exist (changed colours) with overprint 'JUDICIAL'. A 10 Sh stamp with colour green and red on blue only exists with 'SPECIMEN' overprint.

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 'CA Crown'
1/2 p lilac and green** 
1 p lilac and red*c 
2 p lilac and red****** 
2 1/2 p lilac and blue****** 
3 p lilac and orange****** 
6 p lilac and violet****** 
1 Sh green and black ****** 
2 Sh green and redRRR 
5 Sh green and violet RRRR 
10 Sh green and brown RRRR 
20 Sh lilac and black on red RRRR 
Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown'
1/2 p lilac and green***** 
1/2 p green** 
1 p lilac and red**** 
1 p red*c 
2 p lilac and red***** 
2 p grey**** 
2 1/2 p lilac and blueRR 
2 1/2 p blue****** 
3 p lilac and orange****** 
3 p lilac on yellow *** 
6 p lilac and violetR*** 
6 p lilac and reddish-lilac***** 
1 Sh black on green ****** 
2 Sh lilac and blue on blue****** 
2 Sh 6 p green and yellowRRRR 
2 Sh 6 p black and red on blue RRRR 
5 Sh green and red on yellowRRRR 

 

1908 King Edward, new design, 'postage revenue' at the bottom

1 p red

  1 p red

This stamp has watermark 'Multiple 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 p*c 

 

1913 King George V

1 p red

  1 p red
  1 p brown

War issue, overprinted 'WAR TAX' (1918)

Image thanks to Peter Elias

  'ONE PENNY' on 1 p 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
1 p red*cwatermark 'Multiple CA Crown'
1 p brown  watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown'
1p on 1 p red**WAR TAX, watermark 'Multiple CA Crown'

 

1913 King George V, new design

2 Sh lilac and blue on blue 2 Pounds green and orange

  1/2 p green
  1 1/2 p red
  2 p grey
  2 1/2 p blue
  2 1/2 p orange
  3 p lilac on yellow
  3 p blue
  6 p lilac and violet
  1 Sh black on green
  2 Sh lilac and blue on blue
  2 Sh 6 p black and red on blue
  5 Sh green and red on yellow
  10 Sh green and red on green
  15 Sh lilac and green
  20 Sh lilac and black on red
  2 Pounds green and orange

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

Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown'

1/2 p *c 
2 p*** 
2 1/2 p blue*** 
3 p lilac on yelow ****Exists with coloured or white backside
6 p**** 
1 Sh***** 
2 Sh****** 
2 Sh 6 p****** 
5 ShRRExists with coloured or white backside
10 ShRRRR 
20 Sh RRRR 
Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown'
1/2 p** 
1 1/2 p *c 
2 p ** 
2 1/2 p orange**** 
3 p blue*** 
6 p*** 
1 Sh****** 
2 Sh****** 
2 Sh 6 p****** 
5 ShRRRR 
15 ShRRRR 
2 PoundsRRRRRR 

 

1928 King George V and view of Christiansborg

1 p brown 2 Sh violet and black

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

These stamps have watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' and perforation 13 1/2 x 14.

 

The first postage due stamps were issued in 1923 (inscription 'GOLDCOAST POSTAGE DUE'.


Postal stationary

1888 Registered envelope of Great Britain, overprinted 'GOLD COAST COLONY' in black:

  2 p blue and black (3 types of overprint 'GOLD COAST COLONY')

1880 Postcards, design as postage stamps

(Sorry, no picture available yet, if anybody posesses a picture, please contact me)

  1/2 p green (1891)
  1 p red (1892)
  1 1/2 p brown

Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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