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Before Grenada issued its own stamps, the stamps of Great Britain were used with cancel 'A15'.


(Example of a letter with two 1 p and one 4 p Great Britain stamps with cancel 'A15', reduced size, image obtained from a Shreves auction)


1861 Queen Victoria in an ellipse

1 p green 6 p red

  1 p green
  6 p red

This issue is known as the 'Chalon head issue' (after the designer Chalon). For the specialist, this issue exist without watermark (1861) and with watermark star (1863, small or large). Many different colour shades exists of these stamps.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
No watermark (1861)
1 p RRRR 
6 pRRRRR 
With watermark 'Small Star' (1863)
1 pRR*** 
6 pRRRR 
With watermark 'Large Star' (1865)
1 pRRR 
6 pRRRR 

Forgeries, examples:

Forgery! Forgery!

I have also seen a Spiro forgery of this issue (at least the 1 p green exists), it is described in Album Weeds. Sorry, no picture available yet.

A more sophisticated forgery (the lettering is different from the genuine stamp, for example the 'S' of 'SIX')

 

1875 Queen Victoria in a circle, overprint 'POSTAGE' and value in black or blue

1/2 p lilac and black 2 1/2 p red and black 4 p blue and black 1 Sh lilac and blue

  1/2 p lilac and black 
  2 1/2 p red and black 
  4 p blue and black 
  1 Sh lilac and blue (overprinted 'POSTAGE' and value in blue)

These stamps have watermark 'Star' 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 ****** 
2 1/2 pRRR 
6 pRRR 
1 ShRRR 

Error 'SHLLIING' instead of 'SHILLING':


('SHLLIING' error, certified genuine: RRR)

 

1883 Fiscal stamps overprinted

'POSTAGE' on 1 p orange and green

  'POSTAGE' on 1 p orange and green (large 'POSTAGE', 1883)
  'POSTAGE' on 1 p orange and green (bisected, surcharged obliquely) (1883)
  'd.1 POSTAGE' on 1 1/2 p orange and green (1886)
  'd.1 POSTAGE' on 4 p orange and green (1886)
  'd.1 POSTAGE' on 1 Sh orange and green (1886)
  '4 d. POSTAGE' on 2 Sh orange and green (1888, 2 types)
  'HALF PENNY POSTAGE' on 2 Sh orange and green (1889)
  'POSTAGE AND REVENUE 1d.' on 2 Sh orange and green (1890)
  'POSTAGE AND REVENUE d. 1' on 2 Sh orange and green (1890)

These stamps have watermark 'Star' 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
'POSTAGE' on 1 p RRRRRLarge 'POSTAGE'
'POSTAGE' on 1 pRRRRRBisected and surcharged obliquely
'd.1 POSTAGE' on 1 1/2 pRRRR 
'd.1 POSTAGE' on 4 pRRRR 
'd.1 POSTAGE' on 1 ShRRRR 
'HALF PENNY POSTAGE' on 2 Sh ****** 
'4d. POSTAGE' on 2 ShRR 
'1d. POSTAGE AND REVENUE' on 2 Sh RRRR 
'd.1 POSTAGE AND REVENUE' on 2 Sh RRRR 

The original fiscal stamps:

The following values exist: 1 p, 1 1/2 p (Three half pence), 2 p, 3 p, 4 p, 6 p, 9 p, 1 Sh, 2 Sh, 5 Sh, 10 Sh, 1 Pound and the overprints 1 p on 1 1/2 p and 1 p on 2 Sh, all in the colours orange with green value inscription. They are sometimes used postally, however this was not authorised officially.

Miscellaneous: unseperated stamps of the 'POSTAGE' on 1/2 p orange exist, they are sometimes used as 1 p stamps (very rare):

I have also seen fiscal stamps with handwritten overprint 'Postage', example:

Handwritten overprint 'Postage'

Forgeries:


(Jeffreys forgery)

The above stamp is a Jeffreys forgery, used in combination with forged overprints. Note the appearance of parts of adjoining stamps.

Another forgery:


(Forged 'POSTAGE' overprint on a genuine stamp)

 

1883 Queen Victoria 'GRENADA POSTAGE'

4 p grey

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  2 1/2 p blue
  4 p grey
  6 p lilac
  8 p brown
  1 Sh violet

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 pR*** 
2 1/2 p***** 
4 p****** 
6 p****** 
8 pRR 
1 ShRRRR 

Surcharged

  'POSTAGE AND REVENUE 1d.' on 8 p brown (1890)
  '2 1/2 d.' on 8 p brown

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 on 8 pRR 
2 1/2 p on 8 p RR 

These stamps were printed in rows that are tete-beche (if we look at two stamps one above another, one is inverted as in the picture of the 1 p on 8 p).

Overprinted 'SURCHARGE POSTAGE' and value to be used as postage due stamps:

'1 d.'  on 8 p brown '2 d.' on 8 p brown
(Reduced sizes)

  '1 d.' on 6 p lilac
  '1 d.' on 8 p brown
  '2 d.' on 6 p lilac
  '2 d.' on 8 p brown

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 on 6 pRR*** 
1 p on 8 pRR*** 
2 p on 6 pRR*** 
2 p on 8 pRRRR 

Forgeries, examples (note '2 1/2 PENNY' instead of '2 1/2 PENCE'!):

Forgery!


(Reduced sizes)

Fiscal stamps in the same design exist with inscription 'GRENADA REVENUE' (1884):

The following values exist: 1 p lilac and red, 2 p lilac and blue, 3 p lilac and green, 4 p lilac and black, 6 p lilac, 9 p lilac and brown, 1 Sh green and red, 2 Sh green and blue, 5 Sh green and black, 10 Sh green and brown and 1 Pound green and orange. Half of these stamps were printed upside down, so tete-beche stamps and stamps with inverted watermark (CA crown) can be found.

 

1887 Queen Victoria 'GRENADA POSTAGE & REVENUE'

  1 p red

These stamps have watermark 'CA Crown' and perforation 14. As in the previous issue, this stamp was printed in rows that are tete-beche.

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** 

 

1895 Queen Victoria, inscription 'POSTAGE REVENUE'

1 p lilac and red 2 1/2 p lilac and blue


(Reduced size)

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

For the specialist: this issue has the 'Crown CA' watermark and perforation 14:

Crown CA watermark

 

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****** 
8 pRR 
1 ShRR 

 

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