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BRITISH GUIANA 1860-1875

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Issues of 1850-1859

1860 Ship in an ellipse, in corners '1860'


(Type I and Type II)

 

2 c orange 4 c blue

  One cent red 
  One cent brown
  One cent black
  Two cents orange
  Four cents blue

VIII c red, type I VIII c red, type II XII c lilac XII c lilac
(Reduced sizes)

8 c red, type II Genuine Type 2

XXIV c green XXIV c green, type 2, cancelled "A03"

  VIII (8) cents red
  XII (12) cents lilac
  XXIV (24) cents green

Two types exists of all these stamps, the difference is only in the lower lettering; type I: with more space between value and 'CENTS', and type II: less space between value and 'CENTS'. These stamps are printed on thick and thin paper and exist with various perforations from 10 to 15.

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 c blackRRRType I
1 c black******Type II
1 c redRRRRRRType I
1 c brownRRRRRType I
2 cRRRType I
2 cR***Type II
4 cRRRRType II
8 cRRRRType I
8 cRRRType II
12 cRRRRRType I
12 cRRRType II
24 cRRRRRType I

Official stamps, overprinted 'OFFICIAL' (1875)

Two cents red 'OFFICIAL' Certified genuine

  One cent black (red overprint)
  One cent black (red overprint and grey bar on 'OFFICIAL', 1878)
  Two cents orange
  VIII c red
  VIII c red (with 2 grey horiz. and 1 vert. bars on 'OFFICIAL', 1878)
  XII c lilac

The grey bar on the 1 c and VIII c was used to change the official stamps back into normal stamps again. This overprint also exist for the VI c blue (vert. and horiz. bar). All stamps are of type I (see above).

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 c blackRR 
1 c black RRRRwith grey bars
2 cRRR 
2 cRRRRwith grey bars
8 cRRRRR 
12 cRRRRRR 

Forgeries, examples:


(A very primitive forgery)

Other forgeries:

Forgery! 'PETIMUSQUE' wrongly spelt with 'R'! Forgery! 'PETIMUSQUE' wrongly spelt with 'R'!

The above forgeris are described in 'The Spud Papers XIV', the easiest way to spot them is the wrongly spelt 'PETIMISQUE', in these forgeries it is spelt 'RETIMISOUE' (with and 'R'). Note that the 'Q' of the genuine stamps is very badly drawn and looks like an 'O'.

I've been told that the next stamp is also a forgery, I have no further information:


(Forgery)

 

1862 'BRITISH GUIANA POSTAGE' in a square, signature in the middle, provisional issue, rouletted

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Misprint with wrong ornament on the left hand side Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Most likely genuine
(The above stamps are genuine stamps)

Image obtained from a Shreves auction

  1 c black on lilac
  2 c black on yellow
  4 c black on blue

There are 3 different borders for the 1 c and 2 c. Another 3 different borders exist for the 4 c. There must be a red signature of the postmaster 'R.M' (R. Mather) on it. Furthermore many forgeries exist (some of them already produced in the 1870's, by the way, I'm not sure if the above stamps are all genuine).

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 c RRRRRR 
2 cRRRRRR 
4 cRRRRRR 

Forgeries, examples:

Forgery! Forgery! Forgery

Forgery!
(Forgery, reduced size)

 

1863 Ship, perforated, in corners '1863'

XXIV c green XXIV c green, type 1 XLVIII c red

  VI (6) c blue
  XXIV (24) cents green
  XLVIII (48) cents red

Oficial stamps, overprinted 'OFFICIAL' (1875)
  XXIV c green

Some of these stamps were surcharged with bars in 1878 (see there). These stamps are perforated 10 to 15.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
6 c RRRR 
24 cRRR 
48 cRRRR 

Official stamp

24 cRRRRR 

Forgeries, examples:

VI c blue, forgery!
(No clouds in the sky!)

Forgery, reduced size
(Reduced sizes)

There should be a dot just above the 'U' and the 'Q' of the word 'PETIMUSQUE', as a part of the corner ornaments. The above forgery doesn't have this. There must also be a dot after 'GUIANA' and 'CENTS'. The 'S' of 'PETMISQUE' is below the 'I' of 'GUIANA' in the genuine stamps. In the above forgeries it is not. The bottom inscription of the 24 c is '24 CENTS' instead of 'XXIV CENTS'.


Mystery stamp, imperforate VI c in red?

Issues of 1876-1920


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