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Postage due stamps

1924 Inscription 'HONGKON POSTAGE DUE', balance with letter

  1 c brown
  2 c green
  4 c red
  6 c orange
  10 c blue

For the specialist: these stamps are perforated 14 and have watermark 'Multiple Script 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 ccc 
2 ccc 
4 c** 
6 c** 
10 c** 


Stamps of Hong Kong used in China

Before the introduction of these stamps, the stamps of Hong Kong without any overprint were in use in the following towns: Amoy, Canton, Chefoo, Foochow, Hankow, Shanghai, Tientsin, Swatow and Weihaiwei. The stamps thus used can be recognized by their cancels only. The following numeral cancels were also used in China on these stamps: Amoy: 'A1' or 'D27', Canton: 'C1', Kiung Chow (and Hoihow?): 'D28', Hankow: 'D29', Foochow: 'F1', Shanghai: 'S1', Swatow: 'S2' and Chefoo? (=Yontai): 'Y1'. Towncancels were also used. For more examples click here.

1917 King George stamps of Hong Kong

2 $ brown and red

  1 c brown
  2 c green
  4 c red
  6 c orange
  8 c grey
  10 c blue
  12 c lilac on yellow
  20 c green and lilac
  25 c violet and lilac
  30 c orange and lilac
  50 c black on green
  1 $ blue and lilac on blue
  2 $ brown and red
  3 $ lilac and green
  5 $ red and green on green
  10 $ black and lilac on red

The overprint exists on stamps with watermark 'CA Multiple Crown', later with 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1921).

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 Multiple Crown'
1 ccc 
2 c cc 
4 ccvc 
6 c cc 
8 c *c 
10 c*vc 
12 c** 
20 c*c 
25 c *** 
30 c** 
50 c *** 
1 $**** 
2 $****** 
3 $****** 
5 $****** 
10 $RR 

With Watermark 'CA Script Multiple Crown'

1 cvcc 
2 c cc 
4 ccc 
6 c cc 
8 c cc 
10 ccc 
20 c** 
25 c** 
50 c** 
1 $**** 
2 $****** 

Postcards with the same overprint, example:


(reduced size)

The following values with the image of King George V exist 1 c brown (1916), 1 1/2 c orange (1918), 4 c red (1916), '1 1/2 c.' on 1 c brown (1918) and 6 c on 4 c red (1918).

A newspaper wrapper in the value 2 c green and overprinted 'CHINA' with King George V was issued in 1916.


Fiscal stamps

STAMP DUTY

1867 Queen Victoria, inscription 'STAMP DUTY'

$2 1874 issue

  3 c orange
  3 c lilac (1885)
  20 c lilac (1885)
  25 c green
  25 c lilac (1885)
  30 c brown
  30 c lilac (1885)
  50 c lilac (shades)
  1 $blue
  1 $  lilac (1885)
  1.50 $ brown
  1.50 $ green (1885)
  2 $ green (shades)
  3 $ violet (shades)
  10 $ red
  10 $ green (1885)

Surcharged

  '12 CENTS' on $10 red (1881)
  5 $ on 10 $ lilac on red (1892)
  1 $ on 2 $ green (with vertical and diagonal chinese overprint)
  1 $ on 2 $ green (with vertical chinese overprint only)
  1 $ on 2 $ green (with no chinese overprint)

Forgeries seem to exist (to cheat the authorities, they have perforation 10 1/2 instead of 15 1/2 x 15 or 14). I have never seen them.

The values 2 $ green, 3 $ lilac and 10 $ red were allowed for postal usage. The surcharged stamps 5 $ on 10 $ lilac on red and 1 $ on 2 $ green (with or without chinese overprint) could also be used for this purpose. Other values can be found with postal cancels, but are either forgeries or unauthorised usage of fiscal stamps.

3 $ violet, used in Shanghai
(Postally used? fiscal stamp of $3, reduced size)

P.S. The cancel 'HONG KONG PAID ALL' is a fiscal cancel and not a postal one:


(Fiscal cancel 'HONG KONG PAID ALL)

This cancel in red was used on envelopes only (not on stamps) on mail from the USA from 1868 to 1877.

Even forgeries seem to exist of these stamps, example:


(3 Dollars forgery, note the strange face of the Queen)

 

1873 Queen Victoria, smaller size, inscription 'STAMP DUTY'

(Sorry, no picture available yet, if anybody has a picture of this stamp, please contact me!)

  2 c grey to lilac

 

Postage stamps with overprint 'S.O. + chinese characters ' (Stamp Office: 2 c red or 10 c lilac on red) or 'S.D. + chinese characters' (Stamp Duty; 2 c red) are fiscal stamps issued in 1891. They are rare and forged overprints exist. Examples:


Probably genuine overprints

 

1885 Value in an ellipse, inscription 'STAMP DUTY'


(5 c green, smaller size, 1908)

  1 c lilac
  5 c lilac
  5 c green (smaller size, 1908)
  10 c lilac
  10 c lilac (smaller size, 1917)
  15 c green (smaller size, 1917)

 

1903 King Edward VII, inscription 'STAMP DUTY'


(Reduced size)

In this design the following values exist: 1 c green and lilac, 2 c brown and black, 3 c lilac and green, 5 c blue and black, 10 c brown and grey, 15 c green and lilac, 20 c brown and lilac, 25 c green (two shades), 30 c blue and lilac, 40c green and orange, 50 c yellow and green, 75 c brown and green, 1 $ red and black, 1.50 $ green (two shades), 2 $ lilac and black, 3 $ green, $ 4 blue and black, 5 $ brown and lilac, 6 $ blue and green, 10 $ red and lilac, 20 $ black and lilac, 25 $ lilac and black, 40 $ orange and green, 50 $ brown and black on yellow, 100 $ red and black on red and 200 $ blue and black on blue. Some provisional overprints 'FIVE' on 10 c and 'FIVE CENTS' on 10 c seem to exist (I have never seen them).

Many of these stamps exist with overprint 'B OF E' (Bill of Exchange), they were issued in 1907.

A postage stamp with King Edward VIII in the value 12 c also exist with overprint '10 CENTS Stamp Duty' (sorry, no picture available yet, if anybody posesses a picture of this stamp, please contact me).

 

1912 King George V, inscription 'STAMP DUTY'

In this design the following values exist: 2 c brown and black, 3 c lilac and green, 5 c blue and black, 10 c green and grey, 15 c green and lilac, 20 c brown and lilac, 25 c green (two shades), 30 c blue and lilac, 40 c green and orange, 50 c yellow and green, 75 c brown and green, 1 $ red and black, 1.50 $ green (two shades), 2 $ lilac and black, 3 $ green, $ 4 blue and black, 5 $ brown and lilac, 6 $ blue and green, 10 $ red and lilac, 20 $ black and lilac, 25 $ lilac and black, 40 $ orange and green, 50 $ orange and black on yellow, 100 $ lilac on red and 200 $ blue and black on blue.

Many of these stamps exist with overprint 'B OF E' (Bill of Exchange), they were issued in 1912, example:

LATER ISSUES:


(Reduced sizes)


Postcards

Example:

 

Three special 'Postcard Stamps' were issued in 1879; '3 CENTS.' on 16 c yellow, 'THREE' on '5 CENTS.' on 18 c lilac and '5 CENTS.' on 18 c lilac. Example:


('THREE CENTS' on '5 CENTS.' on 18 c pasted on a postcard)

The first postcards were issued in 1880, they have the same design as the postage stamps (Queen Victoria). The following values exist: 1 c green (1880) 3 c brown (1880), 4 c grey (1896), 'ONE CENT' on 3 c brown (1881), 'ONE CENT' on 4 c grey (1881).

Some Reply Cards were issued in 1892 in the values: 1 c green, 3 c brown, 4 c red (1902), 4 c on 3 c brown (surcharge in red: 1895 and surcharge in black: 1900).

Envelopes with Queen Victoria exist in the values: 1 c yellow, 2 c green, 4 c red, 5 c lilac and 10 c blue.

A wrapper for newspapers was issued in 1900 with the image of Queen Victoria in the value 2 c green.

Postcards with the design of King Edward VII exist in the values 1 c green, 1 c brown (1909) and 4 c red. They were issued from 1903 onwards.

Envelopes with King Edward VII are known in the values: 1 c brown, 2 c green, 4 c red, 5 c lilac and 10 c blue (issued in 1902).

Newspaper wrappers with King Edward VII exist in the values 2 c green and 4 c red (both issued in 1903).

Postcards with the design of King George V exist in the values 1 c brown, 1 1/2 c orange (1918), 2 c green, 2 c grey and 4 c red (issued from 1912 onwards).

Envelopes with King George V were issued in 1912 in the values 4 c red.

A newspaper wrapper in the value 2 c green with King George V was issued in 1912.


Officially Sealed Labels

1900 Inscription 'GENERAL POST OFFICE HONG KONG OFFICIALLY SEALED'


Image obtained from http://www.poseal.com/hongkong01.html

  (-) brown and blue wavy background

This label has perforation 12.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
(-)RRRR 

 

1915 As 1900 issue, but new types, imperforate


Images obtained from http://www.poseal.com/hongkong01.html

  (-) blue (with ornamental border)
  (-) brown (with ornamental border)
  (-) blue (with dotted border, 1925)

Specialists distinguish two types of the blue stamps with ornamental border: among the differences, with or without dot behind the word 'SEALED'. Check the above mentioned website for more details.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
(-) blueRRRRWith ornamental border
(-) brownRR 
(-) blue******With dotted border

In 1936 still another type was issued, with straight inscriptions.


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