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INDIA 1854-1865, QUEEN VICTORIA

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Currency: 12 Pies = 1 Anna; 16 Annas = 1 Rupie

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The first stamps to be issued in India, were those of Scinde (see there for examples) in 1852.

 

1854 Victoria in a rectangle, Imperforated

1/2 a blue 2 a green 'B 1' cancel


(Reduced size)

  1/2 a blue
  1 a red
  2 a green

1/2 a red


A 1/2 a red was prepared, but never issued.

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 a redRRR-Prepared, but not issued
1/2 a blueRRR 
1 a redRRRR 
2 a greenRRRR 

In the 1/2 a, there should be 9 1/2 triangles at the left and right borders of the stamp, the following stamp is a forgery (it has only 8 triangles). The blue stamp besides it is obviously from the same forger:

Forgery!

Other forgeries:


(Other forgery, reduced size)


(Could this be a product of Spiro?)


(A forgery with a very large 'chin')


(Other forgery)

It seems that the Moens made some unauthorized reprints of the 1/2 a and 2 a stamps in several bogus colours (black on blue, black on red etc.).

Reprints, literature: 'The identification of the Essays, Proofs & Reprints of the 1854 issue of India' by James A. Spence (1975).

 

1854 Victoria in a octagonal, Imperforated

4 a red and blue With cancel

  4 a red and blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
4 aRRRWith full margins: RR
With inverted center: RRR

Forgeries; there are many forgeries, (by the way, I'm not quite sure if the above shown stamps are genuine!), examples of forgeries:


(Reduced size)

Forgery! Forgery with inverted center!

I know that Fournier and Peter Winter (and probably many others) have made forgeries of both the normal and the inverted center stamps.


(Modern Peter Winter forgery, made somewhere in the 1980's)

1855 Queen Victoria, inscription 'EAST INDIA POSTAGE'

1/2 a blue 1 a brown 1 a brown, typical cancel Used in Singapore ('B172' cancel) 8 a red

  1/2 a blue
  1 a brown
  2 a green
  2 a brown to orange
  4 a grey
  4 a green
  8 a 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
On bluish paper, no watermark (1855)
4 a greyRR*** 
8 a RR*** 
On white paper, no watermark (1856)
1/2 aR** 
1 aR*** 
2 a green RRR-Prepared, but not issued
2 a orangeRR***Red: R
4 a black RR*** 
4 a greenRRRRR 
8 aRR*** 
With watermark 'Elephant head' (1865)
1/2 a blue***cSpecialists distinghuish two types
1 a **** 
2 a orangeR* 
4 a greenRRR 
8 a redR***Specialists distinghuish two types

Official stamps, Overprinted 'Service.' (small or large)

1/2 a blue 2 p orange 4 a green
(Small 'Service' overprint)

Large 'Service' overprint
(Large 'Service' overprint)

  1/2 a blue
  1 a brown
  2 a red
  4 a green
  8 a red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
On stamps with no watermark (small 'Service')
1/2 aRRRRR 
1 aRRRRR 
8 a***RR 
On stamps with watermark 'Elephant head' (small 'Service')
1/2 aRRR 
1 aRRR 
2 aRRRR 
4 aRRRR 

On stamps with watermark 'Elephant head' (large 'Service')

1/2 aR** 
1 aR** 
2 a orange **** 
8 a **** 

A forged overprint:


(Forged 'Service' overprint)

Official stamps, overprinted 'On H.M.S.'

1/2 a blue 1 p brown

  1/2 a blue
  1 a brown
  2 a red
  8 a red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
On stamps with watermark 'Elephant head'
1/2 a**** 
1 a**** 
2 a R*** 
8 a****** 

These stamps overprinted with a crown and a value in 'CENTS' were used in Straits Settlements.

 

1860 Queen Victoria, inscription 'EAST INDIA POSTAGE'

  8 p lilac

This stamp has 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
On bluish paper, no watermark
8 pRRRR 
On white paper, no watermark
8 pR*** 
With watermark 'Elephant head'
8 p****** 

Official stamp, overprinted 'Service.'
  8 p lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
8 pRRRRRNo watermark
8 pRRRRWith watermark 'Elephant head'

 

1866 Fiscal Stamp, overprinted 'POSTAGE' in green

  6 a violet

This stamp has the top and bottom cut off, therefore it is always imperforated at the top and bottom. Two types of the overprint exist: type 1 with 3 1/2 mm high overprint and type 2 with 2 1/2 mm high overprint:

Type 1 overprint: 3 1/2 mm high Type 2 overprint, 2 1/2 mm high

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 aRRRRBoth types

Similar stamps were issued as official stamps:


(Reduced size)

The values 1/2 a, 2 a (2 different designs), 4 a and 8 a exist with overprint 'SERVICE POSTAGE' or 'SERVICE TWO ANNAS'. These overprints are very rare:


(Images obtained from a Shreves auction)

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 aRRRR 
2 aRRRRSmaller sized stamp
2 aRRRRRRLarger sized stamp (as 4 a and 8 a)
4 aRRRRRR 
6 aRRRRRR 

 

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