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MAURITIUS 1896-1920 and miscellaneous

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1896 Arms of Mauritius (key to the left)

2 c lilac and violet 5 c lilac and black on yellow, fiscal cancel

  1 c lilac and blue
  1 c grey and black (1900)
  2 c lilac and orange
  2 c lilac and violet(1900)
  3 c lilac 
  3 c green and red on yellow (1902)
  4 c lilac and green
  4 c lilac and red on yellow (1900)
  4 c green and violet (1902)
  4 c black and red on blue (1904)
  5 c lilac on yellow (1902)
  5 c lilac and black on yellow (1902)
  6 c green and red (1899)
  6 c lilac and red on red (1902)
  8 c green and black on green (1902)
  12 c grey and red
  15 c green and orange (1899)
  15 c black and blue on blue (1904)
  18 c green and blue
  25 c green and red on green (1902)
  50 c light and dark green on yellow (1902)


Larger size (1902)

  1 R grey and red
  2 R 50 c green and black on blue
  5 R brown and red on red
  50 R green and lilac

Surcharged 
  '6 CENTS' (red) on 18 c green and blue (1899)
  '12 CENTS' on 18 c green and blue (1901)

Overprinted 'Postage & Revenue' (1902)

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  4 c lilac and red on yellow
  6 c green and red
  15 c green and orange

Large size overprinted 'FOREIGN EXPRESS DELIVERY'


(Reduced size)

  18 c green

Large size overprinted 'EXPRESS DELIVERY INLAND'


(Reduced size)

  '15 c.' (red) on green

All these stamps are perforated 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 'CA Crown'
1 c lilac and blue *c 
1 c grey and black** 
2 c lilac and orange *c 
2 c lilac and violet*c 
3 c lilac** 
3 c green and red on yellow *** 
4 c lilac and green** 
4 c lilac and red on yellow *c 
4 c green and violet** 
4 c black and red on blue*** 
5 c lilac on yellow****** 
5 c lilac and black on yellow *** 
6 c green and red*** 
6 c lilac and red on red*** 
8 c**** 
12 c**** 
15 c green and orange****** 
15 c black and blue on blue**** 
18 c ***** 
25 c****** 
50 c****** 
Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown'
1 c grey and black ** 
2 c lilac and violet*vc 
3 c green and red on yellow****** 
4 c black and red on blue*vc 
6 c lilac and red on red*c 
15 c black and blue on blue**** 
50 c****** 
Large size
1 RRRWatermark 'CC Crown'
1 R******Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown'
2 R 50RRWatermark 'CA Crown' (lying)
5 RRRRRWatermark 'CA Crown' (lying)
50 RRRRRRRWatermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown)
Surcharged
6 c on 18 c**** 
12 c on 18 c****** 
Overprinted 'Postage & Revenue'
4 c** 
6 c**** 
15 c**** 
Foreign Express Delivery
18 c**** 

Foreign Express Delivery Inland

15 c****** 

 

1897 Silver Jubilee of queen Victoria, inscription 'STELLA CLAVISQUE MARIS INDICI'

  36 c orange and blue

Surcharged 


(reduced size)

  '15 CENTS' (blue) and bar on 36 c orange and blue (1899)
  '12 CENTS' and bar on 36 c orange and blue (1902)

For the specialist: These stamps have the watermark 'CA crown' and were perforated 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
36 c****** 

Surcharged

12 c on 36 c**** 
15 c on 36 c***** 

 

1899 Head of de la Bourdonnais

  15 c blue

Surcharged and overprinted 'EXPRESS DELIVERY' in red

  
  
  '15 c.' on 15 c blue (1903)
  '15 c.' on 15 c blue (1904, with 'INLAND' added)

For the specialist: This stamp was issued with watermark 'CC crown' and was perforated 14. The 'Express Delivery Inland' exists in two types: Type I with 'Express' printed on the 'Express Delivery' stamps and type II with 'Express Delivery Inland' printed in a single overprint (in this type, the distance between 'Express' and 'Delivery' is 2 mm, see image above for examples).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
15 c**** 
'Express Delivery'
15 c on 15 c****** 

'Express Delivery Inland'

15 c on 15 c******Type I: R

 

1909 New arms type, key to the right, inscription 'postage revenue' at the sides

1 c black

  1 c black
  2 c brown
  2 c lilac on yellow (1925)
  3 c green
  4 c olive and red
  4 c green (1921)
  4 c brown (1925)
  6 c red
  6 c violet (1921)
  8 c orange
  10 c grey (1921)
  10 c red (1925)
  12 c red (1921)
  12 c grey (1925)
  15 c blue
  20 c blue (1921)
  20 c lilac (1925)

Surcharged 

  '3 Cents' on 4 c green (1925)
  '10 Cents' on 12 c red (1925)
  '15 Cents' on 20 c blue (1925)

For the specialist: These stamps were first issued with watermark 'Multiple CA crown' in 1909 and later watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1921). All stamps are perforated 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 ccvc 
2 c browncvc 
3 c*c 
4 c olive and red *vc 
6 c red*c 
8 c ** 
15 c**c 

Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown'

1 c*vc 
2 c brown*vc 
2 c brown on yellow *c 
3 c** 
4 c green *c 
4 c olive and red*c 
4 c brown*c 
6 c red** 
6 c violet*vc 
8 c****** 
10 c grey*** 
10 c red****** 
12 c red**** 
12 c grey*** 
15 c*cShades of colour
20 c blue*** 
20 c lilac** 

Surcharged (Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown')

3 c on 4 c****** 
10 c on 12 c red** 
15 c on 20 c blue** 

 

1909 King Edward

With fiscal cancel

  5 c grey and red
  12 c grey
  25 c black and red on red
  50 c lilac and black
  1 R black on green
  2.50 R black and red on blue
  5 R green and red on yellow
  10 R green and red on green

These stamps were first issued with watermark 'Multpiple CA crown'. All stamps are perforated 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
5 c*c 
12 c ** 
25 c*** 
50 cRRRR 
1 R****** 
2 R 50RR 
5 RRRRR 
10 RRRRR 

 

1912 King George V

50 c lilac and black 1 R black on green 5 R green and red on yellow

  1 c black
  2 c brown
  3 c green
  4 c olive and red 
  5 c grey and red
  6 c brown
  8 c orange
  10 c red
  12 c grey
  12 c red
  15 c blue
  20 c lilac
  25 c black and red on red
  50 c lilac and black
  1 R black on green
  2.50 R black and red on blue
  5 R green and red on yellow
  10 R green and red on green

I have seen a postcard of 5 c green in the same design. These stamps were first issued with watermark 'Multiple CA crown' in 1912 and later watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1921). All stamps are perforated 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'
5 c*c 
12 c grey*** 
25 c ***Exists with white paper at the backside: ***
50 cRRRR 
1 R***** 
2 R 50RR 
5 RRRRR 
10 RRRRR 

Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown'

1 ccc 
2 cvcvc 
3 cvcvc 
4 ccc 
5 c*c 
6 c** 
8 c****** 
10 c*c 
12 c grey** 
12 c red**** 
15 c*c 
20 c** 
25 c*c 
50 c***** 
1 R***** 
2 R 50****** 
5 RRR 
10 RRRRR 


Fiscal stamps

Examples:

1891 Inscription 'INLAND REVENUE'

4 c lilac, inland revenue

A 4 c lilac and a 4 c green were issued. They have watermark 'CA crown'.


(Reduced size)

First, Second and Third of Exchange:


(Reduced sizes)

1889 Postage stamps, overprinted 'INLAND REVENUE':


(Reduced size)

Another stamp exist with the overprint vertical on both sides.


Postal Stationary

Envelopes were issued from 1862 onwards. Most of them with Queen Victoria. In 1891 an envelope was issued with the text 'GENERAL POST OFFICE MAURITIUS' and a crown in the center. Examples:


(With overprint 'CANCELLED')


Forgery, possibly made by Fohl with overprint 'Falsch' (=forged in German), reduced size

Postcards:

1879 Head of Queen Victoria

  2 c brown
  6 c green
  6 c violet (1883)
  8 c blue

Surcharged

  'TWO CENTS' (red) on 8 c blue
  '2 CENTS' on 6 c green
  '4 CENTS' on 8 c blue

In the 1896 arms design are at least issued a postcard of 6 c lilac and the surcharge below:


'3' and bars (red) on 4 'Cents' on ? green


Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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