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Montserrat is a small island in the West Indies. Stamps of Great Britain with numeral cancel 'A08' were used in Montserrat before the introduction of its own stamp.

1876 Stamps of Antigua overprinted 'MONTSERRAT'

  1 p red
  6 p green

For the specialist, these stamps exist with watermark 'Crown CC' and 'Crown CA' (1 p only). These stamps exist bisected vertically or diagonally, example:

Bisected 1 p stamps with oveprint '1/2' are bogus issues.

Both values exist with the 'S' of 'MONTSERRAT' inverted (watermark 'CC Crown' only), example:


(Inverted 'S' variety)

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 'CC Crown', perforation 14 (1876)
1 p****** 
6 pRRRR 
Watermark 'CA Crown' (1884)
1 pRRRRPerforation 12
1 p******Perforation 14

 

1880 Queen Victoria

2 1/2 p brown 4 p blue

  1/2 p green
  2 1/2 p brown
  2 1/2 p blue
  4 p blue
  4 p lilac

For the specialist; all these stamps are perforated 14. The stamps 2 1/2 p brown and 4 p blue were first issued in 1880 with watermark 'Crown CC'. The 2 1/2 p brown and 4 p blue also exist with watermark 'Crown CA'. The 1/2 p, 2 1/2 p blue (1885) and 4 p lilac (1885) only exist with watermark 'Crown CA'.

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 'CC Crown'
2 1/2 p brownRRRR 
4 p blueRRRR 
Watermark 'CA Crown'
1/2 p****** 
2 1/2 p brownRRRR 
2 1/2 p blueRR 
4 p blueRRRRR 
4 p lilac****** 

Cancels:

One of the weirdest cancels I have ever seen, a fingerprint:

Forgeries:

Examples:

The above forgeries are quite clumsy. the face has a thick coloured outline. The 6 p green was never issued!

I know that Sperati has made a forgery of the 4 p blue stamp, I have no further information at this moment. For an example of such a forgery, see Richard Frajola's website; http://www.seymourfamily.com/rfrajola/Sperati/speratiindex.htm.

Fiscal stamp in the same design, inscription 'MONTSERRAT REVENUE'

From 1891 to 1902 Montserrat used the stamps of the Leeward Islands. Example:


(A Leeward Islands stamp with a 'A08' numeral cancel of Montserrat)

 

1903 Arms of the colony, woman with cross and harp

1/2 p green 2 p brown and black 3 p lilac and brown 6 p olive and lilac 1 Sh black on green 1 Sh violet and green 2 Sh 6 p black and green

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  1 p red and black
  2 p grey
  2 p brown and black
  2 1/2 p blue and black
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p lilac and brown
  3 p lilac on yellow
  6 p olive and lilac
  6 p lilac
  1 Sh violet and green
  1 Sh black on green
  2 Sh brown and green
  2 Sh blue and lilac on blue
  2 Sh 6 p black and green
  2 Sh 6 p red and black on blue

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
Watermark 'CA Crown' (1903)
1/2 p **Two shades of green on the same stamp
1 p red and black ** 
2 p brown and black ****** 
2 1/2 p blue and black ****** 
3 p lilac and brown****** 
6 p olive and lilac RR 
1 Sh violet and greenRR 
2 Sh brown and green RRRR 
2 Sh 6 p black and green RRRR 
Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (1905)
1/2 p green** 
1 p red and blackRRRR 
1 p red***1908
2 p brown and black****** 
2 p grey ******1908
2 1/2 p blue and black ****** 
2 1/2 p blue******1908
3 p lilac and brown****** 
3 p lilac on yellow******1908
Exist on paper with white backside: R
6 p olive and lilac****** 
6 p lilac******1908
1 Sh violet and green ****** 
1 Sh black on green****** 
2 Sh brown and greenRRRR 
2 Sh blue and lilac on blue RR 
2 Sh 6 p black and green RRRR 
2 Sh 6 p red and black on blue RR 

I have seen two forged so-called Madame Joseph cancels, 'MONTSERRAT A NO 26 1910', in a single circle on the values 6 p lilac and 1 Sh black on green.

 

1903 King Edward

5 Sh green and red on yellow

  5 Sh red and black
  5 Sh green and red on yellow

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
Watermark 'CA Crown' (1903)
5 Sh red and black RRRR 
Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (1905)
5 Sh red and black RRRR 
5 Sh green and red on yellow RRRR 

 

1913 King George, large size

  5 Sh green and red on yellow

This stamp has perforation 14 and watermark 'Multiple 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
5 Sh green and red on yellow RRRR 

 

1916 King George, small size

1 Sh black on green

  1/4 p brown
  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  1 p violet
  1 1/2 p orange
  1 1/2 p red
  1 1/2 p brown
  2 p grey
  2 1/2 p blue
  2 1/2 p orange
  3 p lilac on yellow
  3 p blue
  4 p black and red on yellow
  5 p lilac and green
  6 p lilac
  1 Sh black on green
  2 Sh lilac and blue on blue
  2 Sh 6 p black and red on blue
  3 Sh green and violet
  4 Sh black and red
  5 Sh green and red on yellow

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
Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (1916)
1/2 p ** 
1 p red** 
2 p *** 
2 1/2 p blue**** 
3 p lilac on yellow**** 
4 p******1922?
6 p ****** 
1 Sh****** 
2 Sh****** 
2 Sh 6 pRR 
5 Sh RRRR 
Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1922)
1/4 p** 
1/2 pcc 
1 p violet** 
1 p redcc 
1 1/2 p orange**** 
1 1/2 p red** 
1 1/2 p brown** 
2 p ** 
2 1/2 p blue** 
2 1/2 p orange****** 
3 p lilac on yellow ** 
3 p blue**** 
4 p **** 
5 p RR 
6 p**** 
1 Sh****** 
2 Sh****** 
2 Sh 6 p****** 
3 ShRR 
4 ShRR 
5 ShRR 

Overprinted 'WAR TAX'

  1/2 p (overprint red) green (1917)
  1/2 p green (1917)
  1 1/2 p orange and black (value in black, 1919)

These war tax stamps were to be applied to Great Britain, all British colonise from 9 Mai 1917 and also to the United States from 15 May 1917 onwards. The 1 1/2 p stamp included both postage and the war tax. In the 1 1/2 d the value and the words 'WAR TAX' were applied in one single printing operation (information thanks to Peter Elias).

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'
1/2 p c*Red overprint
1/2 pc*Black overprint
1 1/2 p ** 


Postal Stationery

1879 Postcard, Queen Victoria


(Reduced size)

  1 1/2 p brown

 

1884 Postcards, Queen Victoria, new design

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  1 p red
  1 1/2 p brown

 


Fiscals

1870 Inscription 'Montserrat Inland Revenue':


(Reduced size)


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