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Before the introduction of special stamps for Nevis, the stamps of Great Britain with cancel 'A09' were used (sorry, no picture available yet).

From 1891 till 1903 Nevis used the stamps of the Leewart islands.

Together with St Kitts it reissued stamps from 1903 on.

1861 Arms of the colony; three women at a medicinal spring, various frames, perforated

  1 p red
  4 p red
  4 p orange
  6 p grey
  1 Sh green

For the specialist: these stamps are unwatermarked. There are 12 different types of each stamp (they were issued in twelve stamps in each sheet). In 1861 the values 1 p, 4 p red, 6 p and 1 Sh were engraved on bluish or yellowish paper, perforated 13. The values 1 p, 4 p orange and 1 Sh were issued engraved on white paper in 1867, perforated 13. In 1876 the values 1 p, 4 p orange, 6 p and 1 Sh were issued lithographed with perforation 15 (also 11 1/2 for the 1 p).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks

Engraved, cheapest type

1 pRRR 
4 pRRRR 
6 pRRRR 
1 ShRRRRR 

Lithographed

1 pRRRperforated 15
1 pRRRRperforated 11 1/2
4 pRRRRR 
6 pRRRRRR 
1 SRRRRR 

Cancels:

Typical cancellation:

Typical cancellation 6 p grey

Forgeries:


(1 p wrong colour; black on lilac, reduced size)


(Oneglia forgeries, reduced sizes)


(Oneglia forgeries)

I've been told that the above forgeries are made by Oneglia, I have no further information right now.

Other primitive forgeries:

Forgeries?

Note that the 1 Sh is in the design of the 1 p! The genuine stamps are quite different with the central design in an ellipse!

Fiscal stamps:

These stamps overprinted 'Revenue' are fiscal stamps, The 1 p, 4 p orange, 6 p grey and 1 Sh green exist overprinted like this, example:

Handstamped overprint
(overprint diagonally)


(overprint horizontal)

In 1877 the overprint was done by hand (usually diagonally), from 1878 onwards the overprint is horizontal.

 

1880 Queen Victoria

1 p lilac 2 1/2 p brown 6 p brown 1 Sh lilac

  1/2 p green
  1 p lilac
  1 p red
  2 1/2 p brown
  2 1/2 p blue
  4 p blue
  4 p grey
  6 p green
  6 p brown
  1 Sh lilac
Bisected, overprinted 'NEVIS' and new value

  '1/2 d' (black or violet) on 1 p lilac 

For the specialist: these stamps exist with watermark CC Crown or watermark CA Crown. The perforation is always 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 CC Crown

1 p violetRR 
2 1/2 p brownRRRR 

Watermark CA Crown

1/2 p green***** 
1 p violetRR 
1 p red****** 
2 1/2 p brownRRRR 
2 1/2 p blue****** 
4 p blueRRRR 
4 p grey****** 
6 p greenRRRRRRmainly used for fiscal purposes
6 p brownRRR 
1 Sh violetRRRRR 

Surcharged

1/2 p on half of 1 p RRRRRBoth colours of overprint same value

This stamp also exists bisected without the overprint:

Stamp used fiscally:


(used fiscally)

Revenues
(Reduced sizes)

In 1880 the 1 p lilac stamp was overprinted 'Revenue'. These stamps exist overprinted (1881) with 'REVENUE' to be used as fiscal stamps, known are the values 1 p lilac, 4 p blue, 6 p green and 1 Sh violet.


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