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Until 1859 Queensland was a part of New South Wales. It was then named 'Moreton Bay District'. Stamps of New South Wales with cancels of this period are rare, example:


(A '87' barred numeral and a '87' rays cancel, used in Queensland in the Moreton Bay region)


1860 Queen Victoria, imperforated, so-called 'Chalon head' (after the designer)

2 p blue 6 p green

  1 p red
  2 p blue
  6 p green

These stamps have watermark: 'Large star' (16 mm diameter).

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 pRRRR 
2 pRRRRRR 
6 pRRRRR 

 

1860 Queen Victoria, perforated

1 p red 1 p orange 2 p blue 2 p blue "Q L" cancel 3 p brown 6 p green 1 Sh violet 5 Sh red

  1 p red
  1 p orange
  2 p blue
  3 p brown
  4 p lilac
  4 p yellow
  6 p green
  1 Sh violet
  1 Sh grey
  1 Sh brown
  2 Sh blue
  2 Sh 6 p red
  5 Sh red
  5 Sh yellow
  10 Sh brown
  20 Sh red

These stamps exist with two kinds of watermark: 'Large star' (16 mm diameter) and 'Small star' (13 mm diameter). The 'Small star' watermark even exists in two subtypes (normal and truncated star). In 1862 they were pritned locally with no watermark and in 1866 with watermark 'QUEENSLAND POSTAGE STAMPS' (sheet watermark). In 1868 with watermark 'Star QUEENSLAND' (sheet watermark). In 1868 the watermark was changed again to 'Q Crown'. They were printed with various perforations. The higher values were mainly used fiscally (and worth much less when used in this way).

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 'Large Star' (1860)
1 p redRRRRR 
2 pRR*** 
6 pRR*** 

Watermark 'Small Star' (1861)

1 p red****** 
1 p orangeR***Locally printed
2 pR*** 
3 p****** 
6 pR*** 
1 Sh violetRRRExists imperforate
No watermark (1862)
1 p orangeR*** 
1 p redRRR 
2 pR*** 
3 pR*** 
4 p lilac******Lithographed? Value inscription in 3 types
6 pR***Re-issued in 1879 in different shade
1 Sh greyR*** 
1 Sh violetRRIssued 1879, backside with lilac lines
perfortion 12
5 Sh redRRRLithographed? Value inscription in 3 types
Fiscally used: ***
Watermark 'QUEENSLAND POSTAGE STAMPS' (1866)
1 p orangeRR*** 
2 p***** 
Watermark 'Star QUEENSLAND' (1868)
1 p orangeR**Perforation 12 or 13
Exists imperforate
2 p****Perforation 12, 13 or 13x12
3 pR**Perforation 12 or 13
6 pRR***Perforation 12 or 13
1 Sh brownRRRPerforation 13
1 Sh violetRR***Perforation 12 or 13
Watermark 'Q Crown', perforated 12 or 13 (1868)
1 p orangeR**Shades of colour
2 p**** 
3 p****** 
4 p yellowRR***Lithographed? Value inscription in 3 types
Shades of colour
6 pR**Shades of colour
1 Sh violet******Fiscally used: *
2 Sh******1881, perforation 12
2 Sh 6 pR***1881, perforation 12
5 Sh yellow******1881, perforation 12
10 ShRRR1881, perforation 12
20 ShRRR1881, perforation 12

Reprints of some of these stamps exist (made in 1895).

Forgeries of these stamps, examples:

Forgery! Forgery!

Forgeries! Forgery!

Some values exist with cutting off the perforation, pretending to be a imperforate stamp of the previous issue.

 

1879 Queen Victoria, facing the left, no ornaments in the corners

1 p orange 1 p red 2 p blue 4 p yellow 6 p green 1 Sh lilac

  1 p orange
  1 p red
  2 p blue
  4 p yellow
  6 p green
  1 Sh lilac

Surcharged

  'Halfpenny' on 1 p orange

These stamps have watermark 'Q Crown' and perforation 12. Several misprints seem to exist: 'QOEENSLAND' (in the 1 p red stamp and the surcharged stamp) and the letters 'TW' of the word 'TWO' joined (2 p).


('QOEENSLAND' misprint)

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 p red** 
1 p orange****Exists with blue lines printed on the backside: R
2 p****Exists with blue lines printed on the backside: R
4 p**** 
6 p**** 
1 Sh***** 
Surcharged
1/2 p on 1 pR*** 

 

1882 Queen Victoria on a shaded background, ornaments in the corners

1/2 p green 1 p red 2 p blue 1 Sh lilac 2 Sh brown

  1/2 p green (lying format)
  1 p red
    (exists with and without point after PENNY)
  2 p blue
  2 1/2 p red (slightly different frame)
  3 p brown
  4 p yellow
  6 p green
  1 Sh lilac
  2 Sh brown

These stamps have watermark 'Q Crown' and were issued with various perforations. The values 1 p, 2 p and 1 Sh were also issued on paper with a larger 'Q Crown' watermark in 1895. Finallly the 1 p exists without watermark, but with blue lines on the backside (issued 1895).

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 p*c 
1 p *c 
2 p*c 
2 1/2 p*c 
3 p** 
4 p**c 
6 p*c 
1 Sh*c 
2 Sh******Fiscally used: *

 

1882 Queen Victoria, larger design, perforated

2 Sh blue 2 Sh 6 p orange 5 Sh red 10 Sh brown 1 Pound green

  2 Sh blue
  2 Sh 6 p red
  5 Sh red
  10 Sh brown
  £ 1 green

The stamps were first issued on paper with watermark 'Q Crown', this watermark exists in two types: small or large. In 1907 they were also issued on paper with watermark 'A 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
Watermark 'Q Crown'
2 Sh****** 
2 Sh 6 p****** 
5 Sh****** 
10 Sh******* 
1 Pound****** 
With watermark 'A Crown'
2 Sh**** 
2 Sh 6 p****** 
5 Sh****** 
10 Sh****** 
1 PoundRR 
 
These stamps fiscally used: -* 

 

1895 Queen Victoria on a white background, ornaments in the corners

"QL" typical cancellation

  1/2 p green (lying format)
  1 p red
  2 p blue
  2 1/2 p red
  5 p brown

These stamps have watermark 'Q Crown'. The 1/2 p also exists with no watermark, but with blue lines on the backside.

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 pccWith watermark 'Small Q Crown': c
With watermark 'Large Q Crown': c
No watermark, blue lines on backside: c
1 p *c 
2 p*vc 
2 1/2 p** 
5 p** 

 

1896 Queen Victoria on a white background, value in lower corners

1 p red "Value in lower corners"

  1 p red

This stamp has watermark 'Q Crown' and perforation 13.

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 pcc 

In 1902 a small number of 6 p green stamps in the same design were (accidently?) given to the public. Example of such a used stamp:

 

1898 Queen Victoria on a white background, value in four corners

2 p blue 2 Sh green

  1/2 p green (lying format)
  1 p red
  2 p blue
  2 1/2 p red
  2 1/2 p lilac on blue
  3 p brown
  4 p yellow
  4 p black
  5 p brown
  6 p green
  1 Sh lilac
  2 Sh green

These stamps were first issued with watermark 'Q Crown'. In 1907 they were issued on paper with watermark 'A Crown'. I've seen a newspaper wrapper in the same design (value 1 p 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
Watermark 'Q Crown'
1/2 pcc 
1 p cvc 
2 pccExists with retouched plate: crown and hair different
2 1/2 p red** 
2 1/2 p lilac on blue *c 
3 p*c 
4 p yellow *c 
5 p*c 
6 p*c 
1 Sh** 
2 Sh**** 
Watermark 'A Crown'
1 pcvc 
2 pcvcRetouched plate
3 p*c 
4 p yellow*** 
4 p black*cIssued 1909
5 p** 
6 p** 
1 Sh*** 
2 Sh**** 

 

1900 Queen Victoria, inscription 'ONE HALFPENNY'

  1/2 p green

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 pccWatermark 'Q Crown'
1/2 pccWatermark 'A Crown'

Cut from an envelope

The 'imperforated' stamps are envelopes

1900 Queen Victoria and Boer war, inscription 'PATRIOTIC FUND 1900'

  1 p lilac
  2 p violet

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 p****** 
2 p ****** 

 

1903 Inscription 'COMMONWEALTH'

  9 p brown and blue

This stamp was first issued with watermark 'Crown V', in 1907 it was also issued on paer with watemark 'Crown A'. It has perforation 12 1/2 or 11. Two types exist, differing in the size of the inscription 'QUEENSLAND': 1 mm high or 1 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
9 p**Both watermarks


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