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QUEENSLAND (Australia) 1860 Issue

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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 Certified genuine 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 p RR RR  
2 p RRR RRR  
6 p RRR RR  

For forgeries of these stamps, see after the 1860 issue.

 

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 With Holcombe certificate 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).


'Q Crown' watermark seen from the backside of a 2 Sh stamp

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
Watermark 'Large Star' (1860)
1 p red RRR RR  
2 p RR ***  
6 p RR ***  

Watermark 'Small Star' (1861)

1 p red *** ***  
1 p orange R *** Locally printed
2 p R ***  
3 p *** ***  
6 p R ***  
1 Sh violet RR R Exists imperforate
No watermark (1862)
1 p orange R ***  
1 p red RR R  
2 p R ***  
3 p R ***  
4 p lilac *** *** Lithographed? Value inscription in 3 types
6 p R *** Re-issued in 1879 in different shade
1 Sh grey R ***  
1 Sh violet R R Issued 1879, backside with lilac lines
perfortion 12
5 Sh red RR R Lithographed? Value inscription in 3 types
Fiscally used: ***
Watermark 'QUEENSLAND POSTAGE STAMPS' (1866)
1 p orange RR ***  
2 p *** **  
Watermark 'Star QUEENSLAND' (1868)
1 p orange R ** Perforation 12 or 13
Exists imperforate
2 p *** * Perforation 12, 13 or 13x12
3 p R ** Perforation 12 or 13
6 p RR *** Perforation 12 or 13
1 Sh brown RR R Perforation 13
1 Sh violet RR *** Perforation 12 or 13
Watermark 'Q Crown', perforated 12 or 13 (1868)
1 p orange R ** Shades of colour
2 p *** *  
3 p *** ***  
4 p yellow RR *** Lithographed? Value inscription in 3 types
Shades of colour
6 p R ** Shades of colour
1 Sh violet *** *** Fiscally used: *
2 Sh *** *** 1881, perforation 12
2 Sh 6 p R *** 1881, perforation 12
5 Sh yellow *** *** 1881, perforation 12
10 Sh RR R 1881, perforation 12
20 Sh RR R 1881, perforation 12

Reprints of some of these stamps exist (made in 1895). I have no further information.

Cancels:


Typical 'QL' cancel


Cut from a postcard of 1880 in a similar, but elliptic design.

Forgeries of these stamps, examples:


This lithographed forgery of the 1 p has blotches on the "O" of "ONE" and "Y" of "PENNY"

Forgery!


Other forgeries, possibly made by the same forger (Spiro?)


Two forgeries with a very peculiar cancel. Next to it similar forgeries, from Bahamas, Grenada and Natal.

Forgery! Forgeries!
Some very primitive forgeries.

Forgery!
Most likely some kind of cut from a souvenir postcard?


Forgery of the 1p and 1 Sh stamp with 'ONE' touching the elliptic frameline below it.


A set of very badly done forgeries.


Another forgery of the 2 p value.


Very dubious 5 Sh stamp

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

 

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