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'RHODESIA 1890-1895

(British South Africa Company)

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1890 Arms of Rhodesia, inscription: 'BRITISH SOUTH AFRICA COMPANY'

1 p black 2 p green and red 4 p brown and black 6 p blue 1 Sh brown 1 Sh brown, with cancel

  1/2 p blue and red
  1 p black
  2 p green and red
  3 p black and green
  4 p brown and black
  6 p blue
  8 p red and blue
  1 Sh brown
  2 Sh red
  2 Sh 6 p lilac
  3 Sh brown and green
  4 Sh grey and red
  5 Sh yellow
  10 Sh green

Larger size


(Reduced size)

2 Pounds red, with company-perforation Certified genuine

  1 Pound blue
  2 Pounds red
  5 Pounds green
  10 Pounds brown

Surcharged

'One Penny' on 3 p 'One Penny' on 4 Sh grey and red

  '1/2 d.' on 6 p blue
  '2 d.' on 6 p blue
  '4 d.' on 6 p blue
  '8 d.' on 1 Sh brown
  'One Penny' on 3 p grey and green
  'One Penny' on 4 Sh grey and red
  'THREE PENCE' on 5 Sh yellow

Most of these stamps are perforated 14. The 2 p and 4 p also exist with perforation 12 1/2. The 2 Pounds value was issued with perforation 15 and slightly different colour shades in 1897. The higher values (1 Pound above) were mainly used for fiscal purposes. Often the fiscal cancel was removed from these stamps and they are offered as unused (or even with forged cancel, see picture below). Fiscally used stamps are worth much less than postally used ones.

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** 
2 p**Two types with different designs, colours and perforations
3 p** 
4 p** Two types with different designs, colours and perforations
6 p** 
8 p** 
1 Sh***** 
2 Sh****** 
2 Sh 6 p****** 
3 Sh****** 
4 Sh****** 
5 Sh****** 
10 ShR*** 
1 PoundRR 
2 PoundsRR 
5 PoundsRRRR 
10 PoundsRRRR 
Surcharged
1/2 p on 6 p****** 
2 p on 6 pRR 
4 p on 6 pRR 
8 p on 1 ShRR 
One penny on 3 pRRRRRR 
One penny on 4 Sh RRRR 
Three pence on 5 Sh RRExists with 'R' inverted: RRR

Higher values exist, but are fiscal values: 50 Pounds on 2 Pounds red, 100 Pounds on 5 Pounds green and 200 Pounds on 10 Pounds brown (only one copy known to exist!).

Forgeries:

Examples:


(Forgeries!)

The overprints are completely different from the genuine overprints in the above forgeries. Note that the stamps themselves are forged also (see the 'S' of 'SIX', the 'C' of 'PENCE' and the strange perforation).

I have seen Panelli forgeries of the 3 Sh and the 10 Pounds values (other values might also have been forged).

A forged cancel (probably the fiscal cancel was removed):


(forged cancel)

The large amount of remainders of this issue were cancelled to order (after 1917 with backdated cancels).

These stamps with overprint 'B.C.A.' were used in Nyasaland (British Central Africa).

 

1897 Arms, value in 4 corners

1/2 p grey and lilac 6 p lilac and red 8 p green and violet on lilac 4 Sh red and blue on green 5 Sh red and green 10 Sh grey and red on red 1 Pound black and brown on green

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


(The two types)

For the specialist: two types of these stamps exist: In type 1 the ribbon with text goes behind the outer legs of the two animals and there are dots in the corners (behind the values). In type 2 the ribbon stays in between the legs and there are rays. The values 1 Sh, 2 Sh, 2 Sh 6 p, 3 Sh, 4 Sh and 10 Sh only exist in type 1, the value 1 Pound only exists in type 2. The other values exist in both types. Fiscally used stamps are worth much less than postally used ones (c to *).

Value of the stamps

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

Type 1

1/2 p** 
1 pcc 
2 p** 
3 p*c 
4 p*c 
6 p*c 
8 p** 
1 Sh** 
2 Sh** 
2 Sh 6 p**** 
3 Sh**** 
4 Sh***** 
5 Sh***** 
10 Sh****** 
Type II
1/2 p** 
1 p** 
2 pcc 
3 p*c 
4 p*c 
6 p*c 
8 p** 
1 PoundR*** 

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