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RHODESIA 1896-1920

(British South Africa Company)

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1896 Stamps of Cape of Good Hope surcharged: 'BRITISH SOUTH AFRICA COMPANY'

1/2 p black 1 p red 2 p brown


(Reduced size)

  1/2 p black
  1 p red (other type)
  2 p brown
  3 p red
  4 p blue
  6 p lilac
  1 Sh yellow

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*** 
1 p*** 
2 p**** 
3 p**** 
4 p**** 
6 p****** 
1 Sh****** 

I know that forged overprints exist, I'm not sure if all the above overprints are genuine.

 

1898 Arms value in 2 corners

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  2 p brown
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p red (1908)
  4 p green
  6 p lilac

Slightly different type

  1 Sh yellow
  2 Sh 6 p blue (1907)
  3 Sh lilac (1908)
  5 Sh brown
  7 Sh 6 p black
  10 Sh green (1908)

Larger size


Images reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com


(20 Pounds stamp, fiscally used)

  1 Pound black
  2 Pounds brown (1908)
  5 Pounds blue
  10 Pounds blue
  20 Pounds brown (1903)

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 pcc 
1 pcvc 
2 pcc 
2 1/2 p*c 
3 p*** 
4 p*c 
6 p** 
1 Sh*c 
2 Sh 6 p**** 
3 Sh**** 
5 Sh*****Fiscally used: *
7 Sh 6 p******Fiscally used: *
10 Sh******Fiscally used: *
1 PoundR***Fiscally used: *
2 PoundsR***Fiscally used: **?
5 PoundsRRRFiscally used: **
10 PoundsRRRFiscally used: ***
20 PoundsRRRRRFiscally used: ***

The value 100 Pounds red is a fiscal stamp. Furthermore the values 2 Pounds, 5 Pounds, 10 Pounds and 20 Pounds exist with overprint 'REVENUE' to be used as fiscal stamps (in green on the 20 Pounds):


(10 Pounds with 'REVENUE' overprint)


(20 Pounds stamp, overprinted 'REVENUE' in green)

 

1905 Victoria Falls, inscription '1905' on top (twice)

5 p red


(reduced sizes)

  1 p red
  2 1/2 p blue
  5 p red
  1 Sh green
  2 Sh 6 p black
  5 Sh violet

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
1 p** 
2 1/2 p** 
5 p**** 
1 Sh**** 
2 Sh 6 p****** 
5 Sh****** 

 

1909 Stamps of 1898 surcharged 'RHODESIA.'

1 Pound black Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  2 p brown
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p red
  4 p green
  6 p lilac
  1 Sh brown
  2 Sh 6 p blue
  3 Sh violet
  5 Sh yellow
  10 Sh green
  1 Pound black (exists surcharged in violet)
  2 Pounds brown

Further surcharged with value

  '5 d' on 6 p lilac
  '7 1/2 d' on 2 Sh 6 p blue
  '10 d' on 3 Sh violet
  'TWO SHILLINGS.' on 5 Sh yellow

A 5 Pounds blue stamp is a fiscal stamp.

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 pcc 
1 pcc 
2 p*c 
2 1/2 p*c 
3 p** 
4 p** 
6 p** 
1 Sh** 
2 Sh 6 p**** 
3 Sh**** 
5 Sh****** 
7 Sh 6 p ****** 
10 Sh****** 
1 PoundR***Exists with manual overprint: RRR
2 PoundsRRRRR 
Surcharged
5 p on 6 p** 
7 1/2 p on 2 Sh 6 p ** 
10 p on 3 Sh** 
2 Sh on 5 Sh***** 

 

1910 King George and Queen Mary

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  2 p black
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p yellow and lilac
  4 p orange and black
  5 p olive and brown
  6 p lilac and brown
  8 p lilac and black
  10 p lilac and orange
  1 Sh blue and black
  2 Sh blue and black
  2 Sh 6 p red and black
  3 Sh lilac and green
  5 Sh green and red
  7 Sh 6 p blue and red
  10 Sh orange and black
  1 Pound black and 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
1/2 p*c 
1 p*c 
2 p** 
2 1/2 p** 
3 p** 
4 p*** 
5 p** 
6 p*** 
8 p***** 
10 p** 
1 Sh*** 
2 Sh****** 
2 Sh 6 p ****** 
3 Sh****** 
5 Sh****** 
7 Sh 6 p****** 
10 ShRR 
1 PoundRRR 


(Stamp with fiscal cancel)

Forged cancels exist on stamps with removed fiscal cancels, example:


(A so-called 'George' forgery: 'PENHALONGA 29 JAN 13' forged cancel, reduced size)

 

1913 King George V

1 1/2 p brown

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

Surcharged
  '= Half Penny =' on 1 p red (exists with inverted surcharge)

Specialists distinguish three types, not all stamps exist in all types.

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 pcvc 
1 pcvc 
1 1/2 pcc 
2 1/2 p** 
2 p*c 
3 p*c 
4 p*c 
5 p** 
6 p*c 
8 p*** 
10 p*** 
1 Sh** 
2 Sh**** 
2 Sh 6 p***** 
3 Sh***** 
5 Sh****** 
7 Sh 6 p****** 
10 Sh****** 
1 PoundRR 
1/2 p on 1 p **Two types: 'Half Penny' or 'Half-Penny'

 

In 1923 Rhodesia was bought by Great Britain from the British South Africa Company. The colony was split up in Northern Rhodesia and Southern Rhodesia.


Fiscal Stamps

1896 Large stamps with arms, 'REVENUE' written at the top below the crown

The values 30 Pounds brown and green, 50 Pounds grey and orange, 50 Pounds blue and ornage, 100 Pounds orange and violet and 200 Pounds green and red exist.


Mashonaland

Mashonaland, inland postcard (1898?):


(reduced size, note that one stamp has been removed from this cover)

I've also seen a postcard of Cape of Good Hope, (Queen Victoria in ellipse, 1 p brown) with additional overprint 'MASHONALAND VIA'.


Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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