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The Union of South Afica was established in 1910. The union consists of Cape of Good Hope, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal. Many stamps exist with the country name in two languages; English (South Africa) and Afrikaans (Zuid Afrika, later changed to Suid Afrika), mostly printed side by side. Later stamps bear the abbreviation (R.S.A.).

1910 King George V, large size, inscription 'Union of South Africa' and 'Unie van Zuid Afrika'

  2 1/2 p blue

For the specialist; this stamp has perforation 14 and watermark 'Multiple roses'.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 1/2 p*** 

 

1913 King George V

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  1 1/2 p brown
  2 p lilac
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p orange and black
  3 p blue (1922)
  4 p green and orange
  6 p lilac and black
  1 Sh orange
  1 Sh 3 p lilac
  2 Sh 6 p green and red
  5 Sh blue andred
  10 Sh green and blue
  1 Pound red and green

For the specialist: these stamps have watermark the head of a dear ('springbok'). They are perforated 14 (though some stamps from automated distributing machines have the perforation only on two sides, sometimes referred to as coil-stamps):


(Coil-stamp; I have also seen the values 1 p and 2 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
1/2 p*c 
1 p*vc 
1 1/2 p*cExists tete-beche
2 p*c 
2 1/2 p** 
3 p orange and black **c 
3 p blue*** 
4 p**c 
6 p***c 
1 Sh***c 
1 Sh 3 p***** 
2 Sh 6 p***** 
5 ShR*** 
10 ShRR*** 
1 PoundRRRR 

 

1925 Various designs, inscription 'Suidafrika' or 'South Africa', printed side by side

  1/2 p green and black (springbok)
  1 p red and black (sailship)
  4 p blue (triangle as Cape of Good Hope)
  6 p orange and green (orange tree)

Many types with small differences were issued over the years for the 1/2 p, 1 p and 6 p stamps.

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'Suid Afrika' or 'South Africa'
1 pcvc

"

4 p****

"

6 p*vc

"

I have seen the 1/2 p overprinted 'DOUANE' (fiscal stamp).

Stamps with surcharge 'S.W.A.' or 'South West Africa' were used in South West Africa.

Later issues, example (inscription with 'SUID AFRIKA' and 'SOUTH AFRICA' on one sheet, printed side by side):

Modern stamps often have the inscription 'RSA', example:


(1973 issue, reduced size)


Postage due stamps

1914 Number, inscription 'Union of South Africa', 'Postage due' and 'Te Betalen'


(Reduced sizes)

  1/2 p green and black
  1 p red and black
  1 1/2 p yellow and black (1922)
  2 p lilac and black
  3 p blue and black
  5 p brown and black
  6 p grey and black
  1 Sh 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
With watermark, perforated 14
1/2 p** 
1 p** 
2 p** 
3 p**** 
5 p**** 
6 p****** 
1 ShRRRR 
No watermark
1/2 p**Exists perforated 14 or rouletted
1 p**Exists perforated 14 or rouletted
1 1/2 p**Exists perforated 14 or rouletted
2 p** 
3 p** 
6 p**** 

Later postage due stamps have the inscription 'South Africa' on top (1927 onwards) or 'Republic of South Africa' (1968).


Fiscal stamps

1913 'REVENUE INKOMST UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA UNIE VAN ZUID AFRIKA', head of King George in an ellipse surrounded by royal symbols

I have seen the following values in the same design: 3 p green and black, 6 p red and lilac, 1 Sh lilac and brown, 1 Sh blue and lilac, 2 Sh green and brown, 2 Sh 6 p orange and green, 5 Sh brown and grey, 10 Sh green and lilac, 1 Pound red and green and 1 Pound grey and blue. Other values exist, varying from 3 p to 25 Pounds. A similar type was issued in 1931.


Postal Stationery


(Reduced size)


Parcel Stamps


(Parcel Stamp; 'CENTRAL SOUTH AFRICAN RAILWAY', 6p green and 1 Sh blue)


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