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1864-1871 Woman with sheep (so-called 'Rectangulars')

1864 With extra outer frame line all around the stamp

1 p red 4 p blue 6 p violet

  1 p red
  4 p blue
  6 p violet
  1 Sh green

Surcharged

'Four Pence' on 6 p violet, misperforation 1 p on 1 Sh green and 4 p on 6 p violet (misoverprint)

  'ONE PENNY' and bar (red) on 6 p violet
  'ONE PENNY' and bar on 1 sh green
  'Four Pence' and bar (red) on 6 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
Watermark 'CC Crown', perforated 14
1 p RRR 
4 pRR*** 
6 p RR*** 
1 ShRR*** 
1 p on 6 pRRRRR1874 Often the surcharge is badly placed
1 p on 1 ShRRRR 
4 p on 6 pRRR1868
Watermark 'CA Crown' (1871 onwards), perforated 14
6 pRR*** 
Watermark 'Anchor' (1885 onwards), perforated 14
6 p**** 
1 ShRR*** 
Without outer frame line (1871)

1/2 p green 2 1/2 p green 2 1/2 p blue 3 p lilac 4 p blue

  1/2 p black
  1/2 p grey
  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  2 p brown
  2 1/2 p green (slightly different design)
  2 1/2 p blue (slightly different design)
  3 p lilac
  4 p blue
  4 p green
  1 Sh green
  1 Sh yellow
  5 Sh yellow
  5 Sh orange

Surcharged

Second type of overprint 'THREE PENCE' on 4 p red

  'One Half-Penny' and bar on 3 p lilac
  'ONE PENNY' on 2 p brown
  '2 1/2 d' on 3 p lilac
  '3' on 3 p red
  'THREE PENCE' and bar (red) on 4 p blue
  'THREEPENCE' on 4 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 'CC Crown', perforated 14
1/2 p black****** 
1 p **** 
3 p RR*** 
4 p blueRR*** 
5 Sh yellowRRRR 
1/2 p on 3 pRRRRRR 
3 p on 4 p blueRR***1880: Misprint 'THE.EE' instead of 'THREE': RRR
(see example below)
3 p on 3 p R***1880: '3' exists in two types, fat and small '3'
The small '3' is rare (very rare in uncancelled condition)
3 p on 4 p redRR*** 
Watermark 'CA Crown', (1871 onwards), perforation 14
1/2 p grey**** 
1 pR* 
2 p RR* 
3 p ****** 
5 Sh yellowRRRRR 
1/2 p on 3 pRRVarious misprints exists in the overprint:
missing '.', '-', 'p' or 'y'.
Watermark 'Anchor' (1885 onwards), perforation 14
1/2 grey*c 
1/2 p green*c 
1 p*vc 
2 p**cShades of colour
2 1/2 p green**** 
2 1/2 p blue*** 
3 p ******Slightly different colour from previous 3 p stamps
4 p blue**** 
4 p green***** 
1 Sh greenR*** 
1 Sh yellow**** 
5 Sh yellowRR*** 
5 Sh orangeRR*** 
1 p on 2 p ***1893, exists without '.' behind 'PENNY'
also with double overprint
2 1/2 on 3 p****1891


(Misprint 'THE.EE' instead of 'THREE' on 4 p)

These stamps overprinted with 'G.R.' or 'G' were used in Griqualand. These stamps overprinted with 'Z.A.R.' and value see Transvaal (so-called Vrijburg issue). With overprint 'BRITISH SOUTH AFRICA COMPANY' see Rhodesia. For stamps wiith overprint Mafeking click here.

The stamps 6 p lilac and 1 Sh green also exist with overprint 'Military Telegraphs' for telegraph purposes (issued 1886, they are quite rare):

Typical cancel

4 p blue
(Typical cancel: horizontal and vertical lines forming a circle)

Forgeries:


(crude forgery)

There exist rather crude forgeries of the basic stamps (according to Album Weeds, the values 1 p, 4 p, 6 p, 1 Sh and 5 Sh, all without the coloured outline). The 'G' of 'GOOD' is situated above the head of the woman in these forgeries (in the genuine stamps the first 'O' of 'GOOD' is situated above the head). This should be an easy test, furthermore these forgeries don't have any watermark. The only cancels on these forgeries that I have seen are some parallel bars (quite widely spaced). This forgery even has been used to make a forged overprint of the 'Four Pence.' on 6 p violet (see image above).


(Sperati forgery of the 5 Sh orange CA watermark)

I've been told that the above stamp is a Sperati forgery of the 5 Sh orange stamp with CA watermark. There seems to be a characteristic dot before 'C' of 'CAPE'. This stamp is cancelled 'PORT ELISABETH H DE/12/83 CAPE COLONY' in a squared circle cancel. This forgery is not very common.

 

1894 New design, woman standing

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  3 p lilac

These stamps have watermark 'Anchor' and 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
1/2 p *c 
1 p *vc 
3 p ****** 

 

Issue for Schweizer Reneke? overprinted 'BESIEGED':

Image obtained from a Shreves auction

I have seen a stamp of Transvaal with the same overprint. For stamps wiith overprint Mafeking click here.

 

1899 View of Cape town with Table Mountain

  1 p red

This stamp has watermark 'Anchor' and 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 *c 

 

1903 King Edward VII, various frames

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

These stamps have watermark 'Anchor' and 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
1/2 p *vc 
1 p*vc 
2 p**** 
2 1/2 p****** 
3 p**** 
4 p**** 
6 p**** 
1 Sh**** 
5 ShRR*** 


(Cigarette Duty, reduced size)

The values 1/2 p green and 1 p red exist with overprint 'CIGARETTE DUTY', this overprint exists in two sizes and was used for fiscal purposes. On the 1/2 p the overprint is in red colour. Other fiscal overprints are: 'CUSTOMS DUTY' on 1 p, 2 p, 3 p (overprint in red), 6 p and 1 Sh and 'PATENT AND PROPRIETARY' on 1 p red.


Postal Stationery

With Queen Victoria:

Reply paid post card
(Reduced view)


(I've also seen this postal stationery with overprint 'ONE PENNY' and a black bar on the old value)

wrapper

 


(Reduced size, I don't know what this is)

With King Edward:


(Envelope, issued 1903)


Fiscal stamps

examples:

Queen Victoria, inscription 'THE STAMP ACT 1864', I've seen the values: 1 p green on yellow, 3 p orange on yellow, 6 p brown on yellow, 1 Sh lilac, 2 Sh red and 50 Pounds violet. Many more values exist.

The above standing woman design was issued in 1898. Many values exist ranging from 1/2 p to 20 Pounds.

The above stamp with King Edward has the inscription 'GOVERNMENT OF THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE REVENUE' was issued in 1903. Many values exist ranging from 1/2 p to 20 Pounds.


(Crown, cuts from envelopes? Reduced sizes)


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