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GRIQUALAND (WEST)

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In 1874 a 4 p stamp of Cape of Good Hope (with frameline, watermark 'Crown CC') was surcharged (in red?) with '1d' and the 'FOUR' was barred in Griqualand:

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This stamp is very rare.

Forgeries exist, example:


(The colour of the overprint is too light on this forgery)

1877 Stamps of Cape of Good Hope overprinted 'G.W.'

1 p red
(Reduced size)

  1 p red
  4 p blue (overprint red)

1877 Stamps of Cape of Good Hope overprinted 'G'

1/2 p grey Genuine overprint


The overprint exists in various sizes, (reduced image)


  1/2 p grey (overprint red or black)
  1 p red
  4 p blue (overprint red or black)
  6 p lilac (overprint red or black)
  1 Sh green (overprint red or black)
  5 Sh orange (overprint red or black)

For the specialist; all the overprints should be on stamps of Cape of Good Hope with 'Crown CC' watermark.

Bogus issue, 'G' overprint on '3' on 3 p red, the 'G' overprint was never issued for this stamp!

Forged overprints, examples:

Forgery!

The next stamp is probably a forgery too, I've never seen a small 'g' overprint:


(forgery?)


Fiscal stamps

1887 Queen Victoria, inscription 'PROVINCE OF GRIQUALAND WEST'

  1 p brown
  4 p green
  6 p blue
  1 Sh green
  1 Sh brown
  1 Sh 6 p green
  2 Sh green
  3 Sh blue
  4 Sh grey (?)
  5 Sh orange
  10 Sh black
  1 Pound red
  5 Pounds blue
These stamps were sometimes used as postage stamps

Fiscal stamps of Cape of Good Hope overprinted with 'G'

Small 'G'

I have seen this and other overprints (different 'G') on 1 p lilac, 6 p lilac, 6 p brown on yellow, 3 Sh red and 5 Pounds lilac. Many more values exist. There are 19 types of the 'G' overprint.


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