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NATAL (South Africa) 1857-1901

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1857 Embossed stamps, crown, on coloured paper, imperforated

3 pence 3 pence 3 pence 6 p green 1 Sh

3 p red paper
(Reduced sizes, The embossed stamps are very badly visible)

  3 p red paper
  6 p green paper
  9 p blue paper
  1 Sh brown paper

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
3 pRRRRRR 
6 pRRRRRR 
9 pRRRRRR 
1 ShRRRRRR 

Reprints seem to exist.

 

1859 Embossed stamps on coloured paper, crown in a rectangle, imperforated

1 p red paper
(Reduced size)

  1 p red paper
  1 p brown paper
  1 p blue paper

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All valuesRRRRRR 
Similar fiscal stamp

1 p yellow paper (perforated or imperforated)

Reprints seem to exist.


(I've been told that this is a forgery)

Some primitive forgeries:


(Forgeries printed with colour instead of embossing!)

 

1859 Queen Victoria

1 p red 1 p red, regular perforation 1 p red, rough perforation 3 p blue, regular perforation 3 p blue, rough perforation 6 p violet

  1 p red
  3 p blue
  6 p violet

For the specialist: these stamps were first issued without watermark in 1859 (all values). The 1 p exists with watermark 'star' (issued 1862). The 1 p and 6 p were issued with watermark 'CC crown' in 1864. I have seen an imperforate stamps of the 3 p value (however, I have also seen forged imperforate stamps of the 1 p and 3 p values, made from genuine stamps, with attached new borders!).

Value of the stamps

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

No watermark (1859)

1 pRRRR 
3 pRR*** 
6 pRRR 
Watermark 'Star' (1862)
1 pRRR 
Watermark CC Crown, perforated 12 1/2 (1864)
1 pRRR 
6 pR*** 

Stamps in other colours are fiscal stamps.


(6 p red and 1 p yellow fiscal stamps)

Forgeries:

Forgery!
(Forgeries)

 

1867 Queen Victoria, facing the left

  1 Sh green

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 (1867)
1 ShRRR 

Stamps in other colours are fiscal stamps.


(1 Sh lilac fiscal stamp)

 

1869-1895 Queen Victoria issues of 1859 and 1867 surcharged 'POSTAGE' or 'Postage'

"POSTAGE" 1 p red "Postage" 1 p red "POSTAGE" 1 p yellow, 1876 overprint 3 p blue "POSTAGE" 6 p violet 1 Sh green, 1876 overprint Image obtained from a Shreves auction

'POSTAGE' or 'Postage' horizontally:
  1 p red (7 types of overprint)
  1 p yellow
  3 p blue (5 types of overprint)
  6 p lilac (6 types of overprint)
  1 Sh green (6 types of overprint)

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 redRRRR'POSTAGE.' (1869)
1 p redRRRRR'POSTAGE' (tall and no dot, 1869)
1 p redRRRRR'Postage' (12 mm, 13 mm or 14 mm, 1869)
1 p redRRRR'POSTAGE' smaller (1876)
1 p redRRRR'POSTAGE' larger (1876)
1 p yellowRRRR'POSTAGE' larger (1876)
3 p RR tp RRR RR to RRR All types
6 pRR to RRRR to RRRAll types issued in 1869
6 pRR***'POSTAGE' larger (1876)
1 ShRR to RRRRR to RRRAll types issued in 1869
1 ShRR***'POSTAGE' larger (1876)
'POSTAGE' curved:

1 Sh green 1 Sh yellow 'POSTAGE' red overprint 1 Sh yellow, fiscally used

  1 Sh green ('POSTAGE' in green, red or black)
  1 Sh yellow ('POSTAGE' in 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 Sh greenRRROverprint in red or black: RRR
1 Sh yellow***** 
'POSTAGE' twice and vertically

1 p red 3 p blue (red overprint)

  1 p red (2 types of overprint)
  3 p blue (red overprint)
  6 p lilac

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 redRR***'POSTAGE' large
1 p redRRRR'POSTAGE' small
3 pRRR 
6 pRRRR 
'POSTAGE' once, vertically:

  1 Sh lilac

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 ShRRRR 
'POSTAGE' and value

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom 'Half-penny' on 1 p yellow (the word 'POSTAGE' has almost disappeared) 'Half Penny' on 6 p violet 'One Penny' on 6 p violet

  'Half-Penny' on 1 p yellow
  'Half Penny' on 6 p violet
  'One Penny' on 6 p violet
  'One Penny' on 6 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
1/2 p on 1 pRR1877
1/2 p on 6 p****1895
1 p on 6 p violet RR1877
1 p on 6 p redRRRR1877

The 'Postage' overprints were made to remove the confusion between fiscal and postage stamps among the public.

 

1874 Queen Victoria, Various frames

1/2 p green 1 p red 2 p green 2 1/2 p blue 2 1/2 p blue 3 p grey 3 p blue 4 p brown 6 p lilac
5 Sh red 5 Sh red

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  2 p green
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p blue
  3 p grey
  4 p brown
  6 p lilac
  5 Sh red

Most of these stamps have perforation 14. Some rare other perforations are: 3 p blue (CC Crown) 14 x 12 1/2: RRR, 4 p (CC Crown) 12 1/2: RR, 5 Sh (CC Crown) 15 1/2 x 15: RR.

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 (1874)
1/2 p****** 
1 p ***** 
3 p blueRRRR 
4 pRR*** 
6 pR*** 
5 ShRRR 
Watermark CA Crown (1882)
1/2 p*c 
1 p*c 
2 p *** 
2 1/2 p**1891
3 p blueR*** 
3 p grey****** 
4 p*** 
6 p**** 

Surcharged

'1/2 HALF' on 1 p red 'HALF' on 1 p red 'ONE HALF PENNY.' on 1 p red 'TWO PENCE' on 3 p grey 'TWO PENCE HALFPENNY' on 4 p brown

  '1/2 HALF' on 1 p red
  'HALF' on 1 p red
  'ONE HALF PENNY' on 1 p red
  'TWO PENCE' on 3 p grey
  'TWO PENCE HALFPENNY' on 4 p brown

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
'1/2 HALF' on 1 p RR 
Watermark CA Crown
'HALF' on 1 p**Double overprint: RRR
'ONE HALF PENNY' on 1 p RRR 
2 p on 3 pR*** 
2 1/2 p on 4 pR*** 

The inverted and/or double overprints of the 'ONE HALF PENNY' on 1 p red are forgeries, example:

Inverted overprint: forgery!


(I've been told that this stamp has a forged surcharge)

 

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