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Swasiland - Swaziland

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1889 Stamps of Transvaal overprinted "Swazieland"

1/2 p grey, overprint red 2 p yellow With fiscal(?) cancel BREMERSDORP

  1/2 p grey (overprint black)
  1/2 p grey (overprint red)
  1 p red
  2 p yellow
  6 p blue
  1 Sh green
  2 Sh 6 p yellow
  5 Sh black
  10 Sh brown

Most stamps found in collections are reprints with forged overprints. Inverted overprints exist (I have seen a 1/2 p red inverted overprint, a 1 Sh and a 5 Sh with inverted overprint, but these might be forgeries). I have also seen the 1/2 p with a double red overprint.


Error with 'd' missing.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1/2 p *** *** Overprint black
1/2 p *** *** Overprint red
1 p *** ***  
2 p *** ***  
6 p *** ***  
1 Sh *** ***  
2 Sh 6 p RR RR  
5 Sh RR RR  
10 Sh RRR RRR Only 300 stamps issued

Cancels:


"628" and "718" numeral cancels.

The numeral cancel "718" belonged to Embekelweni.


I've been told that these two stamps, one with inverted overprint and the other with double overprint, are genuine. However, the fact that both of them bear identical cancels "EMBEKELWENI B ? 15 93" raises some suspicion.... Next to it a few other 'genuine' stamps with almost exactly the same cancel but "15 AP" in the center. Also note that in the 2Sh6p stamps, the "S" of "SWAZIELAND" is printed higher.


Another "EMBEKELWENI" cancel that looks more convincing to me.


Stamps with "BREMERSDORP SWAZIEL" cancels.


"DARKTON SWAZIEL" cancel

Forged overprints:

Crude overprints exist which can be easily recognized. But also very deceptive forged overprints are known. Genuine overprints measure 13 mm. Of some help might be the perforation when checking forged overprints. For example, the 1 p only exists with perforation 12, any overprint on a stamp with perforation 12 1/2 x 12 is automatically a forgery.

Officially issued stamps with perforation details (each sheet contains 60 stamps):
Perforation 12 1/2 x 12
1 p: 500 sheets
2 p: 500 sheets
1 Sh: 497 sheets

Perforation 12 1/2
1/2 p (black overprint): 500 sheets
1/2 p (red overprint): 250 sheets
2 p: 500 sheets
6 p: 500 sheets
2 Sh 6 p: 75 sheets
5 Sh: 30 sheets
10 Sh: 5 sheets

Examples of forged overprints:

Reduced size
Forged inverted overprints, the overprint is too small.


Forged overprint with "S" and 'i' of "Swazieland" entirely different

The forger Mirza Hadi also applied dangerous forged overprints on reprints.

The forger Fournier also made forged Transvaal stamps, which he overprinted with forged 'Swazieland' overprints.


Forged "Swazieland" overprint as it can be found in the Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries.


These stamps are forged as well as the overprint and the cancel (possibly Oneglia?). The basic stamps appear to be the same ones as the Fournier forgeries of Transvaal. However, the overprint is different from the one shown in the Fournier Album (the "S' is different). Next to it a more primitive forgery from Transvaal, but with the same bogus cancel. This forgery was presumbably made by Oneglia. Also another primitive forgery from the same source, but now with "Swazieland" overprint (but of a different type again).

I've been told that these stamps overprinted "Swazieland." (with dot behind the word, the dot can be squarish or round and be placed slightly higher or lower) are government reprints. These are not very common.


Inverted overprints (government reprints).


Likely a reprint with forged perforation (the corners don't match!) and forged overprint.

Stamps with neat partial "BREMERSDORP" cancels are highly suspicious.

Swazieland was merged with Transvaal on 16 June 1893, if my information is correct.

 

From 1933 onwards Swazieland issued stamps again.

1933 King George V facing the left

1/2 p green, 1 p red, 2 p brown, 3 p blue, 4 p orange, 6 p lilac, 1 Sh olive, 2 Sh 6 p violet, 5 Sh grey, 10 Sh brown.

 

1935 Silver Jubilee of King George V, inscription "1910-1935"

For stamps in the same design, but for another British colony, click here

A 1 p red and blue, 2 p grey and blue, 3 p blue and brown and 6 p lilac and black were issued in a design identical to many other British colonies (Windsor castle).

 

1937 Inscription "12th MAY 1937" portrait of King and Queen

For stamps in the same design, but for another British colony, click here

The values 1 p red, 2 p brown and 3 p blue were issued (design identical to that of many other British colonies).

 

1938 King George VI facing the right, design similar to the 1933 issue

1/2 p green, 1 p red, 1 1/2 p blue, 2 p brown, 3 p blue, 4 p orange, 6 p lilac, 1 Sh olive, 2 Sh 6 p violet, 5 Sh grey, 10 Sh brown.

 

1946 Victory issue, stamps of South Africa, overprinted "Swaziland"

  1 p red and brown (soldier with flag)
  2 p violet and grey (ploughing, agriculture)
  3 p blue (man and woman looking at star)

Both the "Suid - Afrika" and "South Africa" stamps were overprinted.


Basic South Africa 1 p pair and similar stamp, but with overprint "Basutoland"

 

1947 Royal visit, various designs, inscription "ROYAL VISIT 1947"

  1 p red (King George VI)
  2 p green (King and Queen)
  3 p blue (the two princesses)
  1 Sh lilac (the whole royal family) 

 

1949 Royal Silver wedding, identical to sets issued in many other British colonies, inscription "1923-1948", image of King and Queen

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  1 1/2 p blue (smaller size)
  10 Sh lilac-brown

 

1949 UPU issue (design similar to many other British colonies)

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  1 1/2 p blue
  3 p blue
  6 p lilac
  1 Sh olive

 

1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth, inscription "CORONATION JUNE 1953", design identical to many other British colonies

For stamps in a similar design, but for other British colonies, click here

  2 p brown and black 

 

1956 Queen Elizabeth II with several scenes

  1/2 p orange and black (Havelock asbestos mine)
  1 p green and black (a highveld view)
  2 p brown and black (Swazi married woman)
  3 p red and black (Swazi courting couple)
  4 1/2 p blue and black (Swazi warrior)
  6 p lilac and black (kudu)
  1 Sh green and black (Havelock asbestos mine)
  1 Sh 3 p brown and black (Swazi courting couple)
  2 Sh 6 p red and green (a highveld view)
  5 Sh grey and violet (Swazi warrior)
  10 Sh violet and black (Swazi married woman)
  1 Pound blue and black (kudu)

Overprinted in 'cents' or 'R': 
  '1/2 c' on 1/2 p orange and black
  '1 c' on 1 p green and black
  '2 c' on 2 p brown and black
  '2 1/2 c' on 2 p brown and black
  '2 1/2 c' on 3 p red and black
  '3 1/2 c' on 2 p brown and black
  '4 c' on 4 1/2 p blue and black
  '5 c' on 6 p lilac and black
  '10 c' on 1 Sh green and black
  '25 c' on 2 Sh 6 p red and green
  '50 c' on 5 Sh grey and violet
  'R1' on 10 Sh violet and black
  'R2' on 1 Pound blue and black

Two types of the 'R2' overprint seem to exist.

Value in 'cents' or 'R' (Rand)
  1/2 c orange and black (Havelock asbestos mine)
  1 c green and black (a highveld view)
  2 c brown and black (Swazi married woman)
  2 1/2 c red and black (Swazi courting couple)
  4 c blue and black (Swazi warrior)
  5 c lilac and black (kudu)
  10 c green and black (Havelock asbestos mine)
  12 1/2 c brown and black (Swazi courting couple)
  25 c red and green (a highveld view)
  50 c grey and violet (Swazi warrior)
  1 R violet and black (Swazi married woman)
  2 R blue and black (kudu)

Some values exist with overprint "Postage Due" (see under Postage Due Stamps).

 

1962 New permanent set with Queen Elizabeth II

  1/2 c orange and black (Swazi shields)
  1 c grey and orange (battle axe)
  2 c green (forestry)
  2 1/2 c red and black (ceremonial head-dress)
  '3 c.' on 5 c orange and black (widow bird)
  3 1/2 c grey and green (musical instrument)
  4 c blue and black (irrigation)
  5 c orange and black (widow bird)
  7 1/2 c brown and black (rock paintings)
  10 c blue and black (secretary bird)
  12 1/2 c green and red (the pine arum)
  15 c lilac and black (Swazi married woman)
  20 c green and black (malaria control)
  25 c blue and black (Swazi warrior)
  50 c red and black (ground hornbill)
  1 R brown and green (aloe)
  2 R blue and red (msinsi in flower)

All the above stamps exist with overprint "INDEPENDENCE 1968".

 

1963 Red Cross issue

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  2 1/2 c black and red
  15 c blue and red

 

1963 Freedom from hunger, design identical to many other British colonies

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  15 c violet

 

1964 Opening of Swaziland Railway, all identical designs (map and train)

  2 1/2 c violet and green
  3 1/2 c green and blue
  15 c brown and orange
  25 c blue and yellow

 

1965 ITU issue

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  2 1/2 c olive and blue
  15 c lilac and red

 

1965 International Co-operation Year

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  1/2 c blue and brown
  15 c violet and green

 

1966 Churchill issue

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  1/2 c blue, black, gold and red
  2 1/2  c green, black, gold and red
  15 c brown, black, gold and red 
  25 c violet, black, gold and red

 

1966 20th anniversary of Unesco

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  2 1/2 c grey, orange and red
  7 1/2 c green, yellow and blue
  15 c lilac, black and orange

 

1967 King Sobhuza II, inscription "Protected State 1967"

  2 1/2 c red, brown and black (King and map)
  7 1/2 c blue, brown and red (King)
  15 c blue, brown and red (design as 2 1/2 c)
  25 c green, blue, brown and red (design as 7 1/2 c)

 

1967 First conference of degrees by the Universityof Botswana Lesotho & Swaziland (all four stamps identical design)

  2 1/2 c black, blue and orange
  7 1/2 c black and blue
  15 c black, blue and lilac
  25 c black, blue and violet

 

1968 Independence issue, face of King in upper right hand corner

  3 c (ploughing)
  4 1/2 c (overhead cable)
  17 1/2 c (cutting sugar cane)
  25 c (mining)

Postage Due Stamps

1933 Inscription "SWAZILAND PROTECTORATE POSTAGE DUE", numeral design

  1 p red
  2 p violet

 

1961? Queen Elizabeth II design overprinted "Postage Due"

  '2 d.' on 2 p brown and black
  '2 d' on 2 p brown and black (inscriptions larger)
  '1 c' on 2 p brown and black (1961)
  '2 c' on 2 p brown and black (1961)
  '5 c' on 2 p brown and black (1961)

 

1961 Value in "cents" (as 1933 issue)

  1 c red
  2 c violet
  5 c green

Fiscal stamps

Example: fiscal stamp of Transvaal, overprinted "Swaziland." issued in 1904:

The values 1 Sh green and lilac, 2 Sh brown and lilac, 2 Sh 6 p orange and black, 5 Sh black and lilac, 10 Sh grey and blue, 1 Pound black and green and 5 Pounds black and lilac exist.

Other fiscal stamps exist, for example the overprint "Swaziland Revenue only" on stamps of Transvaal.


"Swaziland Revenue Only." on 1 p and 6 p stamps of Transvaal. Note the different overprint styles.


"REVENUE ONLY. SWAZILAND" on 1 p stamp of Transvaal.

Other fiscal stamps exist made from fiscal and postage stamps of South Africa (King George V) with overprint "SWAZIELAND REVENUE ONLY." (in three lines). I have seen 1 p red (postage stamp of South Africa), 5 Sh brown and grey (fiscal stamp of South Africa) and 1 Pound red and green (fiscal stamp).


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