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Samoa is an island in the Pacific.

1877 Private post of W.E. Agar, inscription 'SAMOA EXPRESS'

Genuine Genuine

  1 p blue
  2 p red (non issued)
  3 p red
  6 p violet
  9 p brown
  1 Sh yellow
  2 Sh brown
  5 Sh green


(Sheet of 1 p stamps, note the imperforate borders, reduced size)


(Left upper corner of this sheet)

 

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 RR 
3 pRRRR 
6 pRRRR 
9 pRRRR 
1 ShRRRR 
2 ShRRRR 
5 ShRRRRRR 
Reprints of all values cc 

Reprints:

WARNING: Most of these stamps are reprints or forgeries! The genuine stamps are always imperforated at one or two sides (except for the 1 p which also exists perforated all around). Reprints were made perforated all around or with imperforated sides.

Forgeries:

There must be 16 pearls in the upper half-circle. The pearl under the center of the 'M' of 'SAMOA' and the two pearls immediatly to the right of it are closer together than the other pearls. The next forgeries have the pearls very regularly:

Forgery! Forgery?

Also, the 'S' like ornament above the 'P' of 'POSTAGE' has its lower part sticking out too much of the label below it. It is more or less covered in the genuine stamps.

The following stamps are Fournier forgeries, they can be recognised by the right leg of the 'M' of 'SAMOA', it is bent instead of straight. Furthermore the line of dots above 'SAMOA' has a dip between the 'M' and 'O' of this word:

Fournier forgery!


(Distinghuishing characteristics of the Fournier forgeries)


(I've seen several misperforated 2 Sh values of these forgeries)


(Other forgery, or reprint? with cancel)

According to 'The Forged Stamps of All Countries' by J.Dorn another forgery with cancel 'APIA 1-21-85 SAMOA' in a double circle seems to exist. I have never seen this forgery myself.

Literature: 'Forgery & reprint guide 5-6 Samoa Express, a guide to the identification of forgeries, forged overprints, reprints, forged or doubtful postmarks and other problem stamps', compiled and published by J.Barefoot (investments) Ltd.

 

1887 King Malietoa Laupepa

2 1/2 p black

  2 1/2 p red
  2 1/2 p black

These stamps have watermark 'NZ star', various perforations exist.

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 red** 
2 1/2 p black*** 

 

1894 star and crown

  5 p red

Overprinted 'PROVISIONAL GOVT.' (1899)


(Reduced size)

  5 p red (in blue)

These stamps have watermark 'NZ star'

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 p ****Quantity of stamps issued: 60720
5 p (overprinted) ***Quantity of stamps issued: 142920

 

1887 Palm trees

  1/2 p brown
  1/2 p green (1899)
  1 p green
  1 p brown (1899)
  2 p yellow
  4 p blue
  6 p brown
  1 Sh red
  2/6 lilac

Surcharged

'Surcharged 2 1/2 d.' (red) on 1 Sh red 'Surcharged 2 1/2 d.' (black) on 1 Sh red 'Surcharged 2 1/2 d.' on 2 Sh 6 p lilac

The two types of overprint of the 'R 3d.' on 2 p

  '5 d.' (red, two types) on 4 p blue
  'FIVE PENCE' (two types) on 4 p blue
  'Surcharged 1 1/2 d.' on 2 p yellow
  'Surcharged 2 1/2 d.' (red) on 1 p green
  'Surcharged 2 1/2 d.' (red or black) on 1 Sh red
  'Surcharged 2 1/2 d.' on 2/6 lilac
  'R 3 d.' (two types) on 2 p yellow

Overprinted 'PROVISIONAL GOVT.' (1899)

1 p brown 2 p orange
(Reduced views)

  1/2 p green (in red)
  1 p brown (in blue)
  2 p orange (in red)
  4 p blue (in red)
  6 p brown (in blue)
  1 Sh red (in blue)
  2/6 violet (in red)

These stamps have watermark 'NZ star', various perforations exist. I have seen a Postcard (reply card) with the impression of a 1 p red design, similar to the above 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 p brown** 
1/2 p green** 
1 p green** 
1 p brown** 
2 p** 
4 p*** 
6 p**** 
1 Sh**** 
2 Sh 6 p****** 
Surcharged
'5 d.' on 4 pRRThe bars were printed seperately from
the value (see examples above)
'FIVE PENCE' on 4 p RRRR(two types of overprint, small or large)
'Surcharged 1 1/2 d.' on 2 p **** 
'Surcharged 2 1/2 d.' on 1 p ** 
'Surcharged 2 1/2 d.' on 1 p****Red or black overprints same value
'Surcharged 2 1/2 d.' on 2 Sh 6 p ****** 
'R 3 d.' on 2 p yellow**** 
Overprinted 'PROVISIONAL GOVT.'
1/2 p **Quantity of stamps issued: about 142000
1 p**Quantity of stamps issued: about 142000
2 p**Quantity of stamps issued: about 143000
4 p***Quantity of stamps issued: about 143000
6 p***Quantity of stamps issued: about 119000
1 Sh***Quantity of stamps issued: about 119000
2 Sh 6 p******Quantity of stamps issued: about 95000

Note: most of these stamps were sold to collectors or stamp dealers.

The 1 Sh red (no overprint) exists bisected (due to a great fire in April 1895 that destroyed almost all stamps):


(Bisected stamp, cancelled to order, reduced view)

The owner of this postal service, Davis, also created more bisected stamps, specially for collectors. The original provisional bisected stamp has perforation 12 1/2 and blue cancels (the later ones created for collectors have perforation 11 and black cancels according to the website mentioned below). More information about these bisected stamps can be found at: http://home.prcn.org/~pauld/samoa1.htm.


(Genuine cancel?)

Fournier seems to have made forgeries of the '5 d.' (red) on 4 p blue and 'FIVE PENCE' on 4 p blue surcharges (the forged overprints can be found in the Fournier album of philatelic forgeries).


Samoa as a German colony

For stamps of Samoa as a German colony and the British occupation of this colony, click here.


SAMOA, NEW ZEALAND MANDATE

1914 Stamps of New Zealand overprinted 'SAMOA'

King Edward

6 p red, note the watermark

  1/2 p green
  2 p lilac
  6 p red
  1 Sh red

Various designs

  1 p red (woman)
  2 1/2 p blue (Lake Wakatipu)

Queen Victoria

  2 Sh blue
  2 Sh 6 p brown
  3 Sh lilac
  5 Sh green
  10 Sh brown
  1 Pound red
  2 Pounds lilac

King George V (1916)

  1/2 p green
  1 1/2 p grey
  1 1/2 p orange
  2 p yellow
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p brown
  6 p red
  1 Sh red

Victory Stamps (1919)
 

1/2 p green 1 p red

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  1 1/2 p orange
  3 p brown
  6 p lilac
  1 Sh 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

King Edward

1/2 p**Quantity issued: about 281000
2 p****Quantity issued: about 71000
6 p******Quantity issued: about 44000
1 Sh******Quantity issued: about 31000

Various designs

1 p**Quantity issued: about 613000
2 1/2 p******Quantity issued: about 54000

Queen Victoria

2 Sh******Quantity issued: about 41000
2 Sh 6p******Quantity issued: about 22000
3 ShRRQuantity issued: about 12000
5 ShRRQuantity issued: about 48000
10 ShRRQuantity issued: about 36000
1 PoundRRRRQuantity issued: about 16000
2 PoundsRRRR 
King GeorgeV
1/2 p**Quantity issued: about 267000
1 1/2 p grey****Quantity issued: about 134000
1 1/2 p orange **Quantity issued: about 229000
2 p**Quantity issued: about 223000
2 1/2 p**Quantity issued: about 83000
3 p****shades of colour (due to different printings: engraved
or lithograped). Quantity issued: about 112000
6 p******Quantity issued: about 48000
1 Sh******Quantity issued: about 57000
Victory issue
1/2 p**Quantity issued: about 98000
1 p**Quantity issued: about 76000
1 1/2 p**Quantity issued: about 59000
3 p****Quantity issued: about 36000
6 p******Quantity issued: about 31000
1 Sh******Quantity issued: about 30000

A letter card of New Zealand(?) (King Edward 1 p) also received a 'SAMOA' overprint (quantity of cards overprinted: about 11000).

 

1920 Flag and hut, inscription 'SAMOA POSTAGE REVENUE'

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  1 1/2 p brown
  2 p yellow
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p brown
  4 p violet
  5 p blue
  6 p red
  8 p brown
  9 p green
  1 Sh red

For the specialist: hese stamps have watermark 'NZ star' and are perforated 14 x 13 1/2 or 14 x 14 1/2.

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 pccQuantity issued: about 98000
1 pccQuantity issued: about 76000
1 1/2 p**Quantity issued: about 59000
2 p**Quantity issued: about 36000
2 1/2 p**Quantity issued: about 31000
3 p**Quantity issued: about 30000
4 p**Quantity issued: about 30000
5 p**Quantity issued: about 30000
6 p****Quantity issued: about 30000
8 p****Quantity issued: about 30000
9 p****Quantity issued: about 30000
1 Sh******Quantity issued: about 30000


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