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1855 Queen Victoria

imperforate

2 p red

  1 p green
  2 p red
  6 p blue
  1 Sh orange

Rouletted or perforated

1 p green 1 Sh brown

  1 p green
  2 p red
  6 p blue
  1 Sh orange
  1 Sh brown
Official stamps: overprinted 'O.S.' (perforated)

  1 p green
  6 p blue
  1 Sh brown (2 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
Imperforate, watermark 'Star'
1 p RRR RR  
2 p R ***  
6 p RR R  
1 Sh orange RRR RR A 1 Sh blue was non-issued
Rouletted (1860), watermark 'Star'
1 p *** ***  
2 p *** *  
6 p R **  
1 Sh orange RR ***  
1 Sh brown RR *** 1863
Perforated, watermark 'Star'
1 p R ***  
1 p RR RR Fat OS overprint
6 p *** *  
6 p *** * Fat OS overprint
1 Sh brown *** **  
1 Sh brown *** * Fat or narrow OS overprint
Perforated, watermark 'SA Crown'
1 Sh brown *** ** 1901
1 Sh brown *** ** Narrow or wide OS overprint

Specialists even distinguish between a 'Broad Star' and 'Slim Star' watermark.

With BPA certificate
A non-issued 1 Sh blue exists (RRR).

Typical cancel:


Ellipse consisting of horizontal bars with "S.AUSTRALIA" in the center. Also a grille cancel and another mute cancel.

In 1955 a commemoration stamp was issued for Australia in a similar design:


1955 commemoration stamp; 'First stamp of South Australia'

Official reprints with overprint 'REPRINT', examples (note the watermark 'SA Crown' on some of these reprints):

Official reprint Official reprint

Forgeries

Genuine stamps have two diamonds in the background pattern above the first 'S' and final 'A' of 'SOUTH AUSTRALIA'. Examples of forgeries:

Fournier forgery
(Some of the images obtained thanks to Bill Claghorn)

Note the above 2 p forgery with a circular cancel with inscription "CORREOS" (as far as I can see the only inscription) and the 2 p with a concentric 4-rings cancel. The label with "SOUTH AUSTRALIA" is placed too close to the central circle in all the above forgeries. The lower lip protrudes and the curl of the hair at the back of the Queen is too long. They exist rather clearly printed, but also rather blur. I've also seen the 2 p red in a more orange shade.


Another (engraved?) forgery of the 1 Sh value with the lettering very badly done.


Very strange item 'X PENCE' in red color.

 

1863 Queen Victoria in an ellipse

  9 p grey (lilac)

Surcharged and colour changed

8 p on 9 p brown

  'TEN PENCE' (blue or black) on 9 p orange (or yellow)
  '8 PENCE' on 9 p brown

Official stamps, overprinted 'O.S.'
  '8 PENCE' on 9 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
Watermark 'Star'
9 p *** *** Rouletted
10 p (blue) on 9 p R *** Rouletted, about 6 types of the overprint
10 p (black) on 9 p RRR *** Rouletted, about 6 types of the overprint
9 p *** ** Perforated
8 p on 9 p brown *** * Perforated, many shades of brown
8 p on 9 p RR RR Fat OS overprint
10 p (blue) on 9 p RR *** Perforated
Watermark 'SA Crown'
10 p on 9 p ? RRR  
9 p ** ** 1901

Official reprints:

Forgery, example:


The face of the Queen is very strange. There is a dot on the cheek of the Queen. The background is solid. "NINE PENCE" is placed too low especially "PE".


Very similar forgery, but now with background pattern. "NINE PENCE" is still placed too low especially "PE".

Note the dot below the eye of the Queen in the above forgery. This forgery is described as the first one (of two) in Album Weeds.


Forgery; both the surcharge and the stamp itself are forged. Note the patterns in the four corners, which are different from genuine stamps. The crown on the Queen's head has a 'wavy' appearance. I've also seen this forgery in yellow color. The Queen has a dot on her neck, below the ear.

 

 

1867 Queen Victoria in a shield

Two different shades

  2 p orange
  2 p violet (1900)
  4 p lilac
  2 Sh red

Surcharged and colour changed

  '3-PENCE' (red or black) on 4 p blue

Official stamps: overprinted 'O.S.'

  2 p orange (2 types of overprint)
  2 p violet
  '3-PENCE' on 4 p blue
  4 p lilac
  2 Sh red (2 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
Watermark 'Star'
2 p orange *** ***  
4 p *** *  
4 p *** *** Fat OS overprint
2 Sh *** *  
2 Sh *** *** Fat or narrow OS overprint
3 p (red) on 4 p blue RR R Exists without surcharge
3 p (black) on 4 p blue R *** Exists without surcharge
3 p on 4 p blue RR RR Fat OS overprint
Watermark 'V Crown' (1871)
2 p orange R ***  
4 p RRR RR  
Watermark 'SA Crown' (1868)
2 p orange * c Two slightly different types of watermark
2 p orange * c Fat or narrow OS overprint
Two slightly different types of watermark
2 p violet c vc 1900
2 p violet * c Wide OS overprint
2 Sh *** *** 1901
Watermark 'A Crown' (1906)
2 p violet c c  

Reprints, with overprint 'REPRINT':


'3 PENCE' on 4 p double overprint error and a 4 p blue without overprint (Ex-Ferrari collection).

 

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