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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)


(Reduced size)

  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Imperforate, watermark 'Star'
1 pRRRRR 
2 pR*** 
6 pRRR 
1 Sh orangeRRRRRA 1 Sh blue was non-issued
Rouletted (1860), watermark 'Star'
1 p****** 
2 p**** 
6 pR** 
1 Sh orangeRR*** 
1 Sh brownRR***1863
Perforated, watermark 'Star'
1 pR*** 
1 pRRRRFat 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.

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

Official reprint Official reprint

Forgeries, (image obtained thanks to Bill Claghorn):

Fournier forgery

I have also seen the above 2 p forgery with a circular cancel with inscription 'COR...' (the rest is not on the stamp, since the cancel is on the corner). The label with 'SOUTH AUSTRALIA' is placed too close to the central circle in all the above forgeries.

 

1863 Queen Victoria in an ellipse

  9 p grey (lilac)

Surcharged and colour changed

8 p on 9 p brown


(Reduced size)

  '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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Watermark 'Star'
9 p******Rouletted
10 p (blue) on 9 pR***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 pRRRRFat OS overprint
10 p (blue) on 9 pRR***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)

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.

 

1867 Queen Victoria in a shield

  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.'


(Reduced size)

  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
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 RRRExists without surcharge
3 p (black) on 4 p blue R***Exists without surcharge
3 p on 4 p blueRRRRFat OS overprint
Watermark 'V Crown' (1871)
2 p orangeR*** 
4 pRRRRR 
Watermark 'SA Crown' (1868)
2 p orange*cTwo slightly different types of watermark
2 p orange*cFat or narrow OS overprint
Two slightly different types of watermark
2 p violetcvc1900
2 p violet*cWide OS overprint
2 Sh******1901
Watermark 'A Crown' (1906)
2 p violetcc 

Reprints, with overprint 'REPRINT':

 

1875 Queen Victoria, new design

  1 p green
  1 p red (1900)

Surcharged

  'HALF PENNY' on 1 p green (1881)

Official stamps, overprinted 'O.S.'


(Reduced sizes)

  1 p green (2 types of overprint)
  1 p red
  'HALF PENNY' on 1 p 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 'SA Crown'
1 p green*vcTwo slightly different types of watermark
1 p green*cFat or narrow OS overprint
Two slightly different types of watermark
1 p redcvc1900
1 p red*cWide OS overprint
1/2 p on 1 p green **1881
1/2 p on 1 p green**OS overprint 1881
Watermark 'A Crown' (1906)
1 pcvc 

 

1883 Small sized stamp

  1/2 p brown

Official stamps, overprinted 'O.S.' (narrow or wide)
  1/2 p brown

These stamps have watermark 'SA Crown'.

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 pcc 
1/2 p*cNarrow or wide OS overprint

An official reprint with overprint 'SPECIMEN' and another reprint with 'REPRINT':

 

1883 Queen Vicoria, various designs

  3 p green
  4 p violet
  6 p blue

Surcharged

5 d on 6 p brown

  '2 1/2 d.' on 4 p green (1891)
  '5 D' on 6 p brown

Official stamps, overprinted 'O.S.'


(Reduced sizes)

  4 p violet (2 types of overprint)
  '2 1/2 d.' on 4 p green (2 types of overprint)
  '5 D' on 6 p brown
  6 p blue

These stamps have watermark 'SA Crown'. They exist in various perforations

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 p*c 
4 p*c 
4 p*cOS overprint, three types:
fat, narrow and wide
6 p*c 
6 p*cOS overprint, three types:
fat, narrow and wide
2 1/2 p on 4 p** 
2 1/2 p on 4 p*****Fat or narrow OS overprint
5 p on 6 p** 
5 p on 6 p***Narrow OS overprint

With 'SPECIMEN' overprint (reprint of 1890):

with SPECIMEN overprint, reprint of this stamps of 1890

 

1883 Queen Victoria, large sizes

Inscription 'POSTAGE & REVENUE' 

  2 Sh 6 p violet
  5 Sh red
  10 Sh green
  15 Sh orange
  1 Pound blue
  2 Pounds brown
  50 Sh red
  3 Pounds green
  4 Pounds yellow
  5 Pounds grey
  5 Pounds brown(1896)
  10 Pounds brown
  15 Pounds grey
  20 Pounds lilac

These stamps exist with overprint 'SPECIMEN' (see picture above). The higher values are almost only used for fiscal purposes.

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 Sh 6 p***Fiscally used: *
5 Sh*****

"

10 Sh******

"

15 Sh******

"

1 PoundR***

"

2 PoundsRRRRFiscally used: **
All higher values RRRRRRFiscally used: ***

Inscription 'POSTAGE' (1903)

thin inscription fat inscription

  3 p green
  4 p orange
  6 p green
  8 p blue
  9 p red
  10 p orange (yellow)
  1 Sh brown
  2 Sh 6 p lilac
  5 Sh red
  10 Sh green
  1 Pound blue

These stamps exist with fat or thin inscription 'POSTAGE':


(Two types of 'POSTAGE')

These stamps exist with different perforations. The thin 'POSTAGE' types only exist with watermark 'SA Crown', the thick 'POSTAGE' types also exist with watermark 'A Crown'.

Value of the stamps

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

Thin 'POSTAGE' (1903)

Fat 'POSTAGE' (1905)

ValueUnusedUsedRemarksUnusedUsedRemarks
3 pcc **Only 'A Crown' wmk
4 p** ***Only 'A Crown' wmk
6 p** ** 
8 p**Misprint:
'EIGNT' exists
** 
9 p** ** 
10 p** **** 
1 Sh** ** 
2 Sh 6 p ***** ***** 
5 Sh****** ******Only 'SA Crown' wmk
10 Sh****** ******Only 'SA Crown' wmk
1 PoundRR RROnly 'SA Crown' wmk

 

Official stamps, overprinted 'O.S.'


(Reduced size)

  3 p green
  2 Sh 6 p lilac
  5 Sh red

The overprint was done on the thin 'POSTAGE' type.

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 p??Wide OS overprint
2 Sh 6 pRRRRWide OS overprint
Only one sheet with 60 stamps was issued
5 ShRRRR

Wide OS overprint
Only one sheet with 60 stamps was issued

 

1895 Queen Victoria with arms or kangaroo

  2 1/2 p violet
  2 1/2 p blue (1900)
  5 p lilac

Official stamps, overprinted 'O.S.'
  2 1/2 p violet
  2 1/2 p blue
  5 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
Watermark 'SA Crown'
2 1/2 p violet*c 
2 1/2 p violet ****Narrow OS overprint
2 1/2 p blue*c1900
2 1/2 p blue**Wide OS overprint
5 p*c 
5 p****Narrow OS overprint
Watermark 'A Crown' (1906)
2 1/2 p blue*** 
5 p** 

 

1900 Post office in Adelaide

  1/2 p green

Official stamp, overprinted 'O.S.'
  1/2 p 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
1/2 pcvcWatermark 'SA Crown
1/2 p*cWide OS overprint, watermark 'SA Crown'
1/2 pccWatermark 'A Crown', 1906

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