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Between 1861 and 1890 Mauritius postage stamps were used with the cancel 'B64'. Examples:


1890 Queen Victoria

16 c brown and blue

96 c lilac and red
(Reduced size)

  2 c green and red
  2 c brown and green
  3 c lilac and orange
  4 c red and green
  6 c red
  8 c lilac and blue
  10 c blue and brown
  12 c brown and green
  13 c grey and black
  15 c brown and lilac
  15 c blue
  16 c brown and blue
  18 c blue
  36 c brown and red
  45 c brown and red
  48 c yellow and green
  75 c yellow and violet
  96 c lilac and red
  1 R lilac and red
  1 R 50 grey and red
  2 R 25 lilac and green

Surcharged

Narrow '0' variety 90 c on 96 c lilac and red

  '2 cents' on 4 c red and green
  '3 cents' on 4 c red and green
  '3 cents' on 10 c blue and brown
  '3 cents' on 16 c brown and blue
  '3 cents' on 36 c brown and red
  '6 cents' on 8 c lilac and blue
  '12 cents' on 16 c brown and blue
  '15 cents' on 16 c brown and blue
  '18 CENTS' on 45 c brown and red
  '30 cents' on 75 c yellow and violet
  '30 cents' on 1 R lilac and red
  '36 CENTS' on 45 c brown and red
  '45 cents' on 48 c yellow and green
  '45 cents' on 1 R lilac and red
  '45 cents' on 2 R 25 lilac and green
  '90 cents' on 96 c lilac and red

For the specialist: A variety of the '45 cents' on 2 R 25 stamp exist, with narrow '5' (see above for normal '5'):


(Narrow '5' variety)

The '30 cents' surcharge also exist with a variety: narrow '0'.

All these stamps have perforation 14 and the watermark of these stamps is 'CA crown':


('CA Crown' watermark')

 

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 c green and red ** 
2 c brown and green ****1897?
3 c**1893?
4 c** 
6 c****1897?
8 c****** 
10 c****** 
12 c****1893?
13 c****** 
15 c brown and lilac******1893?
15 c blue******1897?
16 c****** 
18 c******1897?
36 cRR1897?
45 cRRRR1893?
48 cRR 
75 cRRRR1897?
96 cRRRR 
1 RRR1897?
1 R 50 cRRRR1897?
2 R 25 cRRRR1897?
Surcharged
2 c on 4 c****** 
3 c on 4 c****Exists with double or inverted surcharge: RRR
3 c on 10 c******Exists with double surcharge: RRR
3 c on 16 c****** 
3 c on 36 c****** 
6 c on 8 c******Exists with inverted surcharge: RRR
12 c on 16 c******Exists with inverted surcharge: RRR
15 c on 16 c******Exists with double or inverted surcharge: RRR
18 c on 45 c******Exists with double surcharge: RRR
30 c on 75 c******Variety: narrow '0': R
30 c on 1 R******Variety: narrow '0': R
Exists with double surcharge: RRR
36 c on 45 cRR 
45 c on 48 cRR 
45 c on 1 RRR 
45 c on 2 R 25RRRRVariety: narrow '5': RR
90 c on 96 cRRRR 

Typical cancel:


('B64' cancel)

Forgeries:


(Forgery)

I've been told that the above stamp is a forgery (with watermark 'Crown CA'!), I have no further information.


(Forged inverted '12 cents' on 16 c stamp, I have no further information)

Fiscal stamps: postage stamps overprinted 'REVENUE'

This revenue stamp was issued in 1894; the following values exist: 4 c on 3 c, 4 c on 6 c, 4 c on 8 c (two types 'cents' or 'CENTS'), 4 c on 10 c and 4 c on 15 c. In 1902 the 2 c brown and green stamp was overprinted 'Revenue'.

 

1903 King Edward VII

1.50 R black and red
2 R 25 lilac and green

  2 c brown and green
  3 c green
  6 c red
  12 c olive and green
  15 c blue
  18 c olive and red
  30 c lilac and green
  45 c brown and red
  75 c yellow and lilac
  1 R 50 black and red
  2 R 25 lilac and green

Surcharged
  '3 cents' on 15 c blue
  '3 cents' on 18 c green and red
  '3 cents' on 45 c brown and red

These stamps have perforation 14, they have watermark 'CA Crown' or 'Multiple CA 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
Watermark 'CA Crown'
2 c ** 
3 c** 
6 c**** 
12 c****** 
15 c****** 
18 c****** 
30 c****** 
45 c****** 
75 cRR 
1 R 50 RR 
2 R 25 RRRR 
3 c on 15 c****** 
3 c on 18 cRR 
3 c on 45 c****** 
Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown'
2 c** 
3 c** 
6 c*** 
12 c****** 
15 c****** 
18 c****** 
30 c****** 
45 c****** 
75 c****** 
1 R 50 RR 
2 R 25 RRRR 

A 30 c violet and green stamp with overprint '4 cents Revenue' exists for fiscal purposes (issued 1904).

 

1912 King George

Inscription 'POSTAGE POSTAGE'

  
  2 c brown and green
  3 c green
  6 c red
  12 c brown and green
  15 c blue
  18 c green and red
  30 c violet and green
  45 c brown and red
  75 c yellow and violet
  1 R 50 c black and red
  2 R 25 c lilac and 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 'Multiple CA Crown',
inscription 'POSTAGE POSTAGE', perforated 14
2 c ** 
3 c** 
6 c**** 
12 c**** 
15 c***** 
18 c****** 
30 c****** 
45 c****** 
75 c****** 
1 R 50R*** 
2 R 25 RRR 
Inscription 'POSTAGE & REVENUE' (1917)

6 c lilac 20 c blue
2.25 R green and lilac

  2 c brown and green
  3 c green
  3 c black
  4 c green
  4 c green and red
  5 c brown
  6 c red
  6 c lilac
  9 c red
  12 c grey
  12 c red
  15 c blue
  15 c yellow
  18 c lilac on yellow
  20 c blue
  25 c black and red on yellow
  30 c lilac and green
  45 c lilac and orange
  50 c lilac and black
  75 c black on green
  1 R lilac and red
  1 R 50 c lilac and blue on blue
  2 R 25 c green and lilac
  5 R green and blue

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 'Multiple CA Crown' (1917),
inscription 'POSTAGE & REVENUE ', perforated 14
2 c c* 
3 c green** 
5 c** 
6 c red** 
12 c grey**** 
15 c blue**** 
18 c****** 
25 c**** 
30 c****** 
45 c****** 
50 c****** 
75 c****** 
1 R****** 
1 R 50RR 
2 R 25RR 
5 RRRRR 
Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1921),
inscription 'POSTAGE & REVENUE ', perforated 14
2 ccc 
3 c greencc 
3 c black** 
4 c green** 
4 c green and red ** 
5 c** 
6 c red** 
6 c lilac*c 
9 c ** 
12 c grey****** 
12 c red** 
15 c blue****** 
15 c yellow** 
18 c** 
20 c*c 
25 c** 
30 c** 
45 c**** 
50 c**** 
75 c****** 
1 R****** 
1 R 50 ****** 
2 R 25****** 
5 RRR 

Postal Stationery

Example:


(Reduced size)


Fiscal stamps

Several fiscal stamps of Mauritius were overprinted 'SEYCHELLES', to be used in Seychelles. For example the series with 'FIRST OF EXCHANGE', 'SECOND OF EXCHANGE' and 'THIRD OF EXCHANGE' of 1897:

In the above design were issued: '4 CENTS' on 5 c green, 5 c green, 10 c green, 25 c green, 40 c red and 1.25 R brown.

Furthermore some internal revenues were overprinted, example of such an internal revenue stamp of Mauritius (1898):

This overprint exists on the values 5 c lilac and blue, 10 c blue, 12 c blue, 15 c blue, 25 c blue, 50 c blue, 1 R brown and lilac, 2 R 50 brown and lilac and 5 R brown and lilac.

Futhermore several postage stamps of Seychelles with Queen Victoria (see under postage stamps for an example) and King Edward were overprinted for fiscal use with 'Revenue'.

In 1906 and 1920 special fiscal stamps were issued with the portraits of King Edward and King George respectively.


(Fiscal stamp with King Edward, the following values were issued 4 c lilac and green, 50 c lilac and green, 1 R green and blue, 2.50 R green and black and 5 R green and red)


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