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SIERRA LEONE 1896-1920

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1896 Queen Victoria, inscription 'POSTAGE & REVENUE'

1 p lilac and red 6 p lilac 1 Sh green and black 2 Sh green and blue 1 Pound lilac on red

  1/2 p lilac and green
  1 p lilac and red
  1 1/2 p lilac and black
  2 p lilac and orange
  2 1/2 p lilac and blue
  3 p lilac and grey
  4 p lilac and red
  5 p lilac and black
  6 p lilac and dark lilac
  1 Sh green and black
  2 Sh green and blue
  5 Sh green and red
  1 Pound lilac on red

These stamps have perforation 14 and watermark '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
1/2 p** 
1 p** 
1 1/2 p****** 
2 p****** 
2 1/2 p***** 
3 p****** 
4 pRR 
5 p****** 
6 p****** 
1 Sh R*** 
2 Sh RRRR 
5 Sh RRRR 
1 Pound RRRR 

The higher valued stamps are mainly used for fiscal purposes, examples:

1 Sh, 2 Sh and 5 Sh fiscally used

The stamps with high facial value often have the fiscal cancel removed and a postal one applied to it.

 

1897 Fiscal stamps with Queen Victoria, overprinted 'POSTAGE AND REVENUE'

Image obtained thanks to Weldon Padgett Image obtained thanks to Weldon Padgett


(Reduced size)

  1 p lilac and green
  '2 1/2 d.' on 3 p lilac and green
  '2 1/2 d.' on 6 p lilac and green
  '2 1/2 d.' on 1 Sh lilac
  '2 1/2 d.' on 2 Sh lilac

For the specialist: six types of the overprint '2 1/2 d.' exist (look at the different '2'):

'2' in '1/2' different
Images obtained with permission from http://pages.sbcglobal.net/radgetters/ made by Weldon Padgett

These overprints exist side by side:

different types of the overprint
(Reduced size)

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****** 
2 1/2 p on 3 p******Cheapest types, other types: R to RRR
2 1/2 p on 6 p******Cheapest type, other types: R to RR
2 1/2 p on 1 Sh RRRRCheapest type, other types: RRR
2 1/2 p on 2 Sh RRRRRRAll types

 

1903 King Edward VII

1 Pound lilac on red

  1/2 p lilac and green
  1/2 p green
  1 p lilac and red
  1 p red
  1 1/2 p lilac and black
  1 1/2 p orange
  2 p lilac and orange
  2 p grey
  2 1/2 p lilac and blue
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p lilac and grey
  3 p lilac on yellow
  4 p lilac and red
  4 p black and red on yellow
  5 p lilac and black
  5 p lilac and green
  6 p lilac
  6 p lilac and violet
  6 p lilac and red
  1 Sh green and black
  1 Sh black on green
  2 Sh green and blue
  2 Sh violet and blue on blue
  5 Sh green and red
  5 Sh green and red on yellow
  1 Pound lilac on red
  1 Pound violet and black on red

These stamps have perforation 14.

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' (1903)

1/2 p lilac and green ****** 
1 p lilac and red*** 
1 1/2 p lilac and black ****** 
2 p lilac and orange****** 
2 1/2 p lilac and blue***** 
3 p lilac and greyR*** 
4 p lilac and redRR 
5 p lilac and black****** 
6 p lilac ****** 
1 Sh green and black RRRR 
2 Sh green and blueRRRR 
5 Sh green and redRRRR 
1 Pound lilac on redRRRR 
Watermark 'CA Multiple Crown' (1904)
1/2 p lilac and green ***** 
1/2 p green** 
1 p lilac and red*** 
1 p red**c 
1 1/2 p lilac and black ****** 
1 1/2 p orange***** 
2 p lilac and orange****** 
2 p grey ****** 
2 1/2 p lilac and blue****** 
2 1/2 p blue***** 
3 p lilac and grey****** 
3 p lilac on yellow****** 
4 p lilac and red****** 
4 p black and red on yellow ****** 
5 p lilac and black****** 
5 p lilac and green****** 
6 p lilac ****** 
6 p lilac and violet****** 
6 p lilac and redRR 
1 Sh green and black ****** 
1 Sh black on green****** 
2 Sh green and blueRR 
2 Sh violet and blue on blueRRRR 
5 Sh green and redRRRR 
5 Sh green and red on yellow RRRR 
1 Pound lilac on redRRRRRR 
1 Pound violet and black on red RRRRRR 

Forgeries exist, example:


(Forgery, the red part of the stamp is slanting!)

Another dangerous forgery:


(Image obtained from a Sandafayre auction)

The above forgery is printed on genuine watermarked paper.

High value stamps often have the fiscal cancel removed and a postal one applied to it.

 

1912 King George V

2 1/2 p blue3 p blue

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  1 p violet (1923)
  1 1/2 p orange
  1 1/2 p red (1923)
  2 p grey
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p blue (1923)
  4 p black and red on yellow
  5 p lilac and olive
  6 p lilac and red
  7 p lilac and orange
  9 p lilac and black
  10 p lilac and red

These stamps have perforation 14.

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' (1912)

1/2 p ** 
1 p red*c 
1 1/2 p orange ** 
2 p ** 
2 1/2 p *** 
4 p **** 
5 p**** 
6 p***** 
7 p ****** 
9 p ****** 
10 p****** 
Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1921)
1/2 pcc 
1 p violetcc 
1 1/2 p red** 
2 p*c 
2 1/2 p** 
3 p ** 
4 p ** 
5 p** 
6 p** 
7 p ****** 
9 p****** 
10 p****** 

Larger size

1 Sh grey and black on green 2 Sh lilac and blue on blue 1 Pound lilac and black on red Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  3 p lilac on yellow
  1 Sh grey and black on green
  2 Sh lilac and blue on blue
  5 Sh green and red on yellow
  10 Sh green and red on green
  1 Pound lilac and black on red
  2 Pounds lilac and blue
  5 Pounds green and yellow

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' (1912)

3 p** 
1 Sh***** 
2 Sh****** 
5 ShRR 
10 Sh RRRR 
1 PoundRRRR 
2 PoundsRRRRRR 
5 PoundsRRRRRR 
Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (1921)
1 Sh**** 
2 Sh****** 
5 Sh***R 
10 Sh RR 
2 Pounds RRRR 
5 PoundsRRRRRR 

High value stamps often have the fiscal cancel removed and a postal one applied to it.


Fiscal stamps

Besides the already mentioned fiscal stamps, there are also fiscal stamps with inscription 'STAMP DUTY'. They were issued in 1886, example:

The values 1 p lilac and green, 3 p lilac and green, 6 p lilac and green, 1 Sh lilac, 2 Sh lilac, 5 Sh lilac and 1 Pound lilac and red. Furthermore a surcharged stamp 'ONE-PENNY' on 6 p lilac and green exist.


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