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Provisional issues of Mafia

Some provisional stamps were issued for the island Mafia by the British. Besides fiscal stamps of German East Africa with overprint "O.H.B.M.S. MAFIA" or "G.R. POST MAFIA", also some stamps of India with overprint "I.E.F." received the overprint "G.R. POST MAFIA".


(Statistik des waarenverkehrs with "O.H.B.M.S. MAFIA" overprint in a circle, I've seen the values 24 pesa red, 12 1/2 heller olive, 25 heller green, 50 heller blue and 1 Rupie violet with this overprint)


(Stamp of India, overprinted "I.E.F" and "G.R. POST MAFIA", image obtained from http://www.sandafayre.com)


(I've been told that these two stamps of India with Mafia overprint are genuine)


Three unlisted 'Mafia' overprints on stamps of German East Africa


 

1917 Stamps of East Africa and Uganda overprinted "G.E.A." (German East Africa)

10 R green and red on green 50 R green and red


(Reduced size)

  1 c black (overprint in red)
  3 c green
  6 c red
  10 c orange
  12 c grey
  15 c blue
  25 c red and black on yellow
  50 c lilac and black
  75 c black and grey on green (overprint in red)
  1 R black on green (overprint in red)
  2 R black and red on blue
  3 R green and violet
  4 R green and red on yellow
  5 R lilac and blue
  10 R green and red on green
  20 R lilac and black on red
  50 R green and red

Most of these stamps have watermark 'Multiple CA Crown', but some values were also issued with watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1 c, 10 c, 12 c, 15 c, 50 c, 2 R, 3 R, 5 R). The overprint on the Rupie values is larger. For an overprint in different lettering, see the next issue.

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
1 c c vc  
3 c c c  
6 c c c  
10 c c c  
12 c c c  
15 c c c  
25 c * *  
50 c * *  
75 c * * Background colour bluish or yellowish green
1 R ** ** Background colour bluish or yellowish green
2 R ** **  
3 R *** ***  
4 R *** ***  
5 R *** ***  
10 R *** ***  
20 R R R  
50 R RR RR  

The higher values are mostly used for fiscal purposes.

 

1922 Stamps of East Africa and Uganda overprinted "G.E.A." (German East Africa) slightly different from the previous issue (local overprint)

  1 c black (red overprint)
  10 c yellow 

The basic stamps have 'Multiple Script 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 c * * Exists with black and red overprint
at the same time: RR
10 c ** **  

 

1922 Head of a giraffe

30 c blue and black

  5 c lilac and black
  5 c green and black
  10 c green and black
  10 c yellow and black
  15 c red and black
  20 c orange and black
  25 c black
  25 c blue and black
  30 c blue and black
  30 c lilac and black
  40 c brown and black
  50 c grey and black
  75 c yellow and black

Larger size

1 Pound orange and black

  1 Sh green and black
  2 Sh lilac and black
  3 Sh black
  5 Sh red and black
  10 Sh blue and black
  1 Pound orange and black

These stamps have watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown'. The small values are perforated 15 x 14, the large ones 14.

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
5 c lilac and black c c  
5 c green and black c c 1922
10 c green and black c c  
10 c yellow and black c c 1922
15 c c c  
20 c c c  
25 c black ** *  
25 c blue and black * * 1922
30 c blue and black * *  
30 c lilac and black * * 1922
40 c * *  
50 c * *  
75 c * *  
1 Sh ** **  
2 Sh ** **  
3 Sh ** **  
5 Sh *** ***  
10 Sh *** ***  
1 Pound R R  

 

1927 King George V, inscription: "MANDATED TERRITORY OF TANGANYIKA"

20 c orange and black

  5 c green and black
  10 c yellow and black
  15 c red and black
  20 c orange and black
  25 c blue and black
  30 c lilac and black
  30 c blue and black
  40 c brown and black
  50 c grey and black
  75 c green and black

Larger size

  1 Sh green and black
  2 Sh lilac and black
  3 Sh black
  5 Sh red and black
  10 Sh blue and black
  1 Pound orange and black

The stamps have watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' and are perforated 14.

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
5 c c vc  
10 c c c  
15 c c vc  
20 c c c  
25 c * c  
30 c lilac and black * c  
30 c blue and black c c  
40 c * c  
50 c * c  
75 c * *  
1 Sh * *  
2 Sh * *  
3 Sh ** **  
5 Sh *** **  
10 Sh *** ***  
1 Pound *** ***  

A similar large sized stamp with topinscription "KODI" in the value 1 Sh red and lilac is a fiscal stamp (a similar stamp was issued for Kenya):

 

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