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TASMANIA 1853-1891

(Also called VAN DIEMENS LAND)

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1853 Queen Victoria, inscription 'VAN DIEMENS LAND', queen facing to the right, imperforated, different frames, so-called 'Couriers'

Reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

Cancellation "8"

  1 p blue
  4 p orange

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 RRRRRR 
4 pRRR***Cut into octagonal shape
With full border: RR
Reprints:

Reprint of this stamp
(Reprint of the 1 p)

I've seen a whole sheet of the 1 p reprints consisting of four rows of six stamps (24) with the same two (also three) lines through the design. They seem to have been printed from the defaced copper plate on thick wove paper.
A similar reprint (with the defaced plate with lines) exists for the 4 p (see the picture above).

Forgeries:

The next 4 pstamp looks very suspicious to me, it could very well be a forgery:

Another forgery with 'CORREOS'(?) cancel:

A forgery of the 4 p stamp with 'FACSIMILE.' overprint (made by Senf):

The next forgeries of the 1 p were made by Jeffryes:


(Four 1 p forgeries on piece with barred numeral '1' cancel)


(Some primitive 1 p forgeries)

 

1855 Queen Victoria, inscription 'VAN DIEMENS LAND', so-called 'Chalon head' issue

1 p red 2 p green 4 p blue

  1 p red
  2 p green
  4 p blue

Perforated

1 p red

  1 p red
  2 p green
  4 p blue

Example of one of the watermarks used on these stamps:


(Watermark 'Number', '1' in this case, used for the 1 p stamp)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
With watermark 'Large Star', imperforate (1855)
1 p RRRRRR 
2 pRRRRR 
4 pRRRR 
With no watermark, imperforate (1856)
1 pRRRRRR 
2 pRRRRRR 
4 pRRRRR 

With watermark 'Number', imperforate (1857)

1 p****Watermark '1'
2 pR**Watermark '2'
4 pR*Watermark '4'
With Watermark 'Number', various perforation gauges (1864)
1 p****Watermark '1'
Exists with no watermark or watermark '2'
2 pRR***Watermark '2'
4 pR**Watermark '4'

Many of these stamps are used fiscally. Postally used stamps are in some cases rarer.

Reprints:

Examples:


(Reduced size, reprint on a thick card)

I've also seen reprints of the 2 p green stamp (imperforate without 'REPRINT' overprint, and perforated with 'REPRINT' overprint)..

Forgeries:

Examples:

Forgery, look at the strange face of the queen!

I have seen an imperforate proof, 1 p red (carmine) on thick paper, no watermark, imperforate with gum added pretending to be an issued stamp.

 

1857 Queen Victoria in an octagonal, inscription 'TASMANIA'

Imperforated

6 p lilac 6 p blue 1 Sh red

  6 p lilac to blue
  1 Sh red

Perforated

6 p blue 1 Sh red

  6 p lilac to blue
  1 Sh red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
With watermark 'Number', imperforate (1857)
6 p RR** 
1 ShRR* 
With watermark 'Number', various perforation gauges (1864)
6 pR* 
1 Sh**** 


(Watermark on the 6 p: '6')

Many of these stamps are used fiscally. Postally used stamps are in some cases rarer.

1 Sh red, fiscal cancel?
(Fiscally used stamp, reduced size)

Reprints exist, they have a large 'REPRINT' overprint:


(Reprint of the 6 p, reduced size)

Forgeries?:


(Forgeries?)

 

1870 Queen Victoria facing the left (so-called 'Sideface issue'), inscription 'TASMANIA'

1 p red With numeral cancel '113' 3 p brown 4 p yellow 4 p olive 8 p brown 9 p blue 5 Sh lilac

  1/2 p orange
  1 p red
  2 p green
  3 p brown
  4 p blue
  4 p yellow
  4 p olive
  8 p brown
  9 p blue
  10 p black
  5 Sh lilac

Surcharged

  'Halfpenny' on 1 p red (for newspapers)
  '2 1/2 d.' on 9 p blue

Various perforation gauges were used for these stamps. The first stamps were issued with watermark 'Number'. Later, in 1871, the watermark 'TAS' was used. Specialists distinguish two types of this watermark with different sizes: 16x7 mm or 13x6 mm. The 9 p was issued in 1902 with watermark 'V 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
With watermark 'Number' (1870)
1 p****Watermark '4' or '10', exists imperforate
2 p***cWatermark '2', exists imperforate
4 p blueRRRRWatermark '4',
printed quantity: 72000 stamps (sold quantity 24000)
10 p **Watermark '10', exists imperforate
With watermark 'TAS' (1878)
1/2 p**Exists imperforate
1 p*cExists imperforate
2 p*c 
3 p**Exists imperforate
4 p yellow**** 
4 p olive** 
8 p** 
9 p**** 
5 Sh**** 
1/2 p on 1 p**Misprint: RRR (see below)
Reprints were made in 1901 (no watermark)
2 1/2 p on 9 p**Two types 14 mm or 15 mm high overprint
Reprints were made in 1901 (no watermark)
With watermark 'V Crown' (1902)
9 p**Very badly printed
With watermark 'Crown A' (1905)
8 p** 
9 p** 

Forgery!
(Forgery of a misprint)

A misprint of the 'Halfpenny' on 1 p red exists, instead of 'Halfpenny' it reads 'H..fpenny' with the letters 'al' vertically. The shown stamp here is a forgery of this misprint!

Typical cancel:

"TASMANIA" cancellation
('TASMANIA' in bars)

Reprints:

No watermark Official reprint
(Reduced sizes)


Official reprint of the 'Halfpenny' on 1d surcharge. Actually the font size is wrong and the stamp is a locally printed 1d, not the De La Rue 1d as the original was.

I have also seen a reprint of the 4 p blue stamp (also with 'REPRINT' overprint):

What are these (imperforate and overprinted 'CANCELLED')?:

'SPECIMEN' overprint:


(Some reprints exist with 'SPECIMEN' overprint)

Postal stationery: I have seen a postcard with an impression of a stamps similar to the 1 p red stamp.

Tasmania 1892-1900 and miscellaneous.


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