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1887 King George I

6 p blue

  1 p red
  2 p lilac
  6 p blue
  6 p yellow
  1 Sh green

Surcharged

  'FOUR PENCE.' on 1 p red
  'EIGHT PENCE.' on 2 p lilac
  'SURCHARGE  2 1/2 d.' on 1 Sh green (1894)

I've seen some printing errors: 'FOUR PENCE' with no dot behind 'PENCE' and 'EIGHT PENCE' with a short 'T'.

Overprinted with two little stars

  1 p red
  2 p lilac
These stamps also exist with three or more little stars:

Three stars

For the specialist: these stamps have watermark 'NZ star', example:


(N.Z star watermark)

They exist with 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
1 p **** 
2 p ****** 
6 p blue****** 
6 p yellow****** 
1 Sh****** 
Surcharged
2 1/2 p on 1 Sh ****** 
4 p on 1 p****** 
8 p on 2 p****** 
Overprinted with small stars
1 pRR 
2 pRR 


(Imperforate stamp? or Postal Stationery?)

Cancels, examples:

 

1892 Arms of Tonga

  1 p red
  4 p brown

Surcharged

  '1/2 d.' (red or black) on 1 p blue
  'SURCHARGE HALF-PENNY' (red) on 4 p brown
  'FIVE PENCE' (red) on 4 p yellow
  

Overprinted 'G.F.B.' (Official stamps)

  'G.F.B.' (red) on 1 p blue
  'G.F.B.' (red) on 4 p blue

Further sucharged
  '1/2 D' on 1 p blue
  '5 D' on 4 p blue

These stamps have watermark 'NZ Star' and 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
1 p ****** 
4 pRR 
Surcharged
1/2 p on 1 p ******Black and red overprint same value
1/2 p on 4 p****** 
5 p on 4 p****** 
'G.F.B.'
1 p****** 
4 pRRRR 
1/2 p on 1 p****** 
5 p on 4 pRR 

Exists bisected, example 1 p red:


(Reduced size)

 

1892 King George I, new design

  2 p brown
  8 p lilac
  1 Sh brown

Surcharged

  '2 1/2 d.' (red or black) on 2 p green
  '7 1/2 d.' (red) on 8 p red
  'SURCHARGE HALF-PENNY' on 1 Sh brown
  'SURCHARGE' and 1 d (red) on 2 p blue
  'SURCHARGE' and 1 1/2 d (red) on 2 p blue
  'SURCHARGE' and 2 1/2 d (red) on 2 p blue
  'SURCHARGE 2 1/2 d.' on 8 p lilac
  'SURCHARGE' and 7 1/2 d (red) on 2 p blue

Double surcharge


(Reduced sizes)

  'Half Penny' on 'SURCHARGE' and 1 1/2 d (red) on 2 p blue
  'Half Penny' on 'SURCHARGE' and 7 1/2 d (red) on 2 p blue

Surcharged 'G.F.B.' (Official stamps)

  'G.F.B.' (red) on 2 p blue
  'G.F.B.' (red) on 8 p blue
  'G.F.B.' (red) on 1 Sh blue

Surcharged 'G.F.B.' and value

  '2 1/2 D' on 2 p blue
  '7 1/2 D' on 8 p blue
  '10 D' on 1 Sh 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
2 p ****** 
8 pRR 
1 Sh RR 
Surcharged
2 1/2 p on 2 p ******Black and red overprint same value
7 1/2 p on 8 pRR 
Overprinted 'SUCHARGE' and value
1/2 p on 1 Sh******Double overprint: RRR
1 p on 2 p****** 
1 1/2 p on 2 pRR 
2 1/2 p on 2 pRR 
2 1/2 p on 8 p****** 
7 1/2 p on 2 pRRRR 
1/2 p on 1 1/2 p on 2 p RRRR 
1/2 p on 7 1/2 p on 2 pRRRR 
'G.F.B.'
2 pRR 
8 pRRRR 
1 ShRRRR 
2 1/2 p on 2 p****** 
7 1/2 p on 8 pRR 
10 p on 1 ShRR 

 

1895 King George II

  1 p green
  2 1/2 p red
  5 p blue
  7 1/2 p yellow

Surcharged

  'SURCHARGE' and 1/2 p on 2 1/2 p red
  'SURCHARGE' and 1 p on 2 1/2 p red
  'SURCHARGE' and 7 1/2 p on 2 1/2 p 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
1 p****** 
2 1/2 p ****** 
5 p****** 
7 1/2 p****** 
Surcharged
1/2 p on 2 1/2 p RR 
1 p on 2 1/2 p****** 
7 1/2 p on 2 1/2 p RR 

Example of a bisected stamp (1 p green):


(Reduced size)

 

1897 Various designs

5 Sh red and black


(Reduced size)

  1/2 p blue
  1/2 p green
  1 p red and black
  2 p olive and black
  2 1/2 p blue and black
  3 p green and black
  4 p violet and green
  5 p orange and black (design as 2 p)
  6 p red
  7 1/2 p green and black (design as 2 p)
  10 p red and black (design as 2 p)
  1 Sh brown and black (design as 2 p)
  2 Sh blue and black
  2 Sh 6 p lilac
  5 Sh red and black

Overprinted 'T-L' (wedding of king Tabou and queen Lavinia)

  1 p red and black

These stamps have watermark 'Tortues'.

I have seen the 1 Sh stamp with a printing error 'SILINI-E TAHA' instead of 'SILINI-E-TAHA' (a '-' missing). I've seen the 1 p and 3 p used bisected diagonally (1904?).

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 bluecc 
1 p cc 
2 p*** 
2 1/2 p**** 
3 p** 
4 p** 
5 p****** 
6 p*** 
7 1/2 p ******Exists with inverted center: RRR
10 p****** 
1 Sh****** 
2 Sh ****** 
2 Sh 6 p****** 
5 ShRR 
Overprinted 'TL'
1 p ****** 

More values and surcharges of these stamps were issued after 1920.

 

1919 Queen Salote Tubu


(reduced size)

  1 1/2 p black
  2 p violet and brown
  2 p lilac and black
  2 1/2 p blue and black
  5 p orange and black
  7 1/2 p green and black
  10 p red and black
  1 Sh brown and black

These stamps have watermark 'Tortues'.

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 p violet and brown ** 
2 p violet and black**(1930)
2 1/2 p** 
5 p** 
7 1/2 p**** 
10 p**** 
1 Sh****** 


Postal Stationery

In 1896 a registration envelope was issued (6 p red with arms, inscription 'TONGA REGISTRATION'). A similar registration envelope was issued in the value 4 p red.

Also in 1896 an envelope with the arms of Tonga in an ellipse in the value 1 p red was issued.

Later postal stationery, example:


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