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INDIAN STATES, Travancore

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1888 Arms (shell), all borders slightly different

4 ch green
(reduced size)


(Reduced sizes)

  4 ca red
  5 ca brown
  6 ca brown
  10 ca red
  1/2 ch lilac
  3/4 ch black
  3/4 ch violet (issued after 1920)
  1 ch blue
  1 1/4 ch red
  2 ch red
  3 ch lilac
  4 ch green
  7 ch violet
  14 ch orange

These stamps can be found with or without watermark (shell).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
4 cacc 
5 cacc 
6 cacvc 
10 ca*vc 
1/2 ch*c 
3/4 ch*c 
1 ch*cError: 1 c red: RRR
1 1/4 ch*c 
2 ch*c 
3 ch*c 
4 ch*** 
7 ch*** 
14 ch**** 

Surcharged

  '1/4' (1906) on 1/2 ch lilac
  '3/8' (1906) on 1/2 ch lilac
  '1 c' (1921) on 4 ca red
  '2 c' on 10 ca red
  '5 c' (red, 1921) on 1 ch 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
1 c on 4 cacc 
5 c on 1 chcc 
1/4 on 1/2 ch c*Exists with inverted surcharge: RR
3/8 on 1/2 chc* 

 

These stamps exist overprinted 'On S S' to serve as official stamps (1911 onwards):


(Reduced sizes)

  4 ca red
  5 ca brown
  6 ca brown
  10 ca red
  1/2 ch lilac (red overprint)
  1 ch blue (red overprint)
  1 1/4 ch red
  2 ch red
  3 ch lilac
  4 ch green
  7 ch violet
  14 ch 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
4 cacc 
5 cacc 
6 ca*c 
10 ca*c 
1/2 chcc 
1 ch*cWith inverted overprint: R
1 1/4 ch*c 
2 ch*c 
3 ch*c 
4 ch*c 
7 ch**c 
14 ch***c 


A misprint: 'nO S S' instead of 'On S S'

I've also seen these stamps with overprint 'SERVICE' (issued after 1920).

Later issues, example:

Fiscal stamps, example:


(Reduced size)


('TRAVANCORE GOVERNMENT FOREIGN BILL'

In the above 'Foreign Bill' design I have seen the values: 4 a green, 8 a green, 1 R red, 1 1/2 R grey and 3 R red.


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