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1867 Queen Victoria

1 p red 1 Sh green Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  1 p red
  1 p brown
  6 p grey
  6 p green
  6 p brown
  1 Sh blue
  1 Sh green
  1 Sh violet
  1 Sh brown

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
No watermark (1867)
1 p redRRRR 
6 p greyRRRR 
1 Sh blueRRRR 
Watermark 'Star' (1873)
1 p redRRRR 
1 Sh violetRRRRRR 

Watermark 'CC crown' (1881), perforation 14

1 p redRR 
6 p green RRRR 
1 Sh blueRRRR 
Watermark 'CA crown' (1882)
1 p brownRRRRPerforation 14
1 p redRRPerforation 12
1 p red****Perforation 14
6 p brown ******Perforation 14
1 Sh brown ******Perforation 14
Surcharged

'1/2' on 1 p red Image obtained from a Shreves auction Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  '1/2' on 1 p red
  '1/2' on 6 p grey
  '1/2' on 1 Sh blue
  '1/2' on 1 Sh violet
  '2 1/2' on 1 p red
  '2 1/2' on 6 p grey
  '2 1/2' on 1 Sh blue
  '2 1/2' on 1 Sh violet
  '4' on 1 p red
  '4' on 6 p grey
  '4' on 1 Sh violet

For the specialist: 4 different types of the '1/2' surcharge exist, 8 different types of the '2 1/2' surcharge and 3 different types of the '4' surcharge, examples:

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 on 1 p RRRR4 Types, some types RRR
1/2 on 6 pRRRR 
1/2 on 1 Sh blueRRRR 
1/2 on 1 Sh violet RRRR2 Types
2 1/2 on 1 pRRRRRR2 Types
2 1/2 on 6 pRRRR4 Types, cheapest type: RR, other types RRR
2 1/2 on 1 Sh blueRRRRRR3 Types
2 1/2 on 1 Sh violet RRRRRR6 Types
4 on 1 pRRRRRR2 Types
4 on 6 p RRRR3 Types
4 on 1 ShRRRRRR2 Types

Typical caneel 'TI' (Turks Islands):


('TI' cancel)

Forgeries, example:


(Forgery)

Forgeries made by Oneglia, examples:

Oneglia forgery!


(Oneglia forgery, reduced size)

The front of the bust of Queen Victoria seems not to touch its containing ellipse in these forgeries. I've seen this forgery with a 'Star' watermark. This watermark was probably made with grease or something. I don't know if all these forgeries have this 'watermark'.

Spiro forgeries:

Forgeries made by Spiro also exist, they can easily be recognized by their typical Spiro cancels. I have seen the 1 p red, 6 p grey and 1 Sh blue. These forgeries are also described in 'The Spud Papers XIV'. They are poorly lithographed with no watermark, the mouth has a sour expression, the point of the chin is sharp and the lettering of the labels is too short. Note that there are guidelines between these forgeries.


(Other forgery of the '2 1/2' on 6 p blue, the '2 1/2' is also printed in blue)


(A forged '1/2' overprint on a genuine stamp)

 

1881 Queen Victoria

  1/2 p green
  2 1/2 p brown
  2 1/2 p blue
  4 p blue
  4 p grey
  4 p lilac and blue

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 CC Crown (1881)
4 p blueRRRR 
Watermark CA Crown (1882)
1/2 p **** 
2 1/2 p brownRR 
2 1/2 p blue****** 
4 p grey****** 
4 p lilac and blue ****** 

Surcharged

  '1/2 d.' and bar on 4 p grey
  'one penny' on 2 1/2 p brown

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 on 4 pRRRRWatermark 'CA Crown'
1 p on 2 1/2 p RRWatermark 'CA Crown'


('TI' cancel)

Postcards in the same design:

 

1894 Queen Victoria, inscription 'Postage Postage'

  5 p green and 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
Watermark CC Crown and perforation 14
5 p ****** 

 

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