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VICTORIA (Australia) 1850-1856

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Before the introduction of its own stamps, the stamps of New South Wales were used in Victoria, they can be recognized by the cancels (the 'Butterfly cancels').


(A so-called butterfly cancel no 1 used in Melbourne)

The numbers correspond to the following towns:
1: Melbourne
2: Kilmore
5: Owens
7: Maiden's Punt
9: Flooding Creek/Sale
13: Serpentine Creek
15: Geelong
21: Ballan
26: Chepstowe


1850 Queen Victoria, imperforated (so-called 'Halflengths')

1 p red Genuine 3 p blue, typical cancle, 'V1' in oval 3 p blue

  1 p red
  2 p lilac to brown (3 types)
  3 p blue

The types of the 2 p vary from nicely printed to completely fuzzy.

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 pRRRRRouletted: RRR
2 pRRRRRRouletted: RRR
3 pRRRRPerforated 12: RR

Cancels:

Butterfly cancel '15'
(A so-called 'Butterfly cancel')

The butterfly cancel was the first cancel to be used in Victoria (1849), so called after their shape. A 'V' can be found in the lower part and a number in the upper part. If I'm informed correctly 49 different numbers exist (see above for some of the towns corresponding to the numbers).

'4' cancel of Carisbrook
(so-called 'Barred oval' cancel)

The 'Barred oval' cancels were used from 1852 to 1855 (109 different numbers). Number '1' belonged to Melbourne, '2' to Geelong etc (a complete list of numbers with their corresponding towns can be found at: http://www.stampnut.com/vicbarcan.html).


(Another stamp of Victoria used in New South Wales: with '44' cancel of Yass)

Forgeries:

2 p brown, forgery! Forgery!

The above stamps are forgeries, there are two crosses in the lower corners, but there should be letters. The genuine 1 p has the letters E and W in the corners, the 2 p the letters T H or T W. 'The forged stamps of all countries' by J.Dorn says that there should be an E in the left corner and an ornament in the other corner.

A Jefferies forgery!
Forgeries made by Jeffreys

Other forgeries:


(Oneglia forgeries, note, that the background is quite different from the genuine stamps)

Official reprints exist, they were prepared in 1891 and are overprinted 'Reprint'. The 2 p always has scratches on it.

 

1853 Queen Victoria on a throne

Without country name


(Reduced sizes)

  2 p brown

With country name (1856)

1 p green

  1 p green
  6 p blue

The 1 p and 6 p have watermark 'Star', the 2 p has no watermark. The 2 p exists lithographed and engraved. Furthermore there are 50 varieties of this stamp and specialists distinguish some errors due to a second printing.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Imperforate
1 pRRR 
2 pRRR 
Rouletted
6 pRR*** 

Reprint:


(Reprints, overprinted 'Reprint')

Forgeries exist: example:

Forgery!


(6 p brown and 6 p yellow, forgeries in the wrong colour!)

 

1854 Queen Victoria in a square

Imperforate

1 Sh blue, imperforated

  1 Sh blue

Perforated

1 Sh blue "Other head" 1 Sh blue 5 Sh blue on yellow 5 Sh red and blue

  1 Sh blue 
  1 Sh blue on blue (1864, other head)
  5 Sh blue on yellow (1868)
  5 Sh blue and red (1868)
  5 Sh red and blue (1901)
  5 Sh red and blue (inscription 'POSTAGE', 1901)

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 Sh blueRRRImperforate, no watermark
Exists with rouletted perforation
1 Sh blueRRRPerforated 12, no watermark
1 Sh blue on blue R**Other design of the head, 1864
Watermark 'Number', perforated
Exists imperforate
1 Sh blue on blueRRROther design of the head
Watermark 'V Crown'
5 Sh blue on yellow RRRRRWatermark 'V Crown', perforated, 1868
5 Sh blue and redR***Watermark 'V Crown', perforated, 1868
5 Sh red and blueRRWatermark 'V Crown', perforated 12, 1901
5 Sh red and blue******Inscription 'POSTAGE', 1901
Watermark 'V Crown', perforated 12
5 Sh red and blueR***Inscription 'POSTAGE', 1906
Watermark 'Crown A', perforated 12 1/2

Reprints, example:

Forgeries, example:


(Jeffreys forgery)

Some other primitive forgeries:


(Forgeries)

A Senf forgery, with overprint 'FALSCH' (= forged in German):


(Senf forgery)

 

1855 Inscription 'REGISTERED' or 'TOO LATE', imperforated

  6 p lilac and green (TOO LATE)
  1 Sh red and blue (REGISTERED)
  

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
6 pRRRRR1855
1 Sh RRRR1854

A Senf forgery, with overprint 'FALSCH':

 

1854 Queen Victoria in an ellipse with upper and lower part removed, 'POSTAGE' left and 'STAMP' right, so-called 'Woodblocks'


(Reduced sizes)

  6 p orange (imperforated)
  6 p black (perforated)
  2 Sh green (imperforated or perforated)
  2 Sh blue on green (perforated)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Imperforate, no watermark
6 p orangeRRRRExists with rouletted perforation
2 Sh greenRRRRRRExists with rouletted perforation
Perforated 12
6 p blackRRRRRWatermark 'SIX PENCE'
2 Sh greenRRRRNo watermark
2 Sh blue on green RRR***Watermark '2'
Cancels:


(Special cancel 'Barred oval 1 V')

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