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VICTORIA (Australia) 1854-1856

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Victoria 1850-1853

 

1854 Queen Victoria in a octagon

Imperforate

1 Sh blue, imperforated

  1 Sh blue

Perforated

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
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 Sh blue RR R Imperforate, no watermark
Exists with rouletted perforation
1 Sh blue RR R Perforated 12, no watermark
1 Sh blue on blue R ** Other design of the head, 1864
Watermark 'Number', perforated
Exists imperforate
1 Sh blue on blue RR R Other design of the head
Watermark 'V Crown'
5 Sh blue on yellow RRR RR Watermark 'V Crown', perforated, 1868
5 Sh blue and red R *** Watermark 'V Crown', perforated, 1868
5 Sh red and blue R R Watermark 'V Crown', perforated 12, 1901
5 Sh red and blue *** *** Inscription 'POSTAGE', 1901
Watermark 'V Crown', perforated 12
5 Sh red and blue R *** Inscription 'POSTAGE', 1906
Watermark 'Crown A', perforated 12 1/2


5 Sh with very neat MELBOURNE cancelled to order.

Reprints, example:

Forgeries, example:


(Jeffreys forgery)

The Jeffreys forgery is quite deceptive. It has the frontal hairband slightly different from a genuine stamp (more curved). The hair also appears different in other places. The background behind the Queen consists of lines in the genuine stamp, but is solid in the forgery (this may be difficult to spot in some genuine stamps). The outermost circle is too heavily done in the forgery. In my view, the 'R' of 'VICTORIA' is different as well as some other letters. I've seen a pair of these forgeries with a duplex 'VICTORIA' MELBOURNE 2D DEC 55' cancel pasted on a piece of paper.


Some other forgeries of the 1 Sh stamp. The hair is different from a genuine stamp. The cancels are bogus.

Other primitive forgeries of the 1 Sh exist.

Some other primitive forgeries:


Some forgeries which might have been produced by the Spiro brothers (see http://stampsofvictoria.com/laureates.php). The cancels are often bogus. Some forgeries have guidelines.


Another primitive forgery type

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

Cut from a Gray catalogue of 1870 Scan from a de Torres album
Senf forgery with printed perforation. I have seen it with the perforation 'cut out' and the word "FALSCH" overprinted with a manual cancel (see: http://stampsofvictoria.com/laureates.php). The curly design at the bottom of the stamp is inverted. Also the ornament at 10 o'clock is missing. This image appears to have been copied from an illustration in the magazine Le Timbre Poste by Moens, No.68, page 58, August 1868 (the same image also appears in the same journal in Nr.63, March 1868, page 19).. The design of this forgery is identical to the image given in "The illustrated catalogue of postage stamps" by J.E.Gray (1870, page 174, see third image). A similar image appears in the catalogue of Placido Ramon de Torres "Album Illustrado para Sellos de Correo" of 1879 (information passed to me thanks to Gerhard Lang, 2016) on page 251.

 

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
Value Unused Used Remarks
6 p RRR RR 1855
1 Sh RR RR 1854

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
Value Unused Used Remarks
Imperforate, no watermark
6 p orange RR RR Exists with rouletted perforation
2 Sh green RRR RRR Exists with rouletted perforation
Perforated 12
6 p black RRR RR Watermark 'SIX PENCE'
2 Sh green RRR R No watermark
2 Sh blue on green RRR *** Watermark '2'

Cancels:


(Special cancel 'Barred oval 1 V')

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