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1866 Various images of a St. Ursula (1 and 6 p small sized)

6 p red, "A91" cancellation 6 p red 6 p violet


  1 p green
  1 p red
  4 p red
  4 p brown
  6 p red
  6 p violet
  1 Sh black and red
  1 Sh black and red (red border)
  1 Sh brown

Surcharged (1888)

'4 D' on 1 Sh black and red

  '4D' (violet) on 1 Sh black and red (red border)

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 greenRRRRNo watermark, perforated 12 or 15
1 p greenRRRRWatermark CC Crown (lying), perforated 14
1 p red******Watermark CA Crown, perforation 14
4 p redRRRRNo watermark, perforation 15
4 p brownRRRRWatermark CA Crown, perforation 14
6 p redRRRRNo watermark, perforation 12 or 15 (RRR)
6 p violetRRRRWatermark CA Crown, perforation 14
1 Sh black and red RRRRRRWhite border, no watermark, perforation 15
1 Sh black and redRRRRRed border, no watermark, perforation 15
1 Sh brown RRRRWatermark CA Crown, perforation 14
4 p on 1 ShRRRRExists with double overprint?
Cancels:

A numeral cancel 'A91' was used in the Virgin Islands.

Forgeries:

Spiro forgeries:

1 p green, forgery? Forgery! Forgery! Forgery! Forgery!

The Spiro forgeries can be detected by their weird cancels in most cases. According to 'The Spud Papers', the 1 p forgery can be recognized cords of the lamps, which are clearly visible in the forgeries, but hardly visible in the genuine stamps. Also there is only a small space between 'ONE PENNY' and the label containing it. In the genuine 1 p stamps, there is a lot of spce around the word 'ONE PENNY'. The 4 p Spiro forgery can be detected by the pearls around 'VIRGIN ISLANDS' and 'FOUR PENCE', they are very large. In the genuine stamps, these pearls are much smaller. The 1 Sh forgeries can be recognized by looking at the background pattern. In the genuine 1 Sh stamps, there should also be a part of the background pattern behind the virgin. In the Spiro forgeries, there are white spaces around the virgin.

A Senf forgery with inscription 'FALSCH.' at the bottom:

Other forgeries:

Probably a forgery
(Another forgery, resembling a Spiro product, though there are many differences with the Spiro forgery above)

Another forgery:

Forgery!

This forgery of the 1 Sh is red, it should be brown!


A badly printed 1 p blue(?) on very thick paper


A forged 'A91' cancel as can be found in a Fournier Album. I presume it was used to 'enhance' any of the above forgeries. I haven't seen any stamp with this cancel yet, if you possess a picture please contact me!

 

 

1880 Queen Victoria

1/2 p yellow 1 p green 2 1/2 p brown 2 1/2 p brown

  1/2 p yellow
  1/2 p green
  1 p green
  1 p red
  2 1/2 p brown
  2 1/2 p blue

These stamps have watermark CC Crown or CA Crown and 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' (1880)
1 p greenRRRR 
2 1/2 p brown RRRR 
Watermark 'CA Crown' (1883)
1/2 p yellow RRRR 
1/2 p green****** 
1 p redRR 
2 1/2 p blue****** 

Forgeries, examples:


(Reduced sizes, note the perforation)

The word 'ONE PENNY' in the above 1 p green forgery is written too small (compare with a genuine stamp above). I have also seen the 1 p red made by the same forger.

 

From 1890 to 1899 the stamps of the Leeward Islands were used in the Virgin Islands.

 

1899 Image of a virgin

1/2 p green

  1/2 penny
  1 p red
  2 1/2 p blue
  4 p brown
  6 p violet
  7 p green
  1 Sh yellow
  5 Sh blue

These stamps have watermark CA Crown and 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
1/2 p **** 
1 p***** 
2 1/2 p****** 
4 p****** 
6 p****** 
7 p****** 
1 ShRR 
5 ShRRRR 

I have seen a postcard in the same design (1/2 p green).

 

1904 King Edward VII

2 Sh 6 p green and black


(Reduced size)

  1/2 p lilac and green
  1 p lilac and red
  2 p lilac and brown
  2 1/2 p lilac and blue
  3 p lilac and black
  6 p lilac and brown
  1 Sh green and red
  2 Sh 6 p green and black
  5 Sh green and blue

These stamps have watermark Multiple CA Crown and 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
1/2 p ** 
1 p**** 
2 p****** 
2 1/2 p****** 
3 p****** 
6 p****** 
1 Sh****** 
2 Sh 6 pRR 
5 ShRRRR 

 

1913 King George V

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  2 p grey
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p lilac on yellow
  6 p lilac
  1 Sh black on green
  2 Sh 6 p black and red on blue
  5 Sh green and red on yellow

These stamps have watermark Multiple CA Crown or Multiple Script CA Crown and 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 'Multiple CA Crown'
1/2 p ** 
1 p** 
2 p**** 
2 1/2 p**** 
3 p**** 
6 p****** 
1 ShRR 
2 Sh 6 pRR 
5 ShRRRR 
Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown'
1/2 p** 
1 p** 

Surcharged 'WAR STAMP'

Image thanks to Peter Elias Image thanks to Peter Elias

  1 p red
  3 p lilac on yellow

These 'war stamps' were issued on 20th October 1916 (the 1 p for letters and the 3 p for parcels, information thanks to Peter Elias).

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 'Multiple CA Crown'
1 p ** 
3 p*** 

Later issues, examples of 1921:

5 Sh green and red on yellow

14 values were issued in the above design, ranging from 1/2 p to 5 Sh.


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