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1854 Swan, imperforate

Genuine? 1 p black

4 p blue on blue

  1 p black
  2 p brown on red
  4 p blue
  6 p black
  1 Sh brown

The 1 p black is also known as the 'Black Swan'. All these stamps have watermark 'Swan'. These stamps also exist with rouletted perforation:


(4 p rouletted)

An extremely rare error exists: the 4 p with inverted center; only 9 cancelled stamps have been discovered sofar.

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 pRRRRR 
2 pRRRRRR 
4 pRRRR 
6 pRRRRRR 
1 ShRRRRRR 

A nice exhibit on forgeries can be found on the Internet made by Jeff Trinidad, http://www.jystamps2000.com/WA-Forgeries/. Click here for a brief review of the forgeries he describes.

 

1860 Swan in an rectangle (as the 1 p black of the previous issue)

Imperforated

2 p orange 6 p green, blue cancellation 6 p green

  2 p orange
  4 p blue on blue
  6 p green

Perforated

1 p red 2 p yellow 2 p grey and 4 p red 4 p brown 6 p violet 6 p violet

  1 p red
  1 p yellow
  2 p blue
  2 p yellow
  2 p grey
  4 p red
  4 p brown
  6 p violet
  1 Sh green

Surcharged
'1/2' on 1 p yellow


(Reduced sizes)

  '1/2' (red) on 1 p yellow
  'ONE PENNY' (green) on 2 p yellow (1875)

Various watermarks and perforations were used on this issue.

Click here for forgeries of these overprints.


(Colour error: 2 p violet instead of yellow; only 10 used examples are known to exist!)

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, watermark 'Swan' (1860)
2 p orangeRRRRExists rouletted: RRR
4 p blue on blue RRRRRExists rouletted: RRR
6 p greenRRRRRRExists rouletted: RRR
Perforated, watermark 'Swan' (1861)
1 p redRRRR 
2 p blueRRR 
4 p redRRRRRR 
6 p violetRRRR 
1 ShRRRRR 
Perforated 13, no watermark (1864)
1 p redRR*** 
6 p violetRRRR 
Perforated 12 1/2, watermark 'CC Crown' (1865)
1 p yellowR** 
2 p yellowR*2 p violet error: RRR
4 p redRR*** 
6 p violetRR*** 
1 ShRR*** 
'ONE PENNY' on 2 p yellow RRRRThis overprint on any other watermark or perforation is always forged!
Perforated 14, watermark 'CC Crown' (1872)
1 p yellowRR* 
2 p yellowR* 
4 p redRRRRR 
6 p violetRR*** 
Watermark 'CA Crown' (1882)
1 p yellow****Exists with perforation 12 (***), 14 (*) or 12 x 14 (RRR)
1 p red*****Perforated 14, issued 1889
2 p yellow****Exists with perforation 12 or 14
2 p grey******Perforated 14, issued 1889
4 p redRRExists with perforation 12 or 14
4 p brownRRRPerforated 14, issued 1889
6 p violetR***Exists with perforation 12 (R) or 14 (***)
'1/2' on 1 p yellow******Exists with perforation 12 or 14

Fiscal stamp, overprinted 'I R' and bar:

Fiscal stamp

 

1871 Swan, various frames

1/2 p green 1 p red 2 p yellow 2 p yellow "Postage added in design" 2 p grey 2 1/2 p blue 2 1/2 p blue 4 p brown 4 p brown, 'POSTAGE' added in design 5 p yellow 6 p violet 6 p 'Western Australia' at the bottom 1 Sh green 1 Sh green, 'Western Australia' at the bottom

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  2 p grey
  2 p yellow (Two Pence)
  2 p yellow (Postage Two Pence)
  2 1/2 p blue (Western Australia on top) (1890)
  2 1/2 p blue (Western Australia at the bottom) (1901)
  3 p brown
  4 p brown (Four Pence)
  4 p brown (Postage Four Pence)
  5 p yellow (olive)
  6 p violet (Western Australia on top) (1890)
  6 p violet (Western Australia at the bottom) (1901)
  8 p green
  9 p orange
  10 p red
  1 Sh green (Western Australia at top) (1890)
  1 Sh green (Western Australia at the bottom) (1906)

Surcharged

'ONE PENNY' on 3 p brown '1 d.' on 3 p brown

  'Half-penny' (green) on 3 p brown 
      (Overprints in all other colours are proofs)
  'ONE PENNY' on 2 p yellow
  'ONE PENNY' (green) on 3 p brown
  1 d. (green) on 3 p brown (1875)

The 'ONE PENNY' on 2 p yellow was valid for the whole of Australia.

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' (1872), Perforated 14
3 p****** 
'1d.' on 3 p ******Two types: '1' different
'Half-penny' on 3 p ****** 
'ONE PENNY' on 3 p ****** 
Watermark 'CA Crown' (1885), Perforated 14
1/2 p*c 
1 p *c 
2 p grey*c 
2 1/2 p****Western Australia on top
3 p**** 
4 p****'Four Pence'
5 p**** 
6 p****Western Australia on top
1 Sh*****Western Australia on top
'ONE PENNY' on 3 pR*** 
Watermark 'W Crown A' (1899), Perforated 14
1 p*c 
2 p yellow*c'Two Pence'
2 1/2 p ***Western Australia at the bottom
6 p****Western Australia at the bottom
1 Sh******Western Australia at the bottom
Watermark 'V Crown' (1902), various perforations
1 p *c 
2 p yellow*c'Postage Two Pence'
4 p****'Postage Four Pence'
5 pRRR 
8 p****** 
9 p****** 
10 pR*** 
Watermark 'Crown A' (double right hand side of 'A'), various perforations
1/2 p** 
1 p*vc 
2 p yellow*c'Postage Two Pence'
3 p*** 
4 p****'Postage Four Pence'
5 p***** 
8 p****** 
9 p***** 
10 pR*** 
'ONE PENNY' on 2 p** 
Watermark 'Crown A' (single right hand side of 'A'),
Perforated 11 1/2 x 12 (1912)
6 p *****Western Australia at the bottom
1 Sh******Western Australia at the bottom

These stamps in lilac and with overprint 'I.R.' and value are fiscal stamps:


('I R' and value overprint, I've also seen 'I R THREE PENCE')

These fiscal stamps in the values 1 p on 3 p, 2 p on 3 p, 3 p on 3 p, 6 p on 3 p, 1 Sh on 3 p and 3 Sh on 3 p seem to have been used occasionally for postal usage (all these stamps have the colour lilac).

Special cancellation: stamp of Western Australia cancelled in Singapore

Is the following stamp a fiscal stamp?

Fiscal stamp?

Postcards exist in a similar design:


(1/ p brown, reduced size)

 

1902 Queen Victoria, inscription 'WEST AUSTRALIA', various designs

2 Sh red on yellow 5 Sh green 10 Sh violet

 

  2 Sh red on yellow 
  2 Sh 6 blue on red (half a crown)
  5 Sh green
  10 Sh violet
  1 Pound orange

These stamps have watermark 'V Crown' and are perforated 12 (the 2 Sh also exists with perforation 11). The 5 Sh also exists with watermark 'Crown A'.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 ShR*** 
2 Sh 6 pR*** 
5 ShRRBoth watermarks
10 ShRRRR 
1 PoundRRRR 


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