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Zanzibar is an island not far from the coast of east Africa. British Indian Post was used from 1875 to 1895 in Zanzibar. It then became a British Protectorate. German post operated in Zanzibar from 1890 to 1891 and French post from 1889 to 1904. Zanzibar is now part of Tanzania.


Stamps of India used in Zanzibar


1895 Stamps of India overprinted 'Zanzibar'

  1/2 a green (overprint black or blue)
  1 a brown (overprint black or blue)
  1 a 6 p brown
  2 a blue
  2 a 6 p green
  3 a brown
  4 a green
  6 a brown
  8 a lilac
  12 a lilac on red
  1 R grey
  1 R red and green
  2 R brown and red
  3 R green and brown
  5 R violet and blue
Surcharged

2 1/2 on 1 a 6 p brown, different '2' 2 1/2 on 2 p blue

  '2 1/2' 1 a brown
  '2 1/2' (red) on 1 a 6 p brown
  '2 1/2' (red) on 2 p blue

6 different types of overprint exist (not all types were used on all stamps). Some other overprints exist, but were not used, they are very rare, example red overprint instead of black:

Some stamps exist with the second 'z' of 'Zanzibar' smaller, 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 a******Blue overprint: RRR
1 a ******Blue overprint: RRR
1 a 6 p****** 
2 a****** 
2 a 6 p****** 
3 a****** 
4 a****** 
6 a****** 
8 a****** 
12 a****** 
1 R greyRRRR 
1 R red and green RR 
2 RRR 
2 RRRRR 
5 RRRRR 
Surcharged
2 1/2 on 1 aRRRRAll types
2 1/2 on 1 a 6 pRRRRAll types
2 1/2 on 2 aRRRRAll types

Some misprints exist, for example 'Zanzidar' instead of 'Zanzibar':


(Zanzidar with 'd' misprint)

Forged overprints:

The next stamp has a forged 'Zanibar' overprint, the cancel 'BOMBAY' (India!) can still be faintly seen:

Forged blue overprints:


(Forged blue overprints)

 

1896 Stamps of British East Africa overprinted 'Zanzibar'

  1/2 a green
  1 a red
  2 1/2 a blue (overprint red)
  4 1/2 a orange
  5 a brown
  7 1/2 a lilac

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 aRR 
1 a RRWith double overprint: RRR
2 1/2 aRR 
4 1/2 aRR 
5 aRR 
7 1/2 aRR 

 

1897 Sultan Hamed bin Thwain

  1/2 a green and red
  1 a blue and red
  2 a brown and red
  2 1/2 a blue and red
  3 a grey and red
  4 a green and red
  4 1/2 a orange and red
  5 a yellow and red
  7 1/2 a lilac and red
  8 a grey and red

These stamps have watermark 'Single Rose' or 'Multiple Roses' 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
With watermark 'Single Rose' (1897)
1/2 a**** 
1 a**** 
2 a**** 
2 1/2 a**** 
3 a****** 
4 a****** 
4 1/2 a****** 
5 a****** 
7 1/2 a****** 
8 a****** 
With watermark 'Multiple Roses' (1898)
1/2 a**** 
1 a**** 
2 a**** 
2 1/2 a*** 
3 a****** 
4 a****** 
4 1/2 a****** 
5 a****** 
7 1/2 a****** 
8 a****** 

Surcharged
  '2 1/2' (3 types of overprint) on 4 a green

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 1/2 on 4 a RRRRWatermark 'Single Rose'
Larger size


(Reduced size)

  1 R blue and red
  2 R green and red
  3 R violet and red
  4 R brown and red
  5 R brown 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 'Single Rose'
1 R****** 
2 RRR 
3 RRR 
4 RRR 
5 RRRRR 

 

1899 Sultan Hamud bin Mohammed

  1/2 a green and red
  1 a blue and red
  1 a red
  2 a brown and red
  2 1/2 a blue and red
  3 a grey and red
  4 a green and red
  4 1/2 a orange and red
  4 1/2 a blue and red
  5 a yellow and red
  7 1/2 a lilac and red
  8 a grey and red

These stamps have watermark 'Multiple Roses' 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 a ** 
1 a blue and red ** 
1 a red** 
2 a** 
2 1/2 a**** 
3 a****** 
4 a****** 
4 1/2 a orange and red ****** 
4 1/2 a blue and red****** 
5 a****** 
7 1/2 a****** 
8 a****** 

Surcharged

'Two' on 4 a green and red

  'One' on 4 1/2 a orange and red
  'One' (red) on 4 1/2 a blue and red
  'Two' (red) on 4 a green and red
  'Two & Half' on 7 1/2 a lilac and red
  'Two & Half' on 8 a grey 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
1 a on 4 1/2 a orange and red ****** 
1 a on 4 1/2 a blue and red ****** 
2 a on 4 aRR 
2 1/2 a on 7 1/2 aRR 
2 1/2 a on 8 aRR 
Larger size

  1 R blue and red
  2 R green and red
  3 R violet and red
  4 R red
  5 R brown and red

These stamps have watermark 'Single Rose'.

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 RRR 
2 RRRR 
3 RRRRR 
4 RRRRR 
5 RRRRR 


(Reduced size)

I have seen newspaper wrappers in the same design: 1/2 a green and 1 a red (only 1 colour, no red lines for both wrappers). The inscription on the wrapper reads: 'This wrapper may only be used for Newspapers, or for such documents as are allowed to be sent at the Book-rate of postage, and must not enclose any letter or communication of the nature of a letter (whether seperate or otherwise). If this rule be infringed, the packet will be charged as a letter.'

 

1904 Arms

  1/2 a green
  1 a red
  2 a brown
  2 1/2 a blue
  3 a grey
  4 a green
  4 1/2 a black
  5 a yellow
  7 1/2 a lilac
  8 a green

These stamps have watermark 'Multiple Roses' 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 a** 
1 a** 
2 a**** 
2 1/2 a **** 
3 a ****** 
4 a****** 
4 1/2 a****** 
5 a****** 
7 1/2 a****** 
8 a****** 

Larger size

  1 R blue and red
  2 R green and red
  3 R violet and red
  4 R red
  5 R olive 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
1 RRR 
2 RRRRR 
3 RRRRR 
4 RRRRR 
5 RRRRR 

 

1908 Sultan Ali II bin Hamud

  1 c grey
  3 c green
  6 c red
  10 c brown
  12 c violet

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 c** 
2 c** 
6 c** 
10 c****** 
12 c****** 
Slightly different design

  15 c blue
  25 c brown
  50 c green
  75 c black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
15 c****** 
25 c****** 
50 c****** 
75 c****** 
Larger size

  1 R green
  2 R violet
  3 R brown
  4 R red
  5 R blue

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 RR*** 
2 RRRR 
3 RRRRR 
4 RRRRR 
5 RRRRR 

 

1908 Fiscal stamps also used as postage stamps, palace of the sultan

  10 R brown and green
  20 R green and black
  30 R grey and black
  40 R orange and black
  50 R lilac and black
  100 R blue and black
  200 R black and 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
10 RRRRR 
20 R to 200 RRRRRRR 

 

1913 Sultan Kalifa II bin Harub bin Thwaini

1 c grey

  1 c grey
  3 c green
  3 c yellow
  4 c green
  6 c red
  6 c violet on blue
  8 c brown on yellow
  10 c brown
  10 c green on yellow
  12 c violet
  12 c red
  15 c blue
  20 c blue
  25 c brown
  50 c green
  75 c black

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 'Multiple Roses' (1913)
1 c*c 
3 c green*c 
6 c red ** 
10 c brown** 
12 c violet*** 
25 c**** 
50 c****** 
75 c****** 
Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (1915)
1 c** 
3 c green** 
6 c red** 
8 c**1922
10 c green on yellow **1922
15 c *** 
50 c****** 
75 c****** 
Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1921)
1 c** 
3 c green** 
3 c yellow*c 
4 c** 
6 c red** 
6 c violet on blue** 
10 c brown** 
12 c violet*** 
12 c red** 
15 c**** 
20 c*** 
25 c**** 
50 c****** 
75 c****** 

 

1913 Sailship

Value in Rupees
  1 R green
  2 R violet
  3 R brown
  4 R red
  5 R blue

Fiscal stamps also used as postal stamps

  10 R brown and green
  20 R green and black
  30 R grey and black
  40 R orange and black
  50 R lilac and black
  100 R blue and black
  200 R black and 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
Watermark 'Multiple Roses' (1913)
1 R****** 
2 RRR 
3 RRRRR 
4 RRRRR 
5 RRRRR 
10 RRRRR 
20 RRRRR 
30 RRRRR 
40 RRRRR 
50 RRRRR 
100 RRRRRRR 
200 RRRRRRR 
Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (1915)
1 R****** 
2 RRR 
3 RRR 
4 RRRRR 
5 RRRRR 
10 RRRRR 
Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1921)
1 R****** 
2 R****** 
3 RRR 
4 RRR 
5 RRR 
10 RRRRR 
20 RRRRR 
30 RRRRR 

Value in Shillings (1936)
  1 Sh green
  2 Sh violet
  5 Sh red
  7 1/2 Sh blue
  10 Sh brown and green

1926 Sultan Kalifa II bin Harub bin Thwaini

1 c brown

  1 c brown
  3 c orange
  4 c green
  6 c violet
  8 c grey
  10 c olive
  10 c black
  12 c red
  20 c blue
  20 c orange
  25 c lilac on yellow
  50 c red
  75 c brown
  etc.

Overprinted 'VICTORY ISSUE 8 TH JUNE 1946'


Postage due stamps

1931 Labels with inscription 'Insufficiently prepaid Postage due', no country name indicated

These labels exist in the values 1 c, 2 c, 3 c, 9 c, 15 c, 18 c, 20 c, 21 c, 31 c, 50 c and 75 c.

1931 Labels with inscription 'Insufficiently prepaid Postage due', no country name indicated, with different border

These labels exist in the values 2 c black on brown, 3 c black on red, 6 c black on yellow, 12 c black on blue, 25 c black on red and 25 c black on violet.


Fiscal Stamps

1893 Fiscal stamps of India, surcharged 'ZANZIBAR'

  4 a green
  8 a blue
  12 a red
  1 R red
  2 R lilac
  3 R brown
  4 R brown
  5 R lilac
  10 R red
  20 R orange
  30 R orange
  40 R blue
  50 R grey

Surcharged
  1 R (red) on 8 a blue
  1 R (black, different type) on 8 a blue
  1 R (two types) on 12 a red
  3 R (two types) on 2 R lilac
  5 R on 12 a red
  10 R on 8 a blue
  10 R on 50 R grey 

 

1893 Fiscal stamp of India, overprinted 'ZANZIBAR', different design

  1 a lilac

 

1899 Postage stamps of 1899 overprinted 'Revenue'

  1 R blue
  3 R violet

 

1904 Stamps of 1904 overprinted 'Revenue' or 'REVENUE'

Overprinted 'REVENUE'
  4 a green ('Revenue' red)
  2 R green and red

Overprinted 'Revenue'

  1 R blue and red
  1 on 2 R green and red

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