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NETHERLANDS INDIES 1864-1900

Return To Catalogue - 1901-1920 issues and miscellaneous - Netherlands - Postage due stamps (Te betalen port) - Indonesia - Cancels of Netherlands Indies

Netherlands Indies is often called Dutch Indies

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Landmail

1845 Example:


(This Land-Mail label has a variety: two l's in 'Maill')

These labels were used on letters coming from Europe that were picked up by the Netherlands Indies authorities in Singapore (they were transported by the English through the Suez canal by so-called land mail and not the longer way around South Africa). The labels indicate a fee for the transportation from Singapore to Netherlands Indies. They were used from 1845 to 1847 and are rare. The shown envelope and label are from the dutch PTT museum in the Hague. The text on the labels reads: 'brought in by land mail. To be paid f.... Batavia', the date and the amount to pay were written in the labels. Another example:

Similar labels seem to exist with inscription: 'Aangebragt per Land-Mail Te betalen duiten Batavia,', they are slighly smaller. If somebody posesses a picture, please contact me!

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All labelsRRRRRR 


1864 King William III, imperforated or perforated

10 c red, imperforated 10 c red, perforated

  10 c 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
10 cRR***Imperforate (1864)
10 cRRRRPerforated 12 1/2 x 12 (1865)

For information on cancels on this issue click here.

Forgeries, (note the strange expression on the face of the king):

Spiro forgery (note the strange cancel, that was never used in this country):

Forgery?
Spiro forgery

I've been told that the next two forgeries are engraved forgeries made by Oneglia. I'm not sure if this information is correct.

Forgery!
Oneglia forgeries?

 

1870 King William III, new type, king facing the right

10 c brown

  1 c olive
  2 c brown
  2 1/2 c yellow
  5 c green
  10 c brown
  12 1/2 c grey
  15 c brown
  20 c blue
  25 c violet
  30 c green
  50 c red
  2 G 50 c violet and green

For the specialist: these stamps exist perforated 11 1/2 x 12, 12 1/2, 12 1/2 x 12, 13 x 14, 13 1/2 and 14. For information on cancels on this issue click here.

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**Two types; length of 'CENT.' different, 6 or 7 1/2 mm
2 c***Two shades of brown were issued
A 2 c yellow exists (bogus or misprint?)
2 1/2 c ****1874
5 c** 
10 c *c 
12 1/2 ccc1887
15 c**c1874
20 c***c 
25 c**c1874
30 c*c1887
50 c***c 
2 G 50 c*****Issued 1874. Exists imperorate

Forgeries:


(forgeries, reduced sizes)

Forgeries of these stamps exist, they are quite convincing. However they have only 86 pearls instead of 87 pearls in the circle surrounding the head. The forgeries are perforated 13 1/2. Maybe the easiest way to recognize these forgeries is their cancels: 'SAMARANG 23 12 18 70' or 'SOERABAIJA 10 9 18 70' in a half-circle with 'FRANCO' below. Also note that the pearls are not nicely round in the above forgeries, but more flattened.

Some other forgeries, note that these forgeries have guide lines outside the design:

Some imperforate forgeries (look quite dangerous!):

Postal stationery:

Envelopes in the same design was issued in 1881 (10 c brown, 20 c blue and 25 c violet). The 10 c exist with a threefold overprint and an provisional surcharge of '15' exists on the 25 c violet value.


(Postal Stationery: '10' on 20 c and '15' on 25 c, reduced sizes)

Postcards ('Briefkaart') exist in the values 5 c violet (1874), 5 c green (1885), 7 1/2 c brown (1878) ans 12 1/2 c grey (1879). The 12 1/2 c grey exists with a large '5' overprint (issued 1879 in several overprint colours). This overprint also exists as 'VIJF CENT' or 'Vijf cent' (probably bogus). Without overprint I have seen postcards in the value 5 c lilac, 7 1/2 c brown.

Letter
(tranported by English mail 'per Engelsche mail')

With number cancel '2'

 

 

1883 Value in a circle, inscription on top 'NED. INDIE'

  1 c olive
  2 c brown
  2 1/2 c yellow
  3 c lilac
  5 c green
  5 c blue

Surcharged

  '1/2' on 2 c brown (1902)
  '2 1/2' on 3 c lilac (1902)

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 c on 2 ccc 
2 1/2 c on 3 c cc 
Overprinted 'DIENST' (Official stamp, 1911)

(No picture available yet, your help is needed, if you posess a picture of this stamp, contact me!)

  2 1/2 c yellow

These stamps exist with various perforations.

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 ccvc 
2 ccvc 
2 1/2 ccc 
3 ccvc1890
5 c green** 
5 c blue*vc1890
Surcharged
1/2 c on 2 c cc1902
2 1/2 c on 3 ccc1902
Official stamp
2 1/2 ccc 


(7 1/2 c red postcard in the same design, issued 1892? reduced size)

I have seen postcards ('Briefkaart') in the same design as the above stamps in the values 5 c blue, 5 c green and 7 1/2 c red.

Unlisted overprint or bogus(?), '5 CENT.' on 2 c:

'5 CENT' on 2 c
(Reduced size)

 

1892 Queen Wilhelmina 'with hanging hair'

2 G 50 c brown and blue

  10 c brown
  12 1/2 c grey
  15 c olive
  20 c blue
  25 c lilac
  30 c green
  50 c red
  2 G 50 c brown and blue

These stamps are perforated 12 1/2.

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 ccvc 
12 1/2 c** 
15 c*c 
20 c*c 
25 c*c 
30 c*c 
50 c*c 
2 G 50 c****** 

Overprinted with 'D' in a circle (official stamps)

"D" on 10 c brown
"D" on 2 G 50 c brown and blue
(Reduced size)

  10 c brown
  12 1/2 c grey
  15 c olive
  20 c blue
  25 c lilac
  30 c green (not officially issued)
  50 c red
  2 G 50 c brown and blue

All values exist with inverted overprint.

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 ccc 
12 1/2 c** 
15 c** 
20 c** 
25 c**** 
30 c?-Unofficial issue
50 c** 
2 G 50 c****** 

 

1900 Stamps of the Netherlands overprinted 'NED-INDIE' and value

25 c red and blue

  10 c on 10 c grey
  12 1/2 c on 12 1/2 c bue
  15 c on 15 c brown
  20 c on 20 c green
  25 c on 25 c red and blue
  50 c on 50 c green and brown

"2.50 2.50 NED.-INDIE" on 2 1/2 G violet

  2 G 50 on 2 1/2 G violet (larger size)

The perforation of the low values is 12 1/2. The 2 G 50 c exists with perforation 11 1/2 x 11 or 11.

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 c on 10 ccvc 
12 1/2 c on 12 1/2 c cc 
15 c on 15 ccc 
20 c on 20 c*c 
25 c on 25 c*c 
50 c on 50 c*c 
2 G 50 c on 2 G 50 c ***** 

Four envelopes in the same design were issued in the values: 10 c on 10 c grey, 12 1/2 c on 12 1/2 c bue, 15 c on 15 c brown and 20 c on 20 c green.

Typical cancel of this period: 'BUITENZORG' in circle surrounded by square:

 

For issues of 1901-1920 and miscellaneous click here.


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