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PORTUGUESE INDIA 1886-1920

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1886 King Louis I, embossed

4 1/2 r olive

  1 1/2 r black
  4 1/2 r olive
  6 r green
  1 T red
  2 T blue
  4 T lilac
  8 T orange

Surcharged with fancy letters (1902)

  '1 REAL' on 2 T blue
  '2 REIS' on 4 1/2 r olive
  '2 1/2 REIS' on 6 r green
  '3 REIS' on 1 T red
  '2 1/2 TANGAS' (red) on 1 1/2 r black
  '2 1/2 TANGAS' on 4 T lilac
  '5 TANGAS' on 8 T orange

Bisected stamps (and surcharged with fancy letters) and 
surcharged a second time (1911)

  '1 REAL' on half of '5 TANGAS' on 8 T orange
  2 r on half of '2 1/2 REIS' on 6 r green
  3 r on half of '5 TANGAS' on 8 T orange

Overprinted 'REPUBLICA' and surcharged with fancy letters (1913)

  'REPUBLICA' (black) on '1 REAL' on 2 T blue 
  'REPUBLICA' (red) on '2 REIS' on 4 1/2 r olive
  'REPUBLICA' (red) on '2 1/2 REIS' on 6 r green
  'REPUBLICA' (red) on '3 REIS' on 1 T red
  'REPUBLICA' (red) on '2 1/2 TANGAS' on 4 T lilac
  'REPUBLICA' (red) on '5 TANGAS' on 8 T orange

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 1/2 rcc 
4 1/2 rcc 
6 rcc 
1 T** 
2 T** 
4 T*** 
8 T*** 
Surcharged with fancy letters
1 r on 2 Tcc 
2 r on 4 1/2 rcc 
2 1/2 r on 6 r cc 
3 r on 1 T*c 
2 1/2 T on 1 1/2 r ** 
2 1/2 T on 4 T** 
5 T on 8 T** 

Bisected and surcharged twice

1 r on 5 T on 8 T **** 
2 r on 2 1/2 r on 6 r **** 
3 r on 5 T on 8 T** 
Overprinted 'REPUBLICA' and surcharged
1 r on 2 T****** 
2 r on 4 1/2 r****** 
2 1/2 r on 6 rcc 
3 r on 1 T****** 
2 1/2 T on 4 T RR 
5 T on 8 T**** 

 

1895 King Charles I in an ellipse, inscription 'PORTUGAL INDIA'

  1 1/2 r black
  4 1/2 r yellow
  6 r green
  9 r lilac
  1 T blue
  2 T red
  4 T blue
  8 T lilac

Surcharged with fancy letters (1902)
  '1 REAL' on 6 r green
  '2 REIS' on 8 T lilac
  '2 1/2 REIS' on 9 r lilac
  '3 REIS' on 1 T blue
  '3 REIS' on 4 1/2 r yellow
  '2 1/2 TANGAS' (red) on 1 1/2 r black
  '5 TANGAS' on 2 T red
  '5 TANGAS' on 4 T blue

Bisected stamps (and surcharged with fancy letters) and 
surcharged a second time (1911)
  1 r on half of '5 TANGAS' on 2 T red
  1 r on half of '5 TANGAS' on 4 T blue
  2 r on half of '2 1/2 REIS' on 9 r lilac
  3 r on half of '5 TANGAS' on 2 T red
  3 r on half of '5 TANGAS' on 4 T blue

Overprinted 'REPUBLICA' and surcharged with fancy letters (1913)
  'REPUBLICA' (red) on '1 REAL' on 6 r green
  'REPUBLICA' (red) on '2 REIS' on 8 T lilac
  'REPUBLICA' (black) on '3 REIS' on 1 T blue
  'REPUBLICA' (black) on '3 REIS' on 4 1/2 r yellow
  'REPUBLICA' (red) on '2 1/2 REIS' on 9 r lilac
  'REPUBLICA' (green) on '5 TANGAS' on 2 T red
  'REPUBLICA' (green or red) on '5 TANGAS' on 4 T blue

Different perforations exist for these stamps: 11 1/2 x 12, 12 1/2 and 13 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
1 1/2 rcc 
4 1/2 rcc 
6 r*c 
9 r**** 
1 T** 
2 T*c 
4 T** 
8 T**** 

Surcharged

1 r on 6 r cc 
2 r on 8 Tcc 
2 1/2 on 9 rcc 
3 r on 1 T** 
3 r on 4 1/2 r** 
2 1/2 T on 1 1/2 r** 
5 T on 2 T** 
5 T on 4 T *** 

Bisected and surcharged twice

1 r on 5 T on 2 T ****** 
1 r on 5 T on 4 T****** 
2 r on 2 1/2 r on 9 r ****** 
3 r on 5 T on 8 T** 

Overprinted 'REPBULICA' and surcharged

1 r on 6 r ****** 
2 r on 8 T****** 
3 r on 1 TRR 
3 r on 4 1/2 r****** 
2 1/2 T on 9 r??Non issued?
5 T on 2 T**** 
5 T on 4 T ****Overprint red: ***

 

1898 King Charles I, in a circle

  1 r grey
  1 1/2 r orange
  1 1/2 r lilac
  2 r orange
  2 1/2 r brown
  3 r blue
  4 1/2 r green
  6 r brown
  6 r green
  9 r violet
  1 T green
  1 T red
  2 T blue
  2 T brown
  2 1/2 T blue
  4 T blue on blue
  5 T brown on yellow
  8 T lilac on red
  12 T blue on red
  12 T green on red
  1 Rupia black on blue
  1 Rupias blue on yellow
  2 Rupias violet on yellow

Surcharged

  '1 1/2 Reis' on 2 T blue (1900)
  '2 TANGAS' on 2 1/2 T blue

Overprinted 'PROVISORIO' in fancy letters

  6 r brown
  1 T green
  2 T 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 rcc 
1 1/2 r orange cvc 
1 1/2 r lilaccc 
2 r orangecc 
2 1/2 r browncc 
3 r bluecc 
4 1/2 rcc 
6 r browncc 
6 r greencvc 
9 rcc 
1 T greencc 
1 T redccExists with inverted value impression: ***
2 T blue*c 
2 T brown** 
2 1/2 T**** 
4 T*c 
5 T** 
8 T** 
12 T blue on red ** 
12 T green on red ** 
1 R black on blue **** 
1 R blue on yellow **** 
2 R*****2 Shades of colour
Surcharged
1 1/2 r on 2 T*cTwo types of surcharge
2 T on 2 1/2 T** 
Overprinted 'PROVISORIO'
6 r*c 
1 T*c 
2 T*c 
Overprinted 'REPUBLICA' in red (unless otherwise stated) (1911-13)

  1 r grey
  1 1/2 r lilac
  2 r orange
  2 1/2 r brwon
  3 r blue
  4 1/2 r green
  6 r green
  9 r violet
  1 T red (overprint green)
  1 T green (overprint black)
  2 T brown (overprint red or black)
  2 T blue (overprint black)
  4 T blue on blue (overprint red or black)
  5 T brown on yellow (overprint red or black)
  8 T lilac on red
  12 T green on red
  1 Rupie black on blue 
  1 Rupie blue on yellow (overprint red or black)
  2 Rupies violet on yellow

Overprinted 'REPUBLICA' (red) and 'PROVISORIO' (1913)
  6 r brown
  1 T green
  2 T 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
Overprinted 'REPUBLICA'; 2 types, local or Lisbon overprint
1 rcvc 
1 1/2 r cc 
2 r ccLocal overprint: *
2 1/2 r ccLocal overprint: c
3 r ccLocal overprint: **
4 1/2 rccLocal overprint: c
6 rccLocal overprint: ***
9 rccLocal overprint: c
1 T redccLisbon overprint only
1 T   Local overprint only
2 T blueccLocal overprint: ***
2 T brown??Misprint?
4 T*cLocal overprint: ***
5 T*cLocal overprint: R
8 T**Local overprint: R
12 T**Local overprint: *
1 R black on blue******Local overprint only
1 R blue on yellow**Local overprint: **
2 R****Local overprint: ***
Overprinted 'REPUBLICA' and 'PROVISORIO'
6 r****** 
1 T****** 
2 Tcc 
Bisected diagonally, overprinted 'REPUBLICA' in red and 
surcharged (1911)
  '1 REAL' on half of 2 r orange

Bisected vertically, overprinted 'REPUBLICA' and surcharged (1911)

  1 r on half of 1 r grey
  1 r on half of 2 r orange
  1 r on half of 1 T red
  1 r on half of 5 T brown on yellow
  1 1/2 r on half of 4 1/2 r green
  1 1/2 r on half of 9 r violet
  1 1/2 r on half of 4 T blue on blue
  2 r on half of 2 1/2 r brown
  2 r on half of 4 T blue on blue
  3 r on half of 2 1/2 r brown
  3 r on half of 2 T brown
  3 r on half of 5 T brown on yellow
  6 r on half of 4 1/2 r green
  6 r on half of 9 r violet
  6 r on half of 8 T lilac

Bisected vertically, overprinted 'REPUBLICA' and surcharged 
twice (1911)
  1 r on half of 5 T on 4 T blue
  2 r on half of 2 1/2 r on 6 r 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
Bisected diagonally, overprinted 'REPUBLICA' in red and surcharged (1911)
1 r on 2 r** 

Bisected vertically, overprinted 'REPUBLICA' and surcharged

1 r on 1 rccLisbon overprint
1 r on 2 r******Local overprint
1 r on 1 TccLisbon overprint
1 r on 5 T***Lisbon overprint
1 1/2 r on 4 1/2 rccLisbon overprint: c
Local overprint: **
1 1/2 r on 9 r******Local overprint
1 1/2 r on 4 T******Local overprint
2 r on 2 1/2 r****Local overprint
2 r on 4 T******Local overprint
3 r on 2 1/2 r****Local overprint
3 r on 2 T****Lisbon overprint: ***
Local overprint: **
3 r on 5 T??Lisbon overprint, non issued?
6 r on 4 1/2 r**Local overprint
6 r on 9 rccLisbon overprint: c
Local overprint: *
6 r on 8 T**Local overprint

Bisected vertically, overprinted 'REPUBLICA' and surcharged
twice (1911)

1 r on 5 T on 4 T****** 
2 r on 2 1/2 r on 6 r**** 
Bisected vertically and surcharged (1911)

  1 r on half of 2 r orange
  1 r on half of 1 T red
  1 r on half of 5 T brown on yellow
  1 1/2 r on half of 2 1/2 r brown
  1 1/2 r on half of 4 1/2 r green
  1 1/2 r on half of 9 r violet
  1 1/2 r on half of 4 T blue on blue
  2 r on half of 2 1/2 r brown
  2 r on half of 4 T blue on blue
  3 r on half of 2 1/2 r brown
  3 r on half of 2 T brown
  6 r on half of 4 1/2 r green
  6 r on half of 9 r violet
  6 r on half of 8 T 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
Bisected diagonally and surcharged
1 r on 2 rcc 
1 r on 1 Tcc 
1 r on 5 T*** 
1 1/2 r on 2 1/2 r** 
1 1/2 r on 4 1/2 r **** 
1 1/2 r on 9 rcc 
1 1/2 r on 4 Tcc 
2 r on 2 1/2 r cc 
2 r on 4 Tcc 
3 r on 2 1/2 rcc 
3 r on 4 Tcc 
6 r on 4 1/2 r cc 
6 r on 9 rcc 
6 r on 8 T** 
Overprinted 'REPUBLICA' and surcharged (1913)

  '1 1/2 REIS' on 4 1/2 r green
  '1 1/2 REIS' on 9 r violet
  '1 1/2 REIS' on 12 T green on red
  '3 REIS' on 1 T red
  '3 REIS' on 2 T brown
  '3 REIS' on 8 T lilac on red
  '3 REIS' on 1 Rupie blue
  '3 REIS' on 2 Rupie violet on yellow
  '2 TANGAS' on 2 1/2 T 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

Overprinted 'REPUBLICA' and surcharged

1 1/2 r on 4 1/2 r ccLisbon overprint: *
Local overprint: ***
1 1/2 r on 9 rccLisbon overprint: c
Local overprint: ***
1 1/2 r on 12 TccLisbon overprint: c
Local overprint: c
3 r on 1 TccLisbon overprint only
3 r on 2 T**Lisbon overprint only
3 r on 8 T**Lisbon overprint only
3 r on 1 R blue**Lisbon overprint: *
Local overprint: ***
3 r on 2 R**Lisbon overprint: *
Local overprint: **

 

1898 Vasco da Gama issue, inscription '1498 1898', various designs

  1 1/2 r green
  4 1/2 r red
  6 r lilac
  9 r green
  1 t blue
  2 t brown
  4 t brown
  8 t yellow

Overprinted 'REPUBLICA'

  1 1/2 r green
  4 1/2 r red
  6 r lilac
  9 r green
  1 t blue
  2 t brown
  4 t brown
  8 t yellow

Overprinted 'REPUBLICA' and surcharged with value (1913)
  1 1/2 r on 4 1/2 r red
  1 1/2 r on 9 r green
  3 r on 1 T blue
  3 r on 2 T brown
  3 r on 4 T brown
  3 r on 8 T 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
1 1/2 rcc 
4 1/2 rcc 
6 rcc 
9 rcc 
1 T** 
2 T** 
4 T** 
8 T** 
Overprinted 'REPUBLICA'
1 1/2 rcc 
4 1/2 rccI've seen an inverted 'REPUBLICA' overprint
6 rcc 
9 rcc 
1 Tcc 
2 Tcc 
4 Tcc 
8 T*c 

Overprinted 'REPUBLICA' and surcharged with value (1913)

1 1/2 r on 4 1/2 r cc 
1 1/2 r on 9 rcc 
3 r on 1 Tcc 
3 r on 2 Tcc 
3 r on 4 Tcc 
3 r on 8 T** 

 

1914 Ceres issue

  1 r olive
  1 1/2 r green
  2 r black
  2 1/2 r green
  3 r lilac
  4 r blue (1922)
  4 1/2 r brown
  5 r green
  6 r brown
  9 r blue
  10 r red
  1 t violet
  1 1/2 t green (1922)
  2 T blue
  2 1/2 T blue (1922)
  3 T brown
  3 T 4 r brown (1922)
  4 T grey
  8 T lilac
  8 T brown (1922)
  12 T brown on green
  1 Rp brown on red
  1 Rp brown (1922)
  2 Rp orange on red
  2 Rp yellow (1922)
  3 Rp green on blue
  3 Rp green (1922)
  5 Rp red (1922)

Surcharged
  '1 1/2 REIS' on 2 r black (1922)
  '1 1/2 R.L' on 8 T lilac (1932)
  '2 1/2 R.L' on 3 T 4 r brown (1932)

Specialist still distinghuish stamps issued on glazed paper and on normal paper.

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 rvcvc 
1 1/2 rvcvc 
2 rcvc 
2 1/2 rcvc 
3 rcvc 
4 rcc 
4 1/2 rcc 
5 rcc 
6 rcvc 
9 rcc 
10 rcc 
1 Tcvc 
1 1/2 Tcc 
2 Tcc 
2 1/2 Tcc 
3 T*c 
3 T 4 r** 
4 T** 
8 T lilac** 
8 T brown** 
12 T** 
1 Rp brown on red **** 
1 Rp brown** 
2 Rp orange on red **** 
2 Rp yellow**** 
3 Rp green on blue**** 
3 Rp green**** 
5 Rp****** 

Surcharged

1 1/2 r on 2 r cvc 
1 1/2 RL on 8 T*c 
2 1/2 RL on 3 T 4 r ** 

 

1919 Fiscal stamp overprinted 'TAXA DE GUERRA'

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  green and 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
-cc 

Postage Due stamps

1904 Inscription 'PORTEADO A RECEBER', countryname and value in black

  2 r green
  3 r green
  4 r orange
  5 r grey
  6 r grey
  9 r brown
  1 T orange
  2 T brown
  5 T blue
  10 T red
  1 Rupia violet
Overprinted 'REPUBLICA' in red (unless otherwise stated)
  2 r green
  3 r green
  4 r orange
  5 r grey
  6 r grey
  9 r brown
  1 T orange
  2 T brown
  5 T blue
  10 T red (overprint green)
  1 Rupia 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
2 rcc 
3 rcc 
4 rcc 
5 rcc 
6 rcc 
9 rcc 
1 Tcc 
2 T** 
5 T** 
10 T** 
1 Rp** 
Overprinted 'REPUBLICA'; two types:
Lisbon overprint and local overprint
2 rvcvcLocal overprint: c
3 rvcvcLocal overprint: c
4 rcc 
5 rcc 
6 rcc 
9 rccLocal overprint: *
1 Tcc 
2 TccLocal overprint: *
5 T** 
10 T** 
1 Rp**Local overprint: **

Fiscal stamps

Examples

1879 'IMPOSTO DO SELLO INDIA PORTUGUEZA'

100 r green and black
Imposto do sello India Portugueza

In the above design have appeared: 10 r, 20 r, 30 r, 40 r, 60 r, 80 r, 100 r, 200 r, 300 r, 400 r, 500 r, 600 r, 700 r, 800 r, 900 r, 1$000, 2$000, 3$000, 4$000, 5$000, 6$000, 7$000, 8$000 and 9$000 (all in the colours green and value in brown). Several surcharges exist. In 1895 the value indication was changed.

1903 New design, inscription 'IMPOSTO DO SELLO INDIA'

In this design exist many values, also in 1912 they were overprinted with 'REPUBLICA" in red (see image above).


Websites

A very nice pdf document can be found at: http://www.caleida.pt/filatelia/fp/ebook/bfd001_p.pdf written by Joaquim Leote (in Portuguese); this award winning document describes the postal history of Portuguese India from pre-philatelic to the first issues. Another document can be found at: http://www.filatelicamente.online.pt/l001/l001_06i.html (same author).


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