Into the Deep Blue
In 2018, I did a "closer look" post for British Honduras (link below). But I have since acquired another British Honduras collection, and I can now do an even deeper dive. ;-)
This post will review the 1866-91 issues, while the next post will cover (in part) the rest of the classical era.
Here is one of Gerben's maps. The link will take you to an improved "wayback machine" link with most of his website intact.
The first British Honduras issues (seventeen stamps) of 1866-1887 are of the same A1 "Queen Victoria" typographic design by De la Rue. They differ by color (in some cases), Perf ( 14 vs 12 1/2), and watermark (Unwmk, Crown Colonies Wmk 1, Crown Colonies Wmk 2).
Here is a pic of Wmk 1 & Wmk 2 as an identification aid.
When De la Rue first printed these British Honduras "Victoria" stamps in 1866, the 6p and 1sh were printed on the same sheet as the 1p. Here is an example of the 1sh green, perf 14, and unwatermarked (CV $145).
The 1877-79 issue (1p, 3p, 4p, 6p, 1sh) changed the Perf to 14, while keeping Wmk 1. CV for the1p blue is $30+ (used); $80+ (unused).
The reality of being located in the Western hemisphere close to the United States meant that, in 1888, the currency was changed from Pence/Shillings into Cents/British Honduras Dollar.
In 1888, a group of 1872-87 previously issued A1 design "Victoria" stamps were surcharged in "cents" locally in black. The surcharged stamps consisted of both Wmk 1 & Wmk 2, but I will only show Wmk 2 stamps here.
The 2c on 1p rose (above) has a CV of $15.
The 10c on 4p violet is CV $70. I should mention that the local surcharges can be found inverted - with a much higher CV price.
The 20c on 6p is CV $30+.
The Scott 25 50c on 1sh gray I don't have: perhaps because it is more scarce with a CV of $475.
However, the Scott 26 red surcharge "two" on the 50c on 1sh gray I do have @ CV $60. There is also known a much rarer black surcharge "two" @ CV $16,000.
There was also issued in 1888-89 surcharged stamps that were done in London, rather than locally. They have a different font surcharge, so should not be confused with the local surcharge. CV ranges from $1- $40.
In 1891, additional stamps were surcharged (as shown) in black or red. The first three shown are additional local surcharges, while the 6c on 3d blue was surcharged in London in April, 1891.
CV ranges from $2+- $6.
But the 6c on 3p blue was also additionally surcharged with 15c (red) locally on Oct 23, 1891. CV is $18.
Out of the Blue
Nice! I will continue with more British Honduras stamps of the era 1891-1938 with the next blog post.
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