FI - Mauritius
 

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First Issues - Mauritius

 

As for Hawaii, I will never own a Mauritius #1 as they are so rare and expensive. An error was made (so the story goes) on the initial issue of 1d red and 2d blue - they were inscribed 'POST OFFICE' rather than 'POST PAID': only 240 of each were printed and of these only 26 are known to exist (14x1d and 12x2d) see here for further details.

The subsequent issues are brilliant primitivist stamps, but still pretty scarce and there are many forgeries in existence, so I am wary of buying anything I can afford, The first inexpensive issue is from 1860, by which time the designs were "standard Victorian", though there are some possible acquisitions in 1858 and 59 -  I will  aim to pick up a few of those. There was a Stamps on Stamps  in 1948, commemorating the centenary of the first British Commonwealth stamp - I'll get a full set of those. There was another commemorative SoS issue in 1999. Both are shown below.

Scott
#
SG
#
Date Notes Value M/U
1999
 
1 1 1847 1 d red 450,000  
2 2 1847 2 d blue 550,000  
3, 5 23 1848 1 d red 1,300
375
 
4, 6 25 1848 2 d blue 1,700
475
 
12 26 1854 4d green surcharge 750
375
 
9 27 1858 (4d) green 425
200
 
10 28 1858 (6d) red 23
30
That's the first I stand any realistic chance of buying.
11 29 1858 (9d) purple 500
200
 
18 32 1859 6 d blue 500
28
 
20 33 1859 6 d black 17
25
 
19 34 1859 1 s red 2,000
45
21 35 1859 1 s green 325
80
 
  39 1859 2 d blue 1,100
400
 
16 42 1859 1 d red 3,000
750
 
17 44 1859 2 d blue 1,500
350
 
    1860 Standard Victorians from here on    
  266 1948 Stamps on Stamps

5 c orange and mauve

10p

30p

  267 1948 12 c orange and green 10p

10p

 

  268 1948 20 c blue 10p

10p

 

  269 1948 1 r blue and brown 15p

30p

 

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 Page added May 2003