NEWSPAPER RAILWAY STAMPS
FEATURED ITEM
FEATURED ITEM
The lower marginal singles
Block of four, marginal
£250
£100
Last updated: 27th July, 2014
c1903-05, Beira & Mashonaland and Railways, carmine, '1d' in rectangular tablet. Perf. 11. (Each with copy of the original advertisement of the Beira Railway Company.)
AR164 c1903-05 Beira & Mashonaland Railways 1d carmine with 1d in rectangular tablet. Perf. 11. An upper marginal example with adherence on much of gum, otherwise fine mint. £75
RU1516 c1903-5 Beira & Mashonaland Railways 1d carmine with 1d in rectangular tablet. Perf. 11. Fine used with light oval cancellation struck in violet. Scarce. £125
AR165 c1903-5 Beira & Mashonaland Railways 1d carmine with 1d in rectangular tablet. Perf. 11. Fine used with light oval cancellation struck in violet. Scarce. £140
c1906 ?, Beira & Mashonaland & Rhodesia Railways, red, '1d' in circular tablet. Perf. 10. This type is not recorded and its status unknown.
RU1519 1d red. Fine mint, light tones on reverse. Very scarce. SOLD
c1906-1927, Beira and Mashonaland Railways, orange-red, '1d' in circular tablet. Perf. 13½.
c1927-1942, Rhodesia Railways Limited, type I deep orange red, '1d' in circular tablet. Perf. 12.
c1942-1947, Rhodesia Railways Limited, type II orange, '1d' in circular tablet. Perf. 12½
RA1618 Pull' taken from the original plate, in black on thick white paper £25
RA1619 As above, but horizontal strip of three £75
RA9982 1d, type II orange, upper marginal used on piece cut from a newspaper wrapper. Uncancelled as often. Uncommon. £35
The following three items all have the date error '29' for '19' as the year, corrected later
RA1626 Single used on piece in conjunction with Mocambique 5c (?) definitive, that cancelled with Beira cds dated 28 OUT 1942, the newspaper stamp cancelled 'R. Rly Ltd / 20 OCT 2942 / BEIRA PARCELS'. £75
1947 1st April, the following items are the additional eight values prepared for issue, but apparently not released. Their exact status is not known, but most probably for bulk postings. No examples have been recorded in used condition. The values are: 2d in black, 3d in violet, 4d in green, 5d in light brown, 6d in purple, 9d in grey, 1/- in brown and 1/6 in blue. Also included with these eight values is the 1d in orange, and although essentially the same as the previous issued stamp, (slightly deeper shade), it was together with the new values when they first came to light. The 1d is sheet no. 'B 19465', all the new values being sheet no. '1'. These sheets were presented to the Chief Accountant of the Railways, Mr. L. A. W. Hawkins. Other than these sheets, the only other known examples are the top two rows with sheet no. '2', and two further sets in singles. All are gummed and very fine.
These are offered as item RA1628 in the unique full sheets of 12. Should orders dictate, they will be split as items RA1629-RA1633
RA1629 The top right corner blocks of four, the 1d with sheet no. 'B 19465', all others sheet no. '1'. £1,200
RA1631 The upper left corner singles £275
RU1517 1947 prepared for issue although only the 1d released, lower marginal set of eight values. Very fine mint. £250
RA1633 The lower marginal singles £250
1957-1963 1d rectangular format, orange, perf. 12½, printed by Rhodesia Printers, Bulawayo then Mardon Printers, Salisbury. Sheets of 48 (12 x 4).
RA1635 Pull' from the original plate, single impression in black on thick white paper £45
1961 23rd March, first 'ONE CENT' overprint, for the sole use at the Mafeking Station due to the change to decimal currency. Sheets of 48 (12 x 4). A total of 501 sheets in one printing, giving 24 048 stamps.
Should orders dictate, this sheet will be split into the following:
RA1639 Proving' horizontal strip of four with margin at left and right £20
1965 15th April, second 'ONE CENT' overprint, printed in sheets of 50. Due to the change from sterling to decimal, the previous format of 48 stamps proved ineffective from an accounting point, so the sheet format was changed to 50 for decimal use. The printers accomplished this by adding an additional 1st vertical column and then removing the lower two rows. This 1st vertical column is noticeable as it is heavier and deeper in impression, and each stamp is slightly out of alignment to the stamp in vertical row 2. In addition, the first printing (of 48) shows two constant flaws, being an orange dot left of the 'R' of 'RAILWAYS' on both stamps 1 / 2 and 1 / 4. With the addition of a new 1st vertical column, this now moves to stamps 1 / 3 and 2 / 5 on the second printing. 500 sheets printed, giving 25 000 stamps. For use in Mafeking.
RA1641 Proving' horizontal strip of five with margin at right. £15
RA1642 as above, but lower strip of five imperf. at base £18
RA1644 as above, but strip row 2, with flaw on stamp 2 / 5 £30
RA1645 The complete sheet of 50, sheet 'No 781', this then handstamped below '291' and altered in manuscript '220' (although printed in one batch, sheets were released in groups and additionally numbered then, this sheet possibly another release). Sheet with all characteristics as detailed above. £150
RA1647 The top two rows (ten stamps), sheet 'No. 783', this then altered to '218' in manuscript. With both flaws on stamps 1 / 3 and 2 / 5. £65
RA1648 The top two rows (ten stamps), sheet 'No. 784', this then handstamped below '217'. With both flaws on stamps 1 / 3 and 2 / 5. £65
RA1649 The top two rows (ten stamps), sheet 'No. 908', this then handstamped below '93', then deleted and altered to '199' in manuscript. With both flaws on stamps 1 / 3 and 2 / 5. £65
RA1650 The top two rows (ten stamps), sheet 'No. 909', this then handstamped below '92', then altered to '198' in manuscript. With both flaws on stamps 1 / 3 and 2 / 5. £65
1966 7th March. third 'ONE CENT' overprint. For this printing the production was the same as for the second, but for some unknown reason instead of placing the additional extra row at the left (or 1st vertical column), it was placed at the right (5th vertical column). The dot flaws now are stamps 1 / 2 and 2 / 4, and the 5th vertical row stamps are now lighter in impression and also out of alignment to those of the 4th vertical row. A further defining feature is the introduction of a six-spoked star after the sheet number.
RA1651 Proof sheet. Without sheet number. Imperf. margins at top and base, margins at left and right. Unique. £250
RA1652 Proving horizontal, light and darker impressions, right stamp out of alignment. £12
RA1653 Proving horizontal strip of five, with left margin but right margin removed (first release), showing light and dark impressions and right stamp out of alignment. £20
RA1654 Top two rows (10 stamps), with sheet no. '1108 *', then handstamped '293' above, flaws on stamps 1 / 2 and 2 / 4, right margin but lacking left margin. Characteristics as above. £75
RA1655 Top two rows (10 stamps), with sheet no. '1109 *', then handstamped '292' above, flaws on stamps 1 / 2 and 2 / 4, right margin but lacking left margin. Characteristics as above. In addition with light pre-printing paper creases affecting top right three stamps. £75
RA1656 Three horizontal rows, characteristics as above. In addition with light pre-printing paper creases affecting 11 of the 15 stamps. £70
c1970 provisional One cent trials and overprints. With the impending introduction of decimalisation in Rhodesia, and to use up existing stocks, temporary measures were taken.
1970 13th February, Manuscript endorsement. A few sheets from the original printing (48 stamp format) were used, these being sheet numbers 591, 595, and 597 and possibly 598. Several others around these numbers may have been used or are not accounted for. The method adopted was to delete in blue ink the 'd' of '1d' and insert 'CENT' in manuscript. These are very scarce.
RA1660 Single £25
RA1661 Block of four, marginal £100
1970 26th June, Overprint. A rubber handstamp double ring in violet '1c' was applied to the remaining sheets numbered 599 to 800. These were likewise the original printing (48 stamps), and used through to December that year. A total of 9 696 stamps being issued.
RA1664 Single £5
RA1666 Proving (1st printing) horizontal strip of four with margins at left and right £25
1971, Decimal printings. The printers decided to change the process to offset lithography from letterpress. A baryta pull of five impressions in horizontal format was taken and pasted into the required format of ten rows of five. A simple but effective method was used from the '1d' impressions for this changeover, whereby the downstroke of the 'd' of '1d' was carefully deleted in orange ink, leaving a 'c' for '1c'.
Should orders dictate, this sheet will be split into the following:
RA1672 Lower two rows with 'SPECIMEN' (inverted to stamps) in margin. £70
RA8763 1971 Rhodesia Railways 1c Newspaper stamp. Complete sheet of 50, folded horizontally superb unmounted. Uncommon. £100
RA1676 Single £2
RA1677 Marginal block of four £8
RA1679 1973 7th May, second printing in distinct deeper shade, sheet numbers 3001 5000. Single £2
RA1680 Marginal block of four £8
RA1682 1976 9th June, rate increase to 2c. First printing, sheet numbers 5001 7000. Single £3
RA1683 Marginal block of four £12
RA1685 Top two rows, with sheet no. '6935' above stamp 5 in top row, proving first printing. £35
Note: Other than the sheet number position, there are no discernable differences between these two printings.
ZIMBABWE. The change of name to Zimbabwe brought a new design and an increase to 3c. No examples of this value are included in this group. A number of handstamps applied over the 3c were issued, increasing in value and starting around 1986, however only the 4c on 3c and 10c on 3c values are represented here.
c1986, violet boxed 'N. R. Z. / 4c' handstamp on 3c
RA1687 Single £5
RA1688 as above, marginal block of four £20
1991 1st January, black boxed 'N. R. Z. / 10c' handstamp on 3c
RA1691 Single £4
RA1692 as above, marginal block of four £16
RA1694 as above, top two rows with sheet no. '1011' above stamp 5 in top margin. £45
1992 January, new 12c value, as per the design of the 3c. Roulette.
RA1697 Single £4
RA1698 Marginal block of four £16
RA1700 Second printing?, shade pale orange as to previous deep orange, single £4
RA1701 Marginal block of four, pale orange £16
Note: Bearing in mind the close sheet numbers from the above two ranges, it would seem unlikely that they do represent different printings, even though there is a considerable difference in shade.
c1993 ?, original 3c value, firstly with green boxed 'N. R. Z. / 15c' handstamp then with second black boxed 'N. R. Z. / 10c' handstamp over that. Why this rate reduction occurred is not known.
RA1703 Single £5
RA1704 Marginal block of four £20
c1993 ?, new 12c value, with violet boxed 'N. R. Z. / 15c' handstamp, roulette
RA1707 Single £4
RA1708 Marginal block of four £16
RA1709 Second printing?, shade pale orange at to previous deep orange, single £4
RA1710 Second printing?, shade pale orange at to previous deep orange, block of four £16
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