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1937 9 pies post card, 1 anna envelope, 2 annas registered envelope and 1939 ¾ anna post card ~ all overprinted SPECIMEN types D{8}, D{9} and D{9a} ~ the only postal stationery items sent to the UPU with SPECIMEN overprints mounted on 2 pages Aden
see also Italian Post Offices Abroad Albania
1939-40 definitives 1Q to 5Q, 50Q to 5Fr. Mi 298-301, 306-311.
Each in a strip of three affixed to 3 parts of archive sheets and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Albania
1940 Air Mail set of 7 and Air Mail Express set of 2. Mi 313-321.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Albania
1940 Postage Due set of 5. Mi P35-39.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Albania
1938-41 issue - 1f50, 2f50 - the two values issued in 1940 - Yv 140A, 142A. Both in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. Algeria
1939 1F/90c - Yv 158. Strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. Algeria
1939 war charity surcharged set of 4 - Yv 159-162. Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. Algeria
1941 view of Algiers 30c, 70c, 1f, 1941-42 50c/65c, +60c/ 90c, 1941 1f, +4F/1f, Secours National +4f/1f Yv 163-170. Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. Algeria
1942 40c, 50c without RF - Yv172,173. Both in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. Algeria
1940 colour changes (7). Each in a strip of three affixed to piece of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. Andorra (French)
see Portuguese African Colonies Angola
see Azores Angra
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1892 set of 13 and 1900 4 new colours
Anjouan
1886 to 1903 — 2 part pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £350 Antigua
1903 set of 10, 1908 set of 3, 1913 5s ~ overprinted SPECIMEN type D12a ~ SG 31-40, 41, 43, 46, 51s ~ cat £380 ~ lightly affixed to archive album page ~ ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Antigua
1886 1d postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G 2 slight aging Antigua
1903 1d postal stationery envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G B1 superb Antigua
1903 2½d postal stationery envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G B1 superb Antigua
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black by an unidentified postal authority Antigua
1939 5c Housing Congress, 1940 15c Pan American Union, 1941 5c General French, 5c Avelaneda, 5c statue of General Roca, 5c Bank of the Nation, all overprinted MUESTRA (the first four type [11] and the last type [10]) before sending to the UPU for distribution.
Affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE in red.
UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Argentina
1940 Stamp Centenary miniature sheet overprinted MUESTRA type [12] before sending to the UPU for distribution. Scott 474.
Affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE in red
UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Argentina
1940 Air post set of 5 overprinted MUESTRA type [12] before sending to the UPU for distribution. Scott C38-C42.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Argentina
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority Ascension
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New South Wales
Queensland
South Australia
Tasmania
Victoria
Western Australia
Australian States
1885 to 1898 4 pages (the last with stamps on both sides) from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1885 AÇORES reprints complete and later issues including 1894 Prince Henry set, 1895 St Antony set, 1898 Vasco de Gama set
and 1892–1898 ANGRA, HORTA and PONTA DELGADA issues
Azores
1884 to 1890 — part page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection Bahamas
1882 1s green and 1884–90 set of 6 to £1 ~ all affixed to part archive sheet ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection ~ the 1s, 1d, 4d, 5s and £1 that were distributed by the UPU in mint condition were handstamped SPECIMEN type TUN1 after receipt by the Tunisian postal authority ~ the 2½d and 6d (distributed later) were overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 by De La Rue before sending to the UPU ~ SG 44, 47/57 ~ an attractive and unique record Bahamas
complete collection of stamps all overprinted or perforated SPECIMEN as distributed by the UPU from 1901 to 1948 (and some later issues) lightly affixed to 6 album pages ex the Tunisia UPU specimen collection ~ very fine, fresh and attractive ~ between SG 58s and SG177s ~ cat £3990 Bahamas
1941 1d olive-grey (pair and single) and 2d scarlet (strip of three) new colours perforated 'SPECIMEN' type D21 ~ SG 150a, 152b ~ both affixed to piece of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania post office archive Bahamas
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority Bahamas
1938 2d red on grey card postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G 14a superb Bahamas
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority Bahrain
1886 to 1903 — 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £675 Barbados
1907 Kingston Relief Fund 1d on 2d ~ 10 copies of which 5 with overprint and surcharge inverted on complete album sheet (folded for display) with three strikes of POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES MADAGASCAR COLLECTION DE BERNE in red ~ an unusual example of errors deliberately sent to the UPU for distribution Barbados
1881 formular card with ½d and 1d handstamped SPECIMEN in blue-black affixed Barbados
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority Barbados
1927 Tercentenary 1d overprinted SPECIMEN Type B7 [UPU] - this is the only stamp with this Bradbury, Wilkinson overprint SG 240s cat £55 Barbados
1933 set of 10 perforated SPECIMEN type W8 ~ additionally handstamped ‘COLECCION / OFICIAL / MARRUECOS / ZONA / ESPAÑOLA’ on the reverse~ light but mostly legible impressions ~ exitence of this unique set was anticipated in UPU Specimen Stamps 1878-1961 p32 ~ SG1/10s ~ cat £350 as normal specimens Basutoland
1933 to 1956 ~ four pages from the Goa UPU specimen collection: 1933 set, 1933 postage dues, 1937 Coronation, 1938 set and 1947 Royal Visit all perforated SPECIMEN ~ and 1948 Silver Wedding, 1949 UPU, 1953 Coronation (the Bechuanaland Protectorate stamp included in error), 1954 set and 1956 postage dues all unused ~ the specimens cat £1070 ~ an interesting group Basutoland
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority Basutoland
1900 10pfg + 10pfg postal stationery card H&G 54 handstamped ULTRAMAR by the Portuguese post office - very fine and scarce Bavaria
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority Bechuanaland Prot
1925 GB 4½d postal stationery registered envelope overprinted 'BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE' VF unused Bechuanaland Prot
1887 to 1903 — 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £2000+ — a complete and splendid display Bechuanaland
UPU specimen stamps of Belgium and Belgian Congo are listed and priced in the Stanley Gibbons Belgium and Luxembourg catalogue – 1st edition 2015 Belgium
1923-27 Railway Parcel stamps ~ the 24 values current in 1927 handstamped SPECIMEN type [1] in violet and distributed by the UPU ~ heavy hinge remainders but otherwise a fine and scarce set ~ SG P375/86s, P392s, P395/6s, P398/405s, P408s ~ cat £400 Belgium
1928 Newspaper stamps ~ Railway Parcel stamps overprinted 'JOURNAUX / DAGBLADEN / 1928' complete set of 18 handstamped SPECIMEN type [2] ~ heavy hinge remainders but otherwise a fine and scarce set ~ SG N443/60s ~ cat £300 Belgium
1928 Newspaper stamps ~ Railway Parcel stamps overprinted 'JOURNAUX / DAGBLADEN / 1928' complete set of 18 handstamped SPECIMEN type [2] ~ a very fine set ~ SG N443/60s ~ cat £300 Belgium
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with on front BENIN 1893 set of 13, 1894 set of 13
and on back IVORY COAST 1892 set of 13, 1900 4 colour changes
Yvert cat value €655
Benin
1886 to 1903 — 2 part pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £350 Bermuda
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority Bermuda
1939 stamps of Czechoslovakia overprinted 'BÖHMEN u. MÄHREN' set of 19. Mi 1-19.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Bohemia & Moravia (German Occupation)
1939 definitive set of 18. Mi 20-37.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Bohemia & Moravia (German Occupation)
1940 new designs and denomination set of 4. Mi 38-41.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Bohemia & Moravia (German Occupation)
1939 Newspaper stamps set of 9, 10H bulk delivery stamp, 50H violet-blue bulk delivery stamp and 50H carmine postage due stamp. Mi 42-50, 51, 52 and P15.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Bohemia & Moravia (German Occupation)
1940 and 1941 Red Cross sets of 2. Mi 53-54, 62-63.
All in strips of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Bohemia & Moravia (German Occupation)
1940 set of 7 and 1939/42 issue 3K and 4K new shades. Mi 55-61, 33b, 34b.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Bohemia & Moravia (German Occupation)
1941 30H new colour. Mi 64.
Strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Bohemia & Moravia (German Occupation)
1941 Dvorak set of 2. Mi 73-74.
Both in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Bohemia & Moravia (German Occupation)
1941 Prague Fair set of 4. Mi 75-78.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Bohemia & Moravia (German Occupation)
1939/40 Postage Due set of 14. Mi P1-14.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Bohemia & Moravia (German Occupation)
1897 set of 8 hinged to 2 parts of old album pages ~ each handstamped 'SPECIMEN' type BEC2a ~ ex Bechuanaland UPU collection ~ Scott 47-54 Bolivia
1901 Sucre and 1901-02 set of 6 affixed to part of album page ~ each handstamped 'ULTRAMAR' in violet by the Portuguese post office before sending to one of its colonial post offices ~ Scott 69, 70/76 Bolivia
1909 set of 8 affixed to part of old album page ~ each handstamped 'ULTRAMAR' in violet by the Portuguese post office before sending to one of its colonial post offices ~ the 1 Bolívar with surface abrasion otherwise very fine ~ Scott 82-89 Bolivia
1913 set of 8 and 1901 20c affixed to parts of archival page ~ each handstamped 'COLONIAS' by the Portuguese post office before sending to one of its colonial post offices ~ Scott 75, 103-110 Bolivia
1919-20 set of 10, 1924 Habilitada 5cts. on 1c and 15cts. on 22c,1925 15c all affixed to parts of archival page ~ each handstamped 'COLONIAS' in red or in black (some very light impressions) by the Portuguese post office before sending to one of its colonies ~ Scott 118-127, 138, 140, 145 Bolivia
1924 to 1930 - range of Air Mail stamps all handstamped MUESTRA in different types most also with receiving authority specimen handstamps:
1924 National Aviation School 6 sets including ex Madagascar, ex Bechuanaland and ex Angola
1928 Lloyd Boliviano 3 sets including ex Bechuanaland and SPECIMEN ex Portuguese Post Office
1930 Graf Zeppelin 'Especimen' ex Portuguese Post Office
1930 CORREO AEREO overprints 2 sets incl. MUESTRA
A unique group mounted on 6 album pages.
Bolivia
1940 Pan American Union 150th anniversary 9 boliviano. Scott 269. Strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Bolivia
1925 Independence Centenary issue set of 10 including the two unissued values ~ three complete sets all handstamped 'Spécimen' type [2] - one set ex Bechuanaland UPU collection additionally handstamped SPECIMEN type BEC2a - one set additionally cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE in red - 72 stamps UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection Bolivia
1939 postage set of 18. Scott 251-268. Each in a strip of three affixed to archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Bolivia
1939 Second National Eucharistic Congress Air Post set of 10. Scott C72-C81. Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE. UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Bolivia
1939 New York World's Fair set of 4 Scott 480-483 each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Brazil
1940 New York World's Fair set of 3 Scott 496-498 each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Brazil
1939-41 Scott 475, 476, 477, 478, 479, 484-486, 487, 495, 499, 500, 501, 502, 503, 504-508, B8-11, C43 all in strips of three affixed to part archive pages all cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE in red - 72 stamps UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection Brazil
1878 to 1903 — 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £2800+ and the mint stamps SG cat value £1250+ British East Africa
1893 HALF ANNA postal stationery card with two and a half impressions of SPECIMEN type BEA1 - some light staining but most unusual [UPU] H&G1 British East Africa
1893 2½ annas postal stationery envelope SPECIMEN type BEA1 [UPU] H&G E1 British East Africa
1889 to 1903 — 2 pages (the second with stamps on front and back) from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £360 British Guiana
1922 4c brown size F postal stationery registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN type D{4r} [UPU] H&G C8 - VF British Guiana
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority British Guiana
1888 to 1902 — page (with stamps on front and back) from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £850 British Honduras
1898-99 50c, $1, $2, $5 overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 and additionally handstamped ULTRAMAR in blue by the Portuguese Postal Authorities ~ SG 62-65s var British Honduras
1916 2c & 3c postal stationery registered envelope with moiré overprint overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G C3 superb British Honduras
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority British Honduras
1888 Great Britain 2s6d on WHITE PAPER handstamped SPECIMEN type GB15 ~ a superb and apparently unmounted example ~ a rare record copy made by the Inland Revenue ~ SG 3as British Levant
1893 '40 PARAS' on GB QV Jubilee ½d vermilion ~ 'the Constantinople provisional' ~ a fine unused copy showing the broken 'S' with some original gum.
This example was sent via the UPU as a 'specimen' to the Royal Swedish General Post Office.
Unused copies of this stamp are extremely scarce and under-catalogued.
SG 7 (£425).
British Levant
1909 30pa on 1½d to 2pi20pa on 6d (SG 16-20) lightly affixed to part of album page each handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) in violet - applied by the Tunisian Postal Authority - BPA cert (2015) for the whole page British Levant
1909 5pi on 1s (SG21) overprinted SPECIMEN lightly affixed to part of an album page (Samuel Type GB17) British Levant
1910 1¼pi on 3d to 2½pi on 6d (SG22-24) lightly affixed to part of album page each handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) in violet - applied by the Tunisian Postal Authority - BPA cert (2015) for the whole page British Levant
1913-14 30pa on 1½d to 4pi on 10d (SG35-39) lightly affixed to two parts of an album page each handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) in violet - applied by the Tunisian Postal Authority - BPA cert (2015) for the whole page British Levant
1911-13 'LEVANT' on Wmk Crown ½d & 1d (SG L14-L15) lightly affixed to part of album page each handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) in violet - applied by the Tunisian Postal Authority - BPA cert (2015) for the whole page British Levant
1911-13 'LEVANT' on Wmk Royal Cypher ½d & 1d (SG L16-L17) lightly affixed to two parts of an album page each handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) in violet - applied by the Tunisian Postal Authority - BPA cert (2015) for the whole page British Levant
Album page, headed 'Constantinople (Post Office Britannique)' and numbered '120' in green at top left, from the Tunisia Post Office archive, bearing 1893 Provisional '40 PARAS' on GB QV Jubilee ½d vermilion and 1896 '4 PIASTRES' on GB QV Jubilee 10d dull purple & carmine, each handstamped SPECIMEN type TUN1 in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) applied by the Tunisian Receiving Authority.
This is the only recordrd example of the Constantinople Provisionalwith any form of specimen marking.
BPA cert (2015)
British Levant
Album page, headed 'Bureaux du Levant' and numbered '119' in green, from Tunisia Post Office archive, bearing 22 stamps - 1902-05 80pa on 5d, 4pi on 10d and 12pi on 2s6d (SG9-11) and 1909 (OR...1911-13) 5pi on 1s (SG21), each overprinted SPECIMEN (Samuel Type GB17), with 1902-05 40pa on 2½d (SG8), 1909 set 30pa on 1½d to 2pi20pa on 6d (SG16-20), 1910 set 1¼pi on 3d to 2½pi on 6d (SG22-24), 1913-14 30pa on 1½d to 4pi on 10d (SG35-39), and 1911-13 'LEVANT' re-drawn ½d & 1d (SG L14-15) and Sideface ½d & 1d (SG L16-17) - each handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) - applied by the Tunisian Receiving Authority, with manuscript annotations '23' in left margin. BPA cert (2015). British Levant
Album page, headed 'Levant' and numbered '121' in green, from Tunisia Post Office archive, bearing 17 stamps - 1921 30pa on ½d to 15pi on 10d (SG41-46) and 'LEVANT' only 1921 2d to 6d (SG L18-L22) - each handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) - applied by the Tunisian Receiving Authority, with 1921 18¾pi on 1s optd SPECIMEN (Samuel Type GB23), 1921 B.W. Seahorse set 45pi on 2s6d to 180pi on 10s (SG48-50) and LEVANT only 2s6d (SG L24), each optd SPECIMEN (Samuel Type GB26), with manuscript annotations '17' in left margin. BPA cert (2015). British Levant
1902 GB reg env size H overprinted REGn FEE / 40 PARAS and handstamped ULTRAMAR ~ H&G 14b ~ GBOS LR3-s1 ~ pin hole at far left otherwise very fine British Levant
1887 to 1899 — page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £650 British Virgin Islands
1887 1d postal stationery card handstamped SPECIMEN in a previously unrecorded type possibly of local origin H&G 2 British Virgin Islands
1947 £1 black perforated SPECIMEN type H3 vertical strip of 3 ~ very scarce thus ~ NG otherwise VF ~ SG121 British Virgin Islands
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black by an unidentified postal authority British Virgin Islands
1922–28 KGV and St Ursula MCA 1s, 2s6d, 5s and Script ½d, 1d carmine, 2d, 2½d blue, 5d, 6d all overprinted abnormal SPECIMEN type D9 ~ the 1d with perf faults at upper right otherwise all extremely fine and apparently never hinged ~ rare ~ SG83/85, 86, 87, 92, 93, 97, 98 British Virgin Islands
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red by an unidentified postal authority Brunei
1939 Flood Relief set of 5. Mi 370-4.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Bulgaria
1940 Air Mail set of 12. Mi 377-388.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Bulgaria
1940 Famous Bulgarians set of 6. Mi 401-6.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Bulgaria
1941 Ch Botev set of 3 and 50L National Bank. Mi 426-8, 431.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Bulgaria
1941 Macedonia and Thrace set of 5. Mi 432-6.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Bulgaria
1941 Parcel stamps set of 12. Mi P1-12.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Bulgaria
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of six handstamped SPECIMEN in red by an unidentified postal authority Burma
see also Newfoundland Canada
1906 20c olive-green handstamped ‘SPECIMEN’ in sans-serif caps (13×2.4mm) SG 186s ~ Scott 94 Canada
1897 'Jubilee' 20c to $5 ~ the 20c handstamped SPECIMEN in sans-serif caps (13×2.4mm) ~ the 50c to $5 handstamped SPECIMEN in seriffed caps (15.5×2.6mm) ~ SG 133s/140s ~ Scott 59-65 ~ affixed to part of an archive page from the Tunisia UPU reference collection ~ copy of BPA Expertising photo certificate (2015) for the whole page included Canada
1897 'Jubilee' 3c, 20c to $5 ~ the 3c handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) by the Tunisia Post Office, the 20c handstamped SPECIMEN in sans-serif caps (13×2.4mm) ~ the 50c to $5 handstamped SPECIMEN in seriffed caps (15.5×2.6mm) ~ SG 126, 133s/140s ~ Scott 53, 59-65 ~ affixed to part of an archive page from the Tunisia UPU reference collection ~ copy of BPA Expertising photo certificate (2015) for the whole page included Canada
the following are affixed to parts of an archive page from the Tunisia UPU reference collection and were handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) by the Tunisia Post Office ~ copy of BPA Expertising photo certificate (2015) for the whole page included with each item Canada
1898-1902 7c ~ SG 160 ~ Scott 81 Canada
1903-12 1c, 2c ~ SG 174, 176 ~ Scott 89, 90 Canada
1911-22 1c, 2c, 5c, 7c, 10c, 20c, 50c ~ SG 197, 201, 206, 207, 208, 212, 214 ~ Scott 104, 106, 111, 113, 116, 119, 120 Canada
1916 (Jan) 'war tax' 2c + 1c red Die I ~ SG 231 ~ Scott MR1 Canada
1916 (Aug) 'war tax' 2c + 1c brown Die II ~ SG 238 ~ Scott MR2 Canada
1922-31 3c 'Admiral' perf 12×8 (short perfs at left) ~ SG 263 ~ Scott 184 Canada
1931 'Cartier' 10c ~ SG 312 ~ Scott 190 Canada
1932 3c/2c Die I ~ SG 314 ~ Scott 191 Canada
1932 'Ottawa Conference' ~ 3c, 5c, 13c & Air 6c/5c ~ SG 315-318 ~ Scott 192-194, C3 Canada
1932-33 'Medallion' set of 7 ~ 1c to 13c ~ SG 319-325 ~ Scott 195-201 Canada
1933 'UPU Congress' 5c ~ SG 329 ~ Scott 202 Canada
1933 'Grain Conference' 20c ~ SG 330 ~ Scott 203 Canada
1933 'Royal William' 5c ~ SG 331 ~ Scott 204 Canada
1934 'Cartier' 3c ~ SG 332 ~ Scott 208 Canada
1934 'Loyalists' 10c ~ SG 333 ~ Scott 209 Canada
1934 'New Brunswick' 2c ~ SG 334 ~ Scott 210 Canada
1930-31 'Arch' 2c brown, 3c scarlet ~ SG 342, 343 ~ Scott 164,165 Canada
1906 Postage Due 1c, 2c, 5c ~ SG D1-3 ~ Scott J1, J2, J4 Canada
1906 Postage Due 1c, 2c, 5c (the 1c with defect at top left corner, the 2c with trimmed perforations at foot) ~ SG D1-3 ~ Scott J1, J2, J4 Canada
1875-92 Registration 2c ~ perf fault at top right ~ SG R2 ~ Scott E1 Canada
1898 Special Delivery 10c blue-green ~ SG S1 ~ Scott F1 Canada
1986 set of 3 souvenir sheets designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser overprinted SPECIMEN type [1] - the very last items distributed by the UPU with any protective overprint ~ Scott 488-490 ~ see UPU Specimen Stamps p124 Cape Verde Islands
1986 set of 3 souvenir sheets designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser overprinted SPECIMEN type [1] - the very last items distributed by the UPU with any protective overprint ~ light horizontal fold along perfs bellow lower stamps as usual ~ Scott 488-490 ~ see UPU Specimen Stamps p124 p124 Cape Verde Islands
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1902 set of 7 Cavalla
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red by an unidentified postal authority Cayman Islands
1955/1963 five different printer's proofs of air letters ~ 2½d, 6d (2), 9d (2) ~ each overprinted SPECIMEN in red and perforated CANCELLED through the stamp impression ~ ex Bradbury Wilkinson archives ~ unfolded and very fine Cayman Islands
1872 to 1903 — 4 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value ca. £1200 Ceylon
1888-1927 ~ UPU reference collection ~ complete group of all stamps sent to the UPU with local overprints and/or surcharges and local SPECIMEN overprints total SG cat £424 Ceylon
1868 CC 14 1d blue handstamped SPECIMEN type D5 ~ NG as usual and slightly rounded LL corner ~ good colour ~ SG61 Ceylon
1883 CA 24 cents brown-purple prepared for use but NOT ISSUED ~ overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 ~ only 106 copies made ~ SG152s cat £800 Ceylon
1899 1 rupee 50 cents and 2 rupees 25 cents watermark CC both overprinted SPECIMEN type D12a and additionally handstamped ULTRAMAR in blue SG 263, 264 superb and most attractive Ceylon
1928–29 Air Mail 'CHILE CORREOS' 20c, 40c, $1, $2, $5, $10 and 'CORREOS DE CHILE' 25c, 30c, 50c set of 9 perforated SPECIMEN type [2] SG 191/8s, 214/6s Chile
1927 'CORREOS DE CHILE' 10c litho, 15c perforated SPECIMEN type [2] SG 205s, 208s Chile
1930 Nitrate set of 6 perforated SPECIMEN type [2] SG 217/222s Chile
1934 Centenary of Constitution 30c, 1p20c perforated SPECIMEN type [2] SG 234, 235s Chile
1936 400th Anniversary of Discovery set of 12 perforated SPECIMEN type [2] SG 256/267s Chile
1928 Official set of 5 perforated SPECIMEN type [2] SG O190/O194s Chile
1933 stamps of China overprinted 'for use in Szechwan Province exclusively':
Junk and Reaper set of 3, Dr Sun Yat-sen with thick circle set of 8, Martyrs set of 12, a total of 23 stamps of which 17 are affixed to a piece of album sheet and 6 are hinged to a second piece — all handstamped SPECIMEN (22.5×2.75mm) in black — ex Bechuanaland Post Office archives (Robson Lowe, Basle, 27 October 1976, lot 1376)
a unique and important group
see UPU Specimen Stamps 1878–1961 pp133–4
Scott 1/23 — SG 1/23s
China (Szechwan)
page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1898 Waterlow set of 12 inscribed 'Chinese Imperial Post' overprinted SPECIMEN in a type very similar to others used by Waterlow at this date — Scott 98–109, SG 108–119
see UPU Specimen Stamps 1878–1961 p132
China
UPU specimen stamps of China are listed and priced in the Stanley Gibbons catalogue of China – 11th edition 2015 China
1921 Postal Service set of 4 overprinted SPECIMEN type 5 ~ SG 357s/360s ~ cat £300 China
1923 Constitution set of 4 overprinted SPECIMEN type 5 ~ SG 362s/365s ~ cat £300 China
1920 Flood Relief set of 3 overprinted SPECIMEN type 4 ~ SG 349s/351s ~ cat £250 China
1920 Flood Relief set of 3 vertical pairs on archival piece overprinted SPECIMEN type 4 and additionally handstamped POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES / MADAGASCAR / COLLECTION DE BERNE in red ~ SG 349s/351s ~ cat 2x£250 as normal specimens China
1935 – album page, headed 'Colombie' and numbered '1' in green, from Tunisia Post Office archive bearing 1935 Third National Olympic Games, Barranquilla, set of 16 (Scott 421–436 cat mint $1350) and five other stamps each handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) - applied by the Tunisian Receiving Authority. BPA cert (2015) ~ a lovely and UNIQUE set of specimens in very fine condition. Colombia
1904–1951 – an almost complete range of issues, slight duplication, hundreds of stamps including Air Mail, Official, Registration, etc., mostly fine, affixed to 17 album pages, headed 'Colombie', from the Tunisia Post Office archive. Colombia
1940 Death of General Santander set of 10. Scott 475-484.
Strips of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Colombia
1940-43 issue: 8c and 1p (the 2 values issued in 1940). Scott 488, 492. .
Strips of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office collection.
Colombia
1941 Air post set of 13. Scott C121-133.
Strips of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Colombia
1940 Postal Tax 'Ministry of Posts' set of 6 incl the 25c described by Scott as 'not usable on postal matter' and 1940 Postal Tax 5c 'Protection'. Scott RA8-RA12, RA13.
Strips of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Colombia
1887-88 ~ UPU reference collection ~ complete with the only stamps and postal stationery sent to the UPU handstamped SPECIMEN ~ 1887 50c chocolate and 5fr and 1888 15c post card
SG 10s, 12s
Congo Free State
Part album page, headed 'Iles Cook', from Tunisia Post Office archive, bearing 9 stamps - 'White Tern' ½d blue-green, 2d deep brown, 6d purple on toned, 1s deep carmine and 'Queen Makea Takau' 1d rose-red, 1½d deep lilac, 2½d deep rose, 5d olive-black and 10d green each handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) - applied by the Tunisian Receiving Authority, with manuscript annotation '9' in left margin, 1d & 2½d corner defects, 10d internal splits. BPA cert (2015). Cook Islands
1883-1961 ~ UPU reference collection complete with all stamps sent to the UPU overprinted MUESTRA or SPECIMEN or with other form of protection ~ mounted on 19 pages ~ also some postal stationery and miscellaneous items and notes ~ a magnificent display that would be impossible to replicate Costa Rica
1883 2 cent postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN type [51] in red [UPU] H&G 1 - VF Costa Rica
1883 4 cent + 0 cent postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN type [51] in red [UPU] H&G 2 - VF Costa Rica
1940 '15 Cts' on 45c. Surcharge type e - the only one of the 5 types sent to the UPU. Scott 160D.
Strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Costa Rica
1940 Pan American Health Day set of 5 overprinted MUESTRA before sending to the UPU for distribution. Scott 191-195.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Costa Rica
1941 '15 CENTIMOS 15' surcharges set of 5. Scott 196-200.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Costa Rica
1941 Soccer Championship set of 8. Scott 201-208.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen c
Costa Rica
1940 International Airport Air post set of 7. Scott C39-C45.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Costa Rica
1940 International Airport Air post set of 11 incl two surcharged values. Scott C46-C56.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Costa Rica
1941 Soccer at International Stadium Air post set of 10. Scott C57-C66.
Each in a strip of three affixed to two parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Costa Rica
1941 Panama Border Treaty Air post set of 7. Scott C67-C73.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Costa Rica
see French Post Offices in Crete and Italian Post Offices Abroad Crete
1941 Yugoslavia overprinted with 3 lines of text and 6 vertical bars. Set of 8. Some excess gum around the perfs. Mi 1-8.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Croatia
1941 Yugoslavia overprinted with 3 lines of text and shield. Set of 15. Some excess gum around the perfs. Mi 9-23.
Each in a strip of three (or pair and single) affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Croatia
1941 1D and 2D overprinted on Yugoslavia set of 2. Mi 41-42.
Both in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Croatia
1941 postage due stamps of Yugoslavia overprinted set of 4. Mi 43-46.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Croatia
1941 Red Cross set of 3. Mi 66-68.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Croatia
1941 postage due stamps of Yugoslavia overprinted set of 5. Mi P1-5.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Croatia
1941 postage due stamps set of 5. Mi 6-10.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Croatia
1936-1939 ~ UPU reference collection ~ complete with all stamps sent to the UPU handstamped MUESTRA type [A]:
1936 Gomez Monument, Gomez Birth Centenary, American Artists and Writers, 1937 Sugar Industry, 1938 Key West to Havana Flight, Marie Curie Anti-Cancer, Anti-TB Postal Tax
a total of 40 stamps mounted on 5 pages
Cuba (Republic)
1936 Gomez Centenary set of 5 handstamped MUESTRA type [A] ~ Scott 332s-6s Cuba (Republic)
1937 Sugar Industry set of 3 handstamped MUESTRA type [A] ~ Scott 337s-9s Cuba (Republic)
1937 American Writers & Artists 13 values [missing 1x3c and 1x4c] handstamped MUESTRA type [A] ~ Scott between 340s/354s Cuba (Republic)
1939 Cigar Industry set of 3. Scott 356-358.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Cuba (Republic)
1939 Birth Centenary of General Garcia 2c and 5c each in a perforated and in an imperf strip of 3. Scott 359, 360.
All affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Cuba (Republic)
1938 Marie Curie Anti-Cancer set of 2 handstamped MUESTRA type [A] ~ Scott B1s, B2s Cuba (Republic)
1936 Gomez Centenary Express 10c handstamped MUESTRA type [A] ~ Scott E09s Cuba (Republic)
1937 Artists & Writers Express 10c set of 2 handstamped MUESTRA type [A] ~ Scott E10s, E11s Cuba (Republic)
1938 Anti-TB Postal Tax 1c handstamped MUESTRA type [A] ~ Scott RA1s Cuba (Republic)
1897 King Alfonso XIII 40c handstamped MUESTRA type [2] ~ Scott 154s Cuba (Spanish Colony)
1898 1m to 5m in strips of 5 handstamped MUESTRA type [3] ~ Scott 156s-160s Cuba (Spanish Colony)
1894 to 1904 — 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £800 Cyprus
!880 1 shilling superb used block of 4 {KK-LL] cancelled 969 at Nicosia ~ the only block of this quality and the only multiple used outside Larnaca ~ ex Richardson [Robson Lowe, 1956] SG6 Cyprus
1881 GB 1d plate 215 overprinted CYPRUS and additionally surcharged HALF-PENNY ~ the handstamped surcharge is very displaced vertically and shows the lower half of one impression at the top of the stamp and the upper part of another impression at the foot of the stamp ~ SG 7 var (cat £800 as normal) ~ a striking error on one of the rarest plates Cyprus
1921-23 wmk Mult Script CA 1pi violet & red, 1½pi, 2pi carmine & blue, 2¾pi, 9pi overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 and 10pa grey & yellow, 30pa green, 6pi, 18pi, 45pi overprinted SPECIMEN type D16 - all 10 in strips of three - affixed to pieces of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection Cyprus
1881 Larnaca to London ~ GB 2d postal stationery registered envelope with a horizontal pair of GB 1d plate 220 overprinted CYPRUS and surcharged 30 PARAS cancelled 942 at Larnaca. One or more stamps missing, embossed stamp paying registration fee on flap missing, some water stains and other blemishes. Only one other cover with these adhesives recorded. SG10 (220). Cyprus
1892 1 piastre reply paid postal stationery card ~ H&G 8 ~ handstamped SPECIMEN Samuel type CY1 Cyprus
1924 KGV ¼ piastre wrapper overprinted SPECIMEN and additionally handstamped COLONIAS type 3 ~ horiz fold as always ~ very neat and attractive ~ H&G 13 ~ I&P 15s Cyprus
1938 Waterlow Printer's Sample Stamps ~ all six recorded values in marginal pairs and five singles on pieces from sample book ~ each stamp punched with a 1.5mm diameter hole ~ an attractive group Cyprus
see Bohemia & Moravia and Slovakia Czechoslovakia
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with on front DAHOMEY Dec 1900–Jan 1901 5 values
and on back MADAGASCAR AND DEPENDENCIES 1896 9 values 5c to 5F, 1900 4 colour changes, 1903 set of 15
Yvert cat value ca. €950
Dahomey
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942. The stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. 141 stamps. Yvert 90A, 120-141, 142-144, 145-148, 149-150, Aér 1-5, Taxe 19-28. Dahomey
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1902 set of 7 Dedeagh
parts of 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1891 5c on 10c and 5c on 20c
and 1892 overprinted DIÉGO-SUAREZ 12 values (no 30c or 35c)
and 1891 50c postage due
and 1892 set of 13
and 1893 set of 13
Yvert cat value ca. €1500
Diégo-Suarez
1886 to 1903 — page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £405 Dominica
1918 ½d locally overprinted WAR TAX and 'Specimen' type DO1 - SG56s Dominica
1903 2½d postal stationery envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G B2 superb Dominica
1927 ½d postal stationery wrapper overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G E3 scarce and superb Dominica
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red or in black by an unidentified postal authority Dominica
1933-43 ~ UPU reference collection ~ complete (excl 1939 San Rafael bridge set) with all stamps sent to the UPU overprinted or handstamped MUESTRA or Muestra ~ includes several interesting additional stamps and 1935 registered envelope handstamped 'Muestra' that is the only postal stationery item sent to the UPU with any form of protection ~ mounted on 7 pages Dominican Republic
1939-41 Columbus Lighthouse - the 6 values distributed in 1941. Sc O18/25.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Dominican Republic
1939 José Trujillo Valdez set of 5, and 10c triangular air mail. Sc 346-350 and C34.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Dominican Republic
1940 flags set of 5. Sc 351-355.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Dominican Republic
1940 Rowland Hill set of 2. Sc 356-357.
Both in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Dominican Republic
1940 Mothers' Day set of 4. Sc 358-361.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Dominican Republic
1940 map 3c and 7c (the 1p was not distributed). Sc 362-363.
Both in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Dominican Republic
1940 military hospital ½c, 1951 fortress 10c, 1941 special delivery 10c both colours, 1940-41 insured letter 8c and 30c. Sc 365, 376, E4, E5, G8 and G10.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Dominican Republic
1941 fortress and statue set of 3. Sc 366-368.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Dominican Republic
1941 Trujillo-Hull Treaty 3c to 17c (the 1p and 2p were not distributed). Sc 369-373.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Dominican Republic
1940 Air Post 10c, 15c and 20c (the 25c and 50 c were not distributed). Sc C35-37.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Dominican Republic
1929 'SCADTA' set of 10 plus one Registration Fee stamp cancelled 'SERVICIO DE TRANSPORTES AEREOS * GUAYAQUIL' cds dated '13 VII. 1929' affixed to pages from the Saudi Arabian Post Office specimen archive ~ the six pages contain examples of every stamp received by Saudi Arabia from the UPU during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. [XL] Ecuador
1938 Ecuador Exhibition set of 4. Scott 373-376.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. MISSING
Ecuador
1938 First Bolivian Games set of 5 postage and 5 Air post. Scott 377-381. C65-C69.
Each in a strip of three affixed to two parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Ecuador
1939 Golden Gate Exposition set of 6 postage and 7 Air post. Scott 382-387, C73-C79.
Each in a strip of three affixed to three parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Ecuador
1939 New York World's Fair set of 6 postage and 7 Air Post stamps. Scott 388-393, C80-86 .all in strips of three affixed to part archive pages all cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE in magenta 39 stamps UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Ecuador
1872 to 1898 3 whole and 1 part pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with a wide range of issues including 1872 5pi, 1888 postage dues, etc. and also Sudan with 1897 set, 1898 to 10pi, etc.
an interesting and important record of what was sent to the UPU for distribution
Egypt
1907 set of 16 to 10p affixed to part of archive sheet from the Goa Post Office UPU collection ~ each stamp handstamped ULTRAMAR exceptionally clearly in bluish black ~ SG 41/56s Elobey, Annobon & Corisco
1893 to 1903 part page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1893 set of 11, 1895-98 5c to 45c (the 1c and 2c were issued in 1899), 1903 set of 11
Eritrea
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority Falkland Islands Dependencies
1891 to 1898 — page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £1250 Falkland Islands
1891 wmk Crown CA ½d, 1d, 2½d, 4d, 6d each handstamped 'Specimen' type FI4 (only recorded on these denominations by Samuel) ~ little or no gum as usual and typical minor perf faults ~ the 6d shows parts of a second and third impression of the handstamp ~ SG 15/33 Falkland Islands
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red by an unidentified postal authority Falkland Islands
1890 to 1902 — page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £325 Fiji
1930 proof impressions of meter marks sent as specimens to the UPU for distribution to other members ~ ½d, 1½d, 3d and 6d ~ each handstamped 'Especimen' by the Portuguese Post Office ~ very fine and scarce Fiji
1927 2d postal stationery letter card overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G A2 superb - the only Fiji letter card Fiji
1916 ½d, 1d locally overprinted WAR TAX and SPECIMEN type FJ1 - SG138, 9s - cat £140 Fiji
The 1917 and 1921 Lion Type 'miniature sheets'
for further information see UPU Specimen Stamps 1878–1961 and the Addenda & Corrigenda thereto at www.jamesbendon.com
Finland
1917 2½ penni grey (never issued) and 20 penni brownish yellow (issued in yellow in 1921) single impressions within panes with 7×5 stamp spaces ~ the only two denominations distributed by the UPU in panes ~ exceptionally fine examples ~ Facit 1BT, 69BT Finland
1917 2½ penni grey (never issued) and 20 penni brownish yellow (issued in yellow in 1921) single impressions within panes with 7×5 stamp spaces ~ the only two denominations distributed by the UPU in panes ~ Facit 1BT, 69BT Finland
1917 10 penni carmine single impression within pane with 10×5 (unusual) stamp spaces ~ some separated perfs ~ Facit 68BTv Finland
1917 20 penni brownish yellow (issued in yellow in 1921) single impression within pane with 12×5 stamp spaces (unusual) ~ one of only two denominations distributed by the UPU in panes ~ Facit 69BTv Finland
1917 40 penni dull violet single impression within pane with 10×5 (unusual) stamp spaces ~ Facit 71BTv Finland
1917 50 penni light brown single impression within pane with 7×5 stamp spaces ~ Facit 72BT Finland
1917 50 penni light brown single impression within pane with 10×5 (unusual) stamp spaces ~ lightly affixed to card and some split perfs ~ Facit 72BTv Finland
1917 1 Mark carmine & black single impression within pane with 7×5 stamp spaces ~ Facit 73BT Finland
1917 5 Marks bluish lilac & black single impression within pane with 7×5 stamp spaces ~ Facit 74BT Finland
1917 10 Marks orange-brown & black single impression within pane with 7×5 stamp spaces ~ Facit 75BT Finland
1921 2 Marks green & black, 3 Marks blue & black and 25 Marks red & yellow ~ single impressions within panes with 7×5 stamp spaces ~ these three new high face value panes were sold to the public in this form enclosed in special purpose envelopes (of which an example is included here) by the Post Office ~ Facit 104BT, 106BT, 107BT Finland
1917 to 1921 Lion type 23 different values and colours on pieces of archive sheets all handstamped COLONIAS ~ ex Goa archive ~ handstamp impressions range from very light to superb ~ a unique group Finland
1919 5 penni grey, 10 penni green, 50 penni deep blue, 75 penni dull orange each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection Finland
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
1893 postage due 1c to 1F (excl. 20c issued 1906)
and Indo-China 1904 postage due '5c' on 60c
French Colonies (General Issues)
page believed to be from a ca. 1903 Maury album with examples of all adhesives and cut-outs of postal stationery available in ca. 1890
Alphée Dubois type 1881 1c to 20c, 35c to 1F, 1886 25c black/rose (by 1886 the colour of the 25c had been changed and the 30c was no longer in use)
1884 postage due 5c to 5F
1889 10c and 25c post cards, 5c and 15c envelopes, and 1c, 2c and 5c wrappers
all of the above show 'Specimen' in black in a type seen only on items affixed to ca. 1890 Notices displayed in Post Offices in Indo-China
French Colonies (General Issues)
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942. The stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. 45 stamps French Equatorial Africa
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with on front FRENCH GUINEA 1893 set of 13, 1901 4 colour changes
and on back GRAND COMORO 1892 set of 13, 1900 4 colour changes
Yvert cat value €1000
French Guinea
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942. The stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. 75 stamps French Guinea
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1892 set of 15, 1892 5c on 15c, 1892 set of 13, 1901 5 colour changes — Yvert cat value €1800 French Guyana
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942. The stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items fro+D5m the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. 51 stamps French Guyana
page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1892 set of 13, 1900 4 colour changes (the 35c and 45c new values issued 1906/07) — Yvert cat value ca. €225 French India
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942. The stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. 15 stamps. French India
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1902 set of 7 French Morocco
1939-42 issue - 50c, 60c, 80c, 1f50, 2f50 the values issued in 1940 and 1940 Air Mail 2f - Yv 174/192, Aér 46, Maury 193-197, Aér 49. Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / D12COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. French Morocco
1942 Enfants de France charity set of 4 - Yv 200-203. Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. French Morocco
page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1892 set of 13, 1901 4 colour changes — Yvert cat value €700 French Oceania
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942. The stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. 15 stamps. French Oceania
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1894 1c to 5F (excl 75c) 'Chine' overprints on France
and 1902 set of 11 inscribed 'CHINE'
Yvert cat value ca. €560
French Post Offices in China
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1902 set of 15 — Yvert cat value €700 French Post Offices in Crete
page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with ALEXANDRIA 1899–1900 5c to 5F, 1902 set of 15
and PORT-SAID 1899–1900 set of 18, 1902 set of 15
Yvert cat value €700
French Post Offices in Egypt
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1894–96 10 values (no 7½a on 75c)
and 1897 3 postage dues
and 1902–03 set of 11
Yvert cat value ca. €1150
French Post Offices in Zanzibar
page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1902 set of 15 (the 40c with corner defect) French Post Offices in the Turkish Empire
1893-1933 ~ UPU reference collection ~ complete with all stamps sent to the UPU overprinted or handstamped SPÉCIMEN or 'S' ~ includes Obock 1893 2fr in strip of 5 and 5fr ~ Djibouti 1894 set (2 values in pairs, 2 values in blocks of 4) ~ 25fr (2 copies, one with inverted 'S'), 50fr (2 copies one with 'S' at top instead of at foot believed unique) ~ 1902 surcharges on 1894 issue handstamped ULTRAMAR, and 1903 to 1933 apparently complete handstamped SPECIMEN type BEC2a ex Bechuanaland UPU Specimen collection ~ mounted on 8 pages. French Somali Coast
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942 ~ the stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled three-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ 48 stamps ~ Yv 177-192. French Somali Coast
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1894 set of 13 and 1900 4 new colours
French Sudan
1921 Postage Due set of 8 and 1927 Postage Due set of 2 all in strips of three on two pieces of album pages ~ ex Madagascar UPU collection ~ Maury Taxe 1-8, 9-10. French Sudan
1921 Postage Due set of 8 and 1927 Postage Due set of 2 on piece of album page ~ handstamped 'COLONIAS' ~ ex Goa UPU collection ~ Maury Taxe 1-8, 9-10. French Sudan
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942. The stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. 78 stamps French Sudan
see Madeira Funchal
1886 to 1902 — page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £850 Gambia
1886-87 wmk CA sideways set of 8 handstamped SPECIMEN type GA1 ~ exceptionally fine and fresh appearance with deep colours ~ a rare set ~ SG 21/35s var Gambia
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red or in black by an unidentified postal authority Gambia
A remarkable range of KEVII and KGV issues all overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 and additionally handstamped 'COLONIE DU GABON / SECRETARIAT GENERAL / RF / 1er Bureau' double-ring receiving authority handstamp
KEVII: 1d, 3d, 6d, 1s, 1s6d, 2s, 2s6d singles and 4d, 5d, 7½d, 10d rejoined pairs
KGV: 2d, 2½d, 10d. 1s, 1s6d, 2s, 3s singles and 1d, 1½d, 3d, 4d, 7½d, 2s6d rejoined pairs
no gum as usual but with identifiable partial impressions of this large handstamp
these 34 stamps are probably the largest surviving group of any country from the Gabon archive
Gambia
1941 set of 18. Mi 781-798.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
German Empire
1886 to 1903 — 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £2150 Gibraltar
1886 (1 Jan) Bermuda types overprinted GIBRALTAR ~ ½d to 1s set of 7 ~ additionally overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 ~ a very difficult set as only 100 were made for distribution by the UPU (one set to each member) ~ somewhat disturbed original gum otherwise in unusually fine condition ~ SG 1-7s (cat £5,500) Gibraltar
1944 2d carmine U/M marginal strip of three ~ SPECIMEN type D21 ~ SG 124c ~ a scarce multiple Gibraltar
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority Gibraltar
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN by an unidentified postal authority Gilbert & Ellice Islands
1888 to 1902 — 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £1200 Gold Coast
1916 1d carmine on cream postal stationery envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G B3 small defects Gold Coast
1916 2d + 1d KGV square design size F postal stationery registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G C9 with original tropical interleaving superb Gold Coast
1923 3d KGV embossed head postal stationery registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G C11b Gold Coast
1926 1d brown postal stationery envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G B4 - VF Gold Coast
1928 1d postal stationery envelope KGV and castle overprinted SPECIMEN type H{3} [UPU] H&G B5 superb Gold Coast
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red by an unidentified postal authority Gold Coast
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with on front FRENCH GUINEA 1892 set of 13, 1901 4 colour changes
and on back GRAND COMORO 1893 set of 13, 1900 4 colour changes
Yvert cat value €1000
Grand Comoro
1892 QV 1d foreign rate card and reply card both handstamped SPECIMEN type GB9 ~ UPU distribution Huggins CP27, CP28 Great Britain (postal stationery)
1902 KEVII ½d post card handstamped ULTRAMAR by the Portuguese Post Office before sending to one of the Portuguese Colonies {known to be Goa} Huggins CP42 Great Britain (postal stationery)
1902 KEVII ½d post card handstamped ULTRAMAR by the Portuguese Post Office before sending to one of the Portuguese Colonies {known to be Goa} Huggins CP42 DAMAGED Great Britain (postal stationery)
1902 KEVII 1d envelope size C handstamped ULTRAMAR by the Portuguese Post Office before sending to one of the Portuguese Colonies {known to be Goa} Huggins EP42 Great Britain (postal stationery)
1902 KEVII 1d envelope size H handstamped ULTRAMAR by the Portuguese Post Office before sending to one of the Portuguese Colonies {known to be Goa} Huggins EP44 Great Britain (postal stationery)
1904 telegraph form with KEVII 6d embossed handstamped SPECIMEN type GB26 ex stapled packet ~ distributed by the UPU not as an example of a telegraph form but as an example of an item from which a cut-out was authorised to be used to pay postage Huggins TP17s Great Britain (postal stationery)
1904 telegraph form with KEVII 6d embossed handstamped SPECIMEN type GB26 ex stapled packet ~ distributed by the UPU not as an example of a telegraph form but as an example of an item from which a cut-out was authorised to be used to pay postage ~ Huggins TP59s Great Britain (postal stationery)
1900 1s green & carmine handstamped ULTRAMAR in blue ~ no gum and colour suffused as usual otherwise fine ~ SG214 Great Britain
1887 Government Parcels 1½d purple & green strip of 3 as distributed by the UPU ~ handstamped SPECIMEN type GB9 ~ a very scarce multiple ~ SG L22s ~ cat from 3×£300 Great Britain
1929 PUC £1 overprinted 'SPECIMEN' type GB23 in red ~ SG spec NCom9s ~ cat £2750 ~ gum removed to prevent the usual toning Great Britain
1941 ½d, 1d, 2d, 2½d, 3d pale colours (the 1½d was issued in 1942) each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. SG 485, 486, 488-490. Great Britain
1941 ½d, 1d, 1½d, 2d pale colours each handstamped AMOSTRA in green by the Portuguese Postal Authorities before sending to one of the Portuguese Colonies. SG 485-8 var.
BPA cert (1992).
Great Britain
1939 1s overprinted SPECIMEN type GB23 ~ SG Spec Q28s ~ cat £150 Great Britain
1939-42 2s6d brown, 2s6d green, 5s red, 10s dark blue, 10s ultramarine all handstamped SPECIMEN type GB23 before sending to the UPU for distribution to other members. SG Spec Q29s, Q30t, Q31t, Q32s, Q33t
cat £1700
Great Britain
1939-41 2s6d brown, 2s6d green, 5s red, 10s dark blue all handstamped SPECIMEN type GB23 before sending to the UPU for distribution to other members. Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE.
UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
SG Spec Q29s, Q30t, Q31t, Q32s
cat £3900+++
Great Britain
1939 5s overprinted SPECIMEN type GB23 ~ SG Spec Q31t ~ cat £275 Great Britain
1942 10s ultramarine strip of 3 overprinted SPECIMEN type GB23 ~ no gum but a very rare multiple ~ SG 478a Spec Q33t ~ cat 3×£400 Great Britain
1940 Centenary of First Adhesive Stamps set of 6 each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. SG479-484. Great Britain
1948 £1 Silver Wedding overprinted CANCELLED and punched with three 4.5mm holes type 34P ~ SG QCom11t ~ cat £650 Great Britain
1948 £1 Silver Wedding overprinted CANCELLED and punched with three 4.5mm holes type 34P ~ SG QCom11t ~ cat £650 Great Britain
1924 postage due 2s6d SPECIMEN type 23 [UPU] ~ SG R18s ~ cat £55 Great Britain
1880–85 2 lepta green on cream paper ~ 3 examples each showing SPECIMEN overprint DOUBLE ~ Hellas 55s var ~ the only copies recorded.
Stamps [7] and [8] fit together perfectly both as to the cut between them and the overprint where a tiny part of the top of the 'I' falls on [8]. The third stamp [10] (ex Maximus collection) does not show 'SPECi' and must therefore come from the right of the sheet. The sloping red line in the diagram confirms the relative positions.
An exceptional item for the connoisseur of the Large Hermes Heads.
Greece
1883 10 lepta postal stationery reply card for use throughout Greece showing SPECIMEN overprint DOUBLE one inverted on the outgoing half and single overprint on the reply half ~ a rarity. Greece
1887 to 1900 UPU reference collection ~ complete with all stamps and postal stationery sent to the UPU overprinted or handstamped SPECIMEN ~ includes Large Hermes set (the 2 lepta in a pair) ~ Small Hermes high values imperf ~ Postage Dues complete ~ 1883 post cards and reply cards ~ 1900 post cards and reply cards ~ mounted on 7 pages Greece
1923 ~ Revolution of 1922 issue ~ 58 values handstamped 'Specimen' before sending to the UPU for distribution ~ note that due to shortage of specimens available only single examples of each were sent to each member of the UPU ~ a very difficult set to complete ~ Hellas 398s/455s €1740 [±£1500] Greece
1923 Revolution issue: complete set of 58 stamps handstamped 'Specimen' before sending to the UPU for distribution ~ ex Marcus Samuel collection ~ mounted on 5 album pages ~ note that due to shortage of specimens available only single examples of each were sent to each member of the UPU ~ Hellas 398s/455s cat €1740 [±£1500] Greece
1926 Centenary of Fall of Missolonghi strip of 3 ~ Hellas 463 ~ ex Madagascar UPU Specimen archive Greece
1939 10th Balkan Games set of 4 ~ Hellas 565-568 ~ each in a strip of three affixed to piece of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection Greece
1940 National Youth Organisation set of 10 postage and 10 air mail stamps. Hellas 571-580 and A45-A54. Each in a strip of three affixed to piece of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Greece
1940 Occupation of Albania (Northern Epirus) 45 values. Hellas 143-167, 168-177, 178-187. Each in a strip of three affixed to 3 pieces of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Greece
1923 Revolution issue: complete set of 58 stamps handstamped 'Specimen' before sending to the UPU for distribution ~ mounted on archive page ~ additionally handstamped POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES / MADAGASCAR / COLLECTION DE BERNE in red ~ note that due to shortage of specimens available only single examples of each were sent to each member of the UPU ~ Hellas 398s/455s Greece
1923 Revolution issue: complete set of 58 stamps handstamped 'Specimen' before sending to the UPU for distribution ~ mounted on two archive pages ~ additionally cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ note that due to shortage of specimens available only single examples of each were sent to each member of the UPU ~ Hellas 398s/455s Greece
1888 to 1902 — 1 part page and 1 full page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £465 Grenada
1938 1½d postal stationery envelope ~ overprinted SPECIMEN ~ boxed 'SPECIMEN / Collection / A. O. F.' ~ slight staining but UNIQUE Grenada
1886 ½d POSTAL STATIONERY card overprinted SPECIMEN [H&G 5] VF [UPU] Grenada
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority Grenada
1951 4c postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G 17 - a very scarce late UPU specimen superb Grenada
1951 5c postal stationery envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G B3 - a very scarce late UPU specimen superb Grenada
1951 6c size F postal stationery registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G C11 - a very scarce late UPU specimen superb Grenada
page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1891 set of 13, 1894 set of 13, 1900 5 colour changes — Yvert cat value €1200 Guadeloupe
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942 ~ the stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled three-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ 48 stamps ~ Yvert 147-157, 158-160, 161-162 ~ a unique assemblage from the Mauritania UPU Specimen archive. Guadeloupe
1944 provisional issue set of 4 surcharged and overprinted 'Spécimen' locally ~ the only specimens of Guadeloupe sent to the UPU with any specimen overprint ~ Yv 168/171 ~ SG 171s, 172s, 173s, 177s cat £400 Guadeloupe
1944 provisional issue set of 4 surcharged and overprinted 'Spécimen' locally ~ the only specimens of Guadeloupe sent to the UPU with any specimen overprint ~ Yv 168/171 ~ SG 171s, 172s, 173s, 177s cat £400 Guadeloupe
1871 to 1903 2 pages (the second with stamps on front and back) from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
including 1886 (July) lithographed set of 11 handstamped GUATEMALA in a circle type CX1
and 1897 Central American Exhibition set of 14
and numerous provisional issues
a splendid record of stamps sent as specimens to the UPU for distribution to members
Guatemala
1886-1953 ~ UPU reference collection ~ complete with all stamps sent to the UPU overprinted SPECIMEN or with other form of protection ~ includes 1886 set of 11 cancelled type CX1 in strips of 5 ~ mounted on 5 pages Guatemala
1940 1c on 25c, 5c on 50c postage, 15c Pan American Union Air post, 4c EXPRESO Special Delivery, 1c Pan American Union Postal Tax. Scott 298, 299, C123, E1, RA15.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Guatemala
1950 Tourist Promotion postage set of 5 in blocks of 10 with sheet margin on 3 sides handstamped MUESTRA type [1] Guatemala
1933-40 postage issue colour changes: 3c deep olive green, 5c brown olive, 10c red brown. Scott 326, 327c, 330.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Haiti
1941 Statue of Liberty postage 10c, 25c, Air post 60c, 1,25g ~ Scott 338, 339, C12, C13 ~ each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Haiti
1929-1941 ~ UPU reference collection ~ complete with all stamps incl 1940 souvenir sheets sent to the UPU handstamped or overprinted SPECIMEN ~ also 4 items of postal stationery (2 Seebeck, 2 Waterlow) handstamped SPECIMEN of uncertain status ~ mounted on 10 album pages. Honduras
1937 150th anniversary of U.S. constitution 46 centavos air mail vertical pair overprinted MUESTRA - a scarce and handsome multiple affixed to archival card - some very light toning around the perfs [UPU] Scott C84 Honduras
1929 Air Post planned flight from New York 50c and the 4 Air Post Semi-Postal surcharges all handstamped SPECIMEN type [1] in bluish green — an elusive set in very fine condition and apparently never hinged — Scott C13, CB1-CB4 Honduras
1941: 1939 5c and 8c Air Post Official stamps overprinted for public use. Scott C109, C110. Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Honduras
1940 Pan American Union miniature sheets - one perforated and one imperf - overprinted MUESTRA type [5] before sending to the UPU for distribution. Scott C99, C100. Both affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE Honduras
1940 Pan American Union miniature sheets - one perforated and one imperf - overprinted MUESTRA type [5] before sending to the UPU for distribution. Scott C99, C100. Both affixed to two parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE Honduras
1940 Pan American Union miniature sheets - one perforated and one imperf - overprinted MUESTRA type [5] before sending to the UPU for distribution. Scott C99, C100. Both affixed to two parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE Honduras
1939 Air Post Official set of 8 overprinted 'Muestra' type [4] before sending to the UPU for distribution. Scott CO44-CO51. Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Honduras
1941 Postal Tax 1c Morazon and 1c Red Cross overprinted MUESTRA before sending to the UPU for distribution - Scott RA1, RA2 - in a strip of three,, and a pair and single, affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Honduras
1878 to 1902 — 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps include all those distributed by the UPU during the period and have a catalogue value of ca. £6500 — a magnificent display Hong Kong
1891 JUBILEE 2c carmine ~ broken first '1' in '1891' ~ corner copy with sheet margin at left and at foot ~ original gum and very fine ~ a most desirable positional piece ~ SG 51c (£950+) Hong Kong
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN by an unidentified postal authority Hong Kong
see Azores Horta
1904 UPU reprints of the I GILDI '02-'03' overprints ~ postage set of 11 and Official stamps set of 7 ~ ex Frederik collection with 1967 S. Grønlund photo certificate ~ Facit 49N/62N and Tj18N/25N cat SEK 10,000 = GBP 900 Iceland
1904 UPU reprints of the I GILDI '02-'03' overprints ~ Official stamps set of 7 ~ Facit Tj18N/25N cat SEK ca. 3800 = GBP 350 Iceland
1904 UPU reprints of the I GILDI '02-'03' overprints ~ postage set of 11 and Official stamps set of 7 ~ affixed to 2 complete sheets from the Madagascar archives with three or more of each denomination cancelled POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES MADAGASCAR COLLECTION DE BERNE in red Iceland
1904 UPU reprints of the I GILDI '02-'03' overprints ~ all 3 denominations of postal stationery cards and reply cards ~ affixed to 2 complete sheets from the Madagascar archives with three or more of each cancelled POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES MADAGASCAR COLLECTION DE BERNE in red Iceland
1904 UPU reprint of the I GILDI '02-'03' 5 aur postal stationery card showing OVERPRINT DOUBLE ~ ex Angus Parker ~ the only example recorded Iceland
1904 UPU reprint of the I GILDI '02-'03' 5 aur postal stationery card ~ a proof strip of 3 on greyish card ~ ex Angus Parker Iceland
1904 UPU reprints of the I GILDI '02-'03' 5, 8 and 10 aur single and 5, 8 and 10 aur double postal stationery cards ~ ex Angus Parker Iceland
1930 Parliamentary Millenary (Elbemühl) set of 15 postage and 1 air mail handstamped SPECIMEN. Facit 173-187, 188. Iceland
1930 Parliamentary Millenary (De La Rue) set of 5 overprinted SPECIMEN. Facit 189-192 Iceland
1886-88 ~ 4 annas 6 pies and 12 annas - handstamped SPECIMEN type [15] - the only stamps sent to the UPU with any form of SPECIMEN protection India
see also French Colonies (General Issues) Indo-China
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1892–96 set of 14 (2 with defects)
and 1900 4 colour changes
and 1903 '5' and '15' surcharges
Yvert cat value ca. €450
Indo-China
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942 ~ the stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to two parts of album pages and cancelled three-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection ~ 45 stamps ~ Yv 125-134 (no A numbers), 135-139. Indo-Chinese Post Office at Kwangchow
1903 1c to 5F (without 25c black/rose and 50c brown/azure that were both issued in 1904) handstamped 'Specimen' type R3 on receipt in Rhodesia from the UPU ~ Maury 1-16 ex 8 and 13 ~ a few stamps with minor perforation defects but otherwise a fine and UNIQUE set. Indo-Chinese Post Office at Pakhoi
1 part page and 2 whole pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with GENERAL ISSUES 1892–96 set of 14, 1900 4 colour changes, 1903 15c on 25c
and CANTON, HOI HAO, MONGTZE, PACKHOI, TCHONGKING and YUNNANSEN overprints and Chinese currency surcharges on 1901–1903 sets of 14 (only 1 each of the 5c and 15c) — Yvert cat value €6600
Indo-Chinese Post Offices in China
see Mozambique Inhambane
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942. The stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. 51 stamps Inini
1941 stamps of Italy overprinted 'ISOLE JONE' set of 9 incl Air Mail. Mi 15-23 ~ each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Ionian Islands (Italian Occupation)
1917 set of 11 surcharges all in strips of three - affixed to two pieces of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - Scott 589-598, 600 - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection Iran
1921 Coronation issue overprinted set of 11 all in strips of three (the 5k pair and single) - overprinted SPECIMEN before sending to the UPU for distribution - affixed to piece of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - Scott 635/645 - a UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection Iran
1899 arabesque control marking handstamped in violet on 1898 issue 1ch to 50kr set of 16 all in strips of five mostly never hinged ~ additionally handstamped ULTRAMAR by the Portuguese post office before sending examples to Portuguese colonies ~ despite a few very minor faults as to be expected and one 50kr detached a stunning and surely unique group ~ Scott 120-135 ~ cat as normals 5×$556++ Iran
1928 2ch and 9ch postal stationery cards both handstamped SPECIMEN type [2] ~ H&G 43s, 44s Iran
1928 9 ch postal stationery card handstamped SPECIMEN type [2] additionally handstamped 'Espécimen' by the Portuguese post office before forwarding to one the Portuguese colonies - VF and probably unique ~ H&G 44s var Iran
1933 10di and 90di postal stationery cards both handstamped SPECIMEN type [2] (the 90di slight water stain at top left) ~ H&G 47s. 48s Iran
1935 90ch postal stationery card with 'PERSE' obliterated and replaced by 'L'IRAN' and handstamped SPECIMEN type [4] ~ H&G 52s Iran
1919 1 anna, 2½ annas, 3 annas each in a strip of five, 4 annas in a strip of three and 8 annas single ~ all with attached 'tab' and unusual thus ~ SG 2/8 Iraq / Mosul
1918 Turkish pictorials no wmk perforated SPECIMEN type B1 set of 13 ~ SG 1s/14s (ex SG 4s ~ the 1½a on 5pa that was not distributed) ~ cat £800 Iraq
1921 Turkish pictorials wmk mult Script CA overprinted SPECIMEN type B3 set of 3 ~ SG 16s/18s cat £170 Iraq
1923–25 pictorials overprinted SPECIMEN type B6 set of 13 ~ SG 41s/53s cat £750 Iraq
1927 King Faisal 1r overprinted SPECIMEN type B3 ~ SG 78s cat £100 Iraq
1954–57 King Faisal II full-face portrait set of 18 overprinted SPECIMEN type [2] ~ SG 346/363s Iraq
1931 ½ anna post card and ½ anna envelope both overprinted SPECIMEN type B{7} ~ the only postal stationery items sent to the UPU with SPECIMEN overprints Iraq
1921–22 ON STATE SERVICE Turkish pictorials wmk mult Script CA overprinted SPECIMEN types B2/B3/B4 set of 8 ~ SG O33s/O40s cat £475 Iraq
1923 pictorials overprinted ON STATE SERVICE horizontally and further overprinted SPECIMEN type B6 set of 13 ~ SG O54s/O65s cat £750 Iraq
1924–5 pictorials overprinted ON STATE SERVICE vertically and also in Arabic further overprinted SPECIMEN typeset of 12 overprinted SPECIMEN type B9 ~ SG O66/O77s ~ cat £750 Iraq
1927 King Faisal 1r overprinted SPECIMEN type B3 ~ SG O79s ~ cat £100 Iraq
1955–58 Official King Faisal II full-face portrait set of 15 overprinted SPECIMEN type [2] ~ SG O364/378s [the 100f was not distributed] Iraq
1941 set of 11 incl. 1 Lira air mail.
Each in a strip of three affixed to piece of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Italian East Africa
1874 to 1903 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 'ESTERO' overprint on 1874 set of 9 to 2L and on 1879 set of 6 to 2L
and 1901 set of 3 overprinted 'ALBANIA' surcharged in Turkish currency and set of 3 without overprint but surcharged in Turkish curency
and 1893 25c without overprint but surcharged '1 PIASTRA 1' in red for use at LA CANEA (Crete)
and 1901 25c overprinted 'LA CANEA' (Crete) and surcharged '1 PIASTRA 1' in black
and 1901 25c overprinted 'BENGAZI' (Libya) and surcharged '1 PIASTRA 1'
a most varied and interesting group
Italian Post Offices Abroad
1926 St Francis of Assisi set of 6 in strips of 3 on two archival pieces all handstamped POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES / MADAGASCAR / COLLECTION DE BERNE in red ~ SG 191/196 Italy
1941 Titus Livius set of 4. Mi 629-632.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Italy
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with on front IVORY COAST 1892 set of 13, 1900 4 colour changes
and on back BENIN 1893 set of 13, 1894 set of 13
Yvert cat value €655
Ivory Coast
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942. The stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. 78 stamps Ivory Coast
1888 to 1903 — page (with stamps on front and back) from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £650 Jamaica
1860 wmk Pineapple 1d, 2d, 4d, 6d imperf with clear margins and original gum (except 1d) overprinted SPECIMEN type D2 ~ SG 1s, 2s, 4s, 5s Jamaica
1912 1d postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G 26 - VF Jamaica
1919 MCA 1½d overprinted SPECIMEN type D9 - unusual use of this type on specimens sent to the UPU SG 80 Jamaica
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN by an unidentified postal authority Jamaica
1947 6d air letter overprinted SPECIMEN type D{18} ~ the only Jamaica air letter and the last item of Jamaica postal stationery sent to the UPU ~ H&G F1 Jamaica
1858 Postal Fiscal 1s and 5s handstamped SPECIMEN Samuel type GB2 (Nicholson type N15) by the Inland Revenue (control of production of stamps for Jamaica did not pass to the Crown Agents until 1862) ~ SG F7s, F8s ~ RRR Jamaica
3 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1871 to 1900 issues of which ca. 30 are handstamped 'mihon' — wonderful fresh colours
see UPU Specimen Stamps 1878–1961 pp240–249
Japan
1939-41 issues comprising 8 definitive values to 10 Yen, 2,600th Anniversary of the Founding of Japan set of 4, 50th Anniversary of Educational Policy set of 2 ~ Scott 260/275, 299-302, 313, 314 ~ 14 stamps each in a strip of three affixed to pieces of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Japan
1939 Red Cross set of 4 ~ Scott 299-302 ~ each in a strip of three affixed to piece of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Japan
1903 1a to 8a and 2r to 10r each overprinted SPECIMEN types D12/D2a and additionally handstamped ULTRAMAR ~ NG as usual ~ SG 2/8s and 10/14s Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika
1903 8a overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 and additionally handstamped ULTRAMAR ~ NG as usual ~ SG8s Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika
1907 75c overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 showing 'broken M' variety ~ SG42s Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red by an unidentified postal authority Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika
1924 20c orange on grey postal stationery envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G B1 with original tropical interleaving - VF Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika
1919 '4 cents' on 6c block of four additionally handstamped SPECIMEN type K2 [UPU] ~ ALL blocks of UPU specimen stamps are extremely scarce ~ SG 64 ~ cat £260++ Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika
page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1883 to 1900 issues — wonderful fresh colours — Scott cat value $600+ Korea
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority Kuwait
1885 to 1902 — 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value ca. £1400 Labuan
1885 to 1903 — page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £975 Lagos
1884–85 wmk Crown CA perf 14 ½d and 1d each cancelled 'Specimen' in manuscript type DMS ~ ex De La Rue records and believed to be unique ~ these are the only two denominations listed by Samuel {1976} ~ SG21, 22 ~ very fine with much gum and bright colours ~ BPA Expertising certificates (2012) Lagos
1940 Arms of Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic 10s, 20s, 30s. Only these three values were distributed by the UPU. Mi 312-314.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Latvia (Soviet Republic)
1939 Harvest Festival set of 2. Mi 279-280.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Latvia
1940 Coat of Arms set of 11. Mi 281-291.
Each in a strip of three (one value pair and single) affixed to four parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Latvia
1891 to 1902 — 2 part pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £455 Leeward Islands
Parts of two album pages from the Tunisia Post Office UPU collection with the following Queen Victoria stamps lightly affixed:
1890 two sets of 8, one overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 as usual, the other overprinted SPECIMEN in small serifed caps (12.5×1.6mm) by De La Rue in a type unrecorded by Marcus Samuel and not seen on any issue of any other crown colony. The+G2 two types of overprint are intermingled with four of each on each page. The ½d value is of particular interest as the overprint is struck à cheval. SG1/8s.
1902 two sets of the 3 surcharges, one in normal unused condition as distributed by the UPU, the other handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8x2.6mm) type TUN1 by the Tunisian Receiving Postal Authority. SG17/19s.
Accompanied by two 2016 BPA Expertising certificates.
Leeward Islands
1902 CA set of 9 all overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 ~ SG20s/28s ~ cat £190 ~ affixed to part of archive sheet ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Leeward Islands
1902 CA set of 9 and 1907–11 MCA set of 10 all overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 ~ SG20s/28s, SG36s/45s ~ cat £490 ~ affixed to part of archive sheet ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Leeward Islands
1907–11 MCA set of 10 all overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 ~ SG36s/45s ~ cat £300 ~ affixed to part of archive sheet ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Leeward Islands
1912–22 MCA complete set of 15 including all three 3d and 1s and both 5s all overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 ~ SG46s/57s, 51as, 51cs, 54as, 54bs, 57as ~ cat £450 ~ affixed to archive sheet ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Leeward Islands
1912–22 MCA set of 12 with additional 3d white back ~ SG46s/57s, 51as ~ and 1921–32 Script set of 23 ~ SG58s/80s ~ also BARBUDA 1922 set of 11 ~ SG1s/11s ~ all overprinted or perforated SPECIMEN types D12, D16, D19 ~ cat £1275 ~ affixed to a complete archive sheet and part of another sheet ~ ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Leeward Islands
1935–46 Silver Jubilee, Coronation, KGVI set to £1, Victory all perforated SPECIMEN types W8, D20, D21 ~ cat £1110 ~ also 1948–53 Silver Wedding, KGVI colour changes, UPU, University College, Coronation all unused as issued ~ affixed to two archive sheets ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Leeward Islands
1935–46 Silver Jubilee, Coronation, KGVI set to £1, Victory all perforated SPECIMEN types W8, D20, D21 ~ cat £1110 ~ also 1948–53 Silver Wedding, KGVI colour changes, UPU, University College, Coronation all unused as issued ~ affixed to two archive sheets ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Leeward Islands
1954 QEII set of 15 unmounted mint ~ SG126/140 ~ cat £60 Leeward Islands
1954 QEII set of 15 unmounted mint ~ SG126/140 ~ cat £60 Leeward Islands
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority Leeward Islands
1927 3d size H2 postal stationery registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G C5b superb Leeward Islands
2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1886 numeral issue set of 8
and 1892 Waterlow pictorial 12 values overprinted SPECIMEN Rogers type I ,
1896-97 Waterlow pictorial 9 new values and colour changes overprinted SPECIMEN Rogers type II,
1897 Perkins Bacon INLAND POSTAGE 3c perforated SPECIMEN ~ Samuel type P2 ~ Rogers type V,
1900 Waterlow pictorial colour changes set of 3 overprinted SPECIMEN Rogers type IV
all as sent to the UPU
Scott 24-31, 33-37, 39, 41, 43, 46-49; and 38, 40, 42, 44, 45, 54, 57, 60, 63; and 64; and 55, 56, 58
Liberia
1897 Perkins Bacon INLAND POSTAGE 3c perforated SPECIMEN ~ Samuel type P2 ~ Rogers type V ~ as sent to the UPU ~ VF ~ Scott 64 Liberia
1897 Perkins Bacon INLAND POSTAGE 3 cents block of 9 perforated SPECIMEN horizontally (3 stamps with impression reversed and 6 stamps with impression inverted and reversed) ~ Samuel type P2 ~ Rogers type V ~ a very rare multiple from the printers' archives ~ VF OG ~ Scott 64 Liberia
1918 Red Cross set of 13 to $5 overprinted SPECIMEN Rogers type VII as sent to the UPU ~ VF
Scott B3-B15
Liberia
1882 Waterlow 3c postal stationery card with manuscript 'Specimen' H&G 1 Liberia
1893 Waterlow 10c envelope size d and 1c wrapper each punched SPECIMEN ~ H&G B6a, E1 Liberia
The Tunisia Post Office Collection of Liberia 1892 to 1928
A total of 185 stamps affixed to 9 album pages. Of these, 35 are overprinted or perforated SPECIMEN as distributed by the UPU and recorded by Rogers, 5 stamps are in normal unused condition, and exceptoinally the other 145 have been handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8x2.6mm) by the Tunisian Receiving Postal Authority after arrival from the UPU (note that incongruously 8 of these are the 1915 issue of the Dominican Republic!). A truly magnificent and unique record that includes almost all the basic stamps of the period with a good selection of the numerous local overprints and surcharges.
See items LIBTUN1-9 for images of the individual pages
For more information on the Tunisia (and other) archives see my 2015 UPU Specimen Stamps 1878-1961.
Liberia
The Tunisia Post Office Collection of Liberia 1892 to 1928
page 1 - see item LIBTUN0 for details
Liberia
The Tunisia Post Office Collection of Liberia 1892 to 1928
page 2 - see item LIBTUN0 for details
Liberia
The Tunisia Post Office Collection of Liberia 1892 to 1928
page 3 - see item LIBTUN0 for details
Liberia
The Tunisia Post Office Collection of Liberia 1892 to 1928
page 4 - see item LIBTUN0 for details
Liberia
The Tunisia Post Office Collection of Liberia 1892 to 1928
page 5 - see item LIBTUN0 for details
Liberia
The Tunisia Post Office Collection of Liberia 1892 to 1928
page 6 - see item LIBTUN0 for details
Liberia
The Tunisia Post Office Collection of Liberia 1892 to 1928
page 7 - see item LIBTUN0 for details
Liberia
The Tunisia Post Office Collection of Liberia 1892 to 1928
page 8 - see item LIBTUN0 for details
Liberia
The Tunisia Post Office Collection of Liberia 1892 to 1928
page 9 - see item LIBTUN0 for details
Liberia
see also Italian Post Offices Abroad Libya
1940 Naples Exhibition set of 11.
Each in a strip of three affixed to piece of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Libya
1931-32 ~ UPU reference collection ~ complete with all stamps sent to the UPU handstamped MUSTER ~ 1931 Zeppelin 1fr and 2fr handstamped in red, 1932 Official stamps set of 8 handstamped in violet Liechtenstein
1940 Incorporation of Lithuania into USSR ~ stamps of Lithuania overprinted 'L. T. S. R. / 1940 VII 21' ~ Mi 449-456 (ex 455 which was not distributed) ~ each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection Lithuania (Sov. Rep.)
see Mozambique Lourenco Marques
1940 stamps of Luxembourg surcharged with new value in Reichspfennig set of 16. Mi 17-32.
Each in a strip of three affixed to two parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Luxembourg (German Occupation)
1939 20th Anniversary of the Reign of Grand Duchess Charlotte miniature sheet.
2 examples (slightly wrinkled) affixed to piece of archive sheet of which one is cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE. And the other erroneously uncancelled ~ most unusual.
Luxembourg
1885 to 1903 2 pages (the first with stamps on both sides) from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1885 reprints complete
and a valuable range of new currency issues
Macao
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with on front MADAGASCAR AND DEPENDENCIES 1896 9 values 5c to 5F, 1900 4 colour changes, 1903 set of 15
and on back DAHOMEY Dec 1900–Jan 1901 5 values
Yvert cat value ca. €950
Madagascar and Dependencies
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942. The stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. 78 stamps Madagascar and Dependencies
1885 to 1898 2 pages (the first with stamps on both sides) from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1885 MADEIRA reprints complete
and 1892–1898 FUNCHAL issues
Madeira
1945 15c size H2 postal stationery registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] - not listed by H&G - Tan RE1c - very fine and rare Malaya (BMA)
1945 15c size H2 postal stationery registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] - not listed by H&G - Tan RE1c - slight staining but rare Malaya (BMA)
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in blue by an unidentified postal authority Malaya (Malacca)
1891-99 overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 ~ leaping tiger (3), tiger's head (10) ~ SG 2s-4s, 5s-14s ~ all affixed to complete archive sheet ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Malaya (Negri Sembilan)
1891-95 overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 ~ leaping tiger (3), tiger's head (3) ~ SG 11s-13s, 14s-16s ~ all affixed to complete archive sheet ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection ~ very fresh and fine Malaya (Pahang)
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in blue by an unidentified postal authority Malaya (Pahang)
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in blue by an unidentified postal authority Malaya (Penang)
1892-99 overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 ~ leaping tiger (5), tiger's head and elephants to $25 (15) ~ SG 61s-64s, 65s, 66s-80s ~ cat £1030 ~ all affixed to complete archive sheet ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Malaya (Perak)
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in blue by an unidentified postal authority Malaya (Perak)
1891-99 overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 ~ leaping tiger (5), tiger's head and elephants to $25 (13) ~ SG 49s-52s, 53s, 54s-66s ~ cat £1200 ~ all affixed to archive sheet ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Malaya (Selangor)
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in blue by an unidentified postal authority Malaya (Selangor)
1924 15 cents size K (the largest) postal stationery registered envelope without 'MALAYA' in the roundel - overprinted SPECIMEN type D{4ra} [UPU] - not listed by H&G without 'MALAYA' - Tan RE7d - very fine for this scarce item - vertical fold as always Malaya (Straits Settlements)
1924-26 Postage Due set of 6 overprinted SPECIMEN type D16 ~ SG D1-6s cat £350 ~ a couple of tiny perf faults otherwise very fine and fresh Malaya (Straits Settlements)
1883 to 1902 — 5 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £6000+++ — a magnificent display of stamps distributed by the UPU
see items 0MLY395a-e for images of the individual pages
Malaysia
1883 to 1902 — the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection of Malaysia
page a - see item 0MLY395 for details
Malaysia
1883 to 1902 — the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection of Malaysia
page b - see item 0MLY395 for details
Malaysia
1883 to 1902 — the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection of Malaysia
page c - see item 0MLY395 for details
Malaysia
1883 to 1902 — the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection of Malaysia
page d - see item 0MLY395 for details
Malaysia
1883 to 1902 — the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection of Malaysia
page e - see item 0MLY395 for details
Malaysia
1899 to 1903 — 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £500+ Malta
1902 'One Penny' on 2½d overprinted SPECIMEN type MAL1 ~ SG 36 ~ cat £70 Malta
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority Malta
see Nauru Marshall Islands
page (with stamps on front and back) from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 3 1892 surcharges, 1893 set of 13, 1899–1903 6 colour changes and new values — Yvert cat value €700+ Martinique
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942 ~ the stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled three-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ 48 stamps ~ Yvert 175-185, 186-188, 189-190 ~ a unique assemblage from the Mauritania UPU Specimen archive Martinique
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942. The stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled three-line 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE QUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove not only that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members but also that the UPU included the originating postal authority in the distribution of their own stamps! 75 stamps Mauritania
1878 to 1903 — page (with stamps on front and back) from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £665 Mauritius
1925 locally surcharged and overprinted set of 3 stamps and postal stationery (post card, 4 envelopes) ~ SPECIMEN type MAU2 ~ these are the only items distributed by the UPU that do not show British Printers' Standard types Mauritius
1925 3 cents on 4c provisional postal stationery card opt SPECIMEN local type MAU2 [UPU] H&G 30 - VF Mauritius
1925 15 cents postal stationery envelope overprinted SPECIMEN type D{6} [UPU] - VF Mauritius
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1892 set of 14, 1901 4 colour changes (excl 35c and 45c issued 1906) — Yvert cat value €700 Mayotte
1935 ~ Amelia Earhart Air Mail overprinted MUESTRA type [2] signed Sarabia ~ Scott C74s
and 1939 Sarabia Air Mail overprinted MUESTRA type [3] ~ Scott C93As
the only Air Mail stamps of Mexico sent to the UPU with any form of protection
Mexico
1935 AIR MAIL ~ Amelia Earhart overprinted MUESTRA type [2] ~ VF and scarce ~ [UPU] ~ Scott C74s Mexico
1939 AIR MAIL ~ Sarabia 20c air mail stamp overprinted MUESTRA vertically in small sans-serif upper case letters type [3] ~ this specimen stamp appears to be even scarcer than the 1935 Amelia Earhart overprinted MUESTRA ~ some original gum and very fine - Scott C93As Mexico
postal stationery ca. 1899-1904 ~ accumulation/study with post cards, reply cards, letter cards, reply paid letter cards, envelopes and wrappers all overprinted MUESTRA ~ a total of 15 items together with notes and references ~ it was only during this period that any postal stationery of Mexico was protected with a MUESTRA marking before being sent to the UPU for distribution ~ all earlier and later items were sent in mint condition ~ a sound basis upon which to build a specialised collection Mexico
1899 Bradbury Wilkinson set of 10 handstamped MUESTRA type [1] ~ Scott 294-303s Mexico
1899 Bradbury Wilkinson set of 10 handstamped MUESTRA type [1] ~ Scott 294-303s Mexico
1903 Bradbury Wilkinson new colours and 4c additional value set of 5 handstamped MUESTRA type [1]
and a second set affixed to small part of archive sheet additionally handstamped ULTRAMAR by the Portuguese Post Office before forwarding to a Portuguese colony (in this case to Goa)
Scott 304-308s
Mexico
The blue-green impression of the MUESTRA handstamp on the 1910 Independence issue is always light to almost invisible especially on the top three values with black centres. It has only recently been established that these 'specimens' were indeed distributed by the UPU. Mexico
1910 Independence 1c, 3c, 4c, 10c, 50c, 1p and 5p part set of 7 handstamped ULTRAMAR by the Portuguese Post Office before forwarding to a Portuguese colony ~ Sc 310/320s Mexico
1910 Independence set of 11 handstamped MUESTRA ~ above average impression of the handstamp ~ VF ~ Sc 310-320s Mexico
1910 Independence set of 11 handstamped MUESTRA ~ above average impression of the handstamp ~ VF ~ Sc 310-320s Mexico
1910 Independence set of 11 handstamped MUESTRA ~ typical light impression of the handstamp otherwise VF ~ Sc 310-320s Mexico
1934-40 issue 30c light ultramarine (issued 1940) and 1940 6c opening of Highway. Scott 716B, 759. Strips of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Mexico
1940 400th Anniversary of Printing in Mexico set of 3 postage and 3 Air post. Scott 748-750, C97-C99. Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Mexico
1939 Census Taking set of 3 postage and 3 Air post. Scott 751-753, C100-102. Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Mexico
1940 National College set of 3 postage and 3 Air post. Scott 760-762, C108-C110. Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Mexico
1940 Campeche set of 1 postage and 3 Air post. Scott 763, C111-C113. Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Mexico
1940 Inauguration of President Manuel Avila Camancho set of 3 postage and 3 Air post. Scott 764-766, C114-C116. Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Mexico
1940–41 Special Delivery 10c, 10c optd '1940', Parcel Post 10c, 20c Scott E6, E7, Q1, Q2.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Mexico
1941 Postal Tax 1c. Scott RA15. Strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Mexico
1941 National Relief Fund set of 10.
All in strips of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members.
Monaco
1942 Air Mail set of 6.
All in strips of three (or a pair and a single) affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members.
Monaco
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority Montserrat
1899 to 1905 part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with QV London overprint set of 8 and KEVII set of 7 overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 — total SG cat £450
Morocco Agencies
1907 Great Britain KEVII overprinted MOROCCO/AGENCIES:
British currency ½d, 1d, 2d, 4d brown & green, 6d, 1s
Spanish currency 5c, 10c, 15c, 20c, 25c, 40c brown & green, 50c, 1p
[the 4d and 40c orange were issued later]
all except the 1s handstamped 'SPECIMEN.' type NA2 ~ the 1s and the 40c overprinted SPECIMEN type GB17 ~ affixed to four pieces from the Natal Post Office archive
all very fine and unique
BPA certs
SG 31/4s. 36/7s, 112/120s
Morocco Agencies
British currency 1914–24 wmk Simple Cypher ½d, 1d, 1½d, 3d and 1s (overprinted SPECIMEN type GB23) all in strips of 3 affixed to parts of archive page from the Madagascar UPU reference collection handstamped POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES MADAGASCAR COLLECTION DE BERNE ~ SG 42–44, 46, 49s Morocco Agencies
British currency 1925–35 wmk Block Cypher 2d, 2½d and 1s (overprinted SPECIMEN type GB23) all in strips of 3 affixed to parts of archive page from the Madagascar UPU reference collection handstamped POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES MADAGASCAR COLLECTION DE BERNE ~ SG 57, 58, 61s Morocco Agencies
Spanish currency 1912 wmk Imperial Crown 5c and 10c both in strips of 3 affixed to parts of archive page from the Madagascar UPU reference collection handstamped POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES MADAGASCAR COLLECTION DE BERNE ~ SG 126, 127 Morocco Agencies
Spanish currency 1914–24 wmk Simple Cypher 10c, 15c, 20c, 25c and 1p all in strips of 3 affixed to parts of archive page from the Madagascar UPU reference collection handstamped POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES MADAGASCAR COLLECTION DE BERNE ~ SG 130–133, 135 Morocco Agencies
Spanish currency 1925–36 wmk Block Cypher 15c and 25c both in strips of 3 affixed to parts of archive page from the Madagascar UPU reference collection handstamped POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES MADAGASCAR COLLECTION DE BERNE ~ SG 145, 147 Morocco Agencies
French currency 1917 wmk Simple Cypher 3c strip of 3 affixed to part of archive page from the Madagascar UPU reference collection handstamped POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES MADAGASCAR COLLECTION DE BERNE ~ SG 191 Morocco Agencies
Tangier 1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority Morocco Agencies
French currency 1923–24 wmk Simple Cypher 50c and 75c both in strips of 3 affixed to parts of archive page from the Madagascar UPU reference collection handstamped POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES MADAGASCAR COLLECTION DE BERNE ~ SG 197, 198 Morocco Agencies
French currency 1925 wmk Block Cypher 5c, 10c, 15c, 25c, 40c, 50c, 75c and 1f all in strips of 3 affixed to parts of archive page from the Madagascar UPU reference collection handstamped POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES MADAGASCAR COLLECTION DE BERNE ~ SG 202–208, 210 Morocco Agencies
Tangier 1927 wmk Block Cypher ½d, 1d, 1½d and 2d all in strips of 3 affixed to parts of archive page from the Madagascar UPU reference collection handstamped POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES MADAGASCAR COLLECTION DE BERNE~ SG 231–234 Morocco Agencies
1907 1s and 2s6d KEVII optd SPECIMEN Type GB17 [UPU] [OG] SG 37, 38 cat £140 Morocco Agencies
see Mozambique Mozambique Company
1885 to 1903 4 whole pages (2 with stamps on both sides) and 1 half-page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with MOZAMBIQUE1885 reprints complete and later issues
and LOURENCO MARQUES 1895, 1898, 1902 and 1903 sets and MOZAMBIQUE COMPANY1892–93 and 1895 sets (these mounted on page with Mozambique)
and NYASSA COMPANY1901 set
and ZAMBEZIA1894 and 1898 sets
and INHAMBANE1903 set
see items 0POR549a-c below for images of the pages for each territory
Mozambique
Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
pages containing Mozambique
see item 0POR549 for details
Mozambique
Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
pages containing Mozambique, Lourenco Marques and Nyassa Company
see item 0POR549 for details
Mozambique
Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
pages containing Zambesia and Inhambane
see item 0POR549 for details
Mozambique
1914 Ceres ¼c to 1E (no 40c) handstamped 'COLONIAS' in red ~ the 1E with surface abrasions otherwise VF ~ on piece ~ ex Goa archive ~ UNIQUE Mozambique
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red or in black by an unidentified postal authority Muscat
1874 to 1903 — 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £2500+ Natal
Telegraph stamps 1881 1d to 2s VF mint ~ SG T1-5 Natal
Telegraph stamps 1881 1d to £1 set of 8 VF mint handstamped SPECIMEN type NA1 ~ extremely scarce and attractive ~ SG T1s-8s Natal
1884–89 ½d dull green, 1d carmine, 2d keyplate Die I, 3d grey, 4d, 6d, 1s orange overprinted POSTAGE in red all handstamped SPECIMEN type NA1 ~ SG 97as, 99as, 101s, 102s. 103s, 107s, 108s ~ these stamps were normally distributed in mint condition and handstamped examples are rare ~ this is the first set I have owned in the past 45 years! Natal
1887 2d keyplate CA Die I overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 ~ SG 106s ~ cat £100 Natal
1888 1s orange overprinted POSTAGE in red handstamped SPECIMEN type NA1 ~ SG 108s ~ this stamp was normally distributed in mint condition and handstamped examples are rare Natal
1891 TWOPENCE/HALFPENNY on 4d handstamped SPECIMEN type NA1 ~ SG 109s ~ cat £75 Natal
1891 2½d bright blue handstamped SPECIMEN type NA1 ~ SG 114s ~ cat £75 Natal
1891 2½d bright blue strip of three handstamped SPECIMEN type NA1 ~ SG 113s ~ cat £225++ Natal
1895 'POSTAGE/Half-Penny' on 6d ~ handstamped SPECIMEN type NA1 ~ SG 114s ~ cat £60 Natal
1895 HALF on 1d ~ handstamped SPECIMEN type NA1 ~ SG 125s ~ cat £65 Natal
KE VII ½d, 1d, 2d, 2½d, 3d, 4d and 5d all handstamped 'SPECIMEN.' type NA2 diagonally~ these originate from a presentation set made in ca. 1904 as described by Samuel p171 (who omits the 2½d) and not from the Natal UPU reference collection in which all stamps were handstamped horizontally Natal
1901 QV 1d postal stationery letter card overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G A1 - VF Natal
1924 Freighter set CTO 'P.O. NAURU / (PLEASANT ISLAND)', 1935 Silver Jubilee and 1937 Coronation sets both handstamped SPECIMEN in green by Portuguese post office on archive sheet ex Goa UPU collection ~ also another sheet with later values Nauru
1901 Marshall Islands 'Yacht' set of 13 as used in Nauru until 6 November 1914. Most unusually sent to the UPU for distribution to other members in normal unused condition (normal UPU distribution is of stamps overprinted 'Specimen').
In this instance the stamps were sent to the Portuguese Post Office in Lisbon where they were handstamped ULTRAMAR in blue before being forwarded to the Portuguese Colonies.
Affixed to part of a page from the Goa Post Office archives. Michel 13-25SP var (normal specimens cat €1300).
Nauru
1916 stamps of Great Britain overprinted NAURU ~ King's head 1s, Waterlow 10s, De La Rue 2s6d, 5s all overprinted SPECIMEN type GB23 ~ SG 12, 18, 19, 22 ~ cat £1760 ~ NO GUM Nauru
1959 3rd Anniversary of Nepal joining the Universal Postal Union
12 paisa deep violet-blue complete imperforate sheet of 32 impressions on very thin ungummed paper watermarked 'LOVELY BOND / MADE IN SWEDEN' reading down ~ an extremely rare proof sheet
also a complete sheet on thicker, gummed, unwatermarked paper perforated 11 ~ SG 119
Nepal
1938-40 photo issue: 40Ct and 50Ct ~ the two values issued in 1940. Both in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. The 50Ct was not issued and was sold only at the Philatelic Counter of the Amsterdam Post Office. NL Specialised 259, 260 cat 3 x €350 = €1050++. Netherlands Indies
1940 Dancers 4c and 7½c. Sc 230, 232.
Both in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Netherlands Indies
1941 Charities set of 5. Sc B52-56.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Netherlands Indies
1941 Flying Dove set of 10 (plus 2½c and 7½c se-tenant coil stamps). Mi 380-391, 175Eb.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Netherlands
1941 Portraits set of 5. Mi 392-396.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Netherlands
1941 Children's Fund set of 5. Mi 397-401.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Netherlands
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1892 type Sage imperf 35c, 1F
and 1892 type Alphée 8 values
and 1892 set of 13
and 1900 4 colour changes
and various surcharges
Yvert cat value €1600+
New Caledonia
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942 ~ the stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled three-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ 54 stamps ~ Yvert 180-189, 190-192, 193-194, Aér 31, 33, 34 ~ a unique assemblage from the Mauritania UPU Specimen archive. New Caledonia
1906 Postage Due set of 8 on three pieces of album pages handstamped ULTRAMAR ~ ex Goa UPU specimen collection ~ Maury Taxe 16-23. New Caledonia
1906 Postage Due set of 8 on two pieces of album pages handstamped SPECIMEN type NA2 ~ ex Natal UPU specimen collection ~ Maury Taxe 16-23. New Caledonia
1926/27 Postage Due 2f on 1f and 3f on 1f in strips of three ex Madagascar collection Maury Taxe 24/25. New Caledonia
1925 ½d to 10s (excl. the 1½d that was issued later) cancelled-to-order with 'RABAUL/-7 AP 25' cds sent as specimens to the UPU ~ SG 125/135 (cat £350 used) New Guinea
1925 set of 12 to £1 (excl. the 1½d that was issued later) cancelled-to-order with 'RABAUL/-7 AP 25' cds sent as specimens to the UPU ~ mounted on part of album page from the Goa Post Office archives ~ SG 125/136 (cat £650 used) New Guinea
1931 (with dates): postage set of 13, Air Mail set of 14, Official 1s, 2s, 5s all hinged to part of page from the Tunisia Post Office archives ~ SG150/162, 163/176, O39/41 ~ cat £890. New Guinea
1934 Air Mail inscribed 'POSTAGE' £2 and £5 affixed to part of archive sheet ~ both handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) applied by the Tunisian Receiving Authority ~ ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection. SG 204, 205 cat mint £1100. Copy of BPA Expertising photo certificate (2015) for the whole page included. New Guinea
1935 Silver Jubilee 1d and 2d affixed to parts of archive sheet ~ both handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) applied by the Tunisian Receiving Authority ~ ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection. SG 206, 207. Copy of BPA Expertising photo certificate (2015) for the whole page included. New Guinea
1939 'AIRMAIL POSTAGE' set of 14 all hinged to part of archive page ~ some light toning around perfs on a few values. SG 212/225 ~ cat £1100. New Guinea
1939 'AIRMAIL POSTAGE' set of 14 all hinged to part of archive page ~ some light toning around perfs on a few values. SG 212/225 ~ cat £1100. 1937 Coronation set of 4 on separate piece also included. New Guinea
1934 (additional denominations without dates) postage 2½d, 3½d, Air Mail 2½d, 3½d, Official 2½d, 3½d, affixed to top part of archive sheet headed 'Nouvelle Guinea' in manuscript ~ each handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) applied by the Tunisian Receiving Authority ~ ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection. SG 179a, 180a, 193a, 194a, O45, O47. Copy of BPA Expertising photo certificate (2015) for the whole page included. New Guinea
1934 (additional denominations without dates) postage 2½d, 3½d, Air Mail 2½d, 3½d, Official 2½d, 3½d, 1934 Air Mail inscribed 'POSTAGE' £2 and £5, 1935 Silver Jubilee 1d and 2d, all affixed to top part of archive sheet headed 'Nouvelle Guinea' in manuscript ~ each handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) applied by the Tunisian Receiving Authority ~ ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection. SG 179a, 180a, 193a, 194a, O45, O47, SG 204, 205, SG 206, 207. BPA Expertising photo certificate (2015). New Guinea
(British currency) 1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red by an unidentified postal authority New Hebrides
(French currency) 1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority New Hebrides
4 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with Large Diadems 5d, 6d, 8d, 1/- & 5/- Coin with diagonal Type 2; DLR 1d, 2d, 3d Diadem, 4d & 9d with diagonal Type 1 and 6d with Type 4 and 9d on 10d with blue Type 3 ‘POSTAGE’ Ovpts 5/- black ovpt & £1 blue ovpt both with ‘REPRINT’ ovpts and mint 10/- blue ovpt P12 Cat £300; Centennial 1d & 2d type 6, 4d, 6d, 9d & 1/- type 8, 5/- type 10, 5/- type 12 & 20/- type 9 plus 2½d Allegorical and Surcharges mint Registered ‘REPRINT’ ovpt; 1892 Distribution ½d grey normal & ‘OS’ Type 12, 1897 Distributions 9d on 10d & 10d DLR, 1/- & 2/6d Charity, 1d, 2d & 2½d violet Jubilee, all Type 14; 1898 Distributions 2d & 6d green Jubilee Type 14, plus ½d green, 2½d blue & 6d orange Jubilee with N.S.W. CTO cancel; 1903 Distribution 2/6d Lyrebird Type 15; 1903 Distribution 9d Commonwealth Type 16. Plus Australia Postage Dues ½d, 1d, 2d, 4d, 6d & 5/- Void at Base and 5d, 10d, 1/- & 2/- Re-engraved Base all mint (Cat £750); Postage Dues 1d to 20/- excl 8d all mint & ½d Type 13 (5/-, 10/- & 20/- alone cat £1,475); Officials - DLR 1d, 2d, 4d, 6d & 1/- Type 6, 3d Diadem, 5d & 8d Large Diadem 9d on 10d & 10d Type 11; Officials - Centennials 1d, 2d, 4d, 6d, 8d & 1/- mixed Types 8 & 11, 20/- Type 13; Officials - ‘POSTAGE ovpt 10/- blue ovpt Type 10; Officials - Others 2½d Allegorical & Surcharges all mint. 87 items. New South Wales
1865 De La Rue no wmk 1d dull red overprinted SPECIMEN type D2 ~ separated with scissors at top and foot ~ wing margin at right ~ no gum. SG187. New South Wales
1891-92 postage due ½d, 1d, 2d, 3d, 4d, 6d and 8d all overprinted SPECIMEN or Specimen type 4 or 16a and neatly cancelled '??4' between bars so as to obscure the overprints - part OG - status unknown. SG D1-7. New South Wales
One full and one large-part page from the Tunisia Post Office archives headed in manuscript 'Nouv. Galles du Sud' with an example of every postage, Postage Due and Official stamp included in the 2 Nov 1892, 8 Nov 1892, 15 Dec 1892 and 24 Apr 1897 distributions ~ all overprinted SPECIMEN or Specimen types 4, 15, 16, 16a, 18 or 19 ~ SG cat ca. £1800 New South Wales
see separate entries for Cook Islands, Niue, Niue & Penrhyn Island, Samoa New Zealand Dependencies
The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volumes I to VIII of this important handbook published by the Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand between 1938 and 1998 ~ Volumes II, III and V to VIII with jackets (earlier ones with some defects) ~ Volume II is complete with all six die proofs and interleaving ~ delivery to UK £20 ~ please enquire for overseas New Zealand
1920 Victory set of six on small pieces with endorsements each handstamped SPECIMEN type D15 at very top (the 6d at foot) ~ these are the unique De La Rue 'file copies' and are the only issued stamps of NZ with any type of DLR specimen ~ SG 453-458 New Zealand
1920 Victory set of six each handstamped SPECIMEN type BEC2a and with characteristic green crayon line ~ ex Bechuanaland Post Office archives ~ SG 453-458 New Zealand
1922 TWO PENCE on 1920 ½d Victory ~ single ex Bechuanaland Post Office archives ~ vertical strip of three (top stamp fault} ex Madagascar archives ~ vertical strip of three ex Mauritania archives ~ SG 459 ~ a splendid trio New Zealand
1941 KGVI postage ½d orange-brown, 1d green, 3d blue and official 1d green, 3d blue ~ SG 604, 605, 609, O137, O140 ~ each in a strip of three affixed to pieces of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. New Zealand
1940 Centenary postage set of 13 and official set of 11 (incl both 8d values) ~ SG 613-625, O141-151 ~ each in a strip of three affixed to pieces of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. New Zealand
1862–64 1 shilling rose-lake handstamped CANCELLED between horizontal bars ~ from the lower left of the original block of four ~ the only other example [illustrated] does not show any of the letters of the word CANCELLED ~ just touched to clear margins ~ ex Peter Jaffé ~ SG 23 var cat £12,000
see CANCELLED by Perkins Bacon; published by James Bendon for Spink & Son, 1998.
Newfoundland
1931 15 cents and $1 Air Mail stamps perforated SPECIMEN type P3 ~ see Samuel {1976 p177} who suggests that these are Perkins Bacon file copies ~ VF and seldom seen ~ OG ~ SG192, 194 Newfoundland
1935 Silver Jubilee and 1937 (short) Coronation sets perforated SPECIMEN type B9 ~ the only stamps with SPECIMEN perforation sent by Newfoundland to the UPU for distribution ~ SG 250-3s, 254-6s cat £340 Newfoundland
1935 Silver Jubilee set perforated SPECIMEN type B9 ~ the only Silver Jubilee omnibus issue printed in single colours ~ SG 250-3s cat £190 Newfoundland
1939 Royal Visit 5c, 2c on 5c, 4c on 5c ~ SG 272, 273, 274 ~ each in a strip of three affixed to piece of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection Newfoundland
1889 postal stationery ~ 3c and 5c envelopes, 1c, 2c, 3c wrappers ~ all overprinted SPECIMEN type D{4} ~ the only postal stationery printed by De La Rue for Newfoundland and the only postal stationery sent by Newfoundland to the UPU with SPECIMEN overprints Newfoundland
1890-1928 UPU reference collection ~ Seebeck set missing 4 middle values all handstamped SPECIMEN ~ apparently complete range of Seebeck postal cards, envelopes and wrappers handstamped SPECIMEN ~ 1914-15 and 1928 sets (the only ones sent to the UPU overprinted SPECIMEN) ~ mounted on 11 pages and some loose Nicaragua
1940 Visit of President Somozo to USA Air post set of 12. Scott C241-252. Strips of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Nicaragua
1940 50th Anniversary of Pan-American Union Air post 1,25 Cordoba ~ Scott C253 ~ strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU collection Nicaragua
1897 2d postal stationery registered envelope 'Antilles' type overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G C5 - VF Niger Coast
1892 Great Britain 'Jubilee' issue ½d, 1d, 2d, 2½d, 5d and 1s (this with part of marginal ornament) set of 6 in superb marginal pairs overprinted BRITISH / PROTECTORATE / OIL RIVERS and handstamped SPECIMEN Samuel type GB13.
Preserved by De La Rue as colour standards and extremely rare even as single copies. SG1/6s.
Niger Coast
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942. The stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. 78 stamps Niger
1886 to 1903 — 1 full page and 1 part page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection Nigeria
1914 ½d postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G 1 - according to H&G this card is only known with SPECIMEN overprint - creased at left Nigeria
1914 1d postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G 2 - according to H&G this card is only known with SPECIMEN overprint - creased at left Nigeria
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in blue by an unidentified postal authority Nigeria
Album page, headed 'Iles Niue et de Penrhyn' and numbered '159' in green, from Tunisia Post Office archive, bearing 29 stamps - NIUE: 1903 set 3d, 6d & 1s bright red (SG13-14, 16), 1917-21 ½d green and 2½d blue Perf 14×14½ (SG23, 28a), 1920 Pictorial set ½d to 1s (SG38-43), 1932 6d 'R.M.S. Monowai' (SG60), and (within Penrhyn group) 1917-21 1d, 1½d and 3d Perf 14×13½ (SG24-25, 28); PENRHYN: 1903 set 3d, 6d & 1s bright red (SG14-16a), 1917-20 recess 2½d, 3d Perf each 14×14½ & 6d Perf 14×13½, typo ½d,1½d slate & 3d (SG24a, 25a, 26, 28-29) 1920 Pictorial set (SG32-37) - each handstamped 'SPECIMEN' in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) - applied by the Tunisian Receiving Authority, with manuscript annotation '29' in left & right margins, Niue Pictorial 1d & 1½d corner defects, Penrhyn ½d typo thin perf at left, page torn at lower right. BPA cert (2015). Niue & Penrhyn Island
1917 overprints on stamps of New Zealand and 1920 pictorial sets ~ a total of 22 stamps affixed to archive sheet ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Niue & Penrhyn Island
1917 overprints on stamps of New Zealand and 1920 pictorial sets # a total of 22 stamps affixed to archive sheet ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Niue & Penrhyn Island
Album page, headed 'Niue (Nouvelle Zelande GB)', from Tunisia Post Office archive, bearing 10 stamps - 1935 Silver Jubilee set - 1d, 2½d & 6d, 1932-36 optd Type 13, 1d variety Narrow 'K' in 'KING', 6d Narrow 'N' in 'KING' (SG69a, 70, 71a) - each handstamped 'SPECIMEN' in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) - applied by the Tunisian Receiving Authority, with 1937 Coronation set 1d-6d (SG72-74), 1938 Pictorial 1s - perfs discoloured at left, 2s, 3s and 1940 3d on 1½d (SG75-78), with manuscript annotation '10' in right margin. BPA cert (2015). Niue
Album page, headed 'Niue (Nouvelle Zelande G.B)', from Tunisia Post Office archive, bearing 10 stamps - 1935 Silver Jubilee set - 1d, 2½d & 6d, 1932-36 optd Type 13 (SG69-71) - each handstamped 'SPECIMEN' in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) - applied by the Tunisian Receiving Authority, with 1937 Coronation set 1d-6d (SG72-74), 1938 Pictorial 1s, 2s, 3s and 1940 3d on 1½d (SG75-78), with manuscript annotation '10' in right margin. BPA cert (2015). Niue
1899 to 1903 — 2 pages (the first with stamps on front and back) from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £1200+ North Borneo
1894 set of 6 high values printed by Blades, East & Blades overprinted SPECIMEN type NB2 - SG81-86s ~ cat £170 North Borneo
1899 '4/CENTS' surcharges set of 15 including the 3 unissued values overprinted SPECIMEN type NB5 with duplicates of the $5 and $10 additionally handstamped ULTRAMAR - SG 112/124s and 123/124sv - mounted on 2 album pages North Borneo
1894 issue

the 9 low values ~ 1c to 24c ~ printed by Waterlow ~ sent to the UPU in normal unused condition and distributed on 26 December 1893 (Circular 8443/459) ~ handstamped SPECIMEN type TUN1 in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) after receipt by the Tunisian Postal Authority ~ SG66/79s ~ UNIQUE

the 6 high values ~ 25c to $10 ~ printed by Blades, East & Blades ~ overprinted SPECIMEN type NB2 before being sent to the UPU and distributed on 9 November 1894 (Circular 5898/296) ~ SG81-86s

all affixed to sheet from the Tunisia archives headed 'Borneo Britannique'
North Borneo
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red or in black by an unidentified postal authority North Borneo
1924 1d postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN type W{61} [UPU] H&G 1 - VF Northern Rhodesia
1924 1d postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN type W{61} [UPU] H&G 1 - VF Northern Rhodesia
1924 1½d postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN type W{61} [UPU] H&G 2 - VF Northern Rhodesia
1924 1½d postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN type W{61} [UPU] H&G 2 - VF Northern Rhodesia
1924 2d small size postal stationery envelope overprinted SPECIMEN type W{62} [UPU] H&G B1 - VF Northern Rhodesia
1924 2d small size postal stationery envelope overprinted SPECIMEN type W{62} [UPU] H&G B1 - VF Northern Rhodesia
1924 2d large size postal stationery envelope overprinted SPECIMEN type W{62} [UPU] H&G B1a - VF Northern Rhodesia
1924 4d postal stationery registered envelope size H2 overprinted SPECIMEN type W(62) [UPU] H&G C1a - VF Northern Rhodesia
1924 4d postal stationery registered envelope size H2 overprinted SPECIMEN type W(62) [UPU] H&G C1a - VF Northern Rhodesia
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1893 Yv 19 (def), 21, 22, 23, 24, 26 and 1894 set of 13 — Yvert total cat €1000+
Nossi Bé
1921 1½d Script new value overprinted SPECIMEN type D16 and additionally handstamped COLONIAS by the Portuguese Postal Authority before forwarding to one of the Portuguese Colonies ~ SG 102 Nyasaland
see Mozambique Nyassa Company
1868 to 1904 page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with on front 1868–1883 set of 8 (one of each denomination)
1890 1d on 3d, 1d on 4d
and on back 1900 'V. R. I.' ½d on ½d to 5s on 5s set of 10 with mixed level and raised stops (the 5s on 5s handstamped SPECIMEN type SAA)
1900–1902 Cape of Good Hope set of 3 overprinted 'ORANGE RIVER COLONY'
1900 4d on 6d on 6d
1902 'One/Shilling' and star on 5s on 5s
1902 'E. R. I./6d' on 6d
1903–1904 KEVII set of 9 overprinted SPECIMEN type D12
a most interesting group as described in UPU Specimen Stamps 1878–1961, pp 384, 385
Orange Free State & Orange River Colony
1902 4d on 6d on 6d blue sent to the UPU in mint condition and handstamped SPECIMEN type TUN1 in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8x2.6mm) type TUN1 by the Tunisian Receiving Postal Authority after arrival from the UPU ~ hinge remainder otherwise VF ~ SG 136 Orange Free State & Orange River Colony
1902 6d on 6d blue sent to the UPU in mint condition and handstamped SPECIMEN type TUN1 in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8x2.6mm) type TUN1 by the Tunisian Receiving Postal Authority after arrival from the UPU ~ hinge remainder otherwise VF ~ SG 137 Orange Free State & Orange River Colony
1902 4d on 6d on 6d blue, 6d on 6d blue, 1s on 5s green sent to the UPU in mint condition and handstamped SPECIMEN type TUN1 in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8x2.6mm) type TUN1 by the Tunisian Receiving Postal Authority after arrival from the UPU ~ hinge remainders otherwise VF ~ SG 136, 137, 138 Orange Free State
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU sets of four postage and four official stamps handstamped SPECIMEN in black and punched with a 4mm dia hole Pakistan (Bahawalpur)
UPU Specimen Stamps ~ a complete collection of all items sent to the UPU overprinted or perforated SPECIMEN mounted on 7 album pages:
1918 1pi, 5m on 1pi ~ SG 1s, 2s
1922 set of 15 ~ SG 71s/89s
1927-45 set of 14 ~ SG 90s/103s
1932 set of 8 ~ SG 104s/111s
1924 postage due set of 6 ~ SG D6s/D11s
1928-33 postage due set of 9 ~ SG D12s/D20s
total cat £2625
Palestine
Specimen Postal Stationery ~ a complete collection of all 19 items sent to the UPU overprinted or handstamped SPECIMEN:
post cards: 1927 4m domestic and 7m foreign with text only in English (unissued), 1928 4m domestic and 7m foreign with text in English, Hebrew and Arabic, 1932 8m increased foreign rate, 1933 4m domestic new colour, 1941 7m increased domestic rate, 1946 13m increased foreign rate
letter cards: 1927 5m with text only in English (unissued), 1928 5m with text in English, Hebrew and Arabic, 7m increased rate, 1945 10m increased rate
registered envelopes: 1929 13m medium, 1933 13m small. 1944 15m large increased registration rate with incorrect Arabic text, 1945 15m medium with corrected Arabic text
newspaper wrappers: 1931 2m and 3m
air letter sheet: 1945 25m
Palestine
1918 unoverprinted 1m (2 singles), 2m (pair), 3m (strip of 3), 4m (single) and 5m (single) AND 1920 overprinted 1m (2 singles), 2m (2 singles), 3m (pair), 4m (pair), 5m (pair) and 5p (single) sent to the UPU for distribution in normal unused condition - affixed to large part of archive sheet - all cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection and a 'must have' for the collector of this issue Palestine
1921-22 set of 11 overprinted PALESTINE at Somerset House - all in strips of three - sent to the UPU for distribution in normal unused condition - affixed to large part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - SG60s/70s - a UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that proves that these stamps were sent to the UPU Palestine
1922 set of 15 printed by Waterlow all in strips of three - overprinted SPECIMEN type W2 before sending to the UPU for distribution - affixed to large part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - SG71s/89s - a UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection Palestine
1922 set of 15 printed by Waterlow all in strips of three - overprinted SPECIMEN type W2 before sending to the UPU for distribution ~ affixed to large part of archive sheet ~ numerous pencil ticks are signs of an audit SG71s/89s ~ from an unidentified UPU collection Palestine
1924 Postage Due set of 6 overprinted SPECIMEN type D16 before sending to the UPU for distribution ~ additionally handstamped SPECIMEN type BEC2a ~ ex Bechuanaland UPU Specimen collection ~ SG D6s/D11s Palestine
1924 Postage Due set of 6 in strips of 3 - overprinted SPECIMEN type D16 before sending to the UPU for distribution ~ affixed to part of archive page ~ additionally cancelled POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES MADAGASCAR COLLECTION DE BERNE in red ~ ex Madagascar UPU Specimen collection ~ SG D6s/D11s Palestine
1928 postage due set of 8 (ex 6m issued 1933) in strips of 3 - overprinted SPECIMEN type D16 before sending to the UPU for distribution ~ affixed to part of archive page ~ additionally cancelled POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES MADAGASCAR COLLECTION DE BERNE in red ~ ex Madagascar UPU Specimen collection ~ SG D12s/D20s Palestine
1924 POSTAGE PAID franks Impressions of skeleton datestamps for Haifa, Jaffa and Jerusalem were struck on postal registration sheets and sent to the UPU. Examples of all three additionally handstamped SPECIMEN and showing characteristic green audit ticks applied to items released from the Bechuanaland Post Office UPU collection. Cert George Muentz. Palestine
1940 Pan American Union Air Post 15c ~ Scott C62 ~ pair and single affixed to piece of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection Panama
1941 Postal Tax set of four. Scott RA6-RA9. Three singles of each affixed to piece of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Panama
1932 9d, 1s3d overprinted SPECIMEN type PAP1 ~ SG 127-8s ~ cat £700 ~ most elusive Papua
1932 9d, 1s3d overprinted SPECIMEN type PAP1 ~ SG 127-8s ~ cat £700.~ most elusive Papua
1932 9d, 1s3d overprinted SPECIMEN type PAP1 ~ SG 127-8s ~ cat £700 ~ most elusive Papua
1939 1st Buenos Aires Peace Conference postage set of 7 and air post set of 9. Scott 355-361, C113-C121. Each in a strip of three affixed to piece of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Paraguay
1939 New York World's Fair set of 4 postage and 3 Air Post stomps. Scott 362-365, C124-126 .all in strips of three affixed to part archive pages all cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Paraguay
1940 2nd Buenos Aires Peace Conference set of 8 overprinted MUESTRA type [2] by Waterlow & Sons. Scott 366-373. Each in a strip of three affixed to piece of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Paraguay
1927-38 ~ UPU reference collection ~ 5 pages from the Saudi Arabia Post Office specimen archive that contain examples of every stamp received from the UPU during the period ~ these include all stamps distributed with MUESTRA handstamps Peru
Album page headed 'Philippines' with 1896 Telegraph stamps set of 11 and also two 5c postage stamps ~ ex Tunisia Post Office UPU Collection Philippines (Spanish Colony)
2 album pages headed 'Philippines' with King Alfonso XIII: postage 25 colours and values ~ the 1895 1c and 1897 40c handstamped MUESTRA type [2] and the 1898 1m to 5m handstamped MUESTRA type [3] ~ Printed Matter 8 values ~ 1894 Telegraph stamps set of 11 ~ 1896 Telegraph stamps set of 11
ex Tunisia Post Office UPU Collection
Philippines (Spanish Colony)
1892 King Alfonso XIII 2c violet, 5c sage-green, 8c ultramarine, 10c light carmine, 15c cinnamon handstamped MUESTRA type [1] ~ Scott 145s, 153s, 161s, 164s, 169s Philippines (Spanish Colony)
1898 1m to 5m each in a strip of five as distributed by the UPU ~ handstamped MUESTRA type [3] ~ the only values so distributed ~ Scott 192s-196s Philippines (Spanish Colony)
UPU specimen stamps of the Philippines under US administration are listed and priced in the Stanley Gibbons United States of America catalogue – 8th edition 2015 Philippines (US Administration)
Philippines ~ U.S. Administration and Republic. The Tunisia Post Office UPU Specimen Collection ~ 1899 to 1951. 312 stamps as distributed by the UPU affixed to 13 album pages including: 1899-1899 to 10c, 1901 Postage Due set of 7, 1901 Special Delivery 10c, 1903-04 to 6c ~ these are all U.S. issues overprinted ‘PHILIPPINES'; 1911 set to P10; 1917-26 Portraits and Arms set of 14 and 1926 Palace set of 7 all overprinted Scott ‘Specimen’ type R; 1925-31 imperf set of 14 with B.P.A. Expertising Ltd photo certificate; 1935 pictorial set of 14 with each handstamped ’SPECIMEN’ in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8x2.6mm) by the Tunisian Receiving Postal Authority with B.P.A. Expertising Ltd photo certificate, and much, much more. (Illustrations of four pages shown; scans of other pages are available). Philippines (US Administration)
1917 2c to P1 (excl 16c Sampson), 1923 16c Dewey and 1926 P10 overprinted 'Specimen' Scott type R as distributed by the UPU
SG 337/351s cat £525
Philippines (US Administration)
1919 Special Delivery 20c overprinted 'Specimen' Scott type R as distributed by the UPU
SG E353bs cat £200
Philippines (US Administration)
1926 Legislative Palace set 2c to P1 overprinted 'Specimen' Scott type R as distributed by the UPU
SG 384/390s cat £450
Philippines (US Administration)
see Azores Ponta Delgada
1885 to 1904 4 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1885 reprints complete and later issues including 1894 Prince Henry set, 1895 St Antony set, 1895–1905 20 values missing only the 1905 25r and 75r new colours, 1898 Vasco de Gama set, etc., etc.
a splendid group with SG catalogue value of the issued stamps £8000+++
Portugal
1940 Anniversaries set of 8. Mi 614-621.
Each in a strip of three affixed to three parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Portugal
1940 Rowland Hill - stamp centenary set of 8. Mi 622-629.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Portugal
1941 TUDO PELA NACAO 10$, 20$ . Mi 630-631.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Portugal
1941 Costumes set of 10. Mi 632-641.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Portugal
1941 Air Mail set of 4. Mi 642-645.
Each in a strip of three affixed to two parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Portugal
1940 Postage Dues set of 11. Mi 59-69.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Portugal
1885 to 1903 4 pages (all with stamps on both sides) from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with ANGOLA1885 reprints complete, 1886, 1894, 1898, 1902 and 1903 sets
and PORTUGUESE GUINEA 1885 reprints complete, 1886, 1893, 1898, 1902 and 1903 sets
and ST. THOMAS AND PRINCE ISLANDS 1885 reprints complete, 1887, 1895, 1898, 1902 and 1903 sets
and GENERAL ISSUE1898 set
see items 0POR542a-d for images of the pages for each territory
Portuguese African Colonies
Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
pages containing Angola
see item 0POR542 for details
Portuguese African Colonies
Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
pages containing Portuguese Guinea
see item 0POR542 for details
Portuguese African Colonies
Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
pages containing St. Thomas and Prince Islands
see item 0POR542 for details
Portuguese African Colonies
Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
pages containing General Issue
see item 0POR542 for details
Portuguese African Colonies
see Portuguese African Colonies Portuguese Guinea
1885 to 1903 3 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1885 reprints complete
and a range of later issues
Portuguese India
1897 King Alfonso XIII 3c brown handstamped MUESTRA type [2],
1898 80c black handstamped MUESTRA type [3],
and 1898 new design 1m to 2p set of 20 handstamped MUESTRA type [3],
~ Scott 107s, 132s, 135s-154s
these are the only stamps handstamped MUESTRA before sending to the UPU
Puerto Rico (Spanish Colony)
3 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with Small Chalons 1d, 2d, 3d, 4d, 6d, 1/-brown, 1/- grey, 5/- rose & (6d) Registered all Type 1; Second Sideface 1d, 2d, 4d, 6d & 1/- Type 1, and 2/- pale brown mint; Large Chalons 2/- Type 1, 2/6d to £1 mint; 1890 Issues ½d, 2½d carmine & 3d brown mint; 1895 Issues Void Ovals ½d, 1d, 2d & 5d all mint; 1896 Issues Figures in 2 Corners 1d mint; 1897 Issues Figures in 4 Corners 1d, 6d & 6d all mint; 1898-99 Issues Figures in 4 Corners ½d (both types), 1d black roulettes, 1d uncoloured roulettes, 2½d rose, 2½d purple/blue, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d & 1/- all mint; 1902 Issues 2/- turquoise mint; 1903 Issues 9d Commonwealth mint. 44 items. Queensland
1892 to 1902 — page (with stamps on front and back) from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — only the 1902 2½d and £1 are perforated SPECIMEN Rhodesia
1905 Victoria Falls set of 6 overprinted SPECIMEN type R6 (the 5d perforated SPECIMEN type R5 as usual) affixed to archive sheet headed 'Afrique m?ridionale anglaise' in manuscript ~ ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection. SG94/99s ~ £425 as normal specimens. Rhodesia
1913 Admiral 2d, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d, 8d, 10d, 1s, 2s6d, 5s - SPECIMEN type W2 - all fine ~ SG 209/237 Rhodesia
1885–86 King Carol I: perf 13½ 1½b on white, 3b green on bluish, 5b blue-green on bluish, 10b, 15b on white, 25b blue and perf 11½ 50b all handstamped SPECIMEN type [1] on two pieces of archive sheet ~ a very scarce early set of 7 ~ SG 161/171s, 186s Romania
1885 postal stationery cards: 5b pink card with cream back (heading 64 mm long) and 10b pink card with cream back both handstamped SPECIMEN type [1] as the contemporary postage stamps ~ very scarce early items ~ H&G 17as, 18s Romania
1935/40 King Carol II definitives - the 8 new denominations and colour changes issued in 1940. Mi 493, 495, 497, 500, 501, 503, 504, 507.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Romania
1940 Entente Balkanique set of 2. Mi 615-6.
Both in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Romania
1940 set of 8. Mi 617-624.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Romania
1940 Coronation commemorative set of 6. Mi 625-630.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Romania
1940 Youth set of 8. Mi 631-8.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Romania
1940/42 the original 11 definitives and 7 Air Mail stamps issued in 1940. Mi 650/665, 666/679.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Romania
1941 set of 5. Mi 686-690.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Romania
1941 CERNAUTI and CHISINAU overprints sets of 5. Mi 691-696 I and 691-696 II.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Romania
1941 Red Cross set of 5. Mi 696-700.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Romania
1941 Duca set of 3. Mi 703-5.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Romania
1941 set of 4. Mi 706-709.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Romania
1939 New York International Exhibition set of 2. Mi 693-4.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Russia (Soviet Union)
1939 Caucuses set of 8. Mi 718-725.
Each in a strip of three (one stamp with trimmed perfs) affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Russia (Soviet Union)
1940 Ukraine Reunification set of 5. Mi 736-740.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Russia (Soviet Union)
1940 Timirjasew set of 4. Mi 749-752.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Russia (Soviet Union)
1940 Body Culture set of 5. Mi 753-757.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Russia (Soviet Union)
1940 Tchaikovsky set of 5. Mi 758-762.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Russia (Soviet Union)
1940 Perekop perf and imperf sets of 6. Mi 780-5A and B.
Each in a strip of three (or pair and single) affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Russia (Soviet Union)
1941 Technology set of 7. Mi 786-792.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Russia (Soviet Union)
1941 Turkish Fortress Ismail set of 4. Mi 806-809.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Russia (Soviet Union)
1941 1R and 2R set of 2. Mi 812-813.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Russia (Soviet Union)
1905 War Orphans Fund set of 4 in strips of eight ~ each stamp overprinted with one letter of 'OBRAZETZ’ [= specimen] 7 mm high on each stamp Russia
1904 stamps surcharged in Turkish currency ~ 35 PIASTRES on 3pi 50k and 70 PIASTRES on 7r ~ handstamped ‘OBRAZETZ’ in pale greenish blue ~ two of each value, one of which additionally handstamped ULTRAMAR by the Portuguese Post Office ~ also a range of 1904-10 stamps of Russia surcharged in Turkish currency and additionally handstamped ULTRAMAR Russian Post Offices in the Turkish Empire
2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1889 30c postage due, 1891 set of 12 and 2 surcharged values (1 def), 1893 set of 13, 1901 4 new colours — Yvert cat value €2500 Réunion
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942. The stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. 51 stamps Réunion
1920 SAMOA overprint on New Zealand 1920 Victory set of 6 ~ each handstamped COLONIAS ~ ex Goa Post Office archives ~ also 1d and 1½d pairs with part of an oval cancellation of unknown origin ~ SG 143-148 Samoa
1920 SAMOA overprint on New Zealand 1920 Victory set of 6 ~ each in a strip of three (the 6d three singles) handstamped POSTES ET TÉLÉGRAPHES / MADAGASCAR / COLLECTION DE BERNE in red ~ ex Madagascar Post Office archives ~ SG 143-148 Samoa
1921 Native Hut ~ ½d, 1d, 2d to 6d, 9d ~ 9 values on part archive page handstamped COLONIAS (some rather faint impressions) by the Portuguese Postal Authority ~ ex Goa Post Office UPU collection ~ SG between 153 and 163 Samoa
1939 25th Anniversary set of 4. SG 195-198. Each in a strip of three affixed to piece of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Samoa
Album page, headed 'Samoa' and numbered '195' in green, from Tunisia Post Office archive, bearing 12 stamps - 1914-24 Perf 14 5s, 10s, £1 (SG124-126), 1916-19 2d (SG137), 1920 Victory set - ½d to 1s (SG143-148) and 1926 'Admiral' 2s & 3s on 'Jones' paper (SG167-168) - each handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) - applied by the Tunisian Receiving Authority, with manuscript annotation '12' in left margin. BPA cert (2015). Samoa
stamps of New Zealand overprinted SAMOA ~ 1914 Postal Fiscal 5s, 10s, £1, 1918 2d, 1920 Victory set of 6, 1926 Admiral 2s, 3s ~ SG 124-6, 137, 143-8, 167, 168 ~ cat £210+ ~ all affixed to archive album page ~ ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Samoa
stamps of New Zealand overprinted SAMOA ~ 1918 2d, 1920 Victory set of 6, 1926 Admiral 2s, 3s ~ SG 137, 143-8, 167, 168 ~ cat £60+ ~ all affixed to archive album page ~ ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Samoa
Album page, headed 'Samoa (Nouvelle Zélande G.B)', from Tunisia Post Office archive, bearing 17 stamps - 1935 Silver Jubilee set 1d to 6d (SG177-179), 1935 Pictorial set ½d to 3s (SG180-188) - each handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) - applied by the Tunisian Receiving Authority, with issued 1939 'N.Z. Control' set 1d to 7d and 1940 3d on 1½d (SG195-199), with manuscript annotation '17' in right margin. BPA cert (2015). Samoa
Album page, headed 'Samoa (Nouvelle Zelande G.B)', from Tunisia Post Office archive, bearing 17 stamps - 1935 Silver Jubilee set 1d to 6d (SG177-179), 1935 Pictorial set ½d to 3s (SG180-188) - each handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) - applied by the Tunisian Receiving Authority, with issued 1939 'N.Z. Control' set 1d to 7d and 1940 3d on 1½d (SG195-199), with manuscript annotation '17' in right margin. BPA cert (2015). Samoa
page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1877 2c, 10c, 20c, 30c, 40c, 1890 5c, 25c, 1892 5c, 30c, 40c, 45c, 1Lire, 1894 set of 3 pictorials — wonderful fresh original colours — SG cat value £5000+ San Marino
1888 to 1891 — 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection Sarawak
The Tunisia Post Office Collection of Sarawak 1899 to 1932
The 7 sets listed below include all stamps sent to the UPU for distribution during the period.
3 sets show the normal SPECIMEN overprint or perforation applied by the printers. However, the other 4 sets were sent to the UPU in mint condition and have been handstamped SPECIMEN type TUN1 in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8x2.6mm) by the Tunisian Receiving Postal Authority after arrival from the UPU and are UNIQUE in this form.
Sarawak
1888–1897 POSTAGE / & REVENUE group of 12 values (excluding the 4c and 6c which are not included in the description in the October 1976 Robson Lowe auction catalogue) ~ handstamped 'SPECIMEN' type BEC2a by the Bechuanaland postal authority ~ some rather light handstamp impressions and a little fading in places ~ nevertheless an attractive and unique set ~ SG8/21 Sarawak
1899 set of 4 surcharges handstamped SPECIMEN type TUN1 ~ SG 32-35. Sarawak
1899-1908 POSTAGE / POSTAGE set of 12 handstamped SPECIMEN type TUN1 ~ the 1908 3c affixed to small part archive sheet ~ SG36-47. Sarawak
1899-1908 POSTAGE / POSTAGE 2c, 8c, 12c, 16c, 25c, 50c and $1 ~ the denominations issued in December 1899 ~ all in vertical strips of three ~ apparently never hinged and extremely fine ~ handstamped 'ULTRAMAR' in blue by the Portuguese Postal Authority ~ SG 37/47. Sarawak
1899–1908 POSTAGE / POSTAGE 1c to $1 set of 12 and unissued 5c ~ overprinted 'CANCELLED' type D4a ~ the 16c with diagonal crease that does not show from the front otherwise all very fine ~ believed to be UNIQUE ~ SG37–48. Sarawak
1899–1908 POSTAGE / POSTAGE 1c to $1 set of 12 affixed to 3 parts of archive page ~ handstamped 'SPECIMEN.' type NA2 by the Natal Post Office after receipt from the UPU ~ SG37–47. Sarawak
1918 set of 12 overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 ~ affixed to part of archive sheet ~ SG 50s-61s cat £375. Sarawak
1922-23 set of 9 new colours and values handstamped SPECIMEN type TUN1 ~ affixed to part of archive sheet ~ SG 63-71. Sarawak
1923 'ONE/cent' on 10c and 'TWO/cents' on 12c handstamped SPECIMEN type TUN1 ~ affixed to part of archive sheet ~ SG 72, 73. Sarawak
1928-29 set of 15 overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 (the 5c perforated SPECIMEN type D19) ~ affixed to part of archive sheet ~ SG 76s-90s cat £400. Sarawak
1932 set of 15 perforated SPECIMEN type B9 ~ affixed to two parts of archive sheet ~ SG 91s-105s cat £400. Sarawak
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black by an unidentified postal authority Sarawak
1934 15 cents postal stationery registered envelope showing head of Sir Charles Vyner Brooke size H [H&G 6a] perforated SPECIMEN from the reverse - ex printer's archive - few examples known Sarawak
1934 15 cents postal stationery registered envelope showing head of Sir Charles Vyner Brooke size H [H&G 6a] perforated SPECIMEN from the reverse - ex printer's archive - few examples known Sarawak
1899 2c on 3c, 2c on 12c, 4c on 8c handstamped ULTRAMAR ~ no gum ~ SG 32, 33, 35 Sarawak
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1892-93 set of 13 and 1900 4 colour changes
and Senegambia and Niger 1903 set of 13
Yvert total cat €550+
Senegal
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942. The stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. 72 stamps Senegal
see Senegal Senegambia and Niger
King Alexander I 1894 to 1901 duplicated group of 29 stamps all handstamped 'primerak' [= specimen] in Cyrillic diagonally or horizontally ~ not distributed by the UPU Serbia
1890 to 1902 — page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £1100+ Seychelles
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red by an unidentified postal authority Seychelles
1886 to 1903 — 1 full page and 1 part page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection Sierra Leone
1884 CA ½d, 1d, 2d, 4d PERF 12 overprinted SPECIMEN type D11 ~ a very rare set.
The only stamps of any colony sent to the UPU with this overprint are this Sierra Leone issue, 100 copies of each value, of which nearly all are the normal perf 14.
For further information and explanations see UPU Specimen Stamps 1878–1961 pp 378, 508.
SG 27s, 28s, 30s, 33s cat £2500.
Sierra Leone
1923 1½d postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G 15 fine Sierra Leone
1922 3d size F postal stationery registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G C4 - VF Sierra Leone
1939 set of 8. Mi 35-42.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Slovakia
1939 Costumes set of 3 and Murgas set of 2. Mi 43-45 and Mi 46-47.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Slovakia
1939 Air Mail set of 6. Mi 48-53.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Slovakia
1939 50H, 1942 70H, 1939 2,50+2,50Kr, 1940 10Kr, 1942 1,30Kr. Mi 67, 68, 69, 70, 97.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Slovakia
1940 landscapes set of 5. Mi 71-75.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Slovakia
1940 Air Mail set of 3. Mi 76-78.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Slovakia
1941 Castles set of 4. Mi 81-84.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Slovakia
1941 80th anniversary set of 3. Mi 85-87.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Slovakia
1941 Red Cross set of 3. Mi 88-90.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Slovakia
1941 Children's Aid set of 3 and 1942 Youth set of 3. Mi 91-93 and Mi 94-96.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Slovakia
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red by an unidentified postal authority Solomon Islands
1940 postage due set of 8 in horizontal strips of three perforated SPECIMEN type B9 ~ very fine and scarce multiples ~ SG D1–8s cat £750+ ~ BPA cert for top value Solomon Islands
1903 to 1904 — page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £400+ Somaliland Protectorate
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red by an unidentified postal authority Somaliland Protectorate
3 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with Chalons imperf/roulette 1d green, 1d yellow-green, 2d rose, 2d orange, 6d dark blue, 6d pale blue, 6d violet, 1/- brown, 1/- yellow & 1/- red-brown, plus perf 6d blue & 1/- red-brown all ‘REPRINT’ ovpt; PB New Designs imperf/roulette 9d grey, 10d on 9d yellow & 10d on 9d red-orange, perf red 3d on 4d blue, black 3d on 4d blue, 4d deep lilac, 4d purple, 8d on 9d brown, 9d lilac & 2/- carmine all ‘REPRINT’ ovpt; DLR Issues ½d on 1d (red ‘REPRINT’), ½d brown bantam, 1d & 2d all ‘REPRINT’ ovpt, plus ½d green Bantam imperf unoverprinted proof; DLR Issues 3d, 2½d, 4d, 5d & 6d type 4, 2½d & 5d Surcharges type 2; Postage & Revenue 2/6d to £20 original issue of 13 type 4 (12½mm), £5 brown type 6 (15mm); Other Issues ½d brown Bantam, 1d green, 2d orange, 9d purple & 2/- carmine Type 4 (12½mm); 1899 Issues ½d, 1d, 2d & 2½d all CTO. 57 items. South Australia
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of three pairs handstamped SPECIMEN in black by an unidentified postal authority South West Africa
from the Francis Kiddle award-winning collection of South West Africa Postal Stationery
All items were overprinted SPECIMEN type SWA1 (47½×6mm) in red diagonally from BL to TR by the Union Government Printer.
5 post cards: H&G 1a, 1a[BEC], 2, 2[BEC], 2a.
9 registered envelopes: H&G C3a, C3b, C3b[BEC], C4, C4[UPU], C4a, C4a[BEC], C4a[UPU], C4b.
8 newspaper wrappers: H&G E1, E1[UPU], E2, E2[BEC] rather crumpled, E3, E3[BEC], E4, E4[UPU].
The 6 items annotated [BEC] are additionally handstamped SPECIMEN type BEC2a and are from the Bechuanaland Protectorate UPU collection and are the only examples in private hands, the other two are in the National Postal Museum and the British Library collections.
The 4 items annotated [UPU] are additionally handstamped with a numbering machine to show a 4-digit year of issue and originate from the UPU's own collection and are believed to be unique.
A total of 22 items in VF condition (one exception noted).
South West Africa
1907 1d + 1d postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G 3 - VF Southern Nigeria
1908 ½d on 1d locally surcharged postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN local type SN2 H&G 4 - damaged as shown but a useful reference and extremely elusive Southern Nigeria
1902 Anniversary of Discovery 2d overprinted SPECIMEN type D12a SG 63 ~ cat £65 St Lucia
1885 to 1890 — page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection St Christopher
1886 'ONE/PENNY' and bar on 1876 CC 14 6d green perforated SPECIMEN of unknown origin ~ possibly Marcus Samuel {1976 p61} type FF2 ~ offered 'as is'. ~ SG24. St Christopher
1886 to 1896 — part page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £550 St Helena
1911 unissued 1d printed all in red ~ 'SPECIMEN' type D12a ~ somewhat matt original gum ~ SG71s ~ cat £425 St Helena
1896 1d + 1d postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G 2 - VF St Helena
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black or in red by an unidentified postal authority St Helena
1923 Tercentenary 10s and £1 overprinted SPECIMEN type D16 distributed by the UPU and handstamped framed 'SPECIMEN / Collection / A. O. F.' by the receiving postal authority believed to be Afrique Occidentale Française — SG 58s var, 60s var — ex Brian Brookes collection this handstamp has only been recorded on high face value stamps of five other British Colonies — see UPU Specimen Stamps 1878–1961 p26 St Kitts-Nevis
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red by an unidentified postal authority St Kitts-Nevis
1886 to 1903 — 1 full page and 1 part page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value ca. £500 St Lucia
1916 (Jun) 1d with local WAR/TAX overprint ~ sent to the UPU in mint condition ~ handstamped SPECIMEN type TUN1 by the Tunisian Postal Authority ~ VF and UNIQUE ~ SG 89 St Lucia
1916 (Sep) 1d with London WAR TAX overprint and SPECIMEN type D12 as distributed by the UPU ~ SG90s ~ cat £55 St Lucia
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black by an unidentified postal authority St Lucia
1886 to 1892 — page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £235 St Vincent
1884 1d POSTAL STATIONERY card [H&G 2] handstamped Specimen Type SV7 some tiny stains but of good overall appearance and very scarce St Vincent
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red by an unidentified postal authority St Vincent
parts of 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1892 diagonal overprint 11 in black and 4 in red
and 1891–1892 10 surcharges
and 1892 postage due set of 8 overprinted 'T / P'
and 1893 postage due set of 9
and 1892 set of 13
and 1900 4 colour changes
and 1901 2 parcel stamps
Yvert cat value €4800+
St. Pierre et Miquelon
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942 ~ the stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled three-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE 48 stamps ~ Yvert 196-206, 207-209, 210-211 ~ a unique assemblage from the Mauritania UPU Specimen archive. St. Pierre et Miquelon
1891–1901 two part pages from the Natal Post Office archives (Sotheby Parke Bernet South Africa, Germiston, 9 October 1980, lot 134)
a total of 67 stamps including 1891 diagonal overprint on 1881 issue, 1891–92 as before with surcharge and 1893 timbres taxe, all handstamped 'SPECIMEN.' (17.25×3.25mm) — total Yvert catalogue €5000+ for unused stamps
St. Pierre et Miquelon
see Portuguese African Colonies St. Thomas and Prince Islands
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1894 set of 13 (1 defective) — Yvert cat value €420 Ste. Marie de Madagascar
1908 postal stationery ~ 1½ piastre registered envelope and 2 mils wrapper ~ both overprinted SPECIMEN ~ H&G C3, E4 ~ the only items sent to the UPU Sudan
see also French Sudan Sudan
1906 Egypt 1m to 10p overprinted 'Army Service' and SPECIMEN type SU1 ~ SG A6-10s and A14-16s ~ cat £250 Sudan
Album page, headed 'Swaziland' and numbered '211' in green, from Tunisia Post Office archive, bearing 12 stamps - 1933 George V set, ½d green to 10s sepia, each perforated SPECIMEN - Samuel Type D19 (SG11-20) ½d, 1d, 2d, 3d, 4d & 6d each additionally handstamped SPECIMEN in semi-bold sans-serif caps (12.8×2.6mm) - applied by the Tunisian Receiving Authority, and 1933-57 Postage Due set 1d & 2d, each perforated SPECIMEN (Samuel Type D19), with manuscript annotations '12' in left margin. BPA cert (2015). Swaziland
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red by an unidentified postal authority Swaziland
1939 Gustav V: 8 values issued 1939-41. Facit 271/283.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE.
UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Sweden
1939 Three Crowns: 6 values issued 1939-41. Facit 284/317.
Each in a strip of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE.
UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Sweden
1940-41 commemorative issues: Bellman, Sergel, Bible Jubilee, Skansen, Royal Palace (perf on all sides), Hazelius, Saint Bridget. Facit 324-336.
13 strips of three affixed to parts of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE.
UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Sweden
part of page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1893 (July) 5 values (1 defective), 1903 3 surcharges — Yvert cat value ca. €1500 Tahiti
1903 set of 3 surcharged values handstamped SPECIMEN type NA2 ~ ex Natal UPU specimen collection ~ Yvert 31, 32, 33 Tahiti
1922 Giraffe 1s SPECIMEN Type B5 - some paper adherence on reverse otherwise not bad [UPU] [SG 83] [Scott 23] Tanganyika
1923 15c giraffe postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN type B6 [UPU] H&G 1 - VF Tanganyika
1923 15c + 15 giraffe postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN type B{5} [UPU] H&G 2 - VF Tanganyika
1927 15c KGV postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] type D{7a} H&G 3 - VF Tanganyika
1927 15c + 15c KGV postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] type D{7a} H&G 4 - VF Tanganyika
1927 15c postal stationery envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G B2 VF with original tropical interleaving Tanganyika
1923 50c giraffe size G postal stationery registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G C1 - VF Tanganyika
1923 50c giraffe size G postal stationery registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G C1 - VF Tanganyika
1925 30c giraffe size G postal stationery registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G C2 VF with original tropical interleaving Tanganyika
1925 30c giraffe size G postal stationery registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G C2 VF with original tropical interleaving Tanganyika
1927 30c KGV size G postal stationery registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G C3 VF with original tropical interleaving Tanganyika
1927 30c KGV size H postal stationery registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G C3a VF with original tropical interleaving Tanganyika
1927 30c KGV size H postal stationery registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G C3a VF with original tropical interleaving Tanganyika
1917 6c East Africa & Uganda postal stationery postcard overprinted 'G.E.A.' and SPECIMEN type D{4} [UPU] - VF - H&G I-2 Tanganyika
1917 31c East Africa & Uganda postal stationery reg env size F overprinted 'G.E.A.' and SPECIMEN type D{4} [UPU] - VF - H&G I-C1 Tanganyika
1 page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with Couriers 1d & 4d reprints from defaced plates mint; Chalons imperf reprints of 1d, 2d, 4d, 6d & 1/- all mint; Sideface imperf 4d reprint, ½d orange, 1d, 2d, 3d, 4d yellow, 8d, 10d, 5/- & ½d Surcharge all mint; Postal Fiscals 1d, 3d, 6d & 1/- Platypus, 2/6d lake & 5/- sage green (this group Cat £1,050); Tablets ½d to £1 Type 2 (cat £650 set); Pictorials ½d to 6d set Type 3 (cat £550 set). 42 items. Tasmania
page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with 1883 to 1900 issues — wonderful fresh colours — Scott cat value $1200+ Thailand
1885 to 1903 page (with stamps on both sides) from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection
with 1885 reprints complete
and a range of later issues
Timor
1886 to 1890 — page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection Tobago
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942 excluding the 1941 set. The stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. Togo
1941 set of 26 in strips of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. 78 stamps. Yvert 182-207 Togo
1929-34 ½d to 1s set (excl the 1½d issued 1935) overprinted or perforated SPECIMEN types D9 (abnormal on 2d}, D12a or D19 ~ SG 55, 57-63s ~ cat £275 ~ all affixed to archive album page ~ ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Tonga
1886 1d carmine line-perforated (one pin missing at lower right) cancelled with a thin black wavy ink line ~ no gum and large hinge remainder otherwise fine and fresh.
Accompanied by a letter from Sir John Marriott, Keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection, written on 'Buckingham Palace' headed paper that reads in part:
'The Tonga 1d returned herewith is matched by a similarly centered single in the Collection, which Bacon described as a Specimen stamp.'
Ex Martin Baxendale.
Tonga
1906 1d Ovava tree ~ five postal stationery cards overprinted SPECIMEN Type D{4} [UPU] with coloured views A1, A3, A5, A6 and A7 on reverse ~ H&G1 ~ for more information visit www.upss.org/upuspecimens Tonga
1911 1d King George II postal stationery card overprinted SPECIMEN Type D{4} [UPU] - sepia (cameo) view C8 (Hospital at Vavau) on reverse not previously recorded - for more info follow the link from the Tonga page in Specimen Postal Stationery on my web site - very fine, fresh and scarce - H&G 2b Tonga
1910 1½d King George II postal stationery letter card overprinted SPECIMEN Type D{4} [UPU] - very fine, fresh and scarce - H&G A1 Tonga
1927-29 new currency set of 13 overprinted SPECIMEN type P4 or (500m, 1000m) perforated SPECIMEN type P5 ~ SG 159s-171s ~ cat £375 Transjordan
1930-34 re-engraved set of 16 perforated SPECIMEN type P5 ~ SG 194bs-207s ~ cat £375 Transjordan
1885 to 1903 — 3 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection Transvaal
Second Republic 1895 ½d to 1s set of 5 handstamped 'Monster' type TRA2 SG 205-208s, 211s cat £170 Transvaal
Second British Occupation 1900 2s6d to £5 overprinted ' V. R. I.' and handstamped SPECIMEN type SAA SG 234-237s cat £225 Transvaal
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in red by an unidentified postal authority Trinidad & Tobago
1869 to 1902 — 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the stamps that correspond to the normal 1884 distribution are a curious mixture with the 2½d and 4d Queen' Head overprinted type D12 as usual and the other values (½d, 1d and 1s Queen's Head, 6d yellow-green Britannia and a 5s large format rose-lake) all handstamped type TRI1 Trinidad
1883-84 set of 6 SPECIMEN Type D12 [UPU] large part original gum and very fine for these ~ only 106 of each were printed [SG 106-112s] cat £750 Trinidad
postal stationery comprising ½d, 1d, 1½d, 2d post cards, 1d, 1½d, 2d reply cards, 2d reg env sizes F and G, ½d, 1d wrappers ~ all handstamped 'SPECIMEN' type TRI1 ~ from a presentation set of postage stamps and postal stationery formed in 1884 ~ a complete and rare group of 11 items in unusually fine condition ~ ex Marriott Trinidad
1884 1d POSTAL STATIONERY reply card [H&G 6] outward half only inscribed (FOR COUNTRIES WITHIN 300 MILES) handstamped Specimen Type TRI1 - included in the 1884 presentation sets of postage stamps and postal stationery - no unsevered cards have been recorded - extremely scarce and very fine Trinidad
1884 2d POSTAL STATIONERY reply card [H&G 8] reply half only - inscribed (FOR INDIA AND COUNTRIES IN THE EAST VIA UNITED KINGDOM) - handstamped Specimen Type TRI1 - included in the 1884 presentation sets of postage stamps and postal stationery - very fine Trinidad
1941 Secours National set of 4 ~ Yv 227-230 ~ each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Tunisia
postal stationery UPU reference collection with an example of each of the 1914 items printed by Bradbury Wilkinson ~ all overprinted SPECIMEN ~ these are the only Turkish postal stationery items sent to the UPU with any form of protection ~ 10pa and 20pa post cards, 10pa and 20pa reply cards, 20pa and 1pi letter cards, 20pa and 1p reply paid letter cards, 20pa and 1pi envelopes, 2pa and 10 pa wrappers, 1pi registered envelopes sizes G, H2 and K ~ 15 items ~ a very difficult group to complete and all extremely fine ~ mounted on 9 album pages Turkey
ca. 1905 to 1917
5 large pages from the Goa Post Office UPU Archive with a total of 218 apparently all different stamps ~ up to 1910 all were handstamped ULTRAMAR in bluish black and later COLONIAS in bold red type ~ exceptionally clear impressions of the handstamps ~ each page signed 'A. B. Costa' (the Portuguese postmaster in Goa)
see items TUR201-5 for images of the individual pages
Turkey
page 1 from the Goa Post Office UPU Archive - see item TUR200 for details Turkey
page 2 from the Goa Post Office UPU Archive - see item TUR200 for details Turkey
page 3 from the Goa Post Office UPU Archive - see item TUR200 for details Turkey
page 4 from the Goa Post Office UPU Archive - see item TUR200 for details Turkey
page 5 from the Goa Post Office UPU Archive - see item TUR200 for details Turkey
1914 1 piastre Bradbury Wilkinson postal stationery registered envelope size K (the largest) overprinted SPECIMEN ~ H&G C1b ~ folded across centre as always on this size ~ VF and scarce Turkey
1913 Adrianople set of 3 perforated SPECIMEN type B1 ~ SG353s/355s ~ lovely examples of Bradbury Wilkinson's recess printing Turkey
1913 Adrianople set of 3 perforated SPECIMEN type B1 ~ additionally handstamped SPECIMEN type BEC2 and as only in 1912/1913 punched with a 4.5mm diameter hole ~ SG353sv/355sv Turkey
1914 Waterlow definitive set of 17 perforated SPECIMEN type B1 ~ SG499s/515s Turkey
1914 Waterlow definitives 12 values (3 overprinted with star) each perforated SPECIMEN type B1 and additionally handstamped with part of the large 'COLONIE DU GABON / SECRETARIAT GENERAL / RF / 1er Bureau' double-ring receiving authority handstamp of Gabon
Turkey
1914 Waterlow definitives set of 17 and 1914 Waterlow definitives overprinted with a star (4 of the 5 values ~ the 20 paras missing) all perforated SPECIMEN type B1 and additionally handstamped COLONIAS in red (used only in 1913 and 1914) in Lisbon before onwards transmission to a Portuguese Colony ~ affixed to a page from the Goa Archive ~ SG499sv/515sv, 516sv, 518sv/520sv Turkey
1914 Waterlow definitives 5 values overprinted with star and perforated SPECIMEN type B1 on part of archive page ~ SG516/520s Turkey
1915 local surcharge on Waterlow 100pi and 200pi on part of archive page ~ SG534/5 Turkey
1921-22 set of 4 provisional stamps handstamped SPECIMEN type [1] ~ SG970s/973s Turkey
1921-22 set of 4 provisional stamps in strips of 3 on piece handstamped SPECIMEN type [1] and additionally cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection ~ SG970sv/973sv Turkey
1923 the 7 values of the Republic issue that were distributed with SPECIMEN type [2] handstamps ~ SG974s/984s Turkey
1921-22 set of 12 definitives printed in Genoa handstamped SPECIMEN type [2] ~ SGA79s/A90s Turkey
1922 War Orphans set of 8 handstamped SPECIMEN type [2] ~ SGA111s/A118s Turkey
1922 Parliament House set of 6 handstamped SPECIMEN type [2] ~ SGA119s/A124s Turkey
1922 set of 5 postage due stamps printed in Genoa handstamped SPECIMEN type [1] ~ SGAD091s/AD95s Turkey
1913 provisional postage due stamps set of 4 on part of archive page ~ SG356/9 Turkey
1914 Waterlow postage due stamps set of 4 perforated SPECIMEN type B1 ~ SGD516/519s Turkey
1921 to 1923 range of 33 postage and postage due stamps on a large part page from an archive ~ all handstamped SPECIMEN and crossed by green crayon lines indicating an audit Turkey
1887 to 1895 — page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection Turks & Caicos Islands
1949 75th Anniversary of the UPU set of four handstamped SPECIMEN in black by an unidentified postal authority Turks & Caicos Islands
1895 2d size G postal stationery registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN [UPU] H&G C1a - VF Turks & Caicos Islands
1893 2½d ultramarine CA Die II strip of five overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 ~ the largest possible multiple ~ apparently never hinged ~ SG65s ~ cat 5×£50+ Turks & Caicos Islands
1847 to 1887 — 3 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — contain examples of virtually all stamps issued during the period as distributed by the UPU including Postage, Postage Due, Special Delivery and Newspaper stamps — note that many examples of the earlier issues are proofs or reprints — a splendid display showing wonderful fresh colours United States of America
1875 to 1885 — page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — NEWSPAPER stamps set of 25 overprinted SPECIMEN Scott type D as distributed by the UPU — stamps are affixed to the album page with the upper one third of their original gum and with care they could be removed retaining two thirds of their gum — Scott PR14S, PR57S-79S, PR81S United States of America
1873 — 3 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — OFFICIAL stamps complete set of 92 imperf proofs as distributed by the UPU — very under-catalogued and a most difficult group to assemble United States of America
1893 to 1902 — 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — contain examples of virtually all stamps issued during the period and distributed by the UPU including 1893 Columbian to $5, 1894 to $5, 1895 Newspaper to $100, 1894/95 Postage Due set of 7, 1898 Trans-Mississippi to $2, 1901 Pan-American set, 1902/03 to $5, etc., etc. — stamps are affixed to the album pages with the upper one third of their original gum and with care they can be removed retaining two thirds of their gum — a significant feature of the collection is the extraordinary freshness of the colours — Scott cat value for part original gum $25,000+. United States of America
1938-39 Air Post set of 8. Scott C119-C126. Each in a strip of three affixed to piece of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Venezuela
1940-41 Simón Bolivar set of 8 with duplicates of the 5c and 10c. Scott 367-374. Each in a strip of three affixed to pieces of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE item from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection. Venezuela
5 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with ‘Reprint’ Ovpt 1/- Octagonal, 1/- Laureate, 5/- Laureate, ½d carmine Bantam, 2d lilac Naish, 1d brown & 1d green Stamp Duty; 1885 Issues ½d, 1d, 3d, 4d, 6d & 8d all mint; 1886 Issues 2d mauve, 1/- blue/yellow, 1d & 6d New Designs all mint; 1887 Issues ½d rose, 2d, 4d, 1/- x2 (shades) & 2/- green/green all mint; 1890 Issues 1d brown 1/6d blue & 1/6d orange all mint; 1891 Issues 1d brown/pink, 2½d red-brown/lemon all mint; Postal Fiscals 2/6d yellow, 3/- drab, 4/- orange-red, 5/- claret/yellow all mint, 6/- 10/- 15/- & £1 all CTO; 1892 Issue. 9d green mint; 1895 Issues 1½d green, 9d rosine, 2/- blue-green & 5/- rosine all mint; 1897 Issues Charity pair Type 22; 1897 Issues ½d green, 1d red, 1½d red-brown/yellow & 2½d blue all mint; 1900 Issues Boer War pair mint; Later No POSTAGE issues ½d, 1d olive, 2d, 3d, 4d, 1/-, 2/- & 5/- all CTO; POSTAGE Issues ½d, 1d, 1½d, 2d, 2½d, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d, 9d, 1/-, 2/-, 5/- £1 & £2 all CTO; Postage Dues ½d to 5/- brown & blue ex 3d, ½d to 5/- red & green all mint. 94 items. Victoria
Three examples of every stamp distributed by the UPU between October 1939 and June 1942. The stamps (in strips of three) are affixed to parts of album pages and cancelled three-line 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE ~ UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection that prove that these stamps were sent to the UPU for distribution to other members. 45 stamps Wallis & Futuna
2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection with Specimen Ovpt 1889-92 the complete set comprising on 1865 1/-, 1871-73 3d, 1882-85 6d, 1885-93 ½d, 2d, 4d, 1/-, & 1888 1d, 2d, 4d all Type 1 and 1892 2½d and 5d Samuel Type D12; Mint Stamps 1893 ½d on 3d pale brown & 6d bright violet, 1895 ½d (green) on 3d pale brown & ½d (green & red) on 3d red-brown x2, 1899 ½d yellow & 1901 2½d blue. 19 items. Western Australia
1896-1900 Municipal Service 25 pfennig overprinted 'Specimen' type [1] ~ the only stamp of Württemberg sent to the UPU for distribution overprinted 'Specimen' Mi 106s Württemberg
1896-1900 Municipal Service 25 pfennig PAIR overprinted 'Specimen' type [1] ~ the only stamp of Württemberg sent to the UPU for distribution overprinted 'Specimen' ~ a very scarce multiple Mi 106s Württemberg
1906 Centenary of the Kingdom Municipal Service set of 5 and Official set of 10 (with extra 2 pfennig) on two pieces of archive sheet all handstamped ULTRAMAR by the Portuguese Post Office before sending to the Portuguese Colonies ~ ex Goa UPU specimen collection ~ Mi 107-111, 217-226 Württemberg
1900 Municipal Service and Official 2 pfennig postal stationery cards handstamped ULTRAMAR by the Portuguese Post Office before sending to the Portuguese Colonies ~ ex Goa UPU specimen collection ~ H&G D2, D31 Württemberg
UPU specimen stamps of Yemen are listed and priced in the Stanley Gibbons catalogue of Arabia – 1st edition 2016 Yemen
1930 set of 6 and 1931 new denominations and colours set of 11 all handstamped SPECIMEN type [1] ~ the only stamps of Yemen sent to the UPU with any form of specimen protection ~ the two very fine sets ~ SG 4/9s and 10/20s ~ cat £400 Yemen
1930 set of 6 and 1931 new denominations and colours set of 11 all handstamped SPECIMEN type [1] ~ the only stamps of Yemen sent to the UPU with any form of specimen protection ~ the two very fine sets ~ SG 4/9s and 10/20s ~ cat £400 Yemen
1930 set of 6 and 1931 new denominations and colours set of 11 all handstamped SPECIMEN type [1] ~ the only stamps of Yemen sent to the UPU with any form of specimen protection ~ the two very fine sets ~ SG 4/9s and 10/20s ~ cat £400 Yemen
1940 Postal Workers' Charity set of 5. Mi 408-412.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Yugoslavia
1940 Postal Workers' Charity set of 5. Mi.413-7.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Yugoslavia
1940 Children's Charity set of 4. Mi 418-421.
Each in a strip of three affixed to part of archive sheet and cancelled 3-line SPÉCIMEN / COLLECTION / MAURITANIE - UNIQUE items from the Mauritania Post Office UPU specimen collection.
Yugoslavia
see Mozambique Zambezia
1896 to 1901 — page from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection — the SPECIMEN stamps SG cat value £600 and the mint stamps SG cat value £800+ — the 1895 4½a with missing bar in '½' at left and other varieties not counted — a magnificent page Zanzibar
see also
French Post Offices in Zanzibar
Zanzibar
1894 to 1896 — 2 pages from the Royal Swedish General Post Office UPU Collection Zululand
1888 Natal 1s, 5s, 9s, £1, £5 and £20 Revenue stamps all marginal (the £5 with plate number '1') overprinted ZULULAND unused ~ BPA cert (2016) ~ Barefoot 2-4, 6-8 Zululand
1888 Natal £5 and £20 Revenue stamps overprinted ZULULAND and additionally overprinted SPECIMEN type D11 ~ BPA cert (2016) ~ Barefoot 7,8 Zululand
1888-91 stamps of Great Britain ½d to 5s (excl 1d) and 1891 1d Natal Postal Fiscal overprinted ZULULAND all handstamped SPECIMEN type NA1, 1894-96 ½d to £5 overprinted SPECIMEN type D12 ~ SG 1-11s (excl SG 2s), F1s, 20-29s ~ cat £1690 ~ all affixed to archive sheet ex Tunisia UPU specimen collection Zululand
1888–93 Great Britain Jubilee issue overprinted ZULULAND ½d vert pair. 2d horiz pair, 2½d vert block of 6, 4d marginal vert strip of 3, 5d block of 4, 6d horiz block of 6, 1s vert marginal strip of 4 all handstamped SPECIMEN type GB9 applied to reference copies retained by the Inland Revenue.
A fine and very scarce group of multiples.
SG 1/10s.
Zululand
1892 Great Britain 5s rose wmk Anchor overprinted ZULULAND handstamped SPECIMEN type NA1 block of four AB–BC
extremely rare in this form compared to strips
BPA cert 2013
SG11s
Zululand


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