a note on RECEIVING AUTHORITY SPECIMENS

This subject is discussed in Chapter 5 of my UPU Specimen Stamps 1878–1961 that includes much information not published elsewhere, in particular regarding the more recently ‘liberated’ archives from the Portuguese Colony of Goa and the French Colonies of Mauritania and Tunisia.

An aspect that is perhaps not generally appreciated is that the majority of these receiving authority specimens are unique and that the opportunity to acquire any particular example may occur only every ten to fifteen years, the typical time that any one stamp remains in the same collection.

Aden
Antigua
Argentina 
Ascension
Australia
Azores
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Basutoland
Bechuanaland
Belgium
Bermuda
Bolivia 
Brazil 
British East Africa
British Honduras
British Levant
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burma
Canada
Cape Verde Islands
Cayman Islands
Ceylon
Chile 
China (Szechwan)
China
Colombia 
Congo Free State
Costa Rica 
Cuba (Republic) 
Cuba (Spanish Colony) 
Cyprus
Dominica
Dominican Republic 
Ecuador 
Elobey, Annobon & Corisco
Eritrea
Fiji
Finland
French Colonies (General Issues)
French Somali Coast
Funchal
Gambia
German Colonies - Cameroun
German Colonies - Carolines
German Colonies - German East Africa
German Colonies - Kiaochow
German Colonies - Marianas
German Colonies - Marshalls
German Colonies - New Guinea
German Colonies - Togo
German Empire
German Post Offices - Turkey
German States - Württemberg
German States - Bavaria
Gibraltar
Gilbert & Ellice Islands
Greece
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guatemala 
Honduras 
Hong Kong
Horta
Iceland
Indo-China
Ionian Islands (Italian Occupation)
Iran
Iraq
Italian East Africa
Italian Post Offices Abroad
Italy
Jamaica
Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika
Kuwait
Labuan
Lagos
Leeward Islands
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg (German Occupation)
Luxembourg
Macao
Madeira
Malaya (Malacca)
Malaya (Pahang)
Malaya (Penang)
Malaya (Perak)
Malaya (Selangor)
Malaya (Straits Settlements)
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico 
Montserrat
Morocco Agencies
Mozambique
Natal
Nepal
Netherlands Indies
Netherlands
Nevis
New Caledonia
New Hebrides
New South Wales
New Zealand Dependencies
New Zealand
Newfoundland
Nicaragua 
Nigeria
Niue & Penrhyn Island
Niue
North Borneo
Nyasaland
Nyassa Company
Orange River Colony & Orange Free State
Orange River Colony
Pakistan (Bahawalpur)
Palestine
Panama 
Papua
Paraguay 
Peru 
Pitcairn Islands
Ponta Delgada
Portugal
Portuguese African Colonies
Portuguese Guinea
Portuguese India
Puerto Rico (Spanish Colony)
Queensland
Rhodesia
Romania
Russia (Soviet Union)
Russia
Russian Post Offices in the Turkish Empire
Samoa
San Marino
Sarawak
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Somaliland Protectorate
South Africa
South West Africa
St Christopher
St Helena
St Lucia
St Vincent
St. Thomas and Prince Islands
Sudan
Sweden
Tahiti
Tasmania
Thailand
Timor
Tobago
Tonga
Transjordan
Transvaal
Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad
Tunisia
Turkey
Western Australia
Yemen
Yugoslavia
Zanzibar
Zululand
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