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British East India Companies 2 Annas Stamp Used in Singapore, Straits Settlements (Circa 1865 - 1867)
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
British India
Type
Stamp (Single)
Class
Definitive / Regular Issues
Front Inscription
EAST INDIA POSTAGE • TWO ANNAS •
Face Value
2 Anna
Postmark Town
B172
Printer
De La Rue & Co, Limited
Printing Method
Typography
Gum
Gum
Watermark
Elephant's Head
Perforation Gauge
14
Perforation Type
Normal Perforations
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Used With Postmark - Very Fine
CATALOG INFORMATION
SS#Z86
Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps (1840-1952)
British East India Companies 2 Annas Stamp Used in Singapore, Straits Settlements (Circa 1865 - 1867)
Postage stamps of British India without overprint were used in Penang (B147), Malacca (B109) and Singapore (B172) since 1854 until 1867. The Settlements being considered part of the Bengal Circle, then from 1861 they became part of the Burma Circle.

Straits Settlements were separated from British East India Company and established as a separate Crown Colony on 1 April 1867. Beginning on 1 September 1867, nine types in the existing stocks of Indian stamps were overprinted with a crown and a new value in cents  to denote changes of validity in term of area and currency.

As this particular stamp was originally issued in 1865 and in 1867 overprinted stamps were introduced, therefore it is safe to assume that it was used between these years.

The identification for usage in Singapore was through the cancellation obliterator. It is identified as septuple octagonal cancellation of Cooper/Renouf Type 7 obliterator and based on Proud, it is identified as K5.

B172 Singapore Cooper/Renouf Type 7 postmark was used from 1856 until 1889 even after separation of Straits Settlements from Bengal Circle. B in the obliteration refers to Bengal Circle.

The easiest way to differentiate SG#Z75 and SG#Z86 is that the latter has Elephant's Head watermark whereas SG#Z75 doesn't.

ORIGINAL STAMP

SG#63
British India 1865 2 Annas
Portrait of Queen Victoria.
Brown-Orange 

CREDIT

Joy Daschaudhuri of Kolkata, India for stamp and obliterator identification.
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