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Crown Colony of Straits Settlements - 8¢ on India's 2 Annas (1867)
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
Straits Settlements
Type
Stamp (Single)
Class
Definitive / Regular Issues
Front Inscription
EAST INDIA POSTAGE • TWO ANNAS •
Overprint
♔ EIGHT CENTS
Face Value
8 cent
Issued Date
01/09/1867
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
6
Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps (1840-1952)
Crown Colony of Straits Settlements - 8¢ on India's 2 Annas (1867)
STRAITS SETTLEMENTS' PROVISIONAL ISSUE

8¢ on 2a Yellow

Surcharged by De La Rue in different coloured inks to distinguish the various values because the 1 anna brown and 2 annas yellow were used to make three different “cents” values each.

Overprinted in green on India's Queen Victoria SG #61.

Original stamp issued in 1865, printed on yellowish-to-white paper.

Postmark unknown, partially read as D14.

CROWN COLONY

The Straits Settlements, a British colony of islands off the Malayan peninsula that included Singapore, used stamps from India between 1854 and 1867. When the Settlements became a crown colony in 1867, they began issuing their own stamps, not least because they adopted a currency based on 96 cents to a silver dollar.

Straits Settlements first adhesive stamps were issued beginning on 1 September 1867, nine types in the existing stocks of Indian stamps featuring a portrait of the young Queen Victoria, and the stamps were inscribed with a crown across the top and the "cents" denomination across the bottom.

A surcharge is an inscription on a stamp that alters its value, either an increase or decrease. Most stamps are printed with one surcharge, but the Straits Settlements stamps carried two - one for altering value and second to alter the currency.
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