Sandafayre
Welcome to our site! Advanced Search

Fiji 1871 1d on rose laid batonne paper,SG 5

Largely through an increase in demand for Fijian cotton as a result of the US Civil War and the general increase in economic activity, the proprietors of the Fiji Times saw an opportunity to profitably improve the internal postal service of the islands.

Through the medium of their paper, a whole new postal system was proposed, including a modern distribution system with pre-payment of postal charges by postage stamps, and even the registration of letters. For these purposes, stamps of the denomination 1d, 3d, 6d, and 1s were printed by the newpaper press in sheets of 24 (6 x 4), with each sheet bearing all four denominatoions.

The first printing was done in 1870, and consisted of 500 sheets on pale rose quadrille paper, with the words Fiji Times Express and the value in the centre. The second issue of around 3500 sheets, as the illustrated stamp, were printed in the same format (apart from the substitution of the 3 last 3d values for 9d values) on rose laid batonne paper. All were cancelled by pen.

The new system was an immediate success, even though a Postmaster General was appointed and the rates rose by 3d a letter to pay his salary! All the stamps were sold out at the time for postal purposes, and by the time collectors and dealers became aware of them, stocks no longer existed. However the demand was so great that the proprietors of the Newspaper produced various "imitations" between 1876 and 1888, either on wove white or wove pink paper, which today are often mistaken for the originals.



Below are some similar items currently for sale:

17 item(s) found

Sort By:
Items Per Page:

Lot Number: 2040
Closing: 21 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 240 - 280
  • Currency guide (USD): 307 - 358
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6030
Closing: 29 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 300 - 350
  • Currency guide (USD): 384 - 448
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2041
Closing: 21 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 250 - 275
  • Currency guide (USD): 320 - 352
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6031
Closing: 29 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 60 - 80
  • Currency guide (USD): 77 - 102
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6032
Closing: 29 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 400 - 450
  • Currency guide (USD): 512 - 576
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2042
Closing: 21 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 65 - 80
  • Currency guide (USD): 83 - 102
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6033
Closing: 29 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 200 - 220
  • Currency guide (USD): 256 - 282
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6034
Closing: 29 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 150 - 160
  • Currency guide (USD): 192 - 205
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6035
Closing: 29 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 140 - 150
  • Currency guide (USD): 179 - 192
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6036
Closing: 29 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 140 - 160
  • Currency guide (USD): 179 - 205
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2043
Closing: 21 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 250 - 300
  • Currency guide (USD): 320 - 384
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2044
Closing: 21 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 75 - 85
  • Currency guide (USD): 96 - 109
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6037
Closing: 29 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 55 - 65
  • Currency guide (USD): 70 - 83
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2045
Closing: 21 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 50 - 55
  • Currency guide (USD): 64 - 70
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2046
Closing: 21 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 110 - 120
  • Currency guide (USD): 141 - 154
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 6038
Closing: 29 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 500 - 600
  • Currency guide (USD): 640 - 768
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Lot Number: 2047
Closing: 21 August 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 275 - 300
  • Currency guide (USD): 352 - 384
Go to item details...
Add to Wishlist/Bid Later

GBP

Stamp Talk!

Stamp Talk is published every fortnight and contains interesting stamp articles and latest auction news. Enter your email below to sign up!


Current Stamp Auctions

Highlights


    We offer thousands of items for sale, here are just a few of our favourites...

  • BURMA - JAPANESE OCCUPATION 1942 2r on 20s ultramarine with SURCHARGE INVERTED variety, SG J55a, superb used with

    BURMA - JAPANESE OCCUPATION 1942 2r on 20s ultramarine with SURCHARGE INVERTED variety, SG J55a, superb used with "Shwedaung" cds's, very fresh.

    Go to item details...

  • GREAT BRITAIN (QUEEN VICTORIA) - 1887-1892 £1 green, SG 212, mint lightly hinged with a tiny pin hole in left margin. Cat £4000. Lovely looker! (1 stamp)

    GREAT BRITAIN (QUEEN VICTORIA) - 1887-1892 £1 green, SG 212, mint lightly hinged with a tiny pin hole in left margin. Cat £4000. Lovely looker! (1 stamp)

    Go to item details...