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The Stamps and Postal History of Malta

Malta stamps - In 1854, and possibly earlier, British stamps were placed on sale in Malta and numeral 'A25' was allocated for the cancellation of adhesives as well as the letter 'M' in an oval of bars. Their first stamp, a ½d buff design was issued on 1 December 1860. This design remained the only uniquely Maltese stamp until Malta took control of its own postal affairs on 1 January 1885 and a new set 6 different values was issued whilst all British adhesives were withdrawn. The internal postal service within Malta increased and by 1914 there were 36 sub-Post Offices. Malta was an important base for the Royal Navy during World War I. It continued to use its own stamps, but the size of the garrison led to a large increase in Forces' mail.


During World War II Malta was under constant attack from mid-1940 to 1943. As the tide of war turned in 1943 troops were no longer allowed to use Maltese stamps, instead British stamps were used at the Field Post Offices. The first stamps as an independent country were issued on 21 September 1964 and they have been producing beautiful stamps ever since. The postal history of this island with its close historic links to Great Britain are of great interest and the different postmarks are sought after.


We would recommend “Malta. The Postal History & Postage Stamps 1576 – 1960” edited by R.E. Martin and published by Robson Lowe. 

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  • Lot 438 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £900 - £1,100

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    MALTA - 1856-1987 an extensive mint and used original collection written-up in 13 albums, incl. a good range of GB used in with several covers, ½d yellows/oranges incl. no watermark (2) mint or unu...
  • Lot 439 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £1,500 - £1,700

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    MALTA - 1860-2004 COLLECTION in two Lighthouse albums with slipcases, incl. range of ½d yellow/oranges (50+) mainly mint or unused incl. no watermark (5), perf. 12½, 'CA' blocks of four mint (4), 1...
  • Lot 440 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £900 - £1,000

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    MALTA - 1860-63 ½d buff, SG 1, extremely fine mint with barest trace of a hinge, ex. David Barton 'Premium Quality' sale at Sotheby's 2009 (£1188), and with BPA certificate. One of the best example...
  • Lot 441 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £200 - £250

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    MALTA - 1860-63 ½d buff and ½d pale buff, no watermark, SG 3/3a, fresh unused without gum. Cat. £1800
  • Lot 442 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £65 - £75

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    MALTA - 1863-81 ½d golden yellow (aniline), SG 9, mint with large part gum. Cat. £350.
  • Lot 443 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £750 - £850

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    MALTA - 1863-81 ½d yellow, SG 13, extremely fine never hinged mint upper marginal block of six, showing 'ONE HALF PENNY' inscription, ex. David Barton 'Premium Quality' sale at Sotheby's 2009 (£875...
  • Lot 444 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £120 - £150

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    MALTA - 1882-84 ½d red-orange, SG 19, upper left corner horizontal block of twelve, with 'MALTA_ POSTAGE ONE HALF-PENNY' inscription, very fine mint with all but one of the stamps being never hinge...
  • Lot 445 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £100 - £120

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    MALTA - 1882-84 ½d red-orange, SG 19, horizontal marginal block of twelve, never hinged mint. Cat. £240.
  • Lot 446 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £450 - £500

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    MALTA - 1914-21 2s dull purple and blue on grey-blue, broken Crown and scroll, SG 86gb, never hinged mint. Ex. Sir Gawaine Baillie and David Barton 'Premium Quality' Sotheby's auction 2009 (£625). ...
  • Lot 447 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £400 - £450

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    MALTA - 1914-21 2s purple and bright blue, SG 86, upper right corner plate number example, position 12 without the break in scroll, only found on printings after 1915. The stamp is never hinged min...

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