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South Africa Stamps and Postal History

The first South Africa stamps were issued on 4th November 1910, in addition was the first to depict King George V. This is because the authorities in Britain could not agree a new portrait design with their stamp-collecting monarch! The Union of South Africa was made from combining several provinces. Therefore, strictly speaking the first stamps were from the Cape of Good Hope, Natal, Orange River Colony and Transvaal as they were still valid for postage. In addition, they were used (apart from the aforementioned 2½d value) until the introduction of South Africa’s first definitive stamp series in 1913. The period between the founding of the Union on 1st June 1910 and the 31st August 1913 is known by philatelists as “The Interprovincial Period” as clear, correctly dated postmarks allow stamp collectors and postal historians to collect the stamps from one province used in another province.

From 1926–1951 most stamps were issued in bi-lingual pairs to appease Afrikaan and Colonial sensibilities. They are generally collected and worth more in horizontal rather than vertical pairs. This is traced back to an early printed album which used this format for its page layouts. Vertical pairs are worth between a tenth to one third of a horizontal pair, in addition single stamps even less. We warn collectors against expertly re-joined pairs, expensive items should be purchased from reputable sources. This fascinating area of philately has benefitted from generations of expert research. Many constant varieties have been identified and also sought after by collectors.

Rare South Africa Stamps

The rarest South Africa stamps include a number of missing, doubled or inverted frames or centres, the most expensive being the 1933 3d blue with centre omitted. The Republic of South Africa continues to utilise her outstanding cultural and natural resources to issue beautiful stamps.

South Africa Stamps

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  • Lot 558 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £70 - £90

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    SOUTH AFRICA - 1910-1929 COLLECTION of mint & used incl. 1913-24 set to 10s used, plus coil stamps set mostly used, 1925 Air set (6d used), 1926-27 to 6d horiz pair mint, 1927-30 horiz pairs set to...

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  • Lot 559 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £1,200 - £1,400

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    SOUTH AFRICA - 1910-2019 NEVER HINGED MINT COLLECTION in four stockbooks. incl. KGV heads set (£1 tone spot on gum), miniature sheets, booklets, Postage Due etc. S.T.C. £5800+. (+/- 2300 stamps)

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  • Lot 560 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £50 - £70

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    SOUTH AFRICA - 1913-51 MINT COLLECTION incl. 1910 2½d blue x6 inc nhm block of 4, 1913-24 ½ d wmk inverted, 1½ d tete-beche pair and block of 12 with two central tete-beche pairs, 6d with minor var...

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  • Lot 561 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £400 - £450

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    SOUTH AFRICA - 1926 Pretoria Typograph PLATE PROOFS, includes at least a pair of all the listed variations in 1986 Union Handbook, 1d Vignette & Frame only, 1d blue-green & orange each in blocks of...

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  • Lot 562 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £900 - £1,000

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    SOUTH AFRICA - 1926-54 MINT DEFINITIVES COLLECTION, note 1926-7 ½d & 1d block of four with extra lines of perforation in the margins, 6d wmk inverted, ½d booklet pane, 1d P13½x14 pane of 6 (this fi...

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  • Lot 563 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £600 - £700

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    SOUTH AFRICA - 1929 DARMSTADT TRIALS GROUP includes wmk Trefoil (note block of 12), perf & imperf frame only & vignette only pairs without wmk, AND MORE all identified with Dix catalogue numbers. G...

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  • Lot 564 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £100 - £120

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    SOUTH AFRICA - 1930-44 VARIETIES GROUP incl. ½d Cobweb & Dollar varieties, 1s Twisted Horn wmk inverted, also 2d vertical pair with Paper Join, mint in  mixed condition. (4 pairs)

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  • Lot 565 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £180 - £200

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    SOUTH AFRICA - 1933-48 6d type I VARIETIES GROUP incl. Falling Ladder, Molehill in corner marginal & Extended Top of Tree (this NHM), SG 61a/b etc, fine mint, cat.£620++ (3 pairs)

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  • Lot 566 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £150 - £180

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    SOUTH AFRICA - 1965-2019 FIRST DAY COVERS COLLECTION in nine cover albums, Official Post Office numbered issues, incl. miniature sheets etc, all fine unaddressed. Also an album of 29 South African ...

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  • Lot 567 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £90 - £100

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    SOUTH AFRICA - OFFICIALS 1950-4 5s black & blue-green, BROKEN YOKE-PIN variety, SG O49a, fine mint, cat.£450

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