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Bechuanaland Protectorate

Tuesday, August 7, 1888

British Colony 41a  

BechProtSG40
Bechuanaland Protectorate Sc52 SG40
Bechuanaland Sc10 SG9 overprint

Perforated 14, watermark 30 (Imperial Crown), engraved.
Overprinted by Townshend & Co. in Vryburg.

Overprinted Protectorate in black on stamps of Bechuanaland.
Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T
August 7, 1888
½ penny vermilion
  52 40    
1 penny lilac
  60 41    
2 pence lilac
  61 42    
3 pence lilac
  63 43    
4 pence lilac
  64 44    
6 pence lilac
  65 45    
1 shilling green
  54 46    
2 shilling green
  55 47    
2 shilling 6 pence green
  56 48    
5 shilling green
  57 49    
10 shilling green
  58 50    
December 1, 1888. Red surcharge.
4 pence lilac
  66 51    
January 1, 1889. Green surcharge.
½ penny vermilion
  67 52    
August 1, 1889. Black surcharge.
4 pence on ½ penny vermilion
  68 53    
January 1, 1890. Black overprint.
½ penny vermilion
  53 54    
½ penny vermilion
  51 55    

The reason so many stamps are listed here is that the first listed by Scott, #51, is the last on the list! It appears as if Scott erroneously indicate 1889 as the year of issue for their #52.

The predecessor country for Bechuanaland Protectorate was Bechuanaland In 1965 Bechuanaland aquired internal self government and later that years issues stamps as Botswana.

You should consultFirst Issuesvol. 1, #3 page 2, vol. 1, #4 page 2 and vol. 7, #1 page 3 for more information.

FI ref: 255 Page credit: JA

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