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Macao

1st March 1884

Portuguese Colony 9

Mac1
  Sc1 xxx

no wmk, typo
Printed at the Mint, Lisbon

Description Perf Date Scott SG Mi Y&T#  
5 reis black 13½   1 10      
5 reis black 12½   1a 1      
10r orange 12½   2 2      
10r orange 13½   2a 11      
10r green 12½ 1885 3 21      
10r green 13½ 1885 3a 26      
20r bister 13½   4 12      
20r bister 12½   4a 3      
20r rose 13½ 1885 5 27      
25r rose 13½   6 13, 13a      
25r rose 12½   6a 4, 4a      
25r violet 12½ 1885 7 22      
25r violet 13½ 1885 7a 28      
40r blue 13½   8 14, 14a      
40r blue 12½   8a 5, 5a      
40r yellow 12½ 1885 9 23      
40r yellow 13½ 1885 9a 29      
50r green 13½   10 15      
50r green 12½   10a 6      
50r blue 12½ 1885 11 24      
50r blue 13½ 1885 11a 30      
80r grey 13½ 1885 12 31      
80r grey 12½ 1885 12a 25      
100r red lilac 13½   13 16      
100r lilac 13½   13a 16a      
100r red lilac 12½   13b 7      
100r lilac 12½   13c 7a      
200r orange 13½   14 17, 17a      
200r orange 12½   14a 8      
300r chocolate 12½   15 9, 9a      
300r chocolate 13½   15a 18      

Date of issue, where not 1884.
Gibbons [1] distinguishes more colours/shades than Scott [2] and the colour descriptions vary widely, so it can be difficult to match some of the values, particularly the 100 reis.

It is fair to say that the Scott [2] listing is the worst dog's breakfast yet encountered, and Gibbons [2] little better.

Macao comprises a peninsular west of Hong Kong and two small islands, a total of around six square miles. It had been a Portuguese trading post since C16th and later a missionary base. The land was rented from China, though Portuguese authority was no recognised until 1887. A postal service was provided via Hong Kong from 1863 to 1884, when the colony issued its own stamps.

Mac1012
MSARotPRoC
1999 Sc1012a SG1142

On 11th June 1951 Macao became a Portuguese overseas province and in February 1976 it was given autonomy, while still subject to the Portuguese constitution: neither event seems to have been celebrated in stamps. More recently, Wikipedia states that "Sovereignty over Macau was transferred to China on 20 December 1999. The Joint Declaration on the Question of Macau and Macau Basic Law stipulate that Macau operate with a high degree of autonomy until at least 2049, fifty years after the transfer". Its formal title is the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.

Wikipedia further notes that "Macau is among the world's richest regions, and as of 2015 its GDP per capita by purchasing power parity is higher than that of any country in the world, according to the World Bank ".


Mac99
Mac1013
1999 Sc1012a-f SG1142-47 1999 Sc1013

Sources: ScC [2], SGP9 [1].

Image from David Olson, ebay.

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