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Surinam

1st October 1873

Dutch Colony 3

Sur1
  1873 SG1  

perf 11½, 11½x12, 12½x12, 13, 14, no watermark, typographed.
Printed by J. Enschedé & Sons, Haarlem.

Description Date Perf Scott SG Mi Y&T
1 cent lilac gray 1885   1 25   1 B
2c yellow 1885   2 26   2 B
2½c rose 1873   3 7, 14, 14a   3 A or B
2½c rose 1873 14s 3b 1    
3c green 1873   4 8, 15, 15a   4 A or B
3c green 1873 14s 4b 2    
5c dull violet 1873   5 9, 16, 16a   5 A or B
5c dull violet 1873 14s 5b 3    
10c bister 1873   6 10, 17, 17a   6 A or B
10c bister 1873 14s 6b 4    
12½c slate-blue 1885   7 27   7 B
15c gray 1889   8 18   8 A
20c green 1889   9 19   9 A
25c greenish blue 1873   10 20, 20a   10 A
25c ultra 1873   11 11, 21, 21a   10a A or B
25c ultra 1873 14s 11b 5    
30c red brown 1888   12 22   11 A
40c dark brown 1889   13 23   12 A
50c brown orange 1873   14 12, 24, 24a   13 A or B
50c brown orange 1873 14s 14b 6    
1 gulden red-brown and gray 1889   15 28, 28a   14 A
2.5g green and orange 1879   16 13   15 B

Perf 14s = small holes; 13L and 14L = large holes. In Y&T, A is perf range 11½ to 12½, B is range 13½ to 14.

SG range date perf
1-6
1873
14s
7-13
1875-79
14L
14-24
1880-88
12½x12
14a-24a
1880-88
11½x12
25-27
1885
13½L
28, 28a
1885
11½

It is unfortunate that all of the catalogues start with a long list covering several years, numerous perforations, and do so in unhelpfully uncorresponding sequences.

In summary, Sc1 and YT1 is 1885 1 cent perf 13½L. SG1 is the 1873 2½ cent perf 14s.

The Spanish landed on the Guiana Coast in 1499 and took posession in 1593. Britain first settled the area in 1651 and in 1667 swapped it with the Dutch for New York. It changed hands between Britain, Holland and France until the Dutch gained control in 1816 under the Treaty of Paris.


South America 13  

Sur427
Sur802
Autonomous State
Independence
1954 Sc264 SG427 1975 Sc424 SG802

Independence

In 1954 Suriname became autonomous within the kingdom of the Netherlands and on 25th November 1975 it became independent.

Sources: ScS, SGP4, & 20, YT1.

Images from Colnect.

FI ref: 173, 714a Page credit: NB

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