Postage Dues


Postage Due stamps were introduced in 1890 to rationalize the system of monetary collections of underpaid postage and to improve transparency to avoid fraud.

Items sent with insufficient postage were taxed at double the amount of postage due. Postage Due stamps were affixed at the post office, and collected by the letter carrier on delivery.

Many of the values are rare on cover and multiples of the higher denominations are scarce to rare.


Dull Blue and Brown Lake - wmk V2
Issued in December 1890. Since the postage due was double the underpaid postage, I don't see where the need arose for this denomination, but they are quite commonly seen.

Dull Blue & Dull Scarlet - wmk V2
This was part of the first printing in December 1890, but a color change occurred during the printing process to this dull scarlet color.

Dull Blue & Deep Aniline Scarlet - wmk V2
This shade also arises from the first printings of this stamp made in December 1890.

Rosine & Bluish Green - wmk V2
The next printing in late 1894 was in the new colors, also on paper watermarked V2.

Pale Scarlet & Yellow Green - wmk V2
The March 1896 printing was yellow green and pale scarlet, on paper watermarked V2.

Rose Red & Pale Green - wmk V4
The next printing, in June 1900, was on paper watermarked V4. Many of these are seen cancelled to order.

Pale Red & Deep Green - wmk V4
The August 1901 printing, also on paper watermarked V4, was in deep green and pale red. Many of these are seen cancelled to order.

Scarlet & Deep Green - wmk V4
In January 1903, a printing in Scarlent and deep green was printed on the V4 paper.

Aniline Rose & Green - wmk V4
The final printing on V4 paper was in June 1904, in aniline rose and green shades.

Rosine & Pale Yellow Green - wmk Cr/A
In January 1906, the first printing was made on paper watermarked Cr/A. It is in rosine and pale yellow green shades.


Dull Blue and Brown Lake - wmk V2
The first printing was issued in October 1890 in dull blue and brown lake, on V2 paper, comb perforated 12x12½.

Dull Blue & Brownish Red - wmk V2
Another printing was made in January 1893 in dull blue and brownish red, also on V2 paper comb perforated 12x12½.

Rosine & Bluish Green - wmk V2
The rosine and bluish green printing was issued in January 1895, on paper watermarked V2, comb perforated 12x12½.

Pale Scarlet & Yellow Green - wmk V2
Pale scarlet and yellow green was issued in March 1896 on the V2 paper. The copy illustrated is dated in 1900, indicating a late usage.

Pale Scarlet & Yellow Green - wmk V3
The first printing on the V3 paper was issued in July 1897 in pale scarlet and yellow green, comb perforated 12x12½.

Dull Red & Bluish Green - wmk V3
The next printing on the v3 paper was in dull red and bluish green, and appeared in August 1899.

Rose Red & Pale Green - wmk V4
In June 1900, the first printing on the V4 paper appeared in rose red and pale green, comb perforated 12x12½.

Pale Red & Deep Green - wmk V4
A number of further printings were made in various shades. Pale red and deep green was issued in September 1901. These are often seen cancelled to order.

Scarlet & Deep Green - wmk V4
Scarlent and deep green was issued in early 19803 on the V4 paper perforated comb 12x12½.

Aniline Rose & Green - wmk V4
The later printings on the V4 paper were aniline rose and green, starting in September 1903.

Rosine & Pale Green - wmk Cr/A
Several printings were made on the paper watermarked crown/A. The rosine and pale green stamp was issued in early 1906, comb perforated 12x12½.


Dull Blue and Brown Lake - wmk V2
The first two pence postage due appeared in Sepbember 1890 on paper watermarked V2, comb perforated 12x12½ in dull blue and brown lake.

Dull Blue & Brownish Red - wmk V2
In March 1893, the dull blue and brownish red was issued on the V2 paper.

Rosine & Bluish Green - wmk V2
Rosine and bluish green was issued in December 1894 on the V2 paper.

Pale Scarlet & Yellow Green - wmk V2
Scarlent and yellow green was issued in March 1896 on the V2 paper, comb perforated 12x12½.

Pale Scarlet & Yellow Green - wmk V3
The V3 paper was used for the July 1897 printing in pale scarlet and yellow green, which is also comb perforated 12x12½.

Dull Red & Bluish Green - wmk V3
Dull red and bluish green on the V3 paper was issued in June 1899.

Rose Red & Pale green - wmk V4
The V4 paper was introduced in the July 1900 printing in rose red and pale green. These are often seen cancelled to order.

Pale Red & Deep Green - wmk V4
The next V4 printing was in pale red and deep green, issued in September 1901. It is also seen cancelled to order.

Scarlet & Deep Green - wmk V4
Scarlent and deep green issues appeared on the V4 paper in December 1902, comb perforated 12x12½.

Aniline Rose & Green - wmk V4
The final printing on the V4 paper was aniline red and green, in April 1904.

Dull Scarlet & Pea Green - wmk Cr/A
Several printings were made with the crown/A paper. In early 1908, the dull scarlet nad pea green issue appeared.


Dull Blue and Brown Lake - wmk V2
The first printing of the four pence was issued in October 1890 on paper watermarkd V2, comb perforated 12x12½, in dull blue and brown lake.

Dull Blue & Pale Claret - wmk V2
The next printing was dull blue and pale claret, issued in May 1894 on the V2 paper.

Rosine & Bluish Green - wmk V2
Rosine and bluish green was issued on the V2 paper in January 1895, comb perforated 12x12½.

Pale Scarlet & Yellow Green - wmk V2
Next came the pale scarlet and yellow green issue in March 1896 on the V2 paper.

Pale Scarlet & Yellow Green - wmk V3
The first issue on the V3 paper was in July 1897 in pale scarlet and yellow green, comb perforated 12x12½.

Dull Red & Bluish Green - wmk V3
Dull red and bluish green was issued on the V3 paper in August 1899.

Rose Red & Pale Green - wmk V4
The V4 paper first appeared in the September 1901 issue in rose red and pale green. These are often seen cancelled to order.

Pale Red & Deep Green - wmk V4
Next came the pale red and deep green issue of June 1903 on the V4 paper.

Scarlet & Deep Green - wmk V4
Scarlet and deep green also appeared in June 1903.

Aniline Rose & Green - wmk V4
The final printing on the V4 paper was aniline rose and green, issued in June 1904.

Dull Scarlet & Pea Green - wmk Cr/A
One printing was issued on the crown/A paper in early 1980 in dull scarlet and pea green.It was comb perforated 12x12½.


Dull Blue and Brown Lake - wmk V2
The Five Pence was first issued in October 1890 on the V2 paper, comb perforated 12x12½ in dull blue and brown lake.

Rosine & Bluish Green - wmk V2
The next printing was in rosine and bluish green on the V2 paper in January 1895.

Pale Scarlet & Yellow Green - wmk V2
Pale scarlet and yellow green appeared in March 1896 on the V2 paper.

Pale Scarlet & Yellow Green - wmk V3
A printing on the V3 paper was issued in July 1897 in pale scarlet and yellow green.

As the next printing for the Five Pence did not occur until 1903, these are often seen cancelled to order with dates in 1901 and 1902.

Scarlet & Deep Green - wmk V4
A small printing of 24000 stamps was printed on the V4 paper and issued in January 1903. This was in scarlet and deep green.


Dull Blue and Brown Lake - wmk V2
The first printing of the Six Pence was issued in October 1890 in dull blue and brown lake, on paper watermarked V2, comb perforated 12x12½.

Rosine & Bluish Green - wmk V2
A small printing of 24000 stamps in rosine and bluish green was issued in January 1895 on the V2 paper.

Pale Scarlet & Yellow Green - wmk V3
The final printing was on the V3 paper, in pale scarlet and yellow green, comb perforated 12x12½.

There were no printings of the Six Pence postage due on V4 paper.


Dull Blue and Brown Lake - wmk V2
The first printing was in October 1890, consisting of 90000 stamps on paper watermarked V2, in dull blue and brown lake, comb perforated 12x12½.

Rosine & Bluish Green - wmk V2
The only other printing occured in January 1895, when 24000 stamps were printed on v2 paper in rosine and bluish green, comb perforated 12x12½.


Dull Blue and Brown Lake - wmk V2
In September 1890, 60000 copies were printed in dull blue and brown lake, on V2 paper, comb perforated 12x12½.

Rosine & Bluish Green - wmk V2
In December 1894 a further printing of 24000 was made on V2 paper, in rosine and bluish green, comb perforated 12xc12½.

Scarlet & Deep Green - wmk V4
The third and final printing was on V4 paper in March 1902, in scarlet and deep green, comb perforated 12x12½.


Dull Blue and Brown Lake - wmk V2
In September 1890, 12000 stamps were printed in dull blue and brown lake, on paper watermarked V2, and comb perforated 12x12½.

Pale Red & Yellow Green - wmk V2
In March 1895, 12000 stamps were printed in pale red and yellow green, on V2 paper, and comb perforated 12x12½.


Dull Blue and Brown Lake - wmk V2
A single printing of 6000 was issued in September 1890 on paper watermarked V2, comb perforated 12x12½.

When bundled mail was underpaid, a single assessment of tax was often calculated and a high denomination postage due stamp used. As a result, such items on piece are exceedingly rare.

Pale Red & Yellow Green - wmk V2
The next printing of 12000,in March 1895, was in pale red and yellow green, on paper watermarked V2, comb perforated 12x12½.

Scarlet & Deep Green - wmk V4
A third and final printing of 24000 stamps was made in January 1903 on paper watermarked V4, comb perforated 12x12½.


The Stamps of Victoria, by G.Kellow, B&K Publishing, 1990.

Notes from the late Ed Williams collection of The Postage Dues of Victoria

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