Stamp Duties



Lithographic Printing
Blue Green - wmk V1

A lithographic printing of the One Penny was issued in November 1879, watermarked V1, and line perforated 12, 12½, or 13.

These were highly criticized for the poor image of the queen, and were withdrawn from use in 1884.

Electrotype Printing
Yellowish Green - wmk V1

Ironically, the electrotype printing of this stamp was issued at the same time as the lithographic printing described above. They are all watermarked V1, and line perforated 12, 12½, or 13.

These were withdrawn from use in 1884 due to the extensive criticism they received.

Electrotype Printing
Pale Bistre - wmk V1

A new One Penny design, in pale bistre, was issued to replace the existing green Stamp Duty in May 1880. These are watermarked V1 (sideways) and perforated 12 or 12½.

Electrotype Printing
Ochre - wmk V2

The One Penny was first issued on the paper watermarked V2 (sideways) in September 1882, perforated 12 or 12½.


Electrotype Printing
Dull Blue - wmk V1

No lithographic printings were made of the Six Pence value. An electrotype printing was issued in November 1879, on paper watermarked V1 (sideways) and perforated 12, 12½ or 13.

Despite low catalog values, unused copies seem surprisingly rare - can anyone supply me a mint copy of this stamp?

Electrotype Printing
Ultramarine - wmk V2

This stamp was printed in ultramarine, on paper watermarked V2(sideways) and issued in December 1882. These are found line perforated 12 or 12½ only.


Electrotype Printing
Deep Blue - wmk V1

Once again, no lithographic printings were made of the One Shilling Stamp Duty. The first printing was issued in Deep Blue, on blue paper watermarked V1 (sideways) in October 1879, and perforated 12, 12½ or 13.

Electrotype Printing
Bright Blue on blue - wmk V1

Bright blue on blue paper watermarked V1(sideways) was issued in November 1882, perforated 12 or 12½.

Electrotype Printing
Ultramarine on blue - wmk V1

A printing in ultramarine on the same blue paper was issued in October 1882. These are watermarked V1 (sideways) and found perforated 12½ only.

Electrotype Printing
Chalky Blue on lemon - wmk V1

Commencing with the March 1885 printings, the One Shilling stamps were printed in a chalky blue shade, on lemon colored paper, watermarked V1 (sideways) and perforated 12½ only.


Lithographic Printing
Rosine - wmk V1

A lithographic printing of the One Shilling Sixpence was issued in November 1879, in a rosine shade, watermarked V1 (sideways), and line perforated 12, 12 or 13.

Electrotype Printing
Pink - wmk V2

Two electrotype printings were made of the One Shilling Sixpence. The first printing was issued in January 1885. It is pink, on paper watermarked V2 (sideways) and perforated 12½ only.

Electrotype Printing
Bright Rose Carmine - wmk V2

The second electrtype printing, issued in April 1886, was in a bright rose carmine, watermarked V2 (sideways) and perforated 12½.


Electrotype Printing
Deep Blue on green - wmk V1

No lithographic printings were made of the Two Shilling value. The first electrotype printing was in November 1879, in a deep blue color on pale green paper,watermarked V1 (sideways) and perforated 12, 12½ or 13.

Electrotype Printing
Indigo on green - wmk V1

Starting February 1880, the printings were indigo on the same pale green paper, watermarked V1 (sideways) and perforated 12, 12½ or 13.


Electrotype Printing
Brown Orange - wmk V2

The Naish designed Two Shilling Sixpence first appeared in April 1884, after the passage of the 1883 Post Office Act. These were always eligible for postal use, unlike other denominations which first saw usage for fiscal purposes only.

The first printing was in brown orange, on paper watermarked V2 (sideways), and perforated 12½ only.

Electrotype Printing
Yellow - wmk V2

Yellow printings appeared in August 1885, on paper watermarked V2 (sideways) and perforated 12½.

Electrotype Printing
Lemon Yellow - wmk V2

Lemon yellow appeared in February 1892, on the same paper watermarked V2 (sideways) and perforated 12½.

Electrotype Printing
Yellow - wmk V3

The first printing on paper watermarked V3 was issued in September 1896. These have the watermark sideways and are line perforated 12½.

Electrotype Printing
Yellow - wmk V4

In January 1900, a single printing was made on paper watermarked V4 (sideways) and perforated 12½.

This is a VERY scarce stamp unused...


Lithographic Printing
Purple on blue - wmk V1

Several lithographic printings of the Three Shilling value were made, starting in November 1979. Shades of warm purple are seen, on a blue paper watermarked V1 (sideways), and perforated 12, 12½ or 13.

The perforation 12 is a scarce stamp.

Unused copies of this printing are rare.

Electrotype Printing
Maroon on blue - wmk V1

The first electrotype printing appeared in April 1884, printed in maroon on blue paper and watermarked V1(sideways). Perforation 12½ only is found.

Electrotype Printing
Drab - wmk V2

The color of the Three Shilling was changed to drab in the October 1885 printings. These were printed on paper watermarked V2 (sideways), and perforated 12½ only.

Electrotype Printing
Olive Drab - wmk V2

A distinctive olive drab appeared in January 1893, watermarked V2 (sideways) and perforated 12½.


Lithographic Printing
Orange Red - wmk V1

A lithographic printing of the Four Shilling was issued in November 1879, in a bright Orange Red, watermarked V1 (sideways), and perforated 12, 12½ or 13.

Electrotype Printing
Red Orange - wmk V2

The first electrotype printing was issued in May 1886, printed on paper watermarked V2 (sideways), and perforated 12½ only.

Electrotype Printing
Yellow Orange - wmk V2

A yellow orange shade was issued in December 1894, watermarked V2 (upright or sideways) and perforated 12½.

Electrotype Printing
Orange - wmk v3

One printing was made on paper watermarked V3 (sideways) in September 1897, perforated 12½.


Electrotype Printing
Claret on yellow - wmk V1

No lithographic printings were made of the Five Shilling value. The first electrotype printing was issued in October 1879, in a claret shade on yellow paper. These were watermarked V1 (sideways) and perforated 12, 12½ or 13.

Electrotype Printing
Pale Claret on yellow - wmk V1

Pale Claret on yellow was issued in February 1880, watermarked V1 (sideways) and perforated 12, 12½ 0r 13.

Electrotype Printing
Reddish Purple on lemon - wmk V1

Reddish purple on lemon colored paper was issued in June 1887. These were also watermarked V1 (sideways), found perforated 12½ only.

Electrotype Printing
Brownish Red on yellow - wmk V1

Brownish red was issued in May 1893, watermarked V1 (sideways) and line perforated 12½.

This seems to be a very scarce shade.

Electrotype Printing
Rosine - wmk V2

The only printing on paper watermarked V2 was issued in April 1896. These are rosine colored, watermark sideways, and found line perforated 12 only.

Electrotype Printing
Rosine - wmk V3

A printing on paper watermarked V3 (sideways) was issued in February 1897. These are in a rosine shade, perforated 12½.

Electrotype Printing
Rose Carmine - wmk V3

Rose carmine was issued in October 1897, watermarked V3 (sideways) and perforated 12½.

Electrotype Printing
Rose Red - wmk V4

One printing was made on the paper watermarked V4. These were printed in rose red, watermarked sideways and perforated 12½.


Lithographic Printing
Apple Green - wmk V1

A single lithographic printing of the Six Shilling was issued in January 1880, in apple green, watermarked V1 (sideways) and perforated 12½ or 13.

Electrotype Printing
Apple Green - wmk V2

The March 1896 printing of the Six Shilling was in apple green, on paper watermarked V2(upright), perforated 12½.

Electrotype Printing
Pale Yellow Green - wmk V3

A single printing was made on paper watermarked V3. It is printed in pale yellow green, watermarked sideways, and perforated 12½ only.


Lithographic Printing
Brown on Rose - wmk V1

A lithographic printing was made of the Ten Shilling Stamp Duty in November 1879. These were issued in brown on pink paper, watermarked V1 (sideways or upright), and perforated 12, 12½ or 13.

Electrotype Printing
Chocolate on rose - wmk V1

An electrotyped printing was issued in early 1880 on paper watermarked V1 sideways These are printed in chocolate on rose paper, line perforated 12, 12½ or 13.

Electrotype Printing
Dull Bluish Green - wmk V2

The color was changed with the arrival of the paper watermarked V2. The dull bluish green was issued in October 1885, watermark sideways, perforated 12½ only.

Electrotype Printing
Grey Green - wmk V2
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Grey green was issued in May 1886, watermarked V2(sideways), and perforated 12½.

Electrotype Printing
Grey Green - wmk V3

Grey green was printed in April 1897, on paper watermarked V3 (sideways) and perforated 12½.

Electrotype Printing
Blue Green - wmk V3

Blue green was issued on the V3 paper in the 1898 printings. These were watermarked sideways, and perforated 12½.

Electrotype Printing
Green - wmk V4

The March 1900 printing was on paper watermarked V4 (sideways), and perforated 12½.


Lithographic Printing
Mauve - wmk V1

A lithographic printing of the Fifteen Shilling was issued in November 1879. It was printed in mauve, on paper watermarked V1 (sideways) and line perforated 13 only.

The mauve inks used in this printing are very susceptible to fading, and copies with rich, unfaded impressions demand a huge premium

Electrotype Printing
Purple Brown - wmk V2

The next printing was in December 1885, in purple brown, watermarked V1 (sideways), perforated 12½ only.

Electrotype Printing
Brown - wmk V3

A single printing on paper watermarked V3 (sideways) was issued in March 1897, in brown, perforated 12½.


Lithographic Printing
Red Orange - wmk V1

A single lithographic printing was issued in November 1879, in red orange. These are watermarked V1 (sideways) and perforated 12½ or 13.

Lithographic Printing
Red Orange - wmk V1

The Stamp Duty stamps became legal for postal usage on January 1884. Postally used examples of many of the lithographic printings are very rare,(or non-existent)especially in the higher denominations.

The example shown is postmarked just 4 days after Stamp Duty stamps were authorized for postal usage.

Electrotype Printing
Yellow Orange on yellow - wmk V1

The first electrotype printing was issued in May 1882, in yellow orange. These were printed on yellow paper that was watermarked V1 (sideways), and are found perforated 12 only.

Electrotype Printing
Orange - wmk V1

An orange printing was issued in August 1884, on yellow paper watermarked V1 (sideways), perforated 12½.

Electrotype Printing
Red Orange on yellow - wmk V1

Red orange was issued in September 1888, on yellow paper watermarked V1 (sideways) and perforated 12½.


Lithographic Printing
Dull Rose - wmk V1

A lithographic printing of the Twenty Five Shilling stamp was issued in December 1879, on paper watermarked V1 (upright), and perforated 13 only.

The inks in this printing were susceptible to fading.

Electrotype Printing
Pink - wmk V2

An electrotype printing was issued in August 1890. These were in pink, on paper watermarked V2 (upright), and line perforated 12½.


Lithographic Printing
Deep Grey Olive- wmk V1

A lithographic printing of the Thirty Shilling stamp was issued in November 1879, on paper watermarked V1 (upright and sideways), perforated 13 only.

Electrotype Printing
Pale Olive - wmk V2

The next printing was issued in June 1888, in a pale olive, on paper watermarked V2 (sideways) and line perforated 12½ only.


Lithographic Printing
Grey Violet - wmk V1

The one and only printing of this rare stamp was a lithographic printing issued in December 1879, on paper watermarked V1 (upright) and line perforated 13 only.

Kellow states that only 1120 copies were issued, and only two unused copies are recored.


Lithographic Printing
Blue - wmk V1

A single lithographic printing of 4,000 was issued in November 1879, in blue on paper watermarked V1 (sideways) and perforated 13.

Electrotype Printing
Blue - wmk V2

The blue printing on paper watermarked V2 (sideways) was issued in July 1888, and perforated 12½.


Lithographic Printing
Dull Brown Lilac - wmk V1

A lithographic printing in Dull Brown Lilac was issued in December 1879, watermarked V1 (sideways) which is found line perforated 13 only.

Electrotype Printing
Lilac - wmk V2

A single electrotype printing was issued in August 1890, in lilac, watermarked V2 (sideways), perforated 12½.



Lithographic Printing
Rose Red - wmk V1

A single lithographic printing of this stamp was issued in rose red, in November 1879, on paper watermarked V1 (upright) and line perforated 13.

Electrotype Printing
Rose Pink - wmk V2

In June 1883, there was a printing in rose pink, on paper watermarked V2 (sideways), line perforated 12 only.

Electrotype Printing
Pink - wmk V2

In September 1885, there was a printing of 6,000 in pink, on paper watermarked V2 (sideways), and line perforated 12½.

Lithographic Printing
Blue on pink - wmk V1

A single lithographic printing was the only issue of this high denomination value. It was printed in blue on pink paper watermarked V1 (upright) and line perforated 13.

Kellow states that only about 900 copies were issued.

Lithographic Printing
Violet on blue - wmk V1

A single lithographic printing was the only issue of this high denomination value. It was printed in violet on blue paper watermarked V1 (upright) and line perforated 13.

Kellow states that only about 1500 copies were issued.

Lithographic Printing
Brown Red on yellow - wmk V1

A single lithographic printing was the only issue of this high denomination value. It was printed in orange on yellow paper watermarked V1 (upright) and line perforated 13.

Kellow states that only about 1500 copies were issued.

Lithographic Printing
Yellow Green on green - wmk V1

A single lithographic printing was the only issue of this high denomination value. It was printed in green on green paper watermarked V1 (upright) and line perforated 13.

Kellow states that only about 1200 copies were issued.


Electrotype Printing
Mauve - wmk V2

No lithographic printing of the Ten Pounds value was ever issued. The first printings were issued in November 1879.

This printing, in mauve, was issued in July 1893, on paper watermarked V2 (sideways) and line perforated 12½.

Electrotype Printing
Lilac - wmk V2

The Lilac printing was issued in June 1885, on paper watermarked V2 (sideways) and line perforated 12½.


Recess Printing
Deep Green - wmk V2

Details on the printings of these very high denominations will be added in the very near future.....

Recess Printing
Bright Blue Green - wmk V2

Lithographic Printing
Dull Yellow Green - wmk V2

Lithographic Printing
Dull Blue Green - wmk V2

Typographic Printing
Dull Blue Green - wmk V2

Recess Printing
Black Violet - wmk V2

Details on the printings of these very high denominations will be added in the very near future.....

Lithographic Printing
Dull Purple - wmk V2

Lithographic Printing
Bright Violet - wmk V2

Electrotype Printing
Bright Mauve - wmk V2

Typographic Printing
Dull Purple - wmk V3

Recess Printing
Crimson Lake - wmk V1

Details on the printings of these very high denominations will be added in the very near future.....

Recess Printing
Aniline Crimson - wmk V2

Lithographic Printing
Rosine - wmk V2

Typographic Printing
Pink Red - wmk V2


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

A Subject Index of Victorian Philately, by G.Kellow, Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria, 1988

The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps, Vol IV, by Robson Lowe Ltd., 1962

Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue, Part 1, British Commonwealth,Stanley Gibbons Ltd., (2002).

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