South West Africa King George V
Vertical Overprint Issues of 1926 - 1927

Updated - July, 2017

Identifying the South West Africa Vertical Overprint issues from 1926 thru 1927 is primarily a matter of determining the language of the overprint compared to the stamp. However, there are some position flaws caused by missing periods on the overprint.

The catalog numbers are from the 2013 Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue (SG) and the 2011 Scott catalog (ST). The description is from the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue. The quantities overprinted under the listings are from the 1995 edition of The South African Stamp Colour Catalogue. Please contact the publishers to obtain a copy of their publication. You can find a link on the "Links to British Colonial Stamp Sites" which is linked at the bottom of this page.

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The 1/2d, 1d, and 6d stamps were originally overprinted with language overprints that matched the stamp language.
A later printing was issued with the languages transposed.
SG 41 - ST 85
1/2d Black & Green
Overprint language matches the stamp
600,000 pairs overprinted
SG 45 - ST 85e
1/2d Black & Green
Overprint language is transposed
240,000 pairs overprinted
SG 42 - ST 86
1d Black & Carmine
Overprint language matches the stamp
1,320,000 pairs overprinted
SG 46 - ST 86e
1d Black & Carmine
Overprint language is transposed
1,200,000 pairs overprinted
SG 43 - ST 87
6d Green & Orange
Overprint language matches the stamp
60,000 pairs overprinted
SG 47 - ST 87e
6d Green & Orange
Overprint language is transposed
36,000 pairs overprinted
The 2d - 10/ issues were not issued with the transposed overprint.
SG 49 - ST 88
2d Grey & Purple
100,000 pairs overprinted

SG 50 - ST 89
3d Black & Red
100,000 pairs overprinted

SG 51 - ST 90
1/ Brown & Blue
50,000 pairs overprinted
SG 52 - ST 91
2/6 Green & Brown
9 ,000 pairs overprinted
SG 53 - ST 92
5 / Black & Green
6,000 pairs overprinted
SG 54 - ST 93
10/ Blue & Bistre-Brown
4 ,000 pairs overprinted

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