Identifying the South Africa KGV Official Issues
SUIDAFRIKA with no Hyphen

Updated - March 2013
 

The South Africa KGV official issues were overprinted on stamps that were originally printed in two locations: London (Typography - better quality impression) and Pretoria (Rotogravure - coarser impression). Sorting the stamps is done by determining the difference between the London and Pretoria printings and noticing the characteristics of the overprint. This article is intended to show a collector how to figure them out. If you need help figuring out the stamps, please feel free to visit our companion site showing the unoverprinted KGV stamps.

The catalog numbers are from the 2011 Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue (SG) and the 2011 Scott catalog (ST). The overprint type is our description, and not the one shown in the catalogs.

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Please note - the scope of this web page is to identify the basic issues as described in the major catalogs. Tthere are additional color and perforation varieties to this issue. They have been left out in order to simplify the sorting process. Also, the original issues of the 1/2d, 1d, and 6d values were printed in both London and Pretoria using the same plates. Please consult the South African Stamp Colour Catalogue for more detailed lisings.

Scans marked "Courtesy of Bob Hisey" are from "The Officials of South Africa" by R. Hisey and I. Mathieson. For details on this publication please email bobhisey@comcast.net. This book is to be published in 2014.

Official Overprint - Type 1 - Reading Upward with a stop. OFFICIAL is at the Left.
SG O1 - ST O1 - on 2d KGV Issue SG O2 - ST O2 - on 1/2d London Typography Printing
 
SG O3 - ST O3 - on 1d London Typography Printing SG O4 - ST O4 - on 6d London Typography Printing - Courtest of Bob Hisey
   
Official Overprint - Type 2 - Reading Upward with no stop. OFFICIAL is at the Left.
SG O5 - ST O5 - on 2d London Typography Printing
Overprint components are 17.5MM apart
SG O5a - ST O5C - on 2d London Typography Printing
Overprint components are 19MM apart
SG O6 - ST O6 - on 6d London Typography Printing
 
Official Overprint - Type 3 - Reading Downward with no stop. OFFICIAL is at the Right.
SG O7 - ST O7 - on 1/2d London Typography Printing SG O8 - ST O8 - on 1d London Typography Printing
SG O9 - ST O9 - on 6d London Typography Printing
SG O10 - ST O10 - on 1/ London Typography Printing
Overprint components are 17.5-19MM apart
SG O10b - ST O10 - on 1/ London Typography Printing
Overprint components are 20.5-21MM apart - Courtest of Bob Hisey
 
SG O11 - ST O11 - on 2/6 London Typography Printing
Overprint components are 17.5-19MM apart
 
SG O12 - ST O12 - on 1/2d Pretoria Rotogravure Printing
SG O13 - ST O14 - on 1d Pretoria Rotogravure Printing - Type I SG O13D - ST O15 - on 1d Pretoria Rotogravure Printing - Type II
SG O14 - ST O16 - on 2d Pretoria Rotogravure Printing
Paler Shade
SG O14 - ST O16 - on 2d Pretoria Rotogravure Printing
Deeper Shade
SG O15 - ST O17 - on 2d Pretoria Rotogravure Printing SG O16 - ST O18 - on 6d Pretoria Rotogravure Printing
SG O17 - ST O19C - on 1/ Pretoria Rotogravure Printing
Overprint components are 19MM apart
SG O17B - ST O19 - on 1/ Pretoria Rotogravure Printing
Overprint components are 21MM apart
SG O18 - ST O20, O20F- on 2/6 Pretoria Rotogravure Printing
Overprint components are 17.5-18.5MM apart
SG O18A - ST O20C - on 2/6 Pretoria Rotogravure Printing
Overprint components are 21MM apart
SG O19 - ST O20J - on 2/6 Pretoria Rotogravure Printing
 

This article was written to help you identify your stamps. Please feel free to ask a question, or include a correction.

       
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