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1882 Queen Victoria Postal Fiscals

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1882 Queen Victoria Postal Fiscals
Cat. Mint Unhinged Mint Hinged Fine Used
2/- Blue 6a $315.00
$144.00
$21.60
2/6 Brown 6b $360.00
$144.00
$21.60
3/- Mauve 6c $810.00
$315.00
$31.50
4/- Red / Brown 6d $810.00
$315.00
$45.00
5/- Green 6e $1,080.00 $360.00
$45.00
6/- Rose 6f $1,620.00 $540.00
$99.00
7/- Blue 6g $2,250.00 $585.00
$135.00
8/- Blue 6h $2,700.00 $720.00
$157.50
9/- Orange 6i $3,600.00 $990.00
$324.00
10/- Brown / Red 6j $2,700.00 $495.00
$72.00
15/- Green 6k $5,400.00 $1,980.00 $540.00
£1 Rose 6l $3,150.00 $900.00
$270.00
Set of 12 6m $23,555.25 $7,113.60 $1,674.10

While Fiscal stamps were obviously intended primarily for fiscal purposes, early legislation allowed them to be used for postage. The 1898 Pictorials had two and five shilling stamps which were used for parcel postage, and the 1926 Admirals had two and three shilling stamps but for the rest of the period between 1882 and 1926, higher postage rates were met using the fiscal stamps.

The difficulty is knowing which values to include and which to exclude from a collection (or catalogue!). The full set of fiscal stamps go up to one thousand pounds, but even in 1930, postage on a single item could not cost over two pounds. However, bulk postage on a number of items could be paid for by higher value stamps on a receipt form, so this doesn't completely rule out their use. For simplicity, this catalogue lists only those stamps that were postally used on a regular basis.

Distinguishing postally and fiscally used stamps can be quite tricky. All stamps with pen cancellations, punched holes or embossing are fiscally used. Stamps should be inspected under ultraviolet light to see if a fiscal pen cancellation has been removed. Embossed designs were frequently employed on documents and attempts to iron these out have been noted in the past. If the stamps have been postmarked, fiscal cancellations give the region while postal cancellations give the individual post office where the mail was cancelled. Simple circular date stamps with no region or place, and circular 'Stamp Duties Dept' date stamps on Arms issues are fiscal cancellations, and if only the outer ring of the cancellation is visible on the stamp it is safest to assume you have a fiscal cancellation.

The Queen Victoria Postal Fiscals were issued in 1880 and approved for postal use in 1882. They remained the only high value set until 1931 when the arms type fiscals were introduced, and were not withdrawn from sale until 1939.
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