1882 Queen Victoria Second Sideface
The specific reason for releasing this issue was to combine the payment of
postage and 'revenue' - such as government fees and import duties
into a single set of stamps. All previous issues had only been usable for
postage. Apart from the 'Postage and Revenue' inscription, most of
the second sideface stamps were modified designs from the 1874 issue stamps
they replaced and are very similar.
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Initially 1d, 2d, 3d, 4d, 6d, 8d
and 1/- stamps were produced although the 6d stamp may not have been issued
until 1884. The 8d stamp is mostly seen used on registered mail as postage
to England via Brindisi was now slower and more expensive than the newer
route via San Francisco.
In 1890 the 2½d and 5d values were
added when the Universal Postage Union decided that the rate for foreign
letters should be 2½d per half ounce. The designs were selected from
The ½d stamp was issued in 1895 to
replace the 1873 newspaper stamp. It is printed in black and appears to
feature Queen Victoria in mourning, even though Prince Albert died many
years earlier in 1861.
A great many of the low values of these
stamps were produced and are available, and they continued to be printed
and sold even after the 1898 Pictorials were issued due to shortages of the
new stamps - the last printing of the ½d and 2d values was in
In 1893 the stamps were issued with advertisements on the gum
side. This was unpopular with the public who feared the health effects of
licking printing ink off of the gum side of the stamps and was discontinued
after a year. The advertisements form a sort of time capsule for that year
with slogans such as "Gold Miners use only Sunlight Soap" a
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