We commence with the British South Africa Company (BSAC) issue of 1892–93 (SG 1/13). Although the cheapest stamps in the set (as a result of much postal usage), I’ve found used examples of the 1d. and 6d. deep blue (1, 3) to be distinctly scarce in fine condition, especially with clearly dated postmarks. Look out also for the 2s. (5) which I believe is just as scarce as the 2s.6d. grey-purple in used condition.
The 1892–94 bicolour issue (18/26) can be quite tricky to assemble in fi ne mint condition, with the 3s. (25) being the main stumbling block. Used stamps from this set do not turn up very often, particularly the 8d., 3s. and 4s. (23/6), despite existing as cancelled to order. The Perkins Bacon printed 2d. and 4d. of 1895 (27, 28) are very uncommon in used condition, especially with clearly dated 1895 postmarks.
A new coat of arms design was introduced for the 1896–97 issue (29/37, 41/50). Two dies existed, although only the 1d., 2d., 4d. and 6d. were printed from both. Neither set is easy to assemble fi ne mint, with the 6d. (die I) and 4s. (33, 37) notably scarce in this condition. The 2s.6d. (48) is seldom seen used.
The 1896 provisional overprints on Cape of Good Hope (58/64) are often over looked by collectors fearful of being caught out by forged overprints. Nevertheless, this is still a very worthwhile set to assemble, especially in used condition; the 4d. (62) seems to be particularly scarce thus.
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