The 1898 issue - Nyassa's stamps borrowed from Mozambique

The 1898 2½r value
The 1898 2½r value
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The 1898 5r value
The 1898 5r value
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1898 was the first year in which stamps were issued in Nyassa for postal usage - up until that time the stamps of Mozambique had simply been used without amendment. In 1898, however, two earlier Mozambique issues were adapted for use in Nyassa by being overprinted with the name of the new colony.

The first of these issues was an issue which had been released in Mozambique in 1893 or thereabouts, and featured thirteen stamps which had been designed by Manuel Diogo Neto (other than the 2½r value which was designed by Eudocio Cesar Gneco) and which had been printed in Lisbon at the Casa da Moeda - the Mint.

The 2½r value features the value of the stamp crossed diagonally by the word "Mocambique", whereas all the remaining values feature a portrait of Don Carlos I of Portugal. Pictures will appear on this page once they are to hand.

Errors, misprints, inverts, forgeries, etc...

The 50r value exists with an inverted overprint.

Catalogue details

Afinsa nos. 1 to 13.
Michel nos. 1 to 13.
Scott nos. 1 to 12 (Scott doesn't appear to recognise the 2½r value).
Stanley Gibbons nos. 1 to 13.
Yvert nos. 1 to 13.

Rough catalogue values are around £1.25 per stamp, reaching £3.00 per stamp for the higher values in each series.

The 1898 10r value
The 1898 10r value
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The 1898 15r value
The 1898 15r value
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The 1898 20r value
The 1898 20r value
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The 1898 25r value
The 1898 25r value
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The 1898 50r value
The 1898 50r value
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The 1898 75r value
The 1898 75r value
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The 1898 80r value
The 1898 80r value
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The 1898 100r value
The 1898 100r value
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The 1898 150r value
The 1898 150r value
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The 1898 200r value
The 1898 200r value
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The 1898 300r value
The 1898 300r value
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The second issue put into circulation in Nyassa in 1898 was another Mozambique issue, but this time the stamps were the standard stamps which were issued by Lisbon for use in the various Portuguese African colonies. The stamps were identical from colony to colony, and each colony's name would then be overprinted onto the stamps to "personalise" it to that colony.

By the time they were released for usage in Nyassa, therefore, the stamps were doubly overprinted, the first time with the word "Mocambique" (hyphenated as it stretches over two lines) and the second, above it on the stamp, with the word "Nyassa".

All of the stamps are of the same design (by Eugene Mouchon and printed at the Casa da Moeda) and feature Don Carlos I with the value (in reals) of the stamp in the top right hand corner.

Errors, misprints, inverts, forgeries, etc...

I am not aware of any, although that does not mean that they don't exist.

Catalogue details

Afinsa nos. 14 to 26.
Michel nos. 14 to 26.
Scott nos. 13 to 25.
Stanley Gibbons nos. 14 to 26.
Yvert nos. 14 to 26.

Rough catalogue values are around £1.25 per stamp, reaching £3.00 per stamp for the higher values in each series.

It should be noted that neither of these issues were the first stamps ever to be printed for use in Nyassa. There was a previous issue, referred to as the Rook issue as the center of the stamp depicted the Cabo Delgado castle, which featured six stamps, and which was printed in England and shipped out to Nyassa with an incoming governor in or around 1895.

Unfortunately, however, the Nyassa Company didn't comply with various regulations laid down in its mandate from Lisbon - whilst the Portuguese government agreed that the Company was within its rights to issue its own stamps, it should have complied with regulations which required those stamps to be printed and issued from the Casa da Moeda in Lisbon - in consequence the Portuguese government declared them invalid and required that they be scrapped.

It is believed that a few were not returned for destruction and remain held by collectors.

The 1898 2½r value
The 1898 2½r value
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The 1898 5r value
The 1898 5r value
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The 1898 10r value
The 1898 10r value
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The 1898 15r value
The 1898 15r value
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The 1898 20r value
The 1898 20r value
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The 1898 25r value
The 1898 25r value
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The 1898 50r value
The 1898 50r value
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The 1898 75r value
The 1898 75r value
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The 1898 80r value
The 1898 80r value
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The 1898 100r value
The 1898 100r value
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The 1898 150r value
The 1898 150r value
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The 1898 200r value
The 1898 200r value
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The 1898 300r value
The 1898 300r value
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