The 1918 issue - King Carlos I returns

Probably the first thing to mention about this issue is the date - some catalogues put the year of issue at 1918, some at 1919 - I don't subscribe to a particular view, as nothing hinges on it, so have plumped for 1918.

In any event, along with the fall of the Portuguese monarchy and the creation of the Republic came a new currency in Portugal - out went the real, and in came the escudo ($), divided into 100 centavos (c). The new currency had actually been introduced on 22 May 1911, but for some reason Nyassa's stamps weren't updated until 1918, and even when they were it was the original 1901 issue, featuring King Carlos I, that was updated, rather than the 1911 issue featuring King Manuel II.

Each of the stamps from the 1901 issue was updated, in each case with the word "REPUBLICA" and its new value - calculated on a precise basis whereby 10 reals converted into 1 cent, other than for the 25r value which had a new value of 3½c.

The five stamps from the 1903 issue were also updated, and are pictured at the foot of the page - all the examples I have seen have been of the London overprints, rather than the local overprints, but that does not mean that 1918 updates to local overprints from the 1903 issue do not exist. Not all five of the updated 1903 issue stamps bear the same correlation between old and new values as the updated 1901 issue - the overprinted camel values, in particular, bear no relation between the old and the new values.

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

The ½c value exists with a duplicate overcharge.
The 3½c value exists both with an inverted surcharge and with a duplicate "1" in the "3½".
The 7½c, 40c and $1.00 values all exist with inverted surcharges.

Catalogue details

Afinsa nos. 64 to 81 (of which the 1903 values are 68 and 71 (giraffes) and 79 to 81 (camels)).
Scott nos. 63 to 75, with the 1903 values thereafter at 76 to 78 (camels) and 79 and 80 (giraffes).
Stanley Gibbons nos. 65 to 77, with the 1903 values thereafter at 78 and 79 (giraffes) and 80 to 82 (camels).
Michel nos. 64 to 81 (of which the 1903 values are 68 and 71 (giraffes) and 79 to 81 (camels).
Yvert nos. 64 to 76 (of which the 1903 values are 77 to 79 (camels) and 80 and 81 (giraffes)).

The three lowest giraffe values of the main series are the most expensive, cataloguing at around £120.00 per stamp, mint, which is why they are not pictured (yet) on this page. The lowest of the three camel values from the 1903 issue follows them, at around £15.00 mint, and thereafter all the remaining values are between £1.00 and £2.00 mint.

The 1½c surcharge
The 1½c surcharge
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The 2c surcharge
The 2c surcharge
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The 3½c surcharge
The 3½c surcharge
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The 5c surcharge
The 5c surcharge
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The 7½c surcharge
The 7½c surcharge
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The 8c surcharge
The 8c surcharge
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The 10c surcharge
The 10c surcharge
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The 15c surcharge
The 15c surcharge
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The 20c surcharge
The 20c surcharge
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The 30c surcharge
The 30c surcharge
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The 1½c on the 1903 Provisorio
The 1½c on the 1903 Provisorio
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The 3½c on the 1903 Provisorio
The 3½c on the 1903 Provisorio
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The 40c on the 1903 65r
The 40c on the 1903 65r
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The 50c on the 1903 115r
The 50c on the 1903 115r
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The <font face=garamond size=2>$</font>1 on the 1903 130r
The $1 on the 1903 130r
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