Postage Due stamps - 1924 and 1925


The 1924 .5c postage due
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The 1924 1c postage due value
The 1924 1c postage due
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The 1924 issue

Postage Due stamps had first been issued in France in 1859 to counteract the problem of people sending mail without paying sufficient postage on it. The postage due stamp was added at the delivery office and indicated the amount of postage which needed to be paid on top of that which had already been paid to bring the total paid up to the correct amount.

Nyassa had two series of postage due stamps. The first, issued in 1924, was its own, and the second, issued in 1925, was an overprint of Mozambique's stamps, themselves overprints of Portugal's stamps.

The 1924 issue (which can be seen individually to the left, or collectively by clicking here) was almost certainly another of Waterlow's creations for the benefit of the stamp collector market, as opposed to an issue which was ever intended for actual usage in Nyassa

There are nine stamps in the series, all of which are triangular, and which feature four different pictures across the nine values, surrounded by the same design. The words "Porteado a receber" (charge to the recipient) run along the two shorter sides, with "Companhia do Nyassa" (Nyassa Company) along the longer base. The value, in centavos, in large figures sits on either side of the central image. The central image reuses images from earlier stamps, with (in ascending order of stamp values) two values featuring the giraffe image, two values featuring the zebra, three values featuring Vasco da Gama's caravel, the St. Gabriel, and two values featuring Vasco da Gama himself). Each stamp is printed in one colour, with the colour varying from stamp to stamp.

As they were never issued for actual postal usage they are almost invariably found in mint condition, and where used examples are found these are always cancelled to order with a neat cancellation.

Catalogue details

Afinsa nos. 1 to 9 under the heading "Porteado".
Scott nos. J1 to J9.
Stanley Gibbons nos. D132 to D140.
Michel nos. 1 to 9 in the postage due section.
Yvert nos. 1 to 9 under the heading "Timbres-Taxe".

The stamps catalogue at around £2.50 each for a mint example and £2.10 for a used example, but can frequently be found on auction websites for considerably less than that.

The 1924 2c postage due
The 1924 2c postage due
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The 1924 3c postage due
The 1924 3c postage due
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The 1924 5c postage due
The 1924 5c postage due
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The 1924 6c postage due value
The 1924 6c postage due
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The 1924 10c postage due
The 1924 10c postage due
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The 1924 20c postage due
The 1924 20c postage due
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The 1924 50c postage due
The 1924 50c postage due
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The 1925 issue

The second set of postage due stamps share the history and designs of the other 1925 issue detailed here. They are variously considered as postage due stamps, charity stamps or tax stamps, but are dealt with here as postage due stamps more for the sake of ease than any other reason.

Initially issued in Portugal under (SG nos. D663 - D665), they bear the same designs as the 1925 Marquis de Pombal commemorative issue, but with a 30c face value as opposed to 15c, and overprinted "MULTA". They were then overprinted in Mozambique and issued there (under SG nos. D327 - D329), and finally overprinted "NYASSA" in red and issued there.

As they were never issued for actual postal usage they are almost invariably found in mint condition, and where used examples are found these are always cancelled to order with a neat cancellation.

Catalogue details

Afinsa nos. 1 to 3 under the heading "Imposto Postal Porteado".
Scott nos. RAJ1 to RAJ3 under the heading "Postal Tax Due Stamps".
Stanley Gibbons nos. D144 to D146.
Michel nos. 1 to 3 in the postal tax due section.
Yvert nos. 10 to 12 under the heading "Timbres-Taxe".

The stamps catalogue at around £8.00 per stamp, mint.