DOIG'S ETHIOPIA STAMP CATALOGUE

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1917 New Value Provisionals


 
1917, May 28
Printing: Rubber handstamp in black on Second Coronation Commemoratives.
Scott: 116-119. Stanly Gibbons: 177-180. Michel: 60-63. Yvert: 113-116.
170
 

 

¼ g on 8 g
a. Inverted
b. Double
c. Double, one inverted
d. Double, both inverted 
20,000

 

 

171
 

 

½ g on 8 g
a. Inverted
b. Double
c. Double, one inverted
d. Double, both inverted 
20,000

 

 

172
 

 

1 g on 16 g
a. Inverted
b. Double
c. Double, one inverted
d. Double, both inverted 
20,000

 

 

173
 

 

2 g on 16 g
a. Inverted
b. Double
c. Double, one inverted
d. Double, both inverted 
20,000

 

 

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Notes:
1. After the Coronation of Empress Zautitu it was decided that all existing stamps of the 1909 Definitives should bear the overprint of Empress Zauditu and Crown Prince Ras Tafari. This required overprinting the reserve stock in the main post office and then recalling all stocks at branch post offices for overprinting. A problem arose when there was no reserve stock of the 1 g, as shown by the lack of this value in the First Coronation Commemoratives. After the 8g and 16 g received their first overprint 40,000 of each were devalued to provide the 4 low values necessary to send to the branch post offices so they might return all their unoverprinted stamps.
2. Varieties appearing on the 8g and 16g Second Coronation Commemoratives also appear on this issue.
3. The ¼ g on 8g is reported without the Second Coronation overprint. Status unknown.
4. The hanstamp is normally in dark black. Overprints in gray black from a deteriorated handstamp should be treated with suspicion as possible late reprints or forgeries (Forger B).

                    Revised: September 3, 2000