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Provisional Low Values


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1931, March 20  - Low values
1931, April          - 1m on 2m
Printed by topography by Leon de Robillard Printing Press, Addis Abeba.
Sheets of 25 (5 x 5) on the 1928 Definives.
Scott: 217-230. Stanly Gibbons: 285-295. Michel: 158-168. Yvert: 188-198.
288
 

 

1/8m on 1m in green
c. Double, one inverted
e. Upright k (position 15)
f. 1 8, no bar (position 21)
g. 1,8, short bar (position 16)
                 
289
 
 

 

1/8m on 2m in red
a. Inverted
b. Double
e. Upright k (position 15)
f. Value with Amharic number in middle,  (position 5)
g. Value with Amharic g for t, 
  
290
 

 

1/8m on 4m in green
c. Double, one inverted
d. Trial overprint in black
e. Upright k (position 15)
f. Value with Amharic number in middle,  (position 5)
 
291
 

 

¼m on 1m in blue
c. Double, one inverted
e. Upright k (position 15)
f. Upright 1 (positions, 12, 14)
g. Upright 4 (position 13)
 
292
 
 
 
 
 

 

¼m on 2m in red
a. Inverted
b. Double
c. Double, one inverted
e. Upright k (position 15)
f. Upright 4 (position 9)
g. 1/5 for 1/4 (position 14)
h. Value with g for t, 
i. Value with t and ñ reversed, 
 
293
 
¼m on 4m in green
a. Inverted
e. Upright k (position 15)
 
294
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

½m on 1m in blue
a. Inverted
c. Double, one inverted
e. Upright k (position I-15)
f. Upright k, upright 1 (positions II-15; III-15)
g. Upright 1 (postitions II-1, 12; II-1, 12)
h. Flatfoot 2 (postitions I-8, 14, 17, 22; II-12, 24; III-3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 17, 24)
i. Upright 1, flatfoot 2 (postitions II-13; III-13)
j. Final h (positions II-16; III-16 20)
k. Final h, flatfoot 2 (postion II-20)
l. Final h, flatfoot 2, upright 1 (position II-18)
m. Final h, upright 1 (position III-18)
n. Value with Amharic g for t, 
o. Error - ½m on 1/8m in blue
p. Error - ½m on ¼m in blue
 
295
 
 
 
 
 
 
½m on 2m in red
e. Upright k (position I-15)
f. Upright k, flatfoot 2 (position II-15)
g. Upright k, value with Amharic t and ñ reversed,  (position ?-15)
h. Upright 1 (positions II-12, 14)
i. Flatfoot 2 (positions I-8, 14, 17, 22; II-6, 9, 21, 23)
j. Value with Amharic g for t, 
 
296A ½m on 4m in green, value half 
e. Upright k (position 15)
f. Flatfoot 2 (positions 19, 21, 23, 25)
 
296B
 
 
 
 
 
 
½m on 4m in green, value 2th 
a. Inverted
b. Double
c. Double, one inverted
e. Upright k, flatfoot 2 (position 15)
f. Upright 1 (positions 12, 14)
g. Flatfoot 2 (positions 6, 10, 21, 25)
 
297 ½m on 3t in red
a. Inverted
c. Double, one inverted
d. Trial overprint in blue
e. Upright k, flatfoot 2 (position 15)
f. Flatfoot 2 (positions 6, 10, 11, 21)
g. Value with Amharic g for t,  
h. Upright 1 (positions 12, 14)
 
298
 
 
 
 
 

 

1m on 2m in red
b. Double, red and blue (Essay used for postage)
d. Trial overprint in black
e. Upright k
f. Upright k, upright 1 (position 15)
g. Upright 1 (positions 1, 12, 13, 14)
h. Final h (positions 16, 20)
i. Final h, upright 1 (position 18)
j. Final h, Amharic 1 after mehalik,  (position 20) 
 
Notes:
1. Date of issue is is usually given as March 20 for the low values. It is not likely that all values were available on that date. The earliest recorded dates on cover are March 21 - 288, 292, and 296A; March 31 - 291, 294, 295, and 297; other values no information.
2. Postal use was from March to July of 1931 with limited use. Many cancelled stamps are CTO, faked cancels, or postwar cancels.
3. Overprints are known on the 1930 First Coronation handstamps. These were not authorized by the Director of Posts.
4. All printings were made from one plate which was repeatedly modified. The first stamp to be run was probably 296A which correctly uses the Amharic "half;" further settings of the ½m overprint use the Amharic "2th." This simplified the continual changing of the plate to requiring the exchange of only one Amharic numeral and one European numeral. Also, printings of the 1m on 2m stamp required the resetting of the scrolls from 18 to 20mm. There may have been more than three printings.
5. Stamps which occur double, one inverted have the inverted setting similar to 294 III and 298. Thus we find such varieties as final h which are not found on the base setting. The color shades of the invert usually varies from the base overprint.
6. Overprints 294o and 294p are described as errors in Les Nouvelles of 1931, an Ethiopian published stamps newletter edited by A. Zervos. They were not sold at the post office and are not known postally used.
7. Variety notes:
a. 292g, 1/5 for 1/4, was discovered early during printing and corrected.
b. 298i, number reversed  , occured when the number dropped out during printing. It was replaced on the wrong side.
c. The varieties  and  may have come from a printing not plated or may have been quickly corrected.
8. The remainder sale to Thomas Cliffe was finalized in March 1931. The provisional low values were issued for a dual purpose. First, to provide low values missing from the 1930 Second Coronation issue. Second, to make low values available to all post offices so that they could return all previously issued stamps except the Second Coronation issue, and they would soon be invalid for postage. The agent for Cliffe took the returned stamps. In addition he also purchased large quantities of all different values of provisionals. This created a need for additional printings.

                    Last update: September 4, 2000