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Watermarks (reduced)

Watermark directions when viewed from the front (column 3):
0 = Unwatermarked; 1 = left; 2 = right; 3 = upright; 4 = inverted; 5 = left, reversed; 6 = right, reversed; 7 = upright, reversed; 8 = inverted, reversed.

S1 to S6 sold at 5¢ over face value. Later issues sold at face value.

 

Price - Actual sold prices realized on eBay in early 2013: m = unused, u = used, f = first day cancel

 

 

 
S1, S2, S3

                        Plane over Zoquala
                        Issued: S1 – 17 Nov 1951; S2 – 17 Nov 1951; S3 – 27 Aug 1952.
                        Printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. Ltd., New Malden, Surrey, England.

No.

Description

Wmk

Issued

Price

S1

25¢ Purple with green over white paper, 
watermarked: Cray Valley Parchment
a. Unwatermarked (from portion of watermarked sheet)

1

 

0

100,000*

$8.00u

S2

25¢ Purple with green over white paper, 
watermarked: "Wrotham" Vellum Wove Kent A
a. Watermarked reversed

1

 

6

*

$9.56u

S3E

25¢ Purple with green over white paper, "E" (sometimes looks like a B or Z)
watermarked: Imperial (castle) E Air Mail

1

25,000

$22.50f

$7.49u

                        * 100,000 total issue for S1 and S2.


 


S4


S5

                        Plane over Gondar
                        Issued: 4 Sept 1953
                        Printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd., London England.

S4E

25¢ Scarlet and yellow with green on blue paper, "E"
a. Unwatermarked

1
0

200,000

$13.10u

$7.99u

S5E

50¢ Green and yellow with green on blue paper, "E"
a. Unwatermarked

1
0

100,000*

$13.10u

S5G

50¢ Green and yellow with green on blue paper, "G"

 

*

 

                        * 100,000 total issue for S5E and S5G.

 

 

 
S6

                        Plane over Zoquala, Aérogramme added
                        Issued: 7 Oct 1954
                        Printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. Ltd., New Malden, Surrey, England.
                        Note: "F" in watermark appears reversed like a "7".

S6F

25¢ Purple on blue paper, "F"
a. Watermark reversed

2
5

500,000*

$4.99u

S6Z

25 Purple on blue paper, "Z"

 

*

$9.50u

* 500,000 for S6F and S5Z

 

 

 
S7

                        Plane over Gondar, Aérogramme added
                        Issued: 27 July 1956
                        Printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd., London England.

S7H

50¢ Green and yellow with green on blue paper, "H"

3

50,000*

$20.38u

                        * Very few sold as rate increased shortly after issue.

 

 

 
S8

                        Plane over Tesissat – Abai (Blue Nile Falls)
                        Issued: 1 Oct 1957 for S8K; others issued through 1962.
                        Printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. Ltd., New Malden, Surrey, England.

S8K

30¢ Purple on blue paper, "K"
a. Inverted die cutting

2

   

S8L

30¢ Purple on blue paper, "L"
a. Red & green lozenges only (no stamp & inscriptions)

2

   

S8P

30¢ Purple on blue paper, "P"

2

   

S8S

30¢ Purple on blue paper, "S"

2

   

 

 

 
S9

                        Plane over Gondar, new value
                        Issued: 1 Oct 1957
                        Printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd., London England.

S9K

55¢ Green and yellow with green on blue paper, "K"

3,4

  $5.50u

S9P

55¢ Green and yellow with green on blue paper, "P"

3

   


 

 
S10, S13

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S10Zc

                        Hailie Selassie
                        Issued: 16 Feb 1963
                        Printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd., London England.

S10S

10¢ Green on blue paper, "S"
a. Lozenges shifted

2
2

  $4.99u

S10V

10¢ Green on blue paper, "V"
a. Lozenges shifted
b. Red & Yellow lozenges only (stamp missing)

1
1
1,3,4

   

S10Y

10¢ Green on blue paper, "Y"
b. Red & Yellow lozenges only (stamp missing)
c. Die cut only (no stamp or lozenges)

1
1
2

   

S10Z

10¢ Green on blue paper, "Z"
a. Lozenges shifted
b. Red & Yellow lozenges only (stamp missing)
c. Stamp, inscriptions, and red inverted

2
2
2
1

   

S10A

10¢ Green on blue paper, "A"
b. Red & Yellow lozenges only (stamp missing)

3
3

 

---

$49.99m

S10B

10¢ Green on blue paper, "B"
b. Red & Yellow lozenges only (stamp missing)
c. Die cut paper only (no printing)

4
3,4
3,4

   


 

 
S11, S14

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S11Vc

                        Hailie Selassie
                        Issued: 15 March 1963
                        Printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd., London England.

S11S

30¢ Purple on blue paper, "S"
a. Lozenges shifted
b. Unwatermarked (portion of watermarked sheet)

2
2
0

 

$4.99u

S11V

30¢ Purple on blue paper, "V"
a. Lozenges shifted
b. Red & yellow lozenges missing
c. Red & yellow inverted
d. Die cut only

1,2,3
1,2,3,4
3,4?
2
?

   

S11Y

30¢ Purple on blue paper, "Y"
b. Red & yellow lozenges missing

1
2

   

S11Z

30¢ Purple on blue paper, "Z"
a. Lozenges shifted

2
2

   

S11B

30¢ Purple on blue paper, "B"
b. Green lozenges missing

4
?

   

 

 

 
S12, S15

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S12Bd Double Impression

                        Hailie Selassie
                        Issued: 12 Feb 1964
                        Printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd., London England.

S12S

55¢ Red on blue paper, "S"
a. Lozenges shifted
b. Green lozenges missing

2
2
2

   

S12V

55¢ Red on blue paper, "V"
a. Lozenges shifted
b. Red & yellow lozenges only

?
?
?

   

S12Z

55¢ Red on blue paper, "Z"
a. Lozenges shifted
b. Yellow & green lozenges missing
c. Stamp and imprints partially inked

2
2
2
2

   

S12B

55¢ Red on blue paper, "B"
b. Red & yellow lozenges missing
c. Die cut only
d. Double impression, second in light red

3,4
 

4

   

 

                        Haile Selassie Printing Tests
                        Printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd., London England.

S10PR

10¢ proofs of portrait on heavy card stock in red, green, yellow, black, blue, red brown, and pink

0

   

S10T

10¢ printer’s test on white paper with no die cut
a. Red & Yellow missing
b. Red only
c. Yellow only
d. Red & green only
e. Yellow & green only

0

   

S11PR

30¢ proofs of portrait on heavy card stock in red, green, yellow, black, blue, red brown, and pink

0

   

S11T

30¢ printer’s test on white paper with no die cut,
watermarked 3 circles and Extra Strong

1

   

S12PR

55¢ proofs of portrait on heavy card stock in red, green, yellow, black, blue, red brown, and pink

0

   

S12T

55¢ printer’s test on white paper with no die cut
a. Green missing
b. yellow missing

0

   

 

                        Hailie Selassie, unwatermarked
                        Issued: 10¢ - 24 Sept 1970; 30¢ - 1 June 1973; 55¢ - 1 June 1973
                        Printed by Harrison & Sons Ltd., London, England

S13

10¢ Green on blue paper


a. Lozenges shifted
b. Dark blue paper
c. "Hole in head" variety
d. Red & yellow lozenges missing
e. Green lozenges missing
f. Yellow lozenges missing

0

  $2.99m $4.99u

S14

30¢ Purple on blue paper

0

  $3.46u

S15

55¢ Red on blue paper

0

   

 

 

 
S16, S18

 
S17, S20

 
S19

                        Revalued Aerograms
                        Issued: 40¢ on 30¢ - 24 July 1973; other values – 7 Oct 1973

No Watermark

S16R

40¢ in red on 30¢ on #S14


a. Inverted overprint in red
b. Double overprint in red
c. Double overprint, one inverted in red
d. Bars missing in
red

0

 

$2.50m

$4.99u

$39.00m

S16V

40¢ in violet on 30¢ on #S14

0

 

$6.50f

$5.50f

$4.99f

S17V
 

40¢ in violet on 55¢ #S15
a. Inverted overprint in violet

0

 
 

$6.49u

---

 

Watermarked

S18VS

40¢ in violet on 30¢ on #S11S, "S"

2

 

$19.50m

S18RS

40¢ in red on 30¢ on #S11S, "S"

2

 

$26.00m

S18VB

40¢ in violet on 30¢ on #S11B, "B"

3

 

$33.00m

S18RB

40¢ in red on 30¢ on #S11B, "B"

4

 

$17.45m

S19VP

40¢ in violet on 55¢ on #S9 "P"

3

 

$23.49m

S19RB

40¢ in red on 55¢ #S12B, "B"

   

$8.50m

S20RS

40¢ in red on 55¢ #S12S, "S"

2

 

$17.45m

S20RZ

40¢ in red on 55¢ #S12Z, "Z"

2

 

$20.50m

$9.99m

S20VZ

40¢ in violet on 55¢ #S12Z, "Z"

2

 

$21.25

 

 

 
S21

                        Haile Selassie
                        Issued: 9 Nov 1974

S21

10¢ Blue on blue

0

 

$4.99u

 

 

 
S22

 

S23

                        Ibex
                        Issued: 13 Sept 1976

S22

10¢ Blue on blue

0

 

$4.99u

S23

40¢ Red on blue

0

 

$3.00f

$4.99u

 

 

 
S24

                        Ibex, Amharic added to address bars
                        Issued: By Feb 1980

S24

10¢ Blue on blue, Amharic added below AEROGRAMME and to address bars

0

 

$9.38u

 

 
S25

 
S28

                        Ibex, revalued
                        Issued: By 1982

S25R

15¢ in red on 10¢ Blue on blue #S22

0

 

$15.50m

S25V

15¢ in violet on 10¢ Blue on blue #S22

0

 

$23.50m

S26R

15¢ in red on 10¢ Blue on blue, Amharic added #S24

a. Inverted overprint

0

0

 

$35.00m

---

S26V

15¢ in violet on 10¢ Blue on blue, Amharic added #S24

a. Double overprint

b. Double overprint, one inverted

0

0

0

 

$18.75m

---

---

S27R

50¢ in red on 10¢ Blue on blue #S22

0

 

$20.50m

$3.45m

S28V

50¢ in violet on 10¢ Blue on blue, Amharic added #S24

 

a. Inverted overprint

0

 

0

 

$$$15.50m

$11.35m

---

S28R

50¢ in red on 10¢ Blue on blue, Amharic added #S24

0

 

$13.10m

 

 

 

S29

S30

 

                        Ibex, new values
                        Issued: By 1982

S29

15¢ Blue on blue with Amharic under Aerogramme

0

 

$9.38m

$20.45m

S30

50¢ Red on blue with no Amharic under Aerogramme

0

 

$4.99m

$9.38u

 

 

 
S31

 
S32

S31L

                        Ibex, new values with English added
                        Issued: 15¢ by 1985, 50¢ by 1988

S31

15¢ Blue on blue, added "Addressee's name and address"

Pale blue - underinked

0

0

 

---

$12.77m

S31Y 15 Blue on yellow.

0

  $5.00m

S31L

15¢ Blue on blue, added "Addressee's name and address", narrower, with box lines

0

 

$26.25m

$20.49f

S32

50¢ Red on blue, added "Addressee's name and address"

0

 

$4.99u

$3.90m

$6.59m

$18.75f

 

 

 
S33

                        Ibex, revalued

S33V

15¢ in violet on 50¢ Red on blue #S30

0

 

$13.10m

$2.50m

 

 

 

S34

 

S34

1 bir, The Stele of Axum

0

 

$13.30m

 

 

S35

 

S35A

0.50 Surcharge in violet in Amharic, 1 line

0

 

$13.25m

S35B 0.50 Surcharge in violet in Amharic, 2 lines

0

 

$4.25m

 

 

 

 

 

                       

                        Last update: March 1, 2013