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Joseph Osmond Barnard was selected to engrave this first edition. The Colonial Director of Posts, J. Stuart Brownrigg, gave him instructions to produce 500 stamps of an indigo-blue color of a value of 2 pence, and another bright red stamp worth 1 penny. Barnard printed 500 copies of each.
The two stamps had to carry the left profile of
And the famous "Post Office" was thus launched. According to the legend, Barnard had engraved "Post Office" instead of "Post Paid" by mistake. The latter appellation was to be seen on all Mauritian stamps during almost twenty years. Much later it was proved that "Post Office" was really the legal term used for the Post in those days.
Through this assumed error, the "Mauritius Post Office" stamps have become rare gems of world philately. They are in fact the first Mauritian stamps, among the very first in the world. They are also among the rarest because only 500 of these stamps were printed for the Mauritian Post.
Being among the first in the world and being a rare species, coupled with "an error of fabrication", the "Post Office" instigated stamp-collectors to look for these stamps in all the countries of the world where Mauritians could have sent letters.
Today, these stamps are viewed
as the most precious in the world. In
Penny Black is a costly stamp, it pales in comparison to the values for the
first two issues of
See also - Classic Stamps of Mauritius: http://www.stampsmauritius.com/Stamps.htm
Scott: #233O (CD 309)
Inside #233: Stamps on Envelopes
Scott: #376P (Pic of #376-80)
Centenary of General Post Office
Lou wrote: Two different perforation settings were produced of the Mauritius Sc #380a s/s: one with perforations thru the top and bottom margins, and the other with no perforations thru the bottom margin. According to dealers on Mauritius, no first day covers were produced for the sheets, but both can be found with first day cancels, and mint sheets of both are offered with no price differential by many internet sources.
Scott: #456O, #460O
Martin Hirschbühl wrote: There are 2 varieties of these 2 SOS: the 1.25 exists without year below AND with printed "1983"
similar to the 5 Rupees, but that one also shows "1985" on bottom.
the reproduced card does not bear an affixed #94 but a printed indicium.
Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill
Inside #484: G.B.#22O
Inside #485: Mauritius #261O
The dodo (Raphus
cucullatus) was a flightless bird native only to the
(Thanks to Jan Van Lin for the scan)
175th Birth Anniversary of Joseph Barnard
150th Anniversary, Post Office Ordinance
Inside #833: Stamp on Envelope
Thanks to Lloyd Gilbert for the scans
(Thanks to Jan Van Lin and Lloyd Gilbert for the scans)
150th Anniversary, First
Inside #846, #846a, #848, #848a, #849, #849a: Mauritius #1O
Inside #847, #847a, #848, #848a, #849, #849a: Mauritius #2O
Thanks to Lloyd Gilbert for the scan
300th Birth Anniversary, Mahe De La Bourdonnais
Centenary, Visit of M. Gandhi
(thanks to Komlóssy Zoltán for the scan)
Shanghai Expo 2010
Thanks to Lou Guadagno
240 Years of Postal Service in Mauritius
Inside #1123: Mauritius #1O (in changed color)
Inside #1123: Mauritius #2O
Both in reverse from Joseph Barnard's original die
Thanks to Lou Guadagno
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