P=have O=don’t have it
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
Centenary of General Post Office
Lou wrote: Two different perforation settings were produced of the Mauritius #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: #456P, #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.
Lou wrote: Mauritius #456 was reissued in 1983 and 1985 with the addition of the year imprint below the design:
Mauritius #456 dated 1983 and 1985
The depiction of the Lady Gomm ball invitation cover is an artist representation of the actual cover owned by Queen Elizabeth II, and since the postmark was not legible, he enhanced all the printing in black; however, he failed to notice that the "2" in the date was reversed, so he made it a normal "2" in error. On my collection page I pointed this out and added a 1976 Nicaragua #1040 which reproduces a photo of the actual Mauritius #1 cropped from the cover. A close examination under a magnifier shows the reversed "2" (See scan). I wrote this up in a SOS Signal not too long after the stamp was issued, but I doubt if anyone knows about this today, so maybe you will want to add this note to your site.
Nicaragua #1040 Mauritius postmark detail
Mauritius Lady Gomm ball invitation cover
Mauritius #460 reissue
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
Inside #737: Mauritius Type A2O
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
175th Anniversary of the "Post Office" stamps
Inside #????: Mauritius #1O
Inside #????: Mauritius #2O
Lou wrote: Mauritius, on October 8, 2022 issued a stamp and s/s to note the 175th Anniversary of the "Post Office" stamps of 1847.
The stamp is quite handsome; in addition to Mauritius # 1-2, there is an 1847 date stamp, but sadly, it is not the September 21 first day cancel. In the background of the sheet is an enhanced photo of the copper plate with the engravings used to print the stamps (one at a time), and a portrait of Joseph Barnard, the engraver, at an age close to when he did his work, and certainly not the old, half-blind man of stamp legend.
Thanks to Lou Guadagno and Martin Hirschbühl
Best website related:
Mauritius #1 + for Aden, ST. VINCENT, Lesotho, Nicaragua, Paraguay,
Sharjah, Umm Al Qiwain and many others but I need just 1 :)
Mauritius #2 + for Germany, Aden, St. Helena, Isle of Man, Antigua, Chad, Czech Rep., Nicaragua, Ajman, Paraguay and many others :)
Mauritius #3 for Comoro Islands
Mauritius #3 for Italy
Mauritius #18 for Seychelles
Mauritius #460a (1989)
Mauritius #549 for Hungary (not postal stamp)
Mauritius #710 for Guinea
Mauritius #767 for Hong Kong
Mauritius #769 for Hong Kong