1882 Queen Victoria Second Sideface
The specific reason for releasing this issue was to combine the payment of
postage and 'revenue' - such as government fees and import duties
into a single set of stamps. All previous issues had only been usable for
postage. Apart from the 'Postage and Revenue' inscription, most of
the second sideface stamps were modified designs from the 1874 issue stamps
they replaced and are very similar.
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Initially 1d, 2d, 3d, 4d, 6d, 8d
and 1/- stamps were produced although the 6d stamp may not have been issued
until 1884. The 8d stamp is mostly seen used on registered mail as postage
to England via Brindisi was now slower and more expensive than the newer
route via San Francisco.
In 1890 the 2Â½d and 5d values were added
when the Universal Postage Union decided that the rate for foreign letters
should be 2Â½d per half ounce. The designs were selected from competition
The Â½d stamp was issued in 1895 to replace the 1873
newspaper stamp. It is printed in black and appears to feature Queen
Victoria in mourning, even though Prince Albert died many years earlier in
A great many of the low values of these stamps were produced
and are available, and they continued to be printed and sold even after the
1898 Pictorials were issued due to shortages of the new stamps - the last
printing of the Â½d and 2d values was in 1900.
In 1893 the stamps
were issued with advertisements on the gum side. This was unpopular with
the public who feared the health effects of licking printing ink off of the
gum side of the stamps and was discontinued after a year. The
advertisements form a sort of time capsule for that year with slogans such
as "Gold Miners use only Sunlight Soap" a personal favourite.
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