Stamp Community Family of Web Sites
Stamp Community Forum
Username:
Password:
Save Password
Forgot your Password?

Welcome Guest! Need help? Got a question? Inherit some stamps?
Our stamp forum is completely free! Register Now!

Nevis with "specimen" overprint.  
 

 
To participate in the forum you must log in or register.
Author Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
Valued Member

8 Posts
Posted 02/12/2018   2:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add boredguano to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
I have stamps from Nevis with the overprint "specimen" and "official". Are one or both cinderellas? Thanks so much.
Send note to Staff

Pillar Of The Community
United States
5668 Posts
Posted 02/12/2018   2:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cjd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There are a couple legitimate "Specimen" overprints on the 1882 issue, which have a nice catalogue value...are you talking about modern issues, though?
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Valued Member
8 Posts
Posted 02/12/2018   2:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add boredguano to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Good question. Sorry for not giving a year. They are from the 1980's, I believe. If it will help I can post pix later.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
Learn More...
Canada
981 Posts
Posted 02/12/2018   6:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Renden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A Scan of your stamp(s)....maybe ?
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Valued Member
Ireland
96 Posts
Posted 02/12/2018   7:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add FitzjamesHorse to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have a feeling "SPCIMEN" it might be a gift from an English stamp magazine.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
1672 Posts
Posted 02/13/2018   02:49 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cursus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The stamps overprinted "Specimen" are not cinderellas at all. Just "normal" stamps aimed for a use other than postal. Early ones, were sent to the UPU headquartes in Bern for them to know the newly issued stamps. Lately, you can see "Specimen" stamps used for propaganda on a number of media.
But, personally, I don't consider them "cincerellas".
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
United States
692 Posts
Posted 02/13/2018   08:40 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
From this time period, official overprints were for use with mail from governmental offices as would be expected. They are listed in the catalogs, you could buy mint sets. Most governments today would consider them unnecessary, and their issue has been considered a way for Nevis to get a few more bucks from collectors.

Aside from the UPU requirement, the specimen overprints were also used for publicity purposes and were not a gift made by a magazine. In that regard, they would be distributed by the post office for photos in ads and stamp magazines. Specimen sets would be given to larger direct purchasers of mint sets, as well as samples given to collectors, so they're not scarce at all.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Stamp Smarter's 20th Century US Fancy Cancel database:
http://www.stampsmarter.com/feature...rn_Home.html
Edited by hy-brasil - 02/13/2018 08:42 am
Valued Member
United States
9 Posts
Posted 02/14/2018   3:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add billresh to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In the 1970s I bought stamps directly from the postal service in St. Vincent. They would periodically mail me order forms for their new issues along with the stamps overprinted "specimen" for free. I always thought these specimen stamps were actually worth more than the original mint stamps since there were fewer of them than the real thing. The specimen stamps were not valid for postage and therefore are not listed in the Scott catalogue, so I guess their true value is unknown.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
  Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
 
To participate in the forum you must log in or register.
United States Postal Service, Now on eBay!United States Postal Service, Now on eBay!
New Forum TopicsRecently Active Forum Topics
  Definitely a 594, not sure if I have a 596
  Stamp Identification
  not too fancy? looking for a crash course in cancellations please advise
  Another book ! Anyone have it ? About bc and vancouver island
  Aussie Digger 1917 Mail Home
  The vagaries of eBay...can't be explained
  Can you precisely identify this 15c Webster without seeing the real stamp, please?
  Two More Anthony's Gems
  A Bluish Paper 361 From Anthony's
  Anthony's Particularly Ridiculous 317
  Great Britain Mulready-like envelopes
  I am looking for new stamps 2018
  NFLD Scott 262 - "Rock on ice" variety
  What are these artworks of proposed stamps? Essays? copies? reprints??
  Romania - WWI German Occupation - Unknown Stamp
  Help Identify Australian Postage Due Variety?
  Scott 41 - "bruise on neck"
  Error Perforation Stamps Yes or No?
  Stamp Community Family Logo link
  Old Stamps but Really New
  My UK postal stamps collection.
  ASDA Chicago Midwest Show
  Cameroun 1946 Scott 304/SG 232 strange marks
  Train stations around the world.
  Another newbie here with the usual question about the 1 cent Franklins-is this the standard issue?

  Definitely a 594, not sure if I have a 596
  Selection Stamps~and you thought gum was tacky.
  Aussie Digger 1917 Mail Home
  Thematic : Umbrellas on Stamps.
  not too fancy? looking for a crash course in cancellations please advise
  Cravat on postal stamps
  Stamps of the Olympics Games through the centuries
  Stamp Identification
  Can you precisely identify this 15c Webster without seeing the real stamp, please?
  Lets see your Aviation Stamps
  Do youngsters collect stamps today ?
  Show us SNOW on stamps!
  Two More Anthony's Gems
  I am looking for new stamps 2018
  The vagaries of eBay...can't be explained
  Transportation Coil caboose 1905 Trying to understand Untagged variation
  perf 11 us franklin/washington coils
  Anthony's Particularly Ridiculous 317
  John Ash Imprints - show Yours
  Lakes, Marshes, Mangroves, and Wetlands on stamps
  Another book ! Anyone have it ? About bc and vancouver island
  Great Britain Mulready-like envelopes
  NFLD Scott 262 - "Rock on ice" variety
  Rockford 2-3-4 Stamp Expo - MArch 10-11, 2018
  A Bluish Paper 361 From Anthony's

Go to Top of Page
Disclaimer: While a tremendous amount of effort goes into ensuring the accuracy of the information contained in this site, Stamp Community assumes no liability for errors. Copyright 2005 - 2018 Stamp Community Family - All rights reserved worldwide. Use of any images or content on this website without prior written permission of Stamp Community or the original lender is strictly prohibited.
Privacy Policy / Terms of Use    Advertise Here
Stamp Community Forum © 2005 - 2018 Coin Community Forums
It took 0.51 seconds to lick this stamp. Powered By: Snitz Forums 2000 Version 3.4.05