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RECEIVING AUTHORITY SPECIMENS

This subject is discussed in Chapter 5 of my UPU Specimen Stamps 1878–1961 that includes much information not published elsewhere, in particular regarding the more recently ‘liberated’ archives from the Portuguese Colony of Goa and the French Colonies of Mauritania and Tunisia.

An aspect that is perhaps not generally appreciated is that the majority of these receiving authority specimens are unique and that the opportunity to acquire any particular example may occur only every ten to fifteen years, the typical time that any one stamp remains in the same collection.

The Bechuanaland (except during 1912 to 1913) and Natal archives contained only single stamps. Although the Bechuanaland (in 1912 to 1913), Madagascar and Mauritania collections were composed of strips of three, few if any of these have been separated. In the case of Tunisia only four instances have been noted of duplicates with the local SPECIMEN handstamp or cancellation.

The only significant exceptions are specimens received by the Portuguese Post Office in the late 19th and early 20th centuries destined for the Portuguese Colonies that were handstamped ULTRAMAR. Whilst five copies were received for each colony only single examples were forwarded to the colonies and the remainder accumulated in Lisbon until dispersed in the 1970s.

Aden
Albania
Algeria
Andorra (French)
Antigua
Argentina
Ascension
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Basutoland
Bavaria
Bechuanaland Prot
Belgium
Bermuda
Bohemia & Moravia (German Occupation)
Bolivia
Brazil
British East Africa
British Guiana
British Honduras
British Levant
British Solomon Islands
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burma
Canada
Cape Verde Islands
Cayman Islands
Ceylon
Chile
China (Szechwan)
China
Colombia
Congo Free State
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba (Republic)
Cuba (Spanish Colony)
Cyprus
Czechoslovakia
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Elobey, Annobon & Corisco
Falkland Islands Dependencies
Falkland Islands
Fiji
Finland
French Colonies (General Issues)
French Colonies and Post Offices Abroad
French Cols & POs: Dahomey
French Cols & POs: French Equatorial Africa
French Cols & POs: French Guiana
French Cols & POs: French Guinea
French Cols & POs: French India
French Cols & POs: French Indo-Chinese Post Office
French Cols & POs: French Oceania
French Cols & POs: French Somali Coast
French Cols & POs: French Sudan
French Cols & POs: Inini
French Cols & POs: Ivory Coast
French Cols & POs: Madagascar
French Cols & POs: Mauritania
French Cols & POs: Niger
French Cols & POs: Réunion
French Cols & POs: Senegal
French Cols & POs: Togo
French Cols & POs: Wallis & Futuna
French Morocco
Gambia
German Empire
Gibraltar
Gilbert & Ellice Islands
Gold Coast
Great Britain (postal stationery)
Great Britain
Greece
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Iceland
India
Ionian Islands (Italian Occupation)
Iran
Iraq / Mosul
Iraq
Italian East Africa
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika (East Africa & Uganda)
Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika
Korea
Kuwait
Lagos
Latvia (Soviet Republic)
Latvia
Leeward Islands
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania (Sov. Rep.)
Luxembourg (German Occupation)
Luxembourg
Malaya (BMA)
Malaya (Malacca)
Malaya (Negri Sembilan)
Malaya (Pahang)
Malaya (Penang)
Malaya (Perak)
Malaya (Selangor)
Malaya (Straits Settlements)
Malta
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Montserrat
Morocco Agencies
Mozambique
Muscat
Natal
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands Indies
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Guinea
New Hebrides
New South Wales
New Zealand Dependencies
New Zealand
Newfoundland
Nicaragua
Niger Coast
Nigeria
Niue & Penrhyn Island
Niue
North Borneo
Northern Rhodesia
Nyasaland
Orange Free State
Pakistan (Bahawalpur)
Palestine
Panama
Papua
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines (Spanish Colony)
Philippines (US Administration)
Portugal
Puerto Rico (Spanish Colony)
Rhodesia
Romania
Russia (Soviet Union)
Russia
Russian Post Offices in the Turkish Empire
Samoa
San Marino
Sarawak
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
Somaliland Protectorate
South West Africa
Southern Nigeria
St Christopher
St Helena
St Kitts-Nevis
St Lucia
St Pierre et Miquelon
St Vincent
Sudan
Swaziland
Sweden
Tanganyika
Thailand
Tonga
Transjordan
Transvaal
Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks & Caicos Islands
Turks & Caicos
Venezuela
Württemberg
Yemen
Yugoslavia
Zululand
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