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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
Antigua
Bahamas
Barbados
Basutoland
Bavaria
Bechuanaland Prot
Belgium
Bohemia & Moravia (German Occupation)
British East Africa
British Guiana
British Honduras
British Levant
British Virgin Islands
Bulgaria
Canada
Cape Verde Islands
Cayman Islands
Ceylon
Chile
China
Congo Free State
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba (Republic)
Cuba (Spanish Colony)
Cyprus
Czechoslovakia
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Elobey, Annobon & Corisco
Falkland Islands
Fiji
Finland
French Colonies (General Issues)
French Colonies and Post Offices Abroad
French Indo-Chinese Post Office at Kwangchow
French Indo-Chinese Post Office at Pakhoi
French Somali Coast
French Sudan
Gambia
German Empire
Gibraltar
Gold Coast
Great Britain (postal stationery)
Great Britain
Greece
Grenada
Guadeloupe
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
Lagos
Latvia (Soviet Republic)
Latvia
Leeward Islands
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania (Soviet Republic)
Luxembourg (German Occupation)
Luxembourg
Malaya (BMA)
Malaya (Negri Sembilan)
Malaya (Pahang)
Malaya (Perak)
Malaya (Selangor)
Malaya (Straits Settlements)
Malta
Martinique
Mauritius
Mexico
Morocco Agencies
Mozambique
Natal
Nauru
Netherlands Indies
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Guinea
New South Wales
New Zealand Dependencies
New Zealand
Newfoundland
Niger Coast
Nigeria
Niue & Penrhyn Island
Niue
North Borneo
Northern Rhodesia
Nyasaland
Orange Free State
Palestine
Papua
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
Sarawak
Serbia
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
South West Africa
Southern Nigeria
St Christopher
St Helena
St Lucia
St Pierre et-Miquelon
St Vincent
Sudan
Swaziland
Sweden
Tanganyika
Tonga
Transjordan
Transvaal
Trinidad
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks & Caicos
Württemberg
Yemen
Yugoslavia
Zululand
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