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Gibraltar Stamps

Issues of 1903-1912


The Gibraltar stamps with the effigy of King Edward VII first appeared in early 1903.  Edward VII actually became king in 1901, but the plates for the new stamps were not ready until 1903.  In the interim, the Queen Victoria stamps of 1898 continued in use in the colony.  Likewise, King Edward VII died in 1910, but the stamps with his profile continued in use until the new plates with the profile of King George V were ready in 1912.

Arrangement
Gibraltar Issues of 1886-1935

On many of the classic definitive stamp issues, the Scott Catalog tends to group similar stamps that were issued over many years into the same sets.  Due to the papers, colors, and printing technologies used, displaying these definitive stamp series together in one group can result in an aesthetic appearance that looks very odd.  As with my use of the Michel Catalog chronological sequence in my German category pages, I like the way that the Stanley Gibbons catalog arranges these definitive stamps chronologically, according to their actual years of issue.

Therefore, this category will continue to present these stamps, based on the Scott Catalog, but sets issued over a long period of time may be broken up into groups, based on their actual years of issue.


Many of the issues of King Edward VII were printed on both normal and chalk surfaced papers.  In the illustrations below, only one example of each denomination is shown.  Where there are varieties of a particular denomination on multiple papers, they will be noted in the description tables below the stamp illustrations.


The ten King Edward VII definitive Gibraltar stamps shown above were issued on May 1, 1903.  They are all typographed, perforated 14, and they are printed on normal paper with WMK 2 - the Crown and CA watermark.

Their details are as follows:


  • 1/2 P.  (1903 - Normal Paper - Scott #39) - Green and Blue Green.
  • 1 P.  (1903 - Normal Paper - Scott #40) - Violet on Red.
  • 2 P.  (1903 - Normal Paper - Scott #41) - Green and Carmine Rose.
  • 2 1/2 P.  (1903 - Normal Paper - Scott #42) - Violet and Black on Bluish.
  • 6 P.  (1903 - Normal Paper - Scott #43) - Violet and Purple.
  • 1 S.  (1903 - Normal Paper - Scott #44) - Black and Carmine Rose.
  • 2 S.  (1903 - Normal Paper - Scott #45) - Green and Ultramarine.
  • 4 S.  (1903 - Normal Paper - Scott #46) - Violet and Green.
  • 8 S.  (1903 - Normal Paper - Scott #47) - Violet and Black on Blue.
  • 1 £.  (1903 - Normal Paper - Scott #48) - Violet and Black on Red.

All of these stamps also exist with "Specimen" overprints.  They are actually quite a bit cheaper than the regularly issued stamps.


The nine King Edward VII definitive Gibraltar stamps shown above were issued between 1904 and 1908.  They are all typographed, perforated 14, and they are printed on either normal or chalk-surfaced paper with WMK 3 - the Multiple Crown and CA watermark.

Their details are as follows:


  • 1/2 P.  (1904 - Normal Paper - Scott #49A) - Dull and Bright Green.
  • 1/2 P.  (1904 - Chalky Paper - Scott #49Ab) - Dull and Bright Green.
  • 1 P.  (1904 - Normal Paper - Scott #50) - Violet on Red.
  • 1 P.  (1905 - Chalky Paper - Scott #50b) - Violet on Red.
  • 2 P.  (1905 - Normal Paper - Scott #52) - Green and Carmine Rose.
  • 2 P.  (1907 - Chalky Paper - Scott #52a) - Green and Carmine Rose.
  • 2 1/2 P.  (1907 - Chalky Paper - Scott #54) - Violet and Black on Bluish.
  • 6 P.  (1906 - Normal Paper - Scott #56) - Violet and Purple.
  • 6 P.  (1908 - Chalky Paper - Scott #56b) - Violet and Purple.
  • 1 S.  (1905 - Normal Paper - Scott #57) - Black and Carmine Rose.
  • 1 S.  (1906 - Chalky Paper - Scott #57a) - Black and Carmine Rose.
  • 2 S.  (1905 - Normal Paper - Scott #59) - Green and Ultramarine.
  • 2 S.  (1907 - Chalky Paper - Scott #59a) - Green and Ultramarine.
  • 4 S.  (1908 - Chalky Paper - Scott #61) - Violet and Green.
  • 1 £.  (1908 - Chalky Paper - Scott #64) - Violet and Black on Red.


The King Edward VII definitive Gibraltar stamp types of 1904 were reissued in new colors between 1907 and 1912.  Examples of each of the denominations are shown above.  They are all typographed, perforated 14, and they are printed on either normal or chalk-surfaced paper with WMK 3 - the Multiple Crown and CA watermark.

Their details are as follows:


  • 1/2 P.  (1907 - Normal Paper - Scott #49) - Blue Green.
  • 1 P.  (1907 - Normal Paper - Scott #51) - Carmine.
  • 2 P.  (1910 - Normal Paper - Scott #53) - Gray.
  • 2 1/2 P.  (1907 - Normal Paper - Scott #55) - Ultramarine.
  • 6 P.  (1912 - Chalky Paper - Scott # N/L) - Dull and Bright Purple.
  • 1 S.  (1910 - Chalky Paper - Scott #58) - Black on Green.
  • 2 S.  (1910 - Chalky Paper - Scott #60) - Violet and Blue on Bluish.
  • 4 S.  (1910 - Chalky Paper - Scott #62) - Black and Carmine.
  • 8 S.  (1911 - Chalky Paper - Scott #63) - Violet and Green.




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