World Stamps

Stamp Market Tips: Look for Nyasaland Protectorate King George VI and Local Scenes set

Mar 10, 2015, 5 AM

Nyasaland Protectorate — Many collectors have a warm spot in their hearts for colorful engraved colonial issues of the first half of the 20th century. We confess to sharing their affection for these issues.

Nyasaland Protectorate, previously known as British Central Africa, lay on the shores of Lake Nyassa. In 1953, it joined the Federation of Rhodesia and

Nyasaland. On July 6, 1964, it became the independent republic of Malawi.

One of the most attractive British colonial issues of the era is the Nyasaland Protectorate 14-stamp King George VI and Local Scenes set (Scott 68-81) issued Sept. 1, 1945.

The 2015 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 values the set in mint never-hinged condition at $90.30.

You will often see short sets missing the two highest face-value stamps offered, and the higher face-value stamps sold individually. It is possible to build a set that way.

If you find the complete set offered at or near Scott catalog value, it is a very good buy. The set is also a good buy in unused hinged condition at around $50.

Tip of the week

Canal Zone — The Canal Zone was an approximately 5-mile wide strip of land across the isthmus of Panama, on either side of the Panama Canal. It was administered by the United States from 1903 to 1979.

Over the years, many American citizens lived and worked in the Canal Zone, and many American military personnel were stationed there. It is a popular collecting area with many U.S. collectors.

On Nov. 1, 1958, the Canal Zone issued a 5¢ Plane, Flag and Map airmail postal card (Scott UXC1).

Like many postal stationery issues of the era, this postal card saw limited contemporaneous use.
The 2015 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers values the card at $3 in mint condition and at $7.50 with the value in italics in used condition.

Correctly used in period, this postal card is easily worth its full Scott catalog value. Browse through dealers’ cover boxes, and you might find a bargain. — H.G. & R.M.

A Linn’s editor found this week’s recommended stamps on at the following prices:
Nyasaland Protectorate, Scott 68-81 — $40, unused, hinged, fine-very fine.
Canal Zone, UXC1 — not found.

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