1933 Sierra Leone KGV £1, is the cancel legit?

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1933 Sierra Leone KGV £1, is the cancel legit?

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Was looking at this for a possible purchase but anytime a stamp cats more for used the cancel if not identifiable becomes a question.

Sorry, sellers image is all I can get at the moment.
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Re: 1933 Sierra Leone KGV £1, is the cancel legit?

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My gut reaction is that it's a fiscal cancel.

The part of the cancel below 'LEO' of 'LEONE' looks like an armorial device, such as is found quite often in fiscal cancels, and Proud doesn't list any postal cancels with such a narrow spacing between the outer and inner rings (most clearly seen over the 'NE' of 'LEONE').

I would steer clear.

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It looks fiscal to me. I think I see SUP... over the 1933 at lower right corner, which would indicate a Supreme Court cancel.

It also appears to have had a pen cancel removed.


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Definitely a fiscal cancel from the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone. The piece illustrated below is currently for sale from SG:

https://www.stanleygibbons.com/products/sierra-leone-1933-sg180-used-3


1933 "Wilberforce" £1 violet and orange, three examples tied to document piece by dumb "SUPREME COURT/SIERRA LEONE cds, with initials and "7. 34" date in MS. Attractive and very rare usage of this iconic high value.

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Thanks for the replies. Suspicion confirmed. The stamp description simply states “used” and quotes the value as $850 which is correct SG value for commercially used.
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I have a simple rule for high value used stamps from that time period. I always assume they were fiscally used unless the cancel proves otherwise. It has saved me a lot of money.

Realistically, most of them were used for that purpose, and there is no reason not to buy one as long as you pay a fair price for it.

I have found a few key words to look for on stamps that might appear to be used postally because they have a CDS.
Stamp Office - on Malaya States stamps is fiscal.

Registrar General - British West Indies is fiscal.

Almost every Bermuda High Value was used fiscally. They had an exit tax and stamps were used as payment.

Anyone have any others they can add?
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KGVIStamps wrote:
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Anyone have any others they can add?
The most common is the LAW COURTS NAIROBI on the KUT 1922 KGV up to very high face values.

I sold these here as fiscal cancels the ebay spivs call them "VFU - SG cat Many 100s"

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Here are a couple photo examples of revenue usage for higher value stamps that I mentioned before.
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A little update on the stamp I posted. At the time of posting the bid was at $13.00 US so I figured it might be worth it. Auction just ended and the final hammer price was $400.00 US. So the auction house didn’t address the cancel in their description.

However, they did quote the value at $850.00 which is the SG value for commercial usage. Someone is going to be upset or someone is going to be disappointed at a later date when they try and sell it.
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