Cayman Islands Overprints

In scanning in some Cayman Islands stamps for sale, I came across these two stamps. The SPECIMEN overprints are not my problem, the light pink diagonal overprints are what I am curious about. I can't make out the spelling so can't decipher what they are saying. Anyone have any ideas?

These two stamps are Scott 59 and Scott 62 if anyone is curious.


Richard Pauls (okstamps)


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  • Maybe someone has better eyes than I, but am I seeing OHMS (On Her Majesty's Service) Official Stamps. Problem is the CHR$ that proceed OHMS. I can't read through them. And then again, are they really OHMS? Best guess from me.
  • My first guess was COLONIES but it looks more like COLONIAS.
  • edited February 9 2 LikesVote Down
    Yes Rod is correct handstamped in red or violet by Portuguese receiving authority.
  • Rod and Andrew,

    Thanks for the info. I would have never come up with that myself. Thanks for the link to that site, it may prove useful in the future.

    I have seen many SPECIMEN overprinted stamps over the years, but this is the first time that I have come across one with an additional overprint. It makes sense since these stamps were distributed to other postal authorities as examples of legitimate stamps in use by the issuing postal organization.

    If anyone is interested in these two stamps, I will be posting them for sale on July 1 when I next list Cayman Islands stamps in my store.

    The following is my prized SPECIMEN overprinted stamp. This is Scott 123, the one watermarked "Three Orbs". While a number of SPECIMEN stamps are actually valued higher than the corresponding non-overprinted stamps, such as the previously pictured Cayman Islands stamps, this one is an example of the exact opposite; Stanley Gibbons values it just a little more than a used copy or between 5% and 10% of a mint-hinged example. Scott doesn't give a value for a SPECIMEN overprinted example of this issue.

    Scott 123

    This one will by up for sale on November 1 when I next add Great Britain stamps to my store.

    Richard Pauls (okstamps)
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