Ethiopian Revenue Stamps
Waterlow & Sons Specimens
Revenue stamps were prepared in Ethiopia in 1930, reported perforated and unperforated, punched and unpunched, all overprinted WATERLOW & SONS LTD. SPECIMEN. The values are in M.T.D. for Maria Theresa Dollars. (The Essay-Proof Jounal, No. 120, page 179). These are only confirmed to exist perforated 12-1/2 with a single punch hole 1-1/2mm in diameter.
I. Background in ornamental scallops with WINCHESTER SECURITY PAPER in the design. No gum. Straight edges on margin copies.
RS1 5c Violet
II. Plain background. With gum.
RS2 5c Violet
The Ethiopian Government's Short History of Ethiopian Stamps, (1955) states there were no revenue stamps before 1942. This history lists only two of the following overprint on the 1942 Second Restoration Definitives. It reports useage also as a postage due. The Amharic GEBI indicated Revenue, literally "that which is owed." The order of issue is not known.
R1 10c Carmine rose and black on #338.
R2 5c on 4c Green
and black on #336. No GEBI.
R4 0.05 on 4c Green
and black on #336. Black overprint.
R8A 0.50 on 4c
Green and black on #336. Black overprint.
Waterlow & Sons Revenues - Marie Theresa Dollars
Reported to have been ordered soon after the return of Hailie Selassie I in May, 1941. Earliest recorded date of use August 13, 1948.
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Waterlow and Sons - An engraved die was made with text only (#18957)
and another (#19013) which had the denominations Eth. $25, $50, and $100.
No examples of the use of theses died is reported.
Waterlow and Sons -
Thanks to Joseph Ross and Robert Mason for supplying some of the photos and details.
Last update: July 4, 2014