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In 1948 the EAF stamps were replaced in Somalia by issues overprinted with the country name and the local currency the East African shilling (the MEF stamps had been sold in local currency equivalents, though not overprinted with these values). The first set was for the British Military Administration ("BMA"), but with the change to civilian government and wider public use of the posts the overprint was changed to "BA" - British Administration.

Unlike Eritrea and Tripolitania, Somalia did not overprint postage due stamps.

For unreleased overprints on Italian stamps see at the end of this section.


Note: this numbering system was drawn up by the Society for the website, and may not be used without permission.


King George VI

Stamps overprinted "BMA SOMALIA", for British Military Administration
plus value in East African Cents/Shillings

27 May 1948

Somalia BMA low values 200Somalia BMA high values 200


1 "5 CENTS" on d pale green

2 "15 CENTS" on 1d pale brown

3 "20 CENTS" on 2d pale orange

4 "25 CENTS" on 2d pale blue

5 "30 CENTS" on 3d pale violet

6 "40 CENTS" on 5d brown

7 "50 CENTS" on 6d purple

8 "75 CENTS" on 9d green

9 "1 SHILLING" on 1/- brown

10 "2 SH. 50 CENTS" on 2/6d green, Arms

11 "5 SHILLINGS" on 5/- red, Arms

There was also a proposal to issue the stamps in booklets (see The Overprinter 1/1979).


overprint varieties

Somalia BMA 2&half misplaced 200
(image from unidentified auction)

4 v1 25 cents: overprinted misplaced to the right and slightly down.

Eritrea and Somalia misplaced stop detail 300

10 v1 2/50 dot distorted and misplaced "2 SH .50 CENTS" (row 4/7)

Eritrea and Somalia misplaced stop 200

note: this also occurs for Eritrea, showing that the same basic plate was used for both; it was corrected for the "BA" issues.


Overprint changed to read "BA SOMALIA", for civilian British Administration
plus value in East African Cents/Shillings

6 February 1950

Somalia BA low values 200Somalia BA high values 200

Note: the overprint on the 5s and 10s is slightly shorter than the equivalent BMA overprint, making the lines at the top closer together.


12 "5 CENTS" on d pale green

13 "15 CENTS" on 1d pale brown

14 "20 CENTS" on 2d pale orange

15 "25 CENTS" on 2d pale blue

16 "30 CENTS" on 3d pale violet

17 "40 CENTS" on 5d brown

18 "50 CENTS" on 6d purple

19 "75 CENTS" on 9d green

20 "1 SHILLING" on 1/- brown

21 "2 SH. 50 CENTS" on 2/6d green, Arms

22 "5 SHILLINGS" on 5/- red, Arms


From 1 April 1950 Somalia was returned to Italian administration (as a UN trust territory) and subsequently combined with British Somaliland to become the Somali republic. The later overprints "Republic of Somaliland", allegedly emanating from the previous British Somaliland territory, are best deemed bogus.


Forerunners

In 1941 the British occupation authorities at first proposed to overprint contemporary issues of Italian East Africa (ie Eritrea, Ethopia, Somalia), but these were not released. There were two issues:

The first on a pictorial set:

BOFIC unreleased overprints 200

(image by permission of Rita Flaminio "Errefil")

The accompanying set consisted of overprints on key-type Italian revenues.

An example of the 11 values prepared:

BOFIC unreleased overprint 2nd set 200

(image from unidentified listing)


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