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In 1948 the MEF stamps were replaced in Tripolitania by issues overprinted with the country name and Italian currency. 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.


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 TRIPOLITANIA", for British Military Administration,
plus value in Italian Lire (named "Military Authority Lire" for political reasons)

1 July 1948

Tripolitania BMA low values 200Tripolitania BMA high values 200


1 "1 M.A.L." on d pale green

2 "2 M.A.L." on 1d pale red

3 "3 M.A.L." on 1d pale brown

4 "4 M.A.L." on 2d pale orange

5 "5 M.A.L." on 2d pale blue

6 "6 M.A.L." on 3d pale violet

7 "10 M.A.L." on 5d brown

8 "12 M.A.L." on 6d purple

9 "18 M.A.L." on 9d green

10 "24 M.A.L." on 1/- brown

11 "60 M.A.L." on 2/6d green, Arms

12 "120 M.A.L." on 5/- red, Arms

13 "240 M.A.L." on 10/- blue, Arms


overprint varieties


1 v1 1m overprint misplaced

Tripolitania misplaced 3 detail 300

3 v1 3m "3" misplaced 2mm to right (rows 8/8 and 18/8?)

Tripolitania misplaced 4 detail 300

4 v1 4m "4" misplaced 2mm to right (rows 8/8 and 18/8)

5 v1 5m overprint double


Overprint changed to read "BA TRIPOLITANIA", for civilian British Administration
plus value in Military Authority Lire

6 February 1950

Tripolitania BA low values 200Tripolitania BA high values 200

Note: it is reported that the "M" was removed one by one from each position on the plate, resulting in occasional minor damage to neighbouring letters.


14 "1 M.A.L." on d pale green

15 "2 M.A.L." on 1d pale red

16 "3 M.A.L." on 1d pale brown

17 "4 M.A.L." on 2d pale orange

18 "5 M.A.L." on 2d pale blue

19 "6 M.A.L." on 3d pale violet

20 "10 M.A.L." on 5d brown

21 "12 M.A.L." on 6d purple

22 "18 M.A.L." on 9d green

23 "24 M.A.L." on 1/- brown

24 "60 M.A.L." on 2/6d green, Arms

25 "120 M.A.L." on 5/- red, Arms

26 "240 M.A.L." on 10/- blue, Arms


overprint varieties


16 v1 3m "3" misplaced 2mm to right (rows 8/8 and 18/8) (see illustration above)

17 v1 4m "4" misplaced 2mm to right (rows 8/8 and 18/8) (see illustration above)


Changed colours and designs

3 May 1951

The colour of the low values was changed to retain conformity with UPU requirements; the release date of these and the new high values was to coincide with the Festival of Britain.

Tripolitania changed colours 200


27 "1 M.A.L." on d orange

28 "2 M.A.L." on 1d blue

29 "3 M.A.L." on 1d green

30 "4 M.A.L." on 2d brown

31 "5 M.A.L." on 2d red

32 "60 M.A.L." on 2/6d green

33 "120 M.A.L." on 5/- red

34 "240 M.A.L." on 10/- blue


Note: the misplaced "3" and "4" varieties were corrected for this issue.


Postage dues, watermark sideways

1 July 1948

Tripolitania BMA dues 200


35 "1 M.A.L." on d green

36 "2 M.A.L." on 1d red

37 "4 M.A.L." on 2d black

38 "6 M.A.L." on 3d violet

39 "24 M.A.L." on 1/- blue


overprint varieties

Tripolitania BMA 1MAL due missing dot 200
missing dot after "A" (image courtesy of David Allen)

35 v1 1m missing dot after "A"

36 v1 2m missing dot after "A"

36 v2 2m missing dot after "M" (row 1/17)

37 v1 4m missing dot after "A"

37 v2 4m missing dot after "M"


note: the "missing dots" occur in several places on the sheet, and other stamps show them very faint.


Change to "B.A." 6 May 1950

 

Tripolitania BA dues 200


40 "1 M.A.L." on d green

41 "2 M.A.L." on 1d red

42 "4 M.A.L." on 2d black

43 "6 M.A.L." on 3d violet

44 "24 M.A.L." on 1/- blue


overprint varieties


40 v1 1m missing dot after "B"

41 v1 2m missing dot after "B"

42 v1 4m missing dot after "B"

43 v1 6m missing dot after "B"

44 v1 24m missing dot after "A"

44 v2 24m missing dot after "B"


watermark varieties


43 wi 6m watermark sideways inverted


note: the "missing dots" occur in several places on the sheet, and other stamps show them very faint.


From 24 December 1951 Tripolitania was incorporated (along with Cyrenaica, Fezzan and Ghadames) into Libya and therefore used Libyan stamps.


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