King Edward VII Stamps

King Edward VII's reign was relatively short, but he presided over an era of significant change & advancement in many parts of the British Commonwealth.

Lasting only from 1901 to 1910, during that time, there were 24 major types of definitive stamps issued featuring the king. These stamps featured his regal profile, similar to the designs & characteristics of the earlier Victorian era, in various denominations to facilitate postage for different classes of mail. The designs were typically simple yet elegant, offering a glimpse of the postal system into the early 20th Century and reflecting the aesthetic tastes of the Edwardian era.

An interesting fact about Edward VII stamps is that there are some rare examples featuring the portrait of Napoleon instead of the king. These were believed to be produced in Germany as a form of protest against British actions in the Boer War.

Even though his reign was brief, it extended to the vast network of Territories & Colonies. While many Commonwealth nations issued their own stamps featuring the king as a symbol of allegiance to the British Crown and as expressions of national identity within the broader framework of the Empire, these weren't necessarily identical to the stamps used in Great Britain. Many Commonwealth countries produced their own distinctive stamp designs showcasing King Edward VII but incorporated local flora, fauna, or landmarks alongside the king's portrait whilst some used the Great Britain design but with variations in colour & denominations.

Examples of Varieties of Commonwealth Edward VII Stamps

India:
India issued a series of stamps featuring King Edward VII's portrait alongside Indian scenery during his reign.

Canada: Canada produced several definitive stamps with the king's image throughout his reign, with variations in colour and denomination. In 1903 they had a “Maple Leaf Issue” which featured the Kings portrait alongside a distinctive maple leaf design.

Australia: Another key member of the Commonwealth, also issued stamps during this period, including the famous "Kangaroo and Map" series, which depicted the monarch alongside iconic Australian fauna and geographical features.

Remember, the vast British Commonwealth encompassed many nations, each with its own unique philatelic history showcasing their artistic & aesthetic appeal. Exploring Edward VII stamps can be a fascinating way to delve deeper into the era and appreciate the diverse postal heritage of the former British Empire, offering a glimpse into a bygone era of imperial grandeur and global connectivity and reflecting the cultural, political, and economic exchanges that characterized the early 20th century.

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Newfoundland 1910 3c Olive SG97 Fine & Fresh MM
Regular Price £7.00 Special Price £5.60
Newfoundland 1910 4c Violet SG98 Fine & Fresh MM
Regular Price £13.00 Special Price £10.40
Mauritius 1902 50c Green SG161 Good MM
Regular Price £12.00 Special Price £9.60
Montserrat 1908 6d Dull Purple & Olive SG29a Chalk Fine & Fresh MM
Regular Price £10.00 Special Price £8.00
Newfoundland 1910 1c Green SG95a 'NFWFOUNDLAND' Flaw Fine Used
Regular Price £55.00 Special Price £44.00
Gambia 1905 2 1/2d Bright Blue SG60
Regular Price £10.00 Special Price £8.00
Gambia 1905 5d Grey & Black SG63 Fine Used
Regular Price £17.00 Special Price £13.60
Falkland Islands 1904 2d Purple SG45 Fine MM
Regular Price £13.00 Special Price £10.40
Gambia  1906 1/2d on 2s6d Purple & Brown-Yellow SG69  Fine MM
Regular Price £30.00 Special Price £24.00
Gambia 1902 2 1/2d Ultramarine SG48 Fine MM (2)
Regular Price £25.00 Special Price £20.00
Gambia 1902 3d Deep Purple & Ultramarine SG41b Fine MM
Regular Price £50.00 Special Price £40.00
Gambia 1902 3d Purple & Ultramarine SG49 Fine MM
Regular Price £12.00 Special Price £9.60
Gambia 1902 4d Brown & Ultramarine SG50 Good Used
Regular Price £22.00 Special Price £17.60
Gambia 1902 6d Pale Sage-Green & Carmine SG51 Good Used
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Brunei 1906 $1 on 8c Black & Vermilion SG22 Superb Used
Regular Price £85.00 Special Price £68.00
Brunei 1906 1c Black & Purple SG11Var 'Carmine Opt' Good MM
Regular Price £17.00 Special Price £13.60
Brunei 1906 2c on 8c Black & Vermilion SG13Var 'Brunei Kiss Print' Fine LMM
Regular Price £16.00 Special Price £12.80
Brunei 1906 4c on 12c Black & Yellow SG15 V.F MNH Corner Block of 20
Regular Price £150.00 Special Price £120.00
Brunei 1906 4c on 12c Black & Yellow SG15Var 'Kiss Print' Fine LMM
Regular Price £8.00 Special Price £6.40
Brunei 1906 5c on 16c Green & Brown SG16Var ' Kiss Print' Fine VLMM
Regular Price £30.00 Special Price £24.00
Brunei 1906 10c on 16c Green & Brown SG18Var 'Brunei Kiss Print' Fine LMM
Regular Price £5.00 Special Price £4.00
Brunei 1906 Set of 12 SG11-22 Good to Fine LMM
Regular Price £295.00 Special Price £236.00
Brunei 1907 Set of 11 SG23-33 Fine & Fresh MM
Regular Price £140.00 Special Price £112.00
Brunei 1907 Specimen Set of 11 SG23xs-33s Fine & Fresh MM
Regular Price £195.00 Special Price £156.00