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Postage stamps and postal history of Bechuanaland Protectorate

1897 overprint.
6-pence of 1938, used in 1943 at Gaberone's Village, later Gaborone.
The 1953 coronation stamp.

The first Bechuanaland Protectorate postage stamps were produced in 1888 by overprinting stamps of Bechuanaland (some overprints of British stamps and some issued specifically for the colony) with "Protectorate". In 1889 a ½-penny stamp of Cape of Good Hope was overprinted "Bechuanaland / Protectorate.".

From 1897 to 1925 more British stamps were overprinted using the protectorate's name in various layouts. In 1910 a 6-pence stamp of Transvaal was also overprinted; although it was intended for fiscal use, postal uses are known.


  • George V 1
  • George VI 2
  • Queen Elizabeth 3
  • See also 4
  • References and sources 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7

George V

The first stamps inscribed Bechuanaland Protectorate appeared in 1932. The 12 values, ranging from ½d to 10 shillings, all used the same design; a group of Silver Jubilee issue appeared in 1935.

George VI


  • Encyclopaedia of Postal Authorities

External links

  • Proud, Ted. The Postal History of Basutoland and Bechuanaland Protectorate. Proud-Bailey Co. Ltd., 1996. ISBN 1-872465-11-0

Further reading

  1. ^ a b Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue: Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps 1840-1970. 112th edition. London: Stanley Gibbons, 2010, pp. 94-99. ISBN 0852597312

References and sources

See also

From 30 September 1966 the Bechuanaland Protectorate became the Republic of Botswana and stamps from that time were marked Botswana.[1]

Standard Commonwealth omnibus issues appeared up until independence, along with a 1 June 1966 issue commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Bechuanaland Pioneers and Gunners.

Three stamps in 1960 commemorated the 75th anniversary of the protectorate, then in 1961 Bechuanaland converted to the South African rand, necessitating surcharges on the existing definitives in February, followed by a new definitive series in October that was mostly pictures of birds, with some showing people at work.

Queen Elizabeth II replaced her father in a definitive series of 1955, the rest of the design matching the previous definitives.

Queen Elizabeth

The protectorate's Peace issue of 1945 was produced by overprinting "Bechuanaland" on South Africa's Peace stamps. Stamps were issued for the Royal visit in 1947, and for the usual omnibus sets of the period.


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