General issues: Republic 1886-1888
Country name on general issues: Nieuwe Republiek Zuid Afrika
Currency: 1 Pound = 20 Shilling, 1 Shilling =12 Pence 1884-1888
Political history New Republic
The New Republic is located in southern Africa. The New RepublicIn Afrikaans: ‘Nieuwe Republiek Zuid Afrika’ was founded in 1884. The New Republic was founded in the wake of the Zulu Wars. The British had, in 1879, invaded and conquered the Zulu kingdom. The British had divided the Zulu kingdom into a number of smaller kingdoms that subsequently faced each other in armed conflict. The Boers, who had supported one of the Zulu leaders, were rewarded with the cession of the territory of the New Republic. The British recognized the New Republic in 1886, albeit that they required the New Republic to return a substantial part of its territory to the Zulu. The New Republic, in 1888, joined the South African Republic. After the Second Boer War, the territory of the former New Republic was annexed to the British colony of Natal. With Natal it became part of the Union of South Africa in 1910.
Postal history New Republic
The New republic has issued stamps from 1886 to 1888. All stamps are of the same basic design and were hand stamped on already gummed and perforated sheets of paper. The first issues, in addition to the basic design, show the date of issue – the dates ranging from January 1886 to January 1887. Further issues – again of the same basic design – are embossed with the coat of arms. Although many values have been issued genuinely, used copies are known only of the lower values. The New Republic stamps were valid only for domestic use.