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BENIN, GOLFE DE BENIN

(French Colony in West Africa)

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1892 French colonies issue, overprinted 'BENIN'

10 c black 15 c blue 15 c blue, blue overprint

  1 c black
  2 c brown
  4 c brown
  5 c green (exists overprinted in blue)
  10 c black
  15 c blue (exists overprinted in blue or red)
  20 c red on green
  25 c black
  30 c brown
  35 c brown
  40 c red
  75 c red
  1 F olive

Surcharged

'01' (red) on 5 c green '01' on 5 c green and '40' on 15 c blue '75' on 15 c blue Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  '01' (red) on 5 c green
  '40' (red) on 15 c blue
  '75' (red) on 15 c blue
    (this stamp exists with '75' overprinted in black)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c****** 
2 c****** 
5 c****with blue overprint RRR
10 c****** 
15 c*****with blue overprint RR, with red overprint ***
20 c****** 
25 c****** 
30 cRR 
35 cRR 
40 cRR 
75 cRR 
1 FRR 
Surcharged
'01' on 5 c****** 
'40' on 15 cR*** 
'75' (red) on 15 cRRRRwith black overprint RRR


(Diagonal 'BENIN' overprint)

The overprint 'BENIN' also exists diagonally. Be careful, many forged 'BENIN' overprints exist. Also non-official reprints exist of the values 1 c, 2 c, 3 c, 15 c (blue overprint), 20 c and 25 c.

Forgeries:


(Fournier forgery, cancel 'GRAND POPO BENIN 7 NOV 92')

The above cancel can also be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries'. See French colonies, forgeries for more details on these Fournier forgeries.

 

1893 French colonies Tablet type, inscription 'GOLFE DE BENIN' coloured

20 c red on green 50 c red

  1 c black
  2 c brown on yellow
  4 c brown
  5 c green
  10 c black
  15 c blue
  20 c red on yellow
  25 c black
  30 c brown
  40 c orange
  50 c red
  75 c lilac
  1 F green

These stamps have perforation 14 x 13 1/2. For stamps in the same Tablet design, but for other French colonies, click here.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 ccc 
2 c** 
4 ccc 
5 c** 
10 c** 
15 c****With underprint
20 c** 
25 c***** 
30 c**** 
40 c** 
50 c** 
75 c** 
1 F****** 

Forgeries:


(Fournier forgery)


(Fournier forgery, reduced size)

The above stamps are Fournier forgeries (note the perforation in the corners!)? For more information on these forgeries click here.

 

1894 French colonies Tablet type, as 1893 issue but inscription 'BENIN'

'Porto Novo Dahomey' cancel 2 c brown on yellow

  1 c black
  2 c brown on yellow
  4 c brown
  5 c green
  10 c black
  15 c blue
  20 c red on green
  25 c black
  30 c brown
  40 c orange
  50 c red
  75 c lilac
  1 F green

These stamps have perforation 14 x 13 1/2. For stamps in the same Tablet design, but for other French colonies, click here.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 ccc 
2 ccc 
4 c** 
5 c** 
10 c** 
15 c*cWith underprint
20 c**** 
25 c**** 
30 c**** 
40 c**** 
50 c**** 
75 c**** 
1 F**** 

Forgeries:


(Fournier forgery)


(Fournier forgery, reduced size)

Could this be a Fournier forgery (note the perforation in the corners!)? For more information on these forgeries click here.


Postage Due stamps

1894 French Colonies postage due stamps overprinted 'BENIN'

  5 c black
  10 c black
  20 c black
  30 c black

The overprint exists horizontally, upwards or downwards.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 cR*** 
10 cR*** 
20 cR*** 
30 cR*** 

The cancel on the next stamps is 'PORTO NOVO 17 MARS BENIN'. The size of the overprint is also different from the one above, could they be forgeries?

The territory of BENIN was incorporated in the territory of DAHOMEY in 1899. The remaining stocks of the stamps of BENIN were used in this country.


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