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NEW CALEDONIA 1850-1906

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Stamps of the french colonies used in New Caledonia

Stamp of the french colonies used in New Caledonia Stamp of the french colonies used in New Caledonia
(Noumea Nlle Caledonie)


1850 Head of Napoleon III, inscription 'CALEDONIE', so-called 'Triquera issue', imperforated

Genuine Napoleon III
Napoleon III Napoleon III

  10 c black

There exist 50 different types of this stamp. Click here to see a full sheet of all 50 types (kindly obtained with permission of Richard Frajola, this sheet and more on New Caledonia was found on: http://www.rfrajola.com/nceindex.htm)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 cRRRRR 

Unfortunately many forgeries exist as well! Examples of forgeries (some of the above stamps could be forgeries as well):


(Forgeries, reduced sizes)

 

1881-1892 Stamps of the french colonies surcharged

Surcharged 'NCE', value and two horizontal bars

NCE 05 on 40 c red NCE 5 on 40 c red 'inverted'
(Reduced sizes)

'5' on 40 c red '5' on 75 c red, inverted overprint

  '5' on 40 c red
  '5' on 75 c red
  '05' on 40 c red
  '25' on 35 c violet on yellow
  '25' on 75 c red

Some values exists surcharged inverted (see pictures)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
05 on 40 c**** 
5 on 40 cRR'NCE' normal
5 on 40 c**1884: 'NCE' wider
5 on 75 c****1884: 'NCE' wider
25 on 35 cRR 
25 on 75 cR*** 

Surcharged 'N.C.E.' and value

Inverted overprint


(Reduced size)

'10 c.' on 30 c brown Inverted overprint
(Reduced sizes)

  '5 c.' on 1 F green (on french colonies stamp of 1877)
  '5 c.' on 1 F green (on french colonies stamp of 1881, two types of overprint)
  '10 c.' on 30 c brown
  '10 c.' on 40 c red (perforated)
  '10 c.' on 40 c red (imperforated, different type; Peace and Commerce)

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 c on 1 FRRRRRROn 1877 French Colonies stamp
5 c on 1 F******Two types: 'NCE' normal or fancy letters (same value),
inverted and double overprints exist
10 c on 30 c****** 
10 c on 40 cRROn 1877 French Colonies stamp (imperforate)
10 c on 40 c******On 1881 French Colonies stamp (perforated)
Surcharged 'NCE' in a fancy pattern and value (1892)

5 c on 20 c red on green 10 c (blue) on 1 F green Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  5 c on 20 c red on green
  5 c on 75 c red
  10 c on 1 F green (overprint black or blue)
  10 c on 1 F green (blue, French Colonies stamp of 1877)

All overprints exist inverted.

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 c on 20 c****** 
5 c on 75 c****** 
10 c on 1 F******Black or blue overprint
10 c on 1 FRRRRRRBlue overprint,o n French Colonies
stamp of 1877 (imperforate)

 

1892 Stamps of the french colonies overprinted 'Nlle CALEDONIE' diagonally

On peace and commerce issue of 1877 (imperforated)

40 c red
(Reduced size)

  2 c brown on yellow
  4 c brown
  20 c red on green
  35 c grey on yellow
  40 c red
  1 F green

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 cRRRR 
4 cRRRR 
20 cRRRR 
35 cRR 
40 cRRRR 
1 FRRRR 
On 1881 issue (colonies postes, perforated)

5 c green and 25 c yellow 35 c grey on yellow

25 c black
(Reduced size)

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

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 cRRRR 
2 cRRRR 
4 cRRR 
5 c****** 
10 cRR 
15 cR*** 
20 cRR 
25 c yellow ****** 
25 c black****** 
30 cR*** 
35 cRRRR 
40 cRRRR 
75 cRRRR 
1 FRRRR 

Forgeries exist, example:

 

1892 French colonies type, inscription 'Nlle CALEDONIE ET DEPENDANCES', country name in red or blue

1 c black 2 c brown on yellow 5 c green 20 c red on green

  1 c black
  2 c brown on yellow
  4 c brown
  5 c green (dark or light green)
  10 c black
  10 c red
  15 c blue
  15 c grey
  20 c red on green
  25 c black
  25 c blue
  30 c brown
  40 c orange
  50 c red
  50 c brown on blue (name of country in red)
  50 c brown on blue (name of country in blue)
  75 c lilac
  1 F green

These stamps have perforatiion 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 c** 
2 c** 
4 c** 
5 c*cExists in light or dark green
10 c black *** 
10 c red*** 
15 c blue ****With background pattern
15 c grey**** 
20 c****** 
25 c black**** 
25 c blue****** 
30 c****** 
40 c****** 
50 c redR*** 
50 c brownRRRRCountry name in red
50 c brownRRRCountry name in blue
75 cRR 
1 FR*** 

Surcharged with value (1912)

  '05' (red) on 15 c grey
  '05' on 20 c red on green
  '05' (blue) on 30 c brown
  '10' on 40 c red
  '10' (red) on 50 c brown on blue

All the above surcharges exist with more space between '0' and '5' or '1' and '0' (RR).

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 c on 15 c****

Exists with inverted surcharge: RR

5 c on 20 c**** 
5 c on 30 c**** 
10 c on 40 c****** 
10 c on 50 c****** 


(5 c on 15 c with inverted surcharge)

Surcharged 'NCE'and value (1900?)

  5 on 2 c brown
  5 on 4 c brown

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 on 2 c****** 
5 on 4 c**** 
Surcharged 'NCE' and value in a circle (1901?)

15 on 30 c brown 15 on 75 c lilac on orange

  15 on 30 c brown
  15 on 75 c lilac on orange
  15 on 1 F olive

Double and inverted overprints exist.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
15 on 30 c****** 
15 on 75 c****** 
15 on 1 F****** 

Surcharged 'N.-C.-E.' and value (1902)

5 on 30 c brown 15 c on 40 c red

  5 on 30 c brown
  15 on 40 c red

Double and inverted overprints exist.

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 on 30 c**** 
15 on 40 c**** 

Surcharged with eagle and 'CINQUANTENAIRE 24 SEPTEMBRE 1854 1903'

  1 c black (overprint blue)
  2 c brown on yellowish (overprint blue)
  4 c brown (overprint blue)
  5 c green (overprint red)
  10 c black (overprint red or black with gold)
  15 c grey (overprint red)
  20 c red on green (overprint blue)
  25 c black (overprint blue)
  30 c brown (overprint red)
  40 c orange (overprint blue)
  50 c red (overprint blue)
  75 c lilac (overprint black or black with red)
  1 F green (overprint blue, black or blue with red)

All of these stamps exist with missing second 'I' in 'CINQUANTENAIRE'.

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**Inverted overprint: R
2 c** 
4 c**** 
5 c****Basic stamp light or dark green
10 c ******Overprint red
10 c******Overprint black with gold
15 c***** 
20 c****** 
25 c****** 
30 c****** 
40 cRR 
50 cRR 
75 cRROverprint black with red: RR
1 FRRRROverprint blue and red: RR
Overprint black: RRR

Stamps surcharged with the eagle, further surcharged

  '1' on 2 c brown
  '2' on 4 c brown
  '4' (horizontally or vertically) on 5 c green
  '10' on 15 c grey
  '15' on 20 c red on green
  '20' (horizontally) on 25 c 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 on 2 c** 
2 on 4 c** 
4 on 5 c**Three types of the '4'
10 on 15 c**** 
15 on 20 c****** 
20 on 25 c****** 

Erroneous overprints exist of 'N.-C.-E. 5' and 'N.-C.-E. 15' on 2 c, examples:

Bogus overprints(?), 'postage due' stamps, made by Fournier (the stamps are forgeries, look at the perforation):


(Fournier forgeries, educed sizes)

There seems to exist genuine overprints with this 'T' in a triangle, but they are very rare (bogus?).

Other Fournier forgeries:


(Fournier forgeries)

For more information on these forgeries click here.

 

For stamps issued form 1907 to 1920 and miscellaneous, click here.


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