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IVORY COAST

(Cote d'Ivoire, french colony in Africa)

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Stamp of the French colonies, used in Ivory Coast:

40 c red on yellow Cote d'Ivoire cancel


1893 French colonies type (so-called 'Tablet' type), inscription 'COTE D'IVOIRE', country name in blue or red

2 c brown on yellow With background pattern

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

These stamps have perforation 14 x 13 1/2.

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****** 
10 c black****** 
10 c redRRRR1900
15 c blue******With background pattern
15 c grey******1900
20 c ****** 
25 c black**** 
25 c blueRRRR1900
30 c****** 
40 c****** 
50 c red****** 
50 c brown on blue RR1900
75 c****** 
1 F****** 

Previous stamps surcharged (1904)

  '0,05' on 30 c brown
  '0,10' on 75 c lilac
  '0,15' on 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
0,05 on 30 cRRRR 
0,10 on 75 c****** 
0,15 on 1 F****** 
Previous stamps surcharged (1912)

  '05' (red) on 15 c grey
  '05' (red) on 30 c brown
  '10' on 40 c red
  '10' (red) on 50 c brown on blue
  '10' on 75 c lilac

All the above surcharges of 1912 exist with more space between '0' and '5' and '1' and '0' respectively (*** to 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
05 on 15 c** 
05 on 30 c**** 
05 on 40 c**** 
10 on 50 c****** 
10 on 75 c****** 

Forgeries:


(Fournier forgery)


(Fournier forgery, reduced size)

Fournier has made forgeries of these stamps, for more information on these forgeries click here.

 

1906 General Faidherbe, palm trees and dr. Ballay

5 c green 10 c red 50 c violet

  1 c grey
  2 c brown
  4 c brown on blue
  5 c green
  10 c red
  20 c black on grey
  25 c blue
  30 c brown on yellow
  35 c black on yellow
  45 c brown on green
  50 c violet
  75 c blue on orange
  1 F black on blue
  2 F blue on red
  5 F red on yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
General Faidherbe
1 c** 
2 c** 
4 c** 
5 c**Exists with no country name: RR
10 c*** 
Palm Trees
20 c****** 
25 c****** 
30 c****** 
35 cRR 
45 c****** 
50 c****** 
75 c****** 
Dr. Ballay
1 FRR 
2 FRRRR 
5 FRRRR 

Forgeries exist (at least of the 5 Fr value), example:


(Ivory Coast 5 Fr forgery, reduced size)

For more examples of these forgeries, click here.

 

1913 Landscape with river

2 c brown and black

  1 c lilac and violet
  2 c brown and black
  4 c violet and lilac
  5 c green 
  5 c brown 
  10 c orange and red
  10 c green
  10 c red on blue
  15 c orange and red
  20 c black and grey
  25 c blue
  25 c black and violet
  30 c brown
  30 c orange and red
  30 c blue and red
  30 c green
  35 c violet and orange
  40 c grey and green
  45 c orange and brown
  45 c red and brown
  50 c black and violet
  50 c blue
  50 c green and blue
  60 c violet on red
  65 c red and olive
  75 c brown and red
  75 c blue
  85 c lilac and black
  90 c brown and red
  1 F orange and black
  1 F 10 green and brown
  1 F 50 blue
  2 F brown and blue
  3 F red
  5 F  blue and brown

These stamps have perforation 14 x 13 1/2.

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 cvcvc 
2 cvcc 
4 cvcc 
5 c green** 
5 c brownvcc 
10 c orange and red ** 
10 c greencc 
10 c red on bluecc 
15 ccc 
20 ccc 
25 c blueRR*** 
25 c black and violet cc 
30 c brown****** 
30 c orange and red**** 
30 c blue and red*c 
30 c greencc 
35 c** 
40 ccc 
45 c orange and brown cc 
45 c red and brown?? 
50 c black and violet****** 
50 c blue** 
50 c green and bluecc 
60 c** 
65 c** 
75 c brown and red** 
75 c blue?? 
85 c** 
90 c** 
1 F** 
1.10 F** 
1.50 F** 
2 F** 
3 F** 
5 F**** 

Surcharged
  25 c (red) on 2 F brown and blue (1924)
  25 c on 5 F blue and brown (1924)
  50 on 45 c red and brown
  50 (blue) on 75 c blue
  50 on 90 c brown and red
  '60= 60=' on 75 c violet on red (1922)
  65 on 15 c orange and red
  85 on 75 c brown and red
  90 c on 75 c red
  '1f25' (red) on 1 F blue 
  1 F 50 on 1 F blue
  3 F on 5 F red and green
  10 F on 5 F red and lilac
  20 F on 5 F green and red 

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
25 c on 2 F** 
25 c on 5 F** 
50 c on 45 c   
50 c on 75 c   
50 c on 90 c   
60 c on 75 c** 
65 c on 15 c** 
85 c on 75 c** 
90 c on 75 c** 
1.25 F on 1 F** 
1.50 F on 1 F** 
3 F on 5 F**** 
10 F on 5 F****** 
20 F on 5 F****** 
Red cross issue (1915)
  '+5 c' on 10 c orange and red

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 10 c**With double overprint: RR

I have seen a 10 c orange and red with the overprint 'CONTRATS DIVERS Tarif 0f05%' used as a fiscal stamp.


Postage due stamps

1906 Inscription 'AFRIQUE OCC FRANCAISE COTE D"IVOIRE TAXE A PERCEVOIR, beach and heads


(Reduced size)

  5 c green
  10 c brown
  15 c blue
  20 c black on yellow
  30 c red on brown
  50 c violet
  60 c black on yellow
  1 F black on red

These stamps have perforation 13 1/2 x 14.

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** 
10 c** 
15 c**** 
20 c**** 
30 c**** 
50 c****** 
60 c****** 
1 F****** 

 

1915 New type, number, inscription 'CHIFFRE TAXE A PERCEVOIR'

  5 c green
  10 c red
  15 c grey
  20 c brown
  30 c blue
  50 c black
  60 c red
  1 F violet

Surcharged (1927)
  '2F' on 1 F lilac
  '3F' on 1 F brown

These stamps have perforation 14 x 13 1/2.

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 cvcc 
10 ccc 
15 ccc 
20 ccc 
30 ccc 
50 cc* 
60 cc* 
1 F** 
2 F on 1 F**Exists without '.' behind 'F'
3 F on 1 F*** 


Parcel Post Stamps

1903 Parcel post stamps, postage due stamps of the French colonies overprinted 'Cote d'Ivoire Colis Postaux

'C.P.' on 50 c red on brown and 1 F red on brown No country name

  50 c lilac (overprint in 3 lines)
  50 c lilac (overprint in 2 lines)
  50 c lilac (Colis Postaux only, no country name)
  'C.P. Cote d'Ivoire' on 50 c lilac (1904)
  'Cote d'Ivoire C.P.' on 50 c lilac (1904-05, 2 types)
  1 F red on brown (overprint in 3 lines)
  1 F red on brown (overprint in 2 lines)
  1 F red on brown (Colis Postaux only, no country name)
  'C.P. Cote d'Ivoire' on 1 F red on brown
  'Cote d'Ivoire C.P.' on 1 F red on brown (1904-05, 2 types)

From the 50 c 1903 issue (all 3 types) only 1200 stamps were printed, the 1 F 1903 (all 3 types) was printed in 1800 copies. More information can be found at: http://www.colfra.com/Articles/Arretes/CotedIvoire/Arrete-1903-04-06.htm and http://www.colfra.com/Articles/Arretes/CotedIvoire/Arrete-1905-09-15.htm (in French).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
50 cRROverprint in 3 lines
50 cRRRROverprint in 2 lines
50 cRRRRRRNo country name
50 cRR1904 'C.P. Cote d'Ivoire'
50 cRR1904 'Cote d'Ivoire C.P.' (C and P same level)
Variety: 'Cote d'Ivoire' omitted: RR
Inverted overprint: RR
50 cRR1905 'Cote d'Ivoire C.P.' (C higher, P lower)
2000 stamps issued
1 FRROverprint in 3 lines
1 FRRRROverprint in 2 lines
1 FRRRRRRNo country name
1 FRR1904 'C.P. Cote d'Ivoire'
1 FRR1904 'Cote d'Ivoire C.P.' (C and P same level)
Inverted overprint: RR
1 FRR1905 'Cote d'Ivoire C.P.' (C higher, P lower);
2000 stamps issued

Surcharged

4 Francs on 15 c green 4 Francs on 60 c brown on brown Most common type of the 4 Fr on 60 c Image obtained from a Sandafayre auction

  50 c on 15 c green
  50 c on 60 c brown on brown
  '1 fr' on 5 c blue
  '1 FR' on 5 c blue
  'UN FR' on 5 c blue
  '1 fr' on 10 c black
  'UN FR' on 10 c black
  'Cote d'Ivoire 2 Francs C.P.' on 1 F red on brown
  '4 Francs' on 5 c blue
  '4 Francs' on 15 c green
  '4 Francs' on 30 c red
  '4 Francs' on 15 c green
  'fr 4 fr' on 60 c brown on brown
  '8 Francs' on 15 c green
  'Cote d'Ivoire 4 Francs C.P.' on 1 F red on brown
  'Cote d'Ivoire 8 Francs C.P.' on 1 F red on 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
50 c on 15 c ******Variety broad '0' instead of narrow '0' in '50' : RR
Inverted overprint: RR
50 c on 60 cRRVariety broad '0' instead of narrow '0' in '50': RR
Inverted overprint: RR
'1 fr' on 5 c******4 types, second most common type: R,
all other types: RRR, inverted overprint: RR
'1 FR' on 5 cRRRRRR3 types
'UN FR' on 5 c RRRR2 types, most common type: RR
other type: RRR
'1 fr' on 10 cR***2 types, most common type: ***
other type: R, inverted overprint: RR
'UN FR' on 10 c RRRRRR2 types, only 25 stamps were issued
(only 1 for the second type)
2 F on 1 FRRRR1905, 1000 stamps issued
4 F on 5 cRRRR 
4 F on 15 cRRRRExists with small 'stars' or one large and one
small star
4 F on 30 cRRRRExists with small 'stars' or one large and one
small star
4 F on 60 cRRRR3 types: '4' different, most common type: RR,
other types; RRR
4 F on 1 FRRRR1905, Two types; straight '4': RR or slanting '4': RRR.
Both types: 1000 issued
8 F on 15 cRRRR 
8 F on 1 FRRRR1905, 500 issued

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