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British post offices in Crete:

(Currency: 40 Parades = 1 Piastre)

1898 Greek text, imperforated

Image obtained from a Shreves auction

  20 p violet

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
20 pRR 

 

1898 Greek text, perforated

10 p brown, with cancel


(Reduced sizes)

  10 p blue
  10 p brown
  20 p green
  20 p 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
10 p blue*c 
10 p brown*c 
20 p green** 
20 p red** 

Cancels: Cancels are simply consisting of a townname in a straight line (as in the above 10 p brown stamp), ten different cancels exist for ten different towns (with Heraklion the most common one).

Forgeries exist of these stamps. To distinguish between genuine and forged stamps we have to look at the small circle with a dot just above the numerals. In the genuine, the circle is closed; in the forgery, the circle is not joined. More information about the forgeries can be found at: http://www.themysterybox.com/StampWhys/crete/AaGB.html. Example of a forgery:

10 p blue, forgery!


(Zoom-in of the small open circle in this forgery)


French post offices in Crete

As French stamp types of 1900, but with inscription 'CRETE'

  1 c grey
  2 c lilac
  3 c red
  4 c brown
  5 c green

  10 c red
  15 c orange
  20 c brown
  25 c blue
  30 c lilac

5 Fr blue and yellow

  40 c red and blue
  50 c brown and green
  1 F red and blue
  2 F lilac and yellow
  5 F blue and yellow

Surcharged in PIASTRE (1903)

  1 pi on 25 c blue
  2 pi on 50 c brown and green
  4 pi on 1 F red and blue
  8 pi on 2 F lilac and yellow
  20 pi on 5 F blue and yellow

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 ccc 
2 ccc 
3 ccc 
4 ccc 
5 ccc 
10 c** 
15 c** 
20 c** 
25 c*c 
30 c** 
40 c** 
50 c** 
1 F** 
2 F****** 
5 F****** 
Surcharged
1 Pi on 25 c****** 
2 Pi on 50 c****** 
4 Pi on 1 FRR 
8 Pi on 2 FRR 
20 Pi on 5 FRRRR 

The French post office in Crete was closed on 31st October 1914.


Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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