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DIEGO SUAREZ

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Diego Suarez is a city in the north of Madagascar.

1890 Stamps of the french colonies, surcharged by hand in violet

'15' on 1 c black

"15" on 10 c black "15" on 25 c black
(Reduced sizes)

  '15' on 1 c black
  '15' on 5 c green
  '15' on 10 c black
  '15' on 20 c red on green
  '15' 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
15 c on 1 cRRR 
15 c on 5 cRRR 
15 c on 10 cRRR 
15 c on 20 cRRR 
15 c on 25 cRR 

 

1890 Various designs, large sizes, imperforate

1 c black 5 c black 15 c black 25 c black


(reduced size)

  1 c black (ship)
  5 c black (two persons)
  15 c black (two persons)
  25 c black (person with helmet)

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 
5 cRRRR 
15 cRRR 
25 cRRRR 

Forgeries exist of these stamps.

 

1891 Mythical figure, inscription 'POSTE 1891', imperforate

5 c black

  5 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
5 cRRRR 

 

1891-1892 Stamps of the french colonies overprinted

Overprinted '1891 DIEGO-SUAREZ 5 c' diagonally

5 c on 20c red on green
(Reduced size)

  5 c on 10 c black
  5 c on 20 red on green

Overprinted 'DIEGO-SUAREZ' diagonally

2 c brown on yellow 4, 10 and 25 c 15 c blue 20 c red on green Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

1 Fr green
(Reduced size)

  1 c black (overprinted in red)
  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 (overprinted in red)
  35 c violet on yellow
  75 c red
  1 F green (overprinted in 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

Overprinted '1891 DIEGO-SUAREZ 5 c' diagonally

5 c on 10 cRRRR 
5 c on 20 cRRRR 

Overprinted 'DIEGO-SUAREZ' diagonally

1 cRR 
2 cRR 
4 cRR 
5 cRR 
10 cR*** 
15 c****** 
20 cRR 
25 cR*** 
30 cRRRRRR 
35 cRRRRRR 
75 cRR 
1 FRRRR 

The values 1 c, 2 c, 5 c, 10 c, 25 c, 30 c and 35 c also exist with inverted overprint. The following stamp is a fake inverted overprint:

Inverted overprint forgery!

 

1892 French colonies type, inscription 'DIEGO SUAREZ ET DEPENDANCES' in red or blue

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 brown on yellow
  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 c** 
2 c** 
4 c** 
5 c**** 
10 c****** 
15 c****** 
20 c****** 
25 c****** 
30 c****** 
40 c****** 
50 cRR 
75 cRR 
1 FRRRR 

In 1903 stamps of Madagascar and Diego Suarez exist bisected and cancelled with the inscription: 'Affranchissement exceptionel (faute de timbres)' or 'Affranchissement special faute de figurines.-' or 'Affranchi ainsi Faute figurine' or 'ffranch. except, faute de Timbres' or 'Affranchi ainsi faute figurine' or 'Affranch.t exceptionnel faute de Timbres' or 'Affranch. except. faute de Timbres' or ':0,05 Affranchi ainsi faute de figurines'.


('Affranchi ainsi Faute figurine' overprint on bisected stamp, reduced size)

For a similar overprint on Madagascar click here.

Forgeries:


(Fournier forgery)

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

 

1893 French colonies type, inscription 'DIEGO SUAREZ' in red or blue

1 c black 20 c red on green

  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 brown on yellow
  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 c** 
2 c**** 
4 c**** 
5 c****** 
10 c****** 
15 c****** 
20 c****** 
25 c***** 
30 c****** 
40 c****** 
50 c****** 
75 c****** 
1 F****** 

Forgeries:


(Fournier forgery, reduced size)

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

From 1998 on the stamps of Madagascar were used.

 

In 1902 the remainders were surcharged with a '0,05' or '0,10' (actually an issue for Madagascar):

1902 Stamps of 1893 surcharged

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  '0,05' on 30 c brown
  '0,10' on 50 c 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
'0,05' on 30 c brown RRRRBoth types
'0,10' on 50 c redRRRRRRBoth types

POSTAGE DUE STAMPS

Postage due stamp of the French Colonies, used in Diego Suarez:

 

1891 Stamps with inscription 'DIEGO-SUAREZ CHIFFRE TAXE'

5 c violet

  5 c violet
  50 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
5 cRRRR 
50 cRRRR 

 

1892 Postage due stamps of the french colonies overprinted 'DIEGO-SUAREZ'

2 c black 10 c black 20 c black

  1 c black
  2 c black
  3 c black
  4 c black
  5 c black
  10 c black
  15 c black
  20 c black
  30 c black
  60 c black
  1 F 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
1 cRRR 
2 cRRR 
3 cRRR 
4 cRRR 
5 cRRR 
10 c****** 
15 c****** 
20 cRRRR 
30 cRR 
60 cRRRRR 
1 FRRRRRR 

Forgeries, example:

Carion forgery!

The above stamp is a forgery of Carion. He made and sold 'proofs' of french colonies.


Bogus issues

Arthur Maury (stamp dealer in Paris, who also issued a stamp catalogue) made bogus Diego Suarez stamps by overprinting the current French stamps with the initials D.S. and a line (see http://www.doig.net/Maury.html). I have never seen this bogus issue myself.


(Another bogus issue, stamp of French Colonies with overprint 'D.SUAREZ')


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