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DJIBOUTI, SOMALI COAST (Cote Francaise des Somalis)

(French Colony in Africa)

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1894 Views of Djibouti, with Somali warriers at the sides, inscription 'PROTECTORAT COTES DES SOMALIS DJIBOUTI' imperforate (with imitated perforation in the design)

Large rectangular stamp

  1 c black and brown
  2 c brown and black
  4 c brown and blue
  5 c green and red
  5 c green and yellowish green (1902)
  10 c brown and green
  15 c violet and green
  25 c red and blue
  30 c brown and red
  40 c yellow and blue (1900)
  50 c blue and red
  75 c lilac and red
  1 F green and black
  2 F brown 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
1 c**** 
2 c** 
4 c****** 
5 c****** 
10 c****** 
15 c****** 
25 c****** 
30 c****** 
40 cRRRR 
50 c****** 
75 cRRRR 
1 FRR 
2 FRRRR 
Triangular stamp
  5 F red and blue

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 FRRRR 
Large diamond shaped stamp

  25 F red and blue
  50 F blue 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 FRRRRRR 
50 FRRRRRR 
Surcharged


  '0.05' (blue) on 75 c lilac and red (1902)
  '0,10' (blue) on 1 F green and black (1902)
  '0,40' on 4 c brown and blue (1899)
  '0,40' (blue) on 2 F brown and red (1902)
  '0,75' on 5 F red and blue (1902)
  '5 centimes' on 40 c yellow and blue (1902)
  '10 centimes' on 50 c blue and red (1902)

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 75 cRRInverted surcharge: RR
0,10 on 1 FRRRRInverted surcharge: RR
0,40 on 4 cRR*** 
0,40 on 2 FRRRR 
0,75 on 5 FRRRRInverted surcharge: RRR
5 c on 40 c******Double surcharge: RR
10 c on 50 cRRInverted surcharge: RR

 

1902 Various designs

Mosk of Tadsura

  1 c violet and orange
  1 c lilac and black
  2 c brown and green
  2 c brown and black
  4 c blue and red
  4 c red and black
  5 c dark green and green
  5 c green and black
  10 c red and orange
  10 c red and black
  15 c brown and blue
  15 c brown and black

Camelpost

  20 c violet and green
  20 c violet and black
  25 c blue
  25 c blue and dark blue
  25 c blue and black
  30 c red and black
  40 c orange and blue
  40 c orange and black
  50 c green and red
  50 c green and black
  75 c orange and lilac
  75 c orange and black

Native people

  1 F red and lilac
  1 F orange and black
  1 F violet and brown (1909)
  2 F green and red
  2 F green and black
  2 F brown and red (1909)
  5 F orange and blue
  5 F orange and black
  5 F brown and grey (1909)

These stamps have perforation 11 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 violet and orange ** 
1 c lilac and black**1903
2 c brown and green ** 
2 c brown and black **1903
4 c blue and red** 
4 c red and black**1903
5 c geen **** 
5 c green and black***1903
10 c red and orange ****** 
10 c red and black***1903
15 c brown and blue****** 
15 c brown and black ******1903
20 c violet and green ****** 
20 c violet and black******1903
25 c blue ****** 
25 c blue and dark blue ****** 
25 c blue and black******1903
30 c****** 
40 c orange and blue ****** 
40 c orange and black******1903
50 c green and redRR 
50 c green and blackR***1903
75 c orange and lilac****** 
75 c orange and black******1903
1 F red and lilacRR 
1 F orange and black ******1903
1 F violet and brownRR1909
2 F green and redRRRR 
2 F green and black ******1903
2 F brown and redRR1909
5 F orange and blueRR 
5 F orange and blackRR1903
5 F brown and greyRRRR1909

Inverted centers:


(Inverted centers, examples)

Many stamps with inverted centers exist. An official of the Agency of the Colonies in Paris was responsable for checking stamp sheets for errors. A stamp dealer asked him if he could buy some of the 'errors' the official had discovered. This dealer then sold these rarities to stamp collectors. This fascinating story can also be read in 'The truth about the stamps of the Somali Coast with inverted centers' (source: http://www.apfelbauminc.com/library/SomaliCoast.htm, translated from 'L’Echo de la Timbrologie' and published in the 'American Journal of Philately' in 1905). Later on, this official even printed complete sheets with inverted centers, to sell them to stamp dealers. The market was then flooded with thousands of these inverted center stamps!
The forger Fournier also offered these 'errors'. In 'The Fournier album of philatelic forgeries' a block of 4 c stamps with two of them with inverted centers can be found. Also a piece of a letter with two stamps; a 2 F inverted and a 2 F normal. All these 'errors' are cancelled with 'DJIBOUTI COTE FRANCAISE DES SOMALIS 25 JANV' (with a blotch of ink where normally the year would be). Also imperforate stamps and other printers waste exists of this serie (probably from the same source), example:


(Imperforate 40 c stamp)

 

1909 As 1902 issue, but larger sizes

Mosk of Tadsura

  1 c red and brown
  2 c violet and olive
  4 c olive and blue
  5 c green and olive
  10 c lilac and red
  20 c black and brown

Camelpost

  25 c blue (2 shades)
  30 c brown and red
  35 c lilac and green
  40 c red and violet
  45 c brown and grey
  50 c red and brown
  75 c red and 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 c cc 
2 c c* 
4 c ** 
5 c ** 
10 c ****** 
20 c ******* 
25 c****** 
30 c****** 
35 c****** 
40 c****** 
45 c****** 
50 c****** 
75 c****** 

 

1915 Various designs, man making music, girl from Somalia and railway bridge

Man making music

  1 c violet and brown
  2 c yellow and blue
  4 c brown and red
  5 c yellowish green and green
  5 c orange and red (1922)

Girl from Somalia

  10 c red and brown
  10 c green (2 shades, 1922)
  10 c red and green (1926)
  15 c lilac and red
  20 c orange and brown
  20 c green and blue (1926)
  20 c green and red (1927)
  25 c blue (2 shades)
  25 c black and grey (1922)
  30 c black and green
  30 c red and brown (1922)
  30 c violet and green (1926)
  30 c green (2 shades, 1927)
  35 c green and red
  40 c blue and lilac
  45 c brown and blue
  50 c red and black
  50 c blue (2 shades, 1922)
  50 c brown and lilac (1926)
  60 c green and lilac (1926)
  65 c red and green (1926)
  75 c lilac and brown
  75 c blue (2 shades, 1926)
  75 c violet and brown (1927)
  85 c lilac and green (1926)
  90 c brown and red (1930)

Railway bridge

  1 F brown and red
  1 F 10 brown and blue (1928)
  1 F 25 blue and brown (1933)
  1 F 50 blue (2 shades, 1930)
  1 F 75 olive and red (1933)
  2 F violet and black
  3 F red (1930)
  5 F red and 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 vcc 
2 c vcc 
4 c vcc 
5 c geen ** 
5 c orange and redvcc 
10 c red and brown ** 
10 c green** 
10 c red and greencc 
15 ccc 
20 c orange and brown ** 
20 c green and blue** 
20 c green and redcc 
25 c blue****** 
25 c black and greycc 
30 c black and green****** 
30 c red and brown****** 
30 c violet and green ** 
30 c greencc 
35 c** 
40 ccc 
45 ccc 
50 c red and blackRR 
50 c blue**** 
50 c brown and lilaccc 
60 c** 
65 c** 
75 c lilac and brown**** 
75 c blue** 
75 c violet and brown** 
85 c** 
90 c** 
1 F ** 
1.10 F** 
1.25 F ** 
1.50 F** 
1.75 F** 
2 F** 
3 F**** 
5 F***** 
Red cross issue (1915)

'+ 5' on 10 c red

  '+ 5' (red) on 10 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
5 c on 10 c** 
Surcharged '1922' in a rectangle and value
  '1922 0f10' (green) on 5 c green
  '1922 0f50' (blue) on 25 c blue

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 c on 5 c** 
50 c on 25 c** 
Surcharged

'0,04' on 15 c lilac and red
(Reduced view)

  '0,01' on 15 c lilac and red (1922)
  '0,02' (blue) on 15 c lilac and red (1922)
  '0,04' (green) on 15 c lilac and red (1922)
  '0,05' (red) on 15 c lilac and red (1922)
  '25c' on 5 F red and black (1924)
  '60' on 75 c olive and violet (1923)
  '65' on 15 c lilac and red (1925)
  '85' on 40 c blue and lilac (1925)
  '90' on 75 c red (1927)
  '1f25' (red) on 1 F blue (2 shades,1926)
  '1f50' on 1 F blue (2 shades, 1927)
  '3F' on 5 F red and lilac (1927)
  '10F' on 5 F red and brown (1927)
  '20F' on 5 F green and red (1927)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
0,01 on 15 c** 
0,02 on 15 c** 
0,04 on 15 c** 
0,05 on 15 c** 
25 c on 5 F** 
60 c on 75 c** 
65 c on 15 c** 
85 c on 40 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****** 

Some of the above stamps seem to exist with 'Service Avion', this is merely a cancel.


Postage due stamps

1915 Number in a circle with spears in the background

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

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

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 c** 
1 F** 
2 F on 1 F** 
3 F on 1 F*** 


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