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Return To Catalogue  Egypt 18791920  Miscellaneous  Suez Canal Company
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Egypt is a country situated in Northeastern Africa. It used to be a Turkish province, but was occupied by the British in 1882. It became a protectorate in 1914 and a monarchy in 1922.
5 pa grey 10 pa brown 20 pa blue 1 Pi lilac 2 Pi yellow 5 Pi red 10 Pi blue
For the specialist, these stamps (except the 1 Pi lilac) have watermark 'Pyramid'. The 1 Pi lilac has no watermark. Inverted watermarks are very common (the 2 Pi almost only exists with inverted watermark). Imperforate stamps seem to be proofs. A misprint exists; a stamp with the colour of the 5 Pi stamp, but with the inscription of the 10 Pi (RRR).
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
5 pa  ***  ***  
10 pa  ***  ***  
20 pa  ***  ***  
1 Pi  ***  **  
2 Pi  ***  ***  Bisected stamps were used from 16 to 31 July 1867 (lack of ordinary 1 Pi stamps) 
5 Pi  RR  RR  
10 Pi  RR  RR 
Forgeries, example:
(Salama forgery)
This dangerous forgery was made by Salama who used genuine watermarked paper (and in some cases printer's waste).
Other forgeries:
(Probably a forgery as well, imperforate, blue and black text is different from the above 20 pa stamp)
(I'm not quite sure if there are no forgeries in the above stamps!)
5 pa yellow 10 pa lilac 20 pa green 1 Pi red 2 Pi blue 5 Pi brown ('P' and 'E' in upper corners)
For the specialist: A star and crescent is impressed on the backside of the stamp (sort of watermark), checking this is the easiest way of detecting forgeries! The absence of this impression guarantees that the stamp is a forgery (forgeries with watermark also exist). Four types of each of these stamps exist.
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
5 pa  **  **  
10 pa  **  **  
20 pa  ***  **  
1 Pi  *  c  
2 Pi  ***  **  
5 Pi  R  *** 
In these forgeries the head of the sphinx almost touches the outlines of the front face of the pyramid. Furthermore the cancel, dots in a square, was never used on the genuine stamps. The above forgeries are made by the Spiro brothers. Note the larger space for the '5's in one of the 5 Pi forgeries (the forger made a mistake and took the bottom frame of the 5 pa). All these forgeries are also discussed in 'The Spud Papers IX and X'.
Other forgeries:
The above forgeries seem to have an impressed(?) watermark. Note that the value inscription differs considerably from the genuine stamps. The colours seem to be very bright.
(This could be a Fournier forgery)
(Essay of a 1 Pi stamp, different design)
I have seen an imperforate 'proof' of these stamps; the 1 Pi in the colours green and red (the ellipse with the sphinx in red); these proofs are actually forgeries. Example:
5 pa brown 10 pa lilac 20 pa blue 1 pi red 2 pi yellow 2 1/2 pi lilac 5 pi green
For the specialist: These stamps have watermark 'Star and Crescent'. Remainders were cancelled to order and sold to dealers (if anybody posesses more information, please contact me!). Two printings made by two printers were made, the first one by Penasson (Alexandria) and the second one by the state printers in Bulak.
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
5 pa  **  **  With inverted values: * (see example below) 
10 pa  *  *  
20 pa  **  *  
1 Pi  *  c  
2 Pi  *  *  
2 1/2 Pi  *  *  
5 Pi  ***  *** 
(Inverted values)
Surcharged (1879)
'5 paras' on 2 1/2 Pi lilac '10 paras' on 2 1/2 Pi lilac
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
5 pa on 2 1/2 Pi  *  *  Exists with inverted surcharge: RR 
10 pa on 2 1/2 Pi  *  *  Exists with inverted surcharge: RR 
Stamp used in Constantinopel (Turkey):
Between 1866 and 1879 Egypt had the following post offices abroad: Beyrut, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Harare (Ethiopia), Jaffa, Cavalle, Constantinopel, Lagos, Latakia, Massaua, Mersina, Mytilenos, Rhodos, Salonici, Smyrna, Tenedos, Tripoli and Volo (Greece). There were also many egyptian post offices in Sudan.
Forgeries exist of these stamps:
A Spiro sheet with 25 forgeries of the 2 Pi value
I think the above stamps are Spiro forgeries. I do not know what the distinghuishing characteristics of this forgery are. The cancels look quite 'bogus': arrays of dots and patterns of lines. I have seen sheets with 20 pa, 1 Pi, 2 Pi and 2 1/2 Pi stamps cancelled with typical Spiro cancels (see image above for an example). I think these forgeries were also offered by Fournier in his 1914 pricelist (7 values for 2 Swiss francs) as second choice forgeries. The next picture shows a forgery with overprint 'FAUX', probably coming from a Fournier Album, that was made after Fourniers forgeries were bought over by the Philatelic Union of Geneva:
(Forgery with 'FAUX' overprint)
Other forgeries:
(Note the strange head in these forgeries)
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