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Postage due stamps

1884 Inscription 'A percevoir postes egyptiennes'

  10 pa red
  20 pa red
  1 Pi red
  2 Pi red
  5 Pi red

For the specialist: A star and crescent is impressed on the backside of the stamp (sort of watermark), they also exist with no watermark at all. The stamps have perforation 10 1/2. Remainders were cancelled to order and sold to dealers.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
'Watermark' Star and Crescent
10 pa** 
20 pa***** 
1 Pi red***** 
2 Pi red**** 
5 Pi red***** 
No watermark
10 pa**** 
20 pa***** 
1 Pi red** 
2 Pi red** 

Dangerous forgeries exist (if anybody has information concerning these forgeries, pleas contact me!). They exists with and without the same impressed watermark as the original stamps. The perforation of these forgeries is 14.


(Forgeries)


(Forgery)

 

1888 Inscription 'A percevoir postes egyptiennes', currency changed

  2 m green
  5 m red
  1 Pi blue
  2 Pi yellow
  5 Pi grey

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
No watermark
2 m** 
5 m** 
1 Pi blue**** 
2 Pi yellow****** 
5 Pi greyRRWith '.' behind 'PIASTRES': RR

Forgeries:

Forgeries exist of the Piaster values. The next forgeries have perforation 14.

Other forgery?

Forgery!
(Reduced size)

 

1889 inscription 'A percevoir' value in ellipse

  2 m green
  4 m brown
  1 Pi blue
  2 Pi orange

These stamps are perforated 14 and have watermark 'Star and Crescent'.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 mcc 
4 mcc 
1 Pi *vc 
2 Pi *c 

Overprinted '3 Milliemes' and arabic text

  3 m on 2 Pi orange
  'crown and arabic' text on 2 Pi orange

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 m on 2 Picc1898 Two types of this surcharge exist.
Crown and arabic text on 2 Pi ****1922

 

1921 Inscription 'Postage due'

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  2 m green
  2 m red
  4 m red
  4 m green
  10 m blue
  10 m red

These stamps are perforated 14 and have watermark 'Multiple Star and Crescent'.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 m greencc 
2 m redcc1922
4 m red** 
4 m greencc1922
10 m blue**1922
10 m redcc1922

Overprinted with crown and arabic text (1922)
  2 m red
  4 m green
  10 m 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
2 m cc 
4 mcc 
10 m*c 

 

In 1927 a new serie of postage due stamps was issued with an arabic numeral in the center (6 values, in 1932 a new value was added).


Official stamps

1893 Inscription 'POSTES EGYPTIENNES SERVICE DE L'ETAT'

  (-) brown

This stamp has watermark 'Star and Crescent' and perforation 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
(-)cvc 

Later, postal stamps were overprinted 'O.H.H.S' and arabic text to serve as official stamps (see under postage stamps for a listing).


Interpostal seals

The first interpostal seals of Egypt were issued in 1864 for Egyptian post offices at home and abroad by 'POSTA EUROPEA', a private company. Inscriptions on the seals are in Arabic, Turkish, Italian or French. I do not know what these seals were used for exactly. Literature: The Interpostals of Egypt 1864-1892 by E. A. Kehr.

1864 'EUROPEA'

1865 'POSTE VICE REALI EGIZIANE', black on coloured paper, with asterisks

1867 'POSTE VICE REALI EGIZIANE', white paper

1874 'POSTE KHEDEUIE EGIZIANE, black on coloured paper

1874 'POSTE KHEDEUIE EGIZIANE, black on white paper

1888 1890 'POSTES EGYPTIENNES', blank center, bottom portion of circle white with coloured text

1890 'POSTES EGYPTIENNES', blank center, bottom portion of circle in color

18? red seals

Other examples:


('DIREZIONE GENERALE DELLE POSTE KHEDEUIE EGIZIANE ALESSANDRIA')

These seals have also been forged.

Forgery!
(Forgery!)


1935 British forces in Egypt, letter stamp Jubilee commemoration


(reduced size)

 


Fiscal stamps

Some fiscal stamps with a pyramid were issued in 1892 with inscription 'GOUVERNEMENT EGYPTIEN' (in the values 1 Pi green, 2 Pi green, 5 Pi yellow, 5 Pi lilac and 10 Pi lilac). Examples (different frames exist):

 

In 1892 some salt tax stamps were issued (inscription 'SALT DEPARTMENT' in the values: 10 m blue, 500 m orange, 1 L red, 2 L green and 5 L lilac). These stamps also exist with surcharged value (50 m on 500 m and 100 m on 1 L). A new design was issued in 1893 (values 250 m blue and red, 500 m orange and brown, 1 L red and green, 2 L green and violet and 5 L lilac and blue), example:

Again a new salt tax design appeared in 1896 (2 values: 30 p black and no value black on green), these stamps have the year 1896 in the design. A similar stamp with '1897' appeared the next year (black on yellow).

 

Egypt also issued some cigarette tax stamps from 1892 onwards:

1892 Inscription 'DOUANES EYPTIENNES SERVICES DES TABACS', sphinx facing sideways, perforated or imperforate, the number of cigarettes is indicated on top of the stamp


(Reduced sizes)

  blue (30 cigarettes)
  1/8 m violet (8 cig)
  1/8 m red (10 cig)
  1/8 m violet (16 cig)
  1/8 m blue (20 cig)
  1/8 m orange (25 cig)

Larger size
  1/8 m yellow (25 cig)
  1/8 m orange (25 cig)

Larger size
  1/4 m green (50 cig)
  1/4 m red (100 cig)
  1/4 m red (200 cig)
  1/2 m lilac (500 cig)
  1 m brown (1000 cig)

Surcharged


(Reduced size)

  '5 CIG. 5' on 1/4 m red (1895)
  '6 CIGARETTES DOUANES EGYPTIENNES SERVICE DES TABACS' in
    an ellipse on 1/8 m red (10 cig)

1892 Inscription 'DOUANES EYPTIENNES SERVICES DES TABACS', sphinx facing forwards, imperforate, the number of cigarettes is indicated on top of the stamp


(Reduced size)

  1/4 m red (10 cig)
  1/4 m blue (20 cig)
  1/4 m brown (25 cig)

Larger size
  1/4 m red (10 cig)
  1/4 m red (100 cig)

Envelopes

1888 Sphinx and pyramid

Value in 'Piastres'

  1 pi blue
  2 pi yellow

Surcharged
  '5 MILLIEMES' on 2 pi yellow

Value in 'Milliemes' (1890)

  1 m brown
  2 m green
  5 m red

Officially sealed stamps

Inscription 'EGYPT FOUND OPEN OR TORN AND OFFICIALLY SEALED':

There exist 4 of these labels, each slightly different in the arabic text, they were issued from 1907 onwards.

Inscription 'EGYPTE TROUVEE OUVERTE OU DECHIREE ET REPAREE D'OFFICE', I have seen two different types:


Bogus issues

I have seen stamps of Great Britain, overprinted 'EGYPT', king George 4 p green and 9 p brown of the same series, I think these are bogus overprints:


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