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FRANCE 1903-1916

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1903 Sower type or 'Semeuse'

1) With lines and sun on the background

65 c red

  10 c red
  15 c green
  20 c brown
  25 c blue
  30 c lilac
  45 c violet
  50 c blue
  50 c green
  50 c red
  60 c violet
  65 c red
  65 c green
  75 c lilac
  80 c red
  85 c red
  1 F blue

Surcharged

50 c on 80 c red

  '=50c' on 60 c violet
  '=50c' on 65 c red
  '=50c' on 80 c red
  '=50c' on 85 c red
  '=55c' on 60 c violet

Overprinted 'CONGRES DU B.I.T. 1930' (1930
  50 c red
  

These stamps are perforated 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
10 c * vc  
15 c * vc  
20 c *** c  
25 c *** c  
30 c *** c  
45 c c c  
50 c blue ** c Shades
50 c green * vc  
50 c red c vc  
60 c * c  
65 c red * c  
65 c green * c  
75 c * vc  
80 c * c  
85 c * c  
1 F * vc  
Surcharged
50 c on 60 c * c  
50 c on 65 c * c  
50 c on 80 c * c  
50 c on 85 c * c  
55 c on 60 c - R Only exists precancelled,
dangerous forgeries exist
BIT on 50 c * c  

2) With solid background, with ground beneath feet of sower

  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
Value Unused Used Remarks
10 c * c Perforated 14 x 13 1/2

3) With solid background, without ground beneath feet of sower

1 c olive 10 c red 1F05 red


5 F blue and 10 F red Strassbourg Philatelic Exhibition stamps, issued 4th June 1927 printed on the same sheet separated from each other by a white space with 'Strasbourg 1927' printed in blue on it (part of it is still shown on the 10 F stamp), genuine. I've seen a 'facsimile of his sheet with "MUNCHEN 1976" and the text "Fac-simile anlasslich des philatelistischen Salons der ARBEITGEMEINSCHAFT FRANKREICH in Munchen vom 30. April bis 2.Mai 1976".

  1 c olive
  2 c green
  3 c orange
  5 c green
  5 c orange
  5 c lilac
  10 c red
  10 c green
  10 c blue
  15 c red-brown
  20 c red-brown
  20 c lilac
  25 c blue
  25 c brown
  30 c orange
  30 c lilac
  30 c blue
  30 c red
  35 c violet
  35 c green
  40 c olive
  40 c red
  40 c violet
  40 c blue
  1 F 05 red
  1 F 10 lilac
  1 F 40 lilac
  2 F green
  5 F blue (Strassbourg Philatelic Exh. stamp, 1927)
  10 F red (Strassbourg Philatelic Exh. stamp, 1927)

Surcharged

30 c on 35 c green 90 c on 1F05 red

  '1/2 centime' on 1 c olive (1919)
  '=25c' on 30 c blue
  '=25c' on 35 c violet
  '=30' (red) on 35 c green (1940)
  '=50c' on 1F05 red
  '=90c' on 1F05 red
  '=1F10' on 1 F 40 lilac

These stamps overprinted with value in "PARAS" or "PIASTRES" were issued for the French Post Offices in Turkey.

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
1 c vc vc  
2 c vc vc  
3 c vc vc  
5 c green c vc  
5 c orange c vc  
5 c lilac      
10 c red * vc Was retouched with stronger inscriptions
10 c green c vc  
10 c blue vc vc  
15 c c vc  
20 c red-brown c vc  
20 c lilac c vc  
25 c blue c vc  
25 c brown c vc  
30 c orange ** c  
30 c lilac * c  
30 c blue * vc  
30 c red * c  
35 c violet * c Was retouched with stronger inscriptions
35 c green      
40 c olive * vc  
40 c red * vc  
40 c violet * vc  
40 c blue c vc  
1 F 05 * *  
1 F 10 * c  
1 F 40 ** **  
2 F      
5 F *** ***  
10 F *** ***  
Surcharged
25 c on 30 c c c  
25 c on 35 c c c  
30 c on 35 c      
50 c on 1F05 * c  
90 c on 1F05 * *  
1F10 on 1F40 * c  

4) Red cross issues

Red cross issue

  10 + 5 c red, inscription 'CROIX ROUGE'
  '+5c' 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
10 + 5 c * c 'Croix Rouge'
+5c on 10 c * *  

Overprinted 'F.M.' (military post)

F.M. 10 c red, with lines

  10 c red (lines in background)
  10 c red (solid background)
  15 c green
  50 c red
  50 c lilac

The 'F.M.' overprint has been forged!

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
10 c *** *** Lines in background
10 c * c Solid background, exists with inverted overprint
15 c ** *  
50 c red * c  
50 c lilac c c  

Overprinted 'Caisse d'Amortissement' and surcharged with additional value (colours of basic stamps changed)


(Overprint 'Caisse d'Amortissment')

  40 c + 10 c blue (red overprint, 1927)
  40 c + 10 c violet (red overprint, 1928)
  40 c + 10 c green (1929)
  40 c + 10 c lilac (1930)
  40 c + 10 c olive-green (1931)
  50 c + 25 c green (blue overprint, 1927)
  50 c + 25 c red (blue overprint, 1928)
  50 c + 25 c lilac (1929)
  50 c + 25 c brown (1930)
  50 c + 25 c violet (1931)
  1.50 F + 50 c violet (1930)
  1.50 F + 50 c red (1931)

Precancels:

30 c red 15 c green
(Precancel AFFRANCHts POSTES)


Precancel "POSTES PARIS 1920", 5 c green, a 15 c green also exists.

'POSTES PARIS 1921' Image obtained from a Feldman auction
Precancels "POSTES PARIS 1921" of "POSTES FRANCE 1921", with "POSTES PARIS 1921" exist: 5 c green, 5 c orange, 15 c green and 30 c orange. With "POSTES FRANCE 1921" exist: 5 c orange, 15 c green and 30 c orange.

5 c orange Image obtained from a Feldman auction
Precancels "POSTES PARIS 1922". With "POSTES PARIS 1922" exist: 5 c orange, 15 c green and 30 c red. With "POSTES FRANCE 1922" exist: 5 c orange, 15 c green and 30 c red.

Precancelled stamps usually do not have a postal cancel (many forgeries have a normal postal cancel as well).

Stamps with tabs with inscription "MINÉRALINE" or "PHENA" are advertisement labels from the bottom and top of stamp booklets.


(Postcard in the same design, 10 c red, reduced size)


(A French stamp cancelled in Aden)

Stamps with overprint 'ANNULE' or 'SPECIMEN' for the so-called 'Cours d'Instruction'; a course for postal workers, examples:


The last stamp has a "COURS PRATIQUE" cancel.

Postal forgeries:


(Postal forgery: Faux de Turin, appeared around 1909 and re-appeared in 1911)

The 10 c red (with lines and sun on background) has been forged once to deceive the postal authorities (in Paris around 1906). There are also four types of postal forgeries of the 10 c red with solid background and one of the 25 c blue with solid background. Examples of these forgeries can be found in 'Postal Forgeries of the World' by H.G. Leslie Fletcher. I've seen the 10 c red with solid background with the 'c' of '10 c' almost closed and a different perforation than the genuine stamp (this forgery is known under the name 'Faux de Turin'). More on this Turin forgery can be read in Schweiz. Philatelistische Nachrichten, June 1911 or http://briefmarken.ag/.


Modern forgery of the 5 c with 'error'


The stamp forger Fournier made forgeries of the "F.M." overprint. Here a page from the Fournier Album.

 

1917 Postage stamp of France (sower), with overprint 'T' in a triangle to be used as postage due stamp

  5 c green

This was a provisional issue, introduced due to a lack of 5 c postage due stamps. This stamp was used from 2 to 17 January 1917.


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