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FRANCE 1903-1916

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1903 Sower type or 'Semeuse'

1) With lines and sun on the background

25 c blue 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
  

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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 c*vc 
15 c*vc 
20 c***c 
25 c***c 
30 c ***c 
45 ccc 
50 c blue**cShades
50 c green*vc 
50 c redcvc 
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-ROnly exists precancelled,
dangerous forgeries exist

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

10 c red with ground

  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
10 c*cPerforated 14 x 13 1/2

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

1 c olive 10 c red 1F05 red

  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

Surcharged

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

  '=25c' on 30 c blue
  '=25c' on 35 c violet
  '=30c' (red) on 35 c green
  '=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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 cvcvc 
2 cvcvc 
3 cvcvc 
5 c greencvc 
5 c orangecvc 
5 c lilac   
10 c red*vcWas retouched with stronger inscriptions
10 c greencvc 
10 c bluevcvc 
15 ccvc 
20 c red-brown cvc 
20 c lilaccvc 
25 c bluecvc 
25 c browncvc 
30 c orange**c 
30 c lilac*c 
30 c blue*vc 
30 c red*c 
35 c violet*cWas retouched with stronger inscriptions
35 c green   
40 c olive*vc 
40 c red*vc 
40 c violet*vc 
40 c bluecvc 
1 F 05** 
1 F 10 *c 
1 F 40**** 
2 F   
Surcharged
25 c on 30 ccc 
25 c on 35 ccc 
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 '5c' on 10 c red

  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 + 5 c*c'Croix Rouge'
+5c on 10 c** 

Overprinted 'F.M.' (military post)

F.M. 10 c red, with lines F.M. 10 c red, solid background

  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 c******Lines in background
10 c*cSolid background, exists with inverted overprint
15 c*** 
50 c red*c 
50 c lilaccc 

Precancels:

30 c red 15 c green
(Precancel AFFRANCHts POSTES)


Precancel 'POSTES PARIS 1920'

'POSTES PARIS 1921' Image obtained from a Feldman auction
Precancels "POSTES PARIS 1921"

5 c orange Image obtained from a Feldman auction
Precancels "POSTES PARIS 1922"


(Later overprint 'Caisse d'Amortissment')


(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 cours for postal workers, examples:

Postal forgeries:


(Postal forgery)

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, no dot behind the first 'O' of 'O.ROTY' and a different perforation than the genuine stamp.


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