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1900 So called 'Blanc' type, angles and justice

2 c brown "Blanc" 5 c green

  1 c grey
  2 c brown
  3 c orange
  4 c brown
  5 c green
  7 1/2 c violet (precancelled) (1926)
  10 c violet (1929)

Surcharged

1/2 on 1 c grey

  '1/2 centime' (red) on 1 c grey (1919)

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
1 cvcvc 
2 cvcvc 
3 cvcvc 
4 ccc 
5 cvcvc 
7 1/2 c-cOnly exists with precancel
10 ccvc 
Surcharged
1/2 on 1 c grey vcvc 

'5' in a circle cancel Affranchts Postes
(Special cancel '5' in a circle and precancel 'AFFRANCHis POSTES')

The overprint exists inverted or double (all very rare), forgeries exist! Here a forgery of a double overprint:


(Forged double overprint)

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

 

1900 So called 'Mouchon' type, sitting woman, inscription 'DROITS DE L'HOMME'

'POSTES' in the right upper corner

10 c red, "Mouchon",  'POSTES' at the right

  10 c red
  15 c orange
  20 c lilac
  25 c blue
  30 c violet

Overprinted 'F.M' (Franchise Militaire = military stamp'

  15 c orange

'POSTES' in the middle of the top of the stamp

20 c brown "Mouchon" 25 c blue "Mouchon" type


(Example of a 'Millesime')

  10 c red
  15 c orange
  20 c brown
  25 c blue
  30 c violet

Overprinted 'F.M' (Franchise militaire = military stamp)

  15 c orange

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

'Postes' in upper right corner

10 c**c 
15 c*vc 
20 c**** 
25 c***c 
30 c**** 
15 c 'FM'**Inverted overprint: RR
'Postes' in the middle
10 c**c 
15 c***vc 
20 c**** 
25 c***c 
30 c***c 
15 c 'FM'*** 

The 'FM' overprint is known to be forged.

 

1900 So called 'Merson' type, lying woman

3 F lilac and red 3 F violet and blue

  40 c red and blue
  45 c green and blue
  50 c brown and blue
  60 c violet and blue
  1 F red and green
  2 F violet and yellow
  2 F orange and green
  3 F violet and blue
  3 F lilac and red
  5 F blue and yellow
  10 F green and red
  20 F lilac and green

Overprinted
  'CONGRES PHILATELIQUE DE BORDEAUX 1923' on 1 F red and green
  'EXPOSITION PHILATELIQUE LE HAVRE 1929' on 2 F orange and green
  
Airmail (1927), overprinted 'Poste Aerienne'
  2 F orange and green
  5 F blue and yellow

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
40 c*vc 
45 c**vc 
50 c***vc 
60 c*vc 
1 F*vc 
2 F violet and yellow RR*** 
2 F orange and green *vc 
3 F violet and blue*** 
3 F lilac and red*c 
5 F***c 
10 F**** 
20 F****** 
1 F Bordeaux exh. (1923) ***RR 
2 F Le Havre exh. (1929) ****** 
2 F (airmail)****** 
5 F (airmail)****** 

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

Forgeries of these stamps are described in: http://www.coppoweb.com/merson/fr.faux.php , where Forbin, Fournier and other forgeries are described (in French). Mainly the 5 F and some overprints were forged if I understood well from this website.


(I've been told that this is a Forbin forgery of the 5 F value)


(Imperforate Hialeah forgeries of the 5 F 'Poste Aerienne' stamp, reduced size)

Recently, some Hialeah forgeries were offered in large quantities on Ebay. They are simply produced with a computer scanner and printer. The quality of the image is very bad, I have seen them only imperforate (all values). They also exist (imperforate) with the 'CONGRES PHILATELIQUE DE BORDEAUX' of 1923, the 'EXPOSITION PHILATELIQUE LE HAVRE' overprint of 1929 and the 'Poste Aerienne' overprint of 1929. These overprints were also made inverted and double by the Hialeah forger.

These stamps exist overprinted 'ANNULE' for the so-called 'Cours d'Instruction'; a cours for postal workers, examples:example:

'ANNULE', 2 F violet and yellow
('ANNULE' once, reduced size)


('ANNULE' printed twice on a 1 F stamp)


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