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Stamps of France with numeral cancel '5104' of Shanghai:


(Shanghai '5104' cancel used in 1866)


1894 Stamps of France overprinted 'Chine' in various colours

5 c green 10 c black 25 c black

  5 c green
  10 c black
  15 c blue
  20 c red on green
  25 c black
  30 c brown
  40 c red
  50 c red
  75 c lilac on orange
  1 F olive
  2 F brown on blue
  5 F lilac

Surcharged

  '25' on 1 F olive (1900)

Surcharged with fancy letters in red

4 c on 25 c
(Image obtained from a Shreves auction)


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  '2 Cents' on 25 c black (1901)
  '4 Cents' on 25 c black (1901)
  '6 Cents' on 25 c black (1901)
  '16 Cents' on 25 c black (1901)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c****Two shades of green exist;
dark green (type II), yellowish green (type I and II)
10 c ******Type I or II
15 c******The paper of this stamp has an underprint
20 c****** 
25 c*** 
30 c******Type II
40 c******Type II
50 c******Type I or II, an error with a red 'Chine' overprint exists (type II)
75 cRRRR 
1 F******Type II
2 FRR 
5 FRRRRAn error with a red 'Chine' overprint exists.
Surcharged
25 on 1 FRRRR1900 (used in Shanghai only?)
2 c on 25 cRRRRR1901
4 c on 25 cRRRRRR1901
6 c n 25 cRRRRRR 
16 c on 25 cRRRRError with black overprint: RRR

For the corresponding types of the basic stamps of France, click here.


(Error, red 'Chine' overprint on 50 c and 5 F)

 

1902 As french stamps, but inscription 'CHINE'

5 c green 50 c brown and grey

  5 c green
  10 c red
  15 c red
  20 c brown
  25 c blue
  30 c lilac
  40 c red and blue
  50 c brown and grey
  1 F red and green
  2 F violet and yellow
  5 F blue and yellow

Surcharged
  '5' on 15 c red (1903)

Surcharged with value in 'CENTS' or dollars and chinese text (1907)

2 c on 5 c green (first type) 2 c on 5 c green (second type) 4 c on 10 c red (second type) 6 c on 15 c red (first type) 6 c on 15 c red (second type) 8 c on 20 c brown (first type) 8 c on 20 c brown (second type) 10 c on 25 c blue (first type) 20 c on 50 c brown and grey

  1 c on 5 c orange (1922)
  2 c on 5 c green (2 types)
  2 c on 10 c green (1922)
  3 c on 15 c orange (1922)
  4 c on 10 c red (2 types)
  4 c on 20 c brown (1922)
  5 c on 25 c lilac (1922)
  6 c on 15 c red (2 types)
  6 c on 30 c red (1922)
  8 c on 20 c brown (2 types)
  10 c on 25 c blue (2 types)
  10 c on 50 c blue (1922)
  20 c on 50 c brown and grey (2 types)
  20 c on 1 F red and green (1922)
  40 c on 1 F red and green (2 types)
  40 c on 2 F orange and blue (1922)
  1 $ on 5 F blue and yellow (1922)
  2 $ on 5 F blue and yellow (2 types)

These stamps have perforation 14 x 13 1/2. The stamps in the values 10 to 30 are in the design of the 15 c. The values 40 c to 5 F are in the design of the 50 c stamp. These stamps were used in various post offices: Shanghai, Beijing, etc.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c** 
10 c** 
15 c** 
20 c****** 
25 c***** 
30 c****** 
40 c****** 
50 c****** 
1 F****** 
2 FRRRR 
5 FRRRR 
Surcharged
5 on 15 c******Inverted surcharge: R
Surcharged with values in 'CENTS' or dollar
1 c on 5 c****** 
2 c on 5 c**Small or large overprint
2 c on 10 c****** 
3 c on 15 cRR 
4 c on 10 c**Small or large overprint
4 c on 20 cRR 
5 c on 25 c****** 
6 c on 15 c**Small or large overprint
6 c on 30 c****** 
8 c on 20 c**Small or large overprint
Small overprint exists with '8' inverted: R
10 c on 25 c*cSmall or large overprint
10 c on 50 cRR 
20 c on 50 c***Small or large overprint;
Large overprint: RR
Small overprint exists triple: RR
20 c on 1 FRRRR 
40 c on 1 F*****Small or large overprint
40 c on 2 FRRRR 
1 $ on 5 FRRRRRR 
2 $ on 5 FRRSmall or large overprint:
Small overprint: RRR


Postage due stamps

1901 Postage due stamps of France, overprinted 'Chine'

  5 c blue
  10 c brown
  15 c green
  20 c green (1903)
  30 c red
  50 c lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c****** 
10 c****** 
15 c**** 
20 c****** 
30 c****** 
50 c****** 

 

1903 Provisional issue Postage stamps, overprinted 'A PERCEVOIR'

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com


(These two images were obtained from a Francois Feldman auction)

  5 c green (stamp of 1894)
  5 c green (stamp of 1902)
  10 c red (stamp of 1902)
  15 c blue (stamp of 1894)
  15 c red (stamp of 1902)
  30 c brown (stamp of 1894)

The overprint exists in two types; type 1: small horizontal overprint (with subtypes 'A' above 'CE' or 'A' above second 'E' of 'PERCEVOIR', type 2 is printed diagonally (with 2 subtypes differing in the 'C'). Also different colours were used for the overprints. Inverted overprints also exist. All these overprints are very rare to extremely rare. Forgeries exist.

 

1907 Postage due stamps of France, overprinted with value in 'CENTS' and chinese caracters

2 c on 5 c blue 8 c on 20 c green

  1 c on 5 c blue (1922)
  2 c on 5 c blue
  2 c on 10 c brown (1922)
  4 c on 10 c brown
  4 c on 20 c green (1922)
  8 c on 20 c green
  10 c on 50 c lilac (1922)
  20 c on 50 c lilac

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 c on 5 cRRRR 
2 c on 5 c** 
2 c on 10 cRRRR 
4 c on 10 c**** 
4 c on 20 cRRRR 
8 c on 20 c**** 
10 c on 50 cRRRR 
20 c on 50 c***** 

For stamps of Indochina overprinted 'CHINE' and Chinese characters; see Indochina

Example:


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