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Stamps used in the french colonies, general issues for all colonies.

1859 Eagle, imperforated

  1 c olive
  5 c green
  10 c brown
  20 c blue
  40 c orange
  80 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
1 c****** 
5 c****** 
10 c**** 
20 cR*** 
40 c****** 
80 cRR 

The surcharges '5 c. R' on 40 c orange and '25 c. R' on 40 c orange were used in Reunion.

Some typical cancels:

Forgeries?


(A dot in the leaf)

In the genuine stamps, there must be a dot in the leaf at the upper right hand side as shown in the above image.

 

1871 Napoleon III, imperforated

1 c green 30 c brown 80 c red

  1 c green
  5 c green
  30 c brown
  80 c red

For stamps in the same type, but perforated, see France Napoleon III issues.

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 cRR 
5 cRRRRR 
30 cRRR 
80 cRRRRR 

A surcharge '5 c. R' on 30 c brown was used in Reunion.

 

1872 Ceres type, imperforated

20 c blue 'Ceres' imperforated 25 c blue 30 c brown 'Ceres', imperforated colony issue 40 c orange 80 c red 'CCH' (Cochin China) cancel

  1 c green
  2 c brown
  4 c grey
  5 c green
  10 c brown
  10 c brown on red
  15 c brown (2 types)
  20 c blue
  25 c blue
  30 c brown
  40 c orange
  80 c red

The 4 c only seems to have been used in Cochin-China.

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 cR*** 
2 cRRRRRR 
4 cRRRRRR 
5 c***** 
10 c brownRRRexists tete-beche
10 c brown on red RR*** 
15 cRRRRRLarge value inscription
15 cRR***Small value inscription
20 cRRRRRExists tete-beche
25 c   
40 cRRRExists with '4' large
80 cRRRRR 

These stamps, but perforated were issued for France.

A surcharge '5 c. R' on 40 c orange was used in Reunion.

Small '15' Large '15'
(Small and large value '15')

For the specialist: the 15 c brown exist in two types, with small numbers '15' and with large number '15'.

'B62' cancel

The above stamp has a special cancel from one of the British colonies 'B62': Hongkong.

 

1877 Peace and commerce type of France, now imperforated

'Peace and commerce' colony issue, 1 c green imperforated 2 c brown on yellow 'Peace and commerce' imperforated colony issue 4 c green

  1 c green
  1 c black on blue
  2 c green
  2 c brown on yellow
  4 c green
  4 c brown on grey
  5 c green
  10 c green
  10 c black
  15 c grey
  15 c blue
  20 c brown
  20 c red on green
  25 c blue
  25 c black on red
  25 c yellow
  30 c brown
  35 c brown on yellow
  40 c red on yellow
  75 c red
  1 F olive

These stamps exist in similar types as those of France.

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 greenRRType 1
1 c black on blue R***Type 2
2 c greenR***Type 2
2 c brown on yellow RRType 2
4 c green RRType 1
4 c brown on greyRRType 2
5 cR***Type 2
10 c greenRR***Type 2
10 c blackRRRType 2
15 c greyRRRRType 2
15 c blueRRRType 2
20 c brownRR***Type 2
20 c red on greenRRRType 2
25 c blueR***Type 2, a rare shade of blue exist of this stamp
25 c black on redRRRRRRType 2
25 c yellowRRRRType 2
30 c RRType 1
35 cRRType 2
40 c******Type 1
75 cRRRRType 1
1 FRRType 1

Surcharged stamps , used in several french colonies (without indication of the colony name):

Nossi Be

'25' on 40 c

Tahiti

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

'25 c' on 35 c, '25 c' on 40 c

Reunion

'5 c. R' on 30 c brown '5 c. R' on 40 c red '10 c. R' on 40 c red '20 c. R' on 30 c brown

These stamps, but perforated were used in France. Don't confuse these stamps with square cuts from envelopes of France, example:

cut from an envelope

Stamp of the French colonies used in Mayotte:

Cancelled 'MAYOTTE'

 

1881 Woman sitting, inscription 'COLONIES POSTES REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE'

2 c brown on yellow 5 c green 35 c brown on yellow 40 c red on yellow Cote d'Ivoire cancel 75 c red

  1 c black on blue
  2 c brown on yellow
  4 c brown on grey
  5 c green
  10 c black
  15 c blue
  20 c red on green
  25 c brown
  25 c black on lilac (1886)
  30 c brown
  25 c black on red
  35 c brown on yellow
  40 c red on yellow
  75 c red
  1 F olive

These stamps have perforation 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 c ** 
2 c** 
4 c** 
5 c*c 
10 c** 
15 c**c 
20 c*** 
25 c brown ** 
25 c black on lilac ** 
30 c****** 
35 cRR 
40 c****** 
75 cRR 
1 F****** 

Overprints for the various colonies:

Cochin China

'5' on 25 c, 'C.CH' overprint, 15/15 on 30 c.

Madagascar

Genuine overprint Madagascar Madagascar Madagascar Madagascar

'05' on 10 c, '5' on 10 c, '05' on 25 c, '5' on 25 c, '05' on 40 c, '15', '25' on 40 c, 5 c (in circle) on 1 c, 15 c (in cirkel) on 2 c, 25 c (in circle) on 3 c, 25 c (in circle) on 4 c, 25 c (in circle) on 40 c

Diego Suarez

'15' on 1 c, '15' on 5 c, '15' on 10 c, '15' on 20 c, '15' on 25 c

Gabon

Gabon

'GAB' and dots overprint, '15' on 10 c, '15' on 1 F, '25' on 5 c, '25' on 10 c, '25' on 75 c,

Genuine overprint Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com '25' on 5 c green Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

25 on 5 c green
(Reduced size)

'15' on 10 c black, '15' on 1 F green, '25' on 5 c green, '25' on 10 c black, '25' on 75 c red

Nossi Be

Stamp surcharged in Nossi-Be

'5 c.' on 10 c, '5 c. ' on 20 c, '15' on 20 c, '25' on 30 c, '25' on 40 c

Reunion

Reunion

'2 c' on 20 c

Senegal

Senegal

'5' on 20 c, '5' on 30 c, '10' on 4 c, '10' on 20 c, '15' on 20 c


Obliterations

Before 1876 the stamps of the french colonies were cancelled with 3 or 4 letters (different for each colony) in a diamon like shape with dots. The following letters exist:

  ASI = Asinia (French Guinea)
  CCH = Cochin-China
  GAB = Gabon
  GOR = Gores (French Guinea)
  GPE = Guadeloupe
  GNE = French Guinea
  INDE = French India
  MGE = Martinique
  MYE = Mayotte
  NCE = New Caledonia
  NSB = Nossi Be
  OCE = Oceanic Settlements
  R.REN = Reunion
  SEN = Senegambia and Niger
  SNG = Senegal
  SPM = St. Pierre and Miquelon

Examples:

CCH cancel, Cochin-China
('CCH' Cochin China cancel, together with an anchor cancel)


('GAB': Gabon)

'INDE', French India
('GPE' Guadelupe and 'INDE' French India)


('GOR' Gores cancel)

'MQE' Martinique 'SNG' Senegal
('MQE' Martinique and 'SNG' Senegal)

From 1876 on, ordinary cancels were used in the french colonies.


Special cancel: anchor (overseas mail), this cancel can also be found on stamps of France (second image).


Postage due stamps

For postage due stamps of the French Colonies, click here.


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