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France Postage Due Stamps, 1881 issue.

1881 Issue, genuine stamps:

2 Fr brown Most likely genuine

 

These stamps, but imperforate, were used in the French colonies.

 

Forgeries:

See also: French colonies, postage due stamps, forgeries.
France Postage Due Stamps, (primitive) forgery type 1
France Postage Due Stamps, (primitive) forgery type 2
France Postage Due Stamps, (primitive) forgery type 3
France Postage Due Stamps, forgery type 4
France Postage Due Stamps, forgery type 5
France Postage Due Stamps, forgery type 6

The stamp forger Venturini is known to have made forgeries of the French postage due stamps (and also the French colonies), see "Philatelic forgers, their lives and works" by V.E.Tyler.

Imperforate French colonies stamps exist with perforation fraudently added afterwards:


Forged perforation on a French Colonies imperforate 1 F postage due stamp. The next stamp also appears to have forged perforation. These forgeries were made from imperforate French colonies stamps, since those are many times cheaper than this French postage due stamp. I've also heard of forged 40 c black stamps by reperforating the French Colonies stamps (other values might exist?), but I don't have an image available of such a forgery. The Serrane Guide further mentions 2 F and 5 F brown stamps from the French Colonies with forged perforations (the 1 F and 5 F stamp sshown above most likely are reperforated French Colonies stamps).


Here a genuinely used French Colonies stamp, used in "NOUVELLE CALEDONIE NOUMEA", but with a forged perforation pretending to be a rare French postage due stamp.


A 2 F brown stamp with very suspicious perforation, it might also be a reperforated French Colonies stamp.


Here a perforated stamp of France, with the perforations cut off to make it a French Colonies stamp. The perforation can still be seen in the upper right corner.

Completely forged stamps also exist, they have often a slightly different size from the genuine ones (since they were reproduced by photo-lithography) and the perforation in the corners is not perfectly matching as in the originals. The image has been copied very accurately in these forgeries.


5 F brown forgery. The "S" of "FRANCS" is placed too close to the label besides it.


Forged 5 F stamp. See also: France Postage Due Stamps, primitive forgery type 1. This forgery is quite blur, I've seen more of these blur forgeries for the French Colonies.


Another blur 5 F forgery with wrong perforation gauge. The "F" and "R" of "FRANCS" are almost touching each other.


Forged 1 F and 2 F stamps with wrong perforation gauge.


Left genuine 1 c stamp, right a more blur forgery.


In these forgeries, the "F" of "FRANCS" and the "P" of "PERCEVOIR" are vertically aligned.


This deceptive forgery of the 30 c value has an accent on the "A" (genuine 30 c stamp do not have an accent).

Other forgeries:


Forgeries with the perforation in the corners not correct and/or the whole perforation wrong.


Two 5 F black forgeries with the same cancel "L'ETANGE-VERGY 16 1 - 1 COTE D'OR" (a very small village in France).


A forgery of the 1 c value with inscription "CENTIMES" instead of "CENTIME". I've seen this and other values of this forgery type for the French colonies. Click here for more information.


In this forgery, the "1" is placed too far to the left, the last "R" of "PERCEVOIR" is placed too far to the left as well. The "A" between "FRANC" and "PERCEVOIR" is very small.


Forgeries with a "HAZEBROUCK 2E 1 MAI 75 (51)" cancel. The perforation is wrong. The same cancel appears on a 40 c forgery of the previous issue. The 5 F stamp was only issued in 1881 and the 2 F stamp in 1884!


Forgeries with "LE HAVRE 4E/17 DEC 75 (74)" cancel. Note the wrong perforation on the 1 F stamp (and the cancel of 1875, while this stamp was only issued in 1881). It looks like these forgeries are the same as those with the Hazebrouck cancel.


Forgery of the 20 c with wrong perforation (see the non-matching corners) and in my view, the "S" of "CENTIMES" is a bit strange.


Forgery with the bottom left of the "2" more rounded than a genuine stamp. I've seen many more values of this forgery set for the French Colonies. See also: French colonies, postage due stamps, primitive forgery type 2


This pair of 2 F forgeries has the "2" situated in different locations. On the left stamp, the "2" is placed too far to the right.


Forgery of the 5 F with very bad lettering. Next to it a 40 c blue forgery of the previous issue with the same "CHAMBERY 2E/26 SEPT" cancel.


Very primitive 30 c black forgery, possibly a cut from an old stamp album with crude perforations added.


Not sure what to think about this, 2 F stamp with wrong perforation and "PARIS DISTRIBUTION" cancel. The first stamp (with correct perforation?) has a certificate of genuineness. The first two stamps even have the same date "?/15 MARS 94".


Forgery, pretending to be a rare French Morocco overprint, the basic stamp is also forged; the "5" is quite different from a genuine stamp (much narrower).


Very badly done 5 F forgery.


Another primitive 5 F forgery.


A 2 F black forgery with the "2" placed too high and the second "R" of "PERCEVOIR" too far to the left.


A sugarbag with the 30 c design printed on it.

 

The forger Fournier also offered forgeries (2 types even). If I'm informed correctly, the ornament left to the "C" of "CHIFFRE" is badly done and in the 1 F the "1" is placed too far to the left. See also: France Postage Due Stamps, 1881 Fournier forgeries

 

Other website with some information about forgeries of these stamps: http://sbuchfr.free.fr/faux_taxe_col_gen.htm.


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