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Postage Due stamps, inscription 'A Percevoir'

1859 Number, imperforated

Postage due 10 c black Postage due 25 c black Postage due 30 c black 60 c blue

  10 c black
  15 c black
  25 c black
  30 c black
  40 c blue
  60 c brown
  60 c blue

These are the first postage due stamps issued in the world. I know that forgeries of these stamps exist, however, I have no information on how to distinguish them. Examples of forgeries (by the way, I'm not 100% sure that all the above stamps are genuine):


(Forgeries of the 40 c and 60 c)


(Fournier forgery?)

 

1881 Inscription 'A PERCEVOIR CHIFFRE TAXE'

1 c black 5 c blue 20 c black 30 c red 50 c black 2 Fr brown

2 Fr postage due stamp, orange
(Reduced size)

  1 c black
  2 c black
  3 c black
  4 c black
  5 c black
  5 c blue
  10 c black
  10 c brown
  15 c black
  15 c green
  20 c black
  20 c green
  25 c red
  30 c black
  30 c red
  40 c black
  40 c red
  45 c green
  50 c black
  50 c lilac
  60 c black
  60 c green
  1 F black
  1 F brown
  1 F red
  1 F brown on yellow
  2 F black
  2 F brown
  2 F orange
  2 F violet
  3 F red
  5 F black
  5 F brown

I have often seen these stamps cancelled with a small triangle, I do not know what the meaning of this cancel was. The values 5 c and 10 c exist with overprint 'TIMBRE POSTE' in red and a red bar were issued for French Morocco. Similar stamps with value in 'Milliemes' were issued in the french post offices in Alexandria and Port Said (Egypt):


(Similar stamp with value in 'Milliemes' issued for french post offices in Egypt)

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

Forgeries:


(forged perforation on a French Colonies imperforate 1 F postage due stamp)

The above stamp is a French colonies imperforate stamp, with perforation fraudently added afterwards.

 

1908 Inscription 'RECOUVREMENTS VALEURS IMPAYEES'

60 c red

  1 c green
  10 c violet
  20 c brown
  30 c brown
  50 c red
  60 c red

Surcharged

  '20 c.' on 30 c brown
  '40 c' on 50 c red
  '=50 c.' on 10 c violet
  '=60 c' on 1 c green
  '=1 F' on 60 c red
  '=2 F' on 60 c red

 

1927 Slightly different design, now inscription 'TAXE A PERCEVOIR'

  1 c green
  10 c red
  30 c brown
  60 c red
  1 F violet
  1 F green
  2 F blue
  2 F brown

Surcharged

  'UN FRANC' on 60 c red
  '= 1F20' (red) on 2 F blue
  '= 5 F' on 1 F violet

Other stamps with inscription 'a percevoir' see Guadeloupe:

Guadeloupe, due stamp 40 c black 1876


Postage due stamps for the French colonies

1884 As postage due stamps of France, but imperforate

4 c black used in Cochin Chine 5 c black 20 c green 60 c black 1 F brown

  1 c black
  2 c black
  3 c black
  4 c black
  5 c black
  5 c blue (1893)
  10 c black
  10 c brown (1893)
  15 c black
  15 c green (1893)
  20 c black
  20 c green (1906)
  30 c black
  30 c red (1893)
  40 c black
  50 c lilac (1893)
  60 c black
  60 c brown on yellow (1893)
  1 F brown
  1 F red (1893)
  2 F brown
  5 F brown

The values 1 F black, 2 F black and 5 F black were non-issued(?).

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** 
3 c** 
4 c** 
5 c black** 
5 c bluecc 
10 c black**** 
10 c browncc 
15 c black**** 
15 c greencc 
20 c black** 
20 c green** 
30 c black****** 
30 c red** 
40 c**** 
50 c** 
60 c black****** 
60 c brown on yellow ** 
1 F brown**In maroon colour: R
1 F red****** 
2 F brown****** 
5 F brownRR 
    

Indo China surcharged stamp.
Sucharges issued for Indo China

Senegal surcharged stamps.
Overprinted with bar and surcharged, issued for Senegal

The surcharges '5', '10' and '30' were issued for Indo China. The stamps 10 on 50 c lilac, 10 on 60 c brown on brown and 10 on 1 F red on brown, and overprinted with bar, were issued for Senegal.

An unlisted overprint, forgery?:


(What is this? '20 CENTS' on 30 c black?)

Example of a postage due stamp of later date (inscription 'A PERCEVOIR TIMBRE TAXE'):


(Reduced size)


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