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FRENCH LEVANT

A stamp of France, used in Turkey:


cancelled "SMYRNE TURQUIE D'ASIE"

Stamps used in Saloniqi:

Stamp used in Saloniqi


(Two stamps of France cancelled in Beyrouth)

 

1885 Stamps of France surcharged in PIASTRES

1 pi on 25 c yellow 1 pi on 25 c black 2 Pi on 50 c red 3 Pi on 75 c red '4 PIASTRES' on 1 F green 8 Pi on 2 Fr brown on blue '20 PIASTRES' on 5 F lilac, used in Constantinopel (Turkey)

  1 piastre on 25 c yellow
  1 piastre (red) on 25 c black
  2 piastres on 50 c red
  3 piastres on 75 c red
  4 piastres on 1 F green
  8 piastres on 2 F brown on blue
  20 piastres on 5 F lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 Pi on 25 c yellow RR *** Inverted overprint: RRR; A misprint
"T PIASTRE 1" exists: RRR
1 Pi on 25 c black *** c Inverted overprint: RR
2 Pi on 50 c *** * Exists on both basic types of this stamp;
on type I: RR
3 Pi on 75 c R ***  
4 Pi on 1 F *** **  
8 Pi on 2 F RR RR  
20 Pi on 5 F RR RR  

Cancels, example:


(Beirut and Salonici cancels)

Forgeries:


A forged "T PIASTRE 1" overprint


Forged overprint, taken from a Fournier Album.

 

1902 As french types of 1902, but inscription "LEVANT"

  1 c grey
  2 c lilac
  3 c red
  4 c brown
  5 c green
  10 c red
  15 c orange
  20 c lilac
  30 c lilac
  40 c red and blue (larger size)

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
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 c c c  
2 c c *  
3 c c *  
4 c ** **  
5 c c c  
10 c * *  
15 c ** *  
20 c ** **  
30 c *** ***  
40 c ** **  
Surcharged

'1 PIASTRE 1' on 25 c blue

'20 PIASTRES' on 5 F blue and yellow

  "1 PIASTRE 1" on 25 c blue
  "2 PIASTRES" on 50 c brown and grey
  "4 PIASTRES" on 1 F red and green
  "8 PIASTRES" on 2 F lilac and yellow
  "20 PIASTRES" on 5 F blue and yellow

The values 25 c, 50 c and 1 F without overprint were issued for Ethiopia (see further on in this file).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 Pi on 25 c * c  
2 Pi on 50 c * *  
4 Pi on 1 F ** **  
8 Pi on 2 F R R  
20 Pi on 5 F R R  

Typical cancel:


(Reduced size)

1905 Stamp issued for Beyrouth (provisional issue used from 17 to 24 January 1905)


(Reduced size, image obtained from a Sandafayre auction)


Note that this stamp has the same cancel "BEYROUTH 17 JANV 05 SYRIE" as in the Fournier forgery shown below (but lettering different).

  "1 Piastre Beyrouth" (green) on 15 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 Pi on 15 c RRR RR Exists with "Piastte" error


A forged "1 Piastre Beyrouth" overprint


Forged overprints, taken from a Fournier Album and forged Fournier overprint "BEYROUTH 17 JANV 05 SYRIE"

 

1907 Stamps used in Ethiopia: In 1907 3 stamps of 25 c, 50 c and 1 Franc were used by France in Ethiopia, they were valid in the cities of Harrare and Dirré Daoua, inscription "LEVANT".

25 c blue Genuine


(reduced sizes)

  25 c blue
  50 c brown and grey
  1 F red and green

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
25 c R R  
50 c RR RR  
1 F RR RR  

 

If I'm well informed, from 1915 to 1921 no stamps were used in French Levant.

 

1921 Stamps of France surcharged

1 Pi 20 pa on 10 c red
(handstamped?)

   30 paras on 5 c green
   30 paras on 5 c orange
   1 Piastre 20 paras on 10 c red
   1 Piastre 20 paras on 10 c green
   3 Piastres 30 paras on 15 c green
   3 Piastres 30 paras on 25 c blue
   4 Piastres 20 paras on 30 c orange
   7 Piastres 20 paras on 35 c violet
   7 Piastres 20 paras on 50 c blue
   15 Piastres on 1 F red and green
   30 Piastres on 2 F orange and green
   75 Piastres on 5 F blue and yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
30 pa on 5 c green c c  
30 pa on 5 c orange c c  
1 Pi 20 pa on 10 c red * * Also exist overprinted by hand (1923): RR
1 Pi 20 pa on 10 c green * *  
3 Pi 30 pa on 15 c *** *** Overprinted by hand (1923)
Errors: "3 PIASTRES" missing: RRR,
first "3" missing: RRR
"3" added by hand: RRR
3 Pi 30 pa on 25 c * *  
4 Pi 20 pa on 30 c * *  
7 Pi 20 pa on 35 c *** *** Overprinted by hand (1923)
7 Pi 20 pa on 50 c ** *  
15 Pi on 1 F *** *  
30 Pi on 2 F R **  
75 Pi on 5 F R ***  

An erroneous handstamped "1 PIASTRE 20 PARAS" on 35 c violet exists (RRR).

 

In 1923 the French post offices in Levant were closed.


ROUAD ISLAND (Syria)

1916 Stamps of French Levant overprinted "ILE ROUAD"

20 Pi on 5 F blue and yellow

  1 c grey
  2 c lilac
  3 c red
  5 c green
  10 c red
  15 c orange
  20 c lilac
  '1 PIASTRE' on 25 c blue
  30 c lilac
  40 c red and blue
  '2 PIASTRES' on 50 c brown and grey
  '4 PIASTRES' on 1 F red and green
  '20 PIASTRES' on 5 F blue and yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 c c c  
2 c c c  
3 c c * Double overprint: RR
5 c * *  
10 c * *  
15 c ** **  
20 c ** **  
1 Pi on 25 c ** **  
30 c ** **  
'ILE' and 'ROUAD' further apart
40 c *** ***  
2 Pi on 50 c *** **  
4 Pi on 1 F *** ***  
20 Pi on 5 F RR RR  

 

1916 The following stamps of French Levant with vertical overprint "ILE ROUAD" are very rare: 5 c, 10 c and 1 Pi on 25 c (many forged overprints exist):


(Reduced size, overprint larger)

Furthermore a 40 c and 2 Pi on 50 c were prepared but not issued (always cancelled to order it seems, though I have never seen them).


FRENCH OCCUPATION OF SYRIA

Example, stamp of Syria, overprinted "O.M.F. Syrie" (1921)

The following values exist: 25 c on 1 m, 50 c on 2/10 Pi, 1 Pi on 3/10 Pi, 1 Pi on 5 m, 2 Pi on 5 m, 3 Pi on 1 Pi, 5 Pi on 2 Pi, 10 Pi on 5 Pi, 25 Pi on 10 Pi (red overprint). These stamps were also issued without overprint (first definitive issue of Syria).

 

Some stamps of Turkey also exist with overprint in Arabic letters which were issued in 1920 (sorry, no images available).

 

1919 Stamps of France overprinted "T.E.O" (=Territoires Ennemis Occupes) and surcharged

  1 m on 1 c grey (overprint in two lines)
  2 m on 2 c brown (overprint in two lines)
  3 m on 3 c orange (overprint in two lines)
  4 m on 15 c green (overprint in two lines)
  5 m on 5 c green (overprint in two lines)
  1 Pi on 10 c red
  2 Pi on 25 c blue
  5 Pi on 40 c red and blue
  9 Pi on 50 c brown and grey
  10 Pi on 1 F red and yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 m on 1 c RR RR  
2 m on 2 c RRR RRR  
3 m on 3 c RR RR  
4 m on 15 c RR RR  
5 m on 5 c *** ***  
1 Pi on 10 c R R  
2 Pi on 25 c *** ***  
5 Pi on 40 c *** ***  
9 Pi on 50 c RR RR  
10 Pi on 1 F RR RR  

 

1919 Stamps of French Levant, overprinted "T.E.O" and surcharged

T.E.O on 20 Pi on 5 Fr
(Reduced size)

  1 m on 1 c grey (overprint in three lines)
  2 m on 2 c brown (overprint in three lines)
  3 m on 3 c orange (overprint in three lines)
  4 m on 15 c red (overprint in three lines)
  5 m on 5 c green (overprint in three lines)
  1 Pi on 25 c blue
  2 Pi on 50 c brown and grey
  4 Pi on 1 F red and green
  8 Pi on 2 F violet and yellow
  20 Pi on 5 F blue and yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 m on 1 c * *  
2 m on 2 c * *  
3 m on 3 c ** **  
4 m on 15 c * *  
5 m on 5 c * *  
1 Pi on 25 c * *  
2 Pi on 50 c * * Vertical overprint "TEO"
4 Pi on 1 F ** ** Vertical overprint "TEO"
8 Pi on 2 F *** *** Vertical overprint "TEO"
20 Pi on 5 F RR RR Vertical overprint "TEO"

 

1920 Stamps of France, overprinted "O.M.F. Syrie" and surcharged

O.M.F 20 Pi on 5 Fr

  1 m on 1 c grey (two types of overprint)
  2 m on 2 c brown (two types of overprint)
  3 m on 5 c green (two types of overprint)
  5 m on 10 c red
  20 Pi on 5 F blue and yellow (two types of overprint, also in red or black)

New Piaster currency (1920)

  10 c on 2 c brown
  10 c on 5 c orange (red overprint)
  25 c on 1 c grey (two types of overprint)
  25 c on 5 c green
  25 c on 5 c orange
  50 c on 2 c brown (two types of overprint)
  50 c on 10 c red 
  50 c on 10 c green
  75 c on 3 c orange (two types of overprint)
  75 c on 15 c green
  1 Pi on 5 c green
  1 Pi on 5 c green (red overprint)
  1 Pi on 20 c brown
  1.25 Pi on 25 c blue
  1.50 Pi on 30 c orange
  2 Pi on 10 c red
  2 Pi on 25 c blue (red overprint)
  2 Pi on 40 c red and blue (overprint in 4 lines)
  2 Pi on 40 c red and blue (overprint in 3 lines)
  2.50 Pi on 50 c brown and blue
  2.50 Pi on 50 c blue (two types of '2')
  3 Pi on 25 c blue (red overprint)
  3 Pi on 60 c violet and blue (overprint in 4 lines)
  3 Pi on 60 c violet and blue (overprint in 3 lines)
  5 Pi on 15 c green
  5 Pi on 1 F red and green (two types of '5')
  10 Pi on 40 c red and blue
  10 Pi on 2 F violet and yellow
  10 Pi on 2 F orange and green
  25 Pi on 50 c brown and blue
  25 Pi on 5 F blue and yellow (overprint in 4 lines)
  25 Pi on 5 F blue and yellow (overprint in 3 lines)
  50 Pi on 1 F red and green
  100 Pi on 5 F blue and yellow (red or black overprint)

Aleppo issue, old value deleted with a black or red pattern


Overprinted "O.M.F. Syrie", surcharged in Piastres and old value deleted with a red pattern; this issue became necessary due to the different currency in Aleppo at that time.

  25 c on 1 c grey 
  50 c on 2 c brown
  1 Pi on 5 c green
  2 Pi on 25 c blue 
  5 Pi on 15 c green
  5 Pi on 1 F red and green
  10 Pi on 40 c red and blue
  25 Pi on 50 c brown and blue
  50 Pi on 1 F red and green
  100 Pi on 5 F blue and yellow 

Overprinted with violet "POSTE PAR AVION" in a rectangle
  1 Pi on 5 c green
  1 Pi on 20 c brown
  5 Pi on 15 c green
  5 Pi on 1 F red and green
  10 Pi on 40 c red and blue
  10 Pi on 2 F orange and green

With sidewards overprint "AVION"
  1 Pi on 20 c brown
  5 Pi on 1 F red and green
  10 Pi on 2 F orange and green

Overprinted "Poste par Avion"
  2 Pi on 40 c red and blue
  3 Pi on 60 c violet and blue
  5 Pi on 1 F red and green
  10 Pi on 2 F orange and green

 

1923 Stamps of France, overprinted "Syrie Grand Liban"


"Syrie - Grand Liban 25 PIASTRES" on 5 F stamp of France issued in 1923

  10 c on 2 c brown
  25 c on 5 c orange
  50 c on 10 c green
  50 c on 10 c green (Pasteur)
  75 c on 15 c green
  1 Pi on 20 c brown
  1.25 Pi on 25 c blue
  1.50 Pi on 30 c red
  1.50 Pi on 30 c red (Pasteur)
  1.50 Pi on 30 c orange
  2 Pi on 40 c red and blue
  2.50 Pi on 50 c blue
  2.50 Pi on 50 c blue (Pasteur)
  3 Pi on 60 c violet and blue
  5 Pi on 1 F red and green
  10 Pi on 2 F orange and green
  25 Pi on 5 F blue and yellow

Airmail stamps, further overprinted "Poste par Avion" (1924)
  2 Pi on 40 c red and blue
  3 Pi on 60 c violet and blue
  5 Pi on 1 F red and green
  10 Pi on 2 F orange and green

 

1924 Stamps of France, overprinted "SYRIE" and surcharged with new value

  10 c on 2 c brown
  25 c on 5 c orange
  50 c on 10 c green
  50 c on 10 c green (Pasteur)
  75 c on 15 c green
  1 Pi on 20 c brown
  1.25 Pi on 25 c blue
  1.50 Pi on 30 c red
  1.50 Pi on 30 c red (Pasteur)
  1.50 Pi on 30 c orange
  2 Pi on 40 c red and blue
  2.50 Pi on 50 c blue
  2.50 Pi on 50 c blue (Pasteur)
  3 Pi on 60 c violet and blue
  5 Pi on 1 F red and green
  10 Pi on 2 F orange and green
  25 Pi on 5 F blue and yellow

Airmail stamps, further overprinted "Poste par Avion" (1924)
  2 Pi on 40 c red and blue
  3 Pi on 60 c violet and blue
  5 Pi on 1 F red and green
  10 Pi on 2 F orange and green

 

1924 Olympic Games stamps of France, overprinted "SYRIE" and surcharged with new value

  50 c on 10 c green
  1.25 Pi on 25 c red
  1.50 Pi on 30 c black and brown
  2.50 Pi on 50 c blue

 

1924 Stamps of France, overprinted "Syrie" and Arabic text, surcharged

  0,P.10 on 2 c brown
  0,P.25 on 5 c orange
  0,P.50 on 10 c green
  0,P.50 on 10 c green (Pasteur)
  0,P.75 on 15 c green
  0,P.75 on 15 c green (Pasteur, 1925)
  1 Pi on 20 c brown
  1.25 Pi on 25 c blue
  1.50 Pi on 50 c red
  1.50 Pi on 50 c red (Pasteur)
  1.50 Pi on 50 c orange
  2 Pi on 35 c violet (1925)
  2 Pi on 40 c red and blue
  2 Pi on 45 c green and blue (1925)
  2 Pi on 45 c red (Pasteur, 1925)
  2,Ps50 on 50 c blue (Pasteur)
  3 Pi on 60 c violet and blue
  3 Pi on 60 c violet (sower, 1925)
  4 Pi on 75 c blue (Pasteur, 1925)
  4 Pi on 75 c blue (Ronsard, 1925)
  4 Pi on 85 c red (sower, 1925)
  5 Pi on 1 F red and green
  10 Pi on 2 F orange and green
  25 Pi on 5 F blue and yellow

Overprinted "Avion" and arabic text (both vertically), airmail stamps
  2 Pi on 40 c red and blue
  3 Pi on 60 c violet and blue
  5 PI on 1 F red and green
  10 Pi on 2 F orange and green

 

1924 Olympic Games stamps of France, overprinted "Syrie", arabic text and surcharged with new value

  0,P.50 on 10 c green
  1.25 Pi on 25 c red
  1.50 Pi on 30 c black and brown
  2.50 Pi on 50 c blue

 

1925 Various views and towns

With "SYRIE" on top or away from the bottom  
  0,10 Pi violet (Hama)
  0.25 Pi black (Merkab)
  0.50 Pi green (Alexandrette)
  0.75 Pi brown (Hama)
  1 Pi red (Damas)
  1.25 Pi green (Latakia)
  1.50 Pi red (Damas)
  2 Pi brown (Palmyra)
  2.50 Pi blue (Kalat Yarmour)
  3 Pi brown (Daphne bridge)
  5 Pi violet (Alep)
  10 Pi brown (Alep)
  20 Pi blue (Palmyra) 

Surcharged
  '05' on 0.10 Pi violet (1928)
  1 Pi on 3 Pi brown (1930)
  2 Pi (red) on 1.25 Pi green (1928)
  3.50 Pi on 0.75 Pi brown (1926)
  4 Pi on 0.25 Pi black (1927, two types of surcharge)
  4 Pi (red ) on 0.25 Pi black (1928)
  4.50 Pi on 0.75 Pi brown (1927)
  6 Pi on 2.50 Pi blue (1926)
  7.50 Pi on 2.50 Pi blue (1926)
  7.50 Pi (red) on 2.50 Pi blue (1928)
  12 Pi on 1.25 Pi green (1926)
  15 Pi on 25 Pi blue (1926)
  20 Pi on 1.25 Pi green (1926)

Overprinted "AVION" and arabic text in green (airmail)
  2 Pi brown
  3 Pi brown
  5 Pi violet
  10 Pi brown

Overprinted with an aeroplane (airmail)
  0.50 Pi green (red overprint, 1929)
  1 Pi red (1929)
  2 Pi brown (red overprint, 1926)
  2 Pi on 1.25 Pi green (red overprint, 1929)
  3 Pi brown (red overprint, 1926)
  5 Pi violet (red overprint, 1926)
  10 Pi brown (red overprint, 1926)
  25 Pi blue (red overprint, 1929)
  15 Pi (red) on 25 Pi blue (red overprint, 1929)

Overprinted "Secours aux Refugies" and surcharged (1926)
  0.25 Pi (red) + 0.25 Pi black (Merkab)
  0.25 Pi + 0.50 Pi green (Alexandrette)
  0.25 Pi + 0.75 Pi brown (Hama)
  0.50 Pi + 1 Pi red (Damas)
  0.50 Pi (red) + 1.25 Pi green (Latakia)
  0.50 Pi + 1.50 Pi red (Damas)
  0.75 Pi (red) + 2 Pi brown (Palmyra)
  0.75 Pi (red) + 2.50 Pi blue (Kalat Yarmour)
  1 Pi (red) + 3 Pi brown (Daphne bridge)
  1 Pi (red) + 5 Pi violet (Alep)
  2 Pi + 10 Pi brown (Alep)
  5 Pi (red) + 20 Pi blue (Palmyra) 

Overprinted with a red aeroplane (airmail) further overprinted 
"Secours aux Refugies" and surcharged
  1 Pi + 2 Pi brown
  2 Pi + 3 Pi brown
  3 Pi + 5 Pi violet
  5 Pi + 10 Pi brown

Overprinted "EXPOSITION INDUSTRIELLE DAMAS" (1929)
  0.50 Pi green (Alexandrette, red overprint)
  1 Pi red (Damas, blue overprint)
  1.50 Pi red (Damas, blue overprint)
  3 Pi brown (Daphne bridge, blue overprint)
  5 Pi violet (Alep, red overprint)
  10 Pi brown (Alep, blue overprint)
  20 Pi blue (Palmyra, red overprint) 

Overprinted with an aeroplane (airmail), further overprinted 
"EXPOSITION INDUSTRIELLE DAMAS" (1929
  0.50 Pi green (red overprint)
  1 Pi red (blue overprint)
  2 Pi brown (blue overprint)
  3 Pi brown (blue overprint)
  5 Pi violet (red overprint)
  10 Pi brown (blue overprint)
  25 Pi blue (red overprint)

With "SYRIE" written all the way at the bottom (1930)
  0,10 Pi lilac (Hama, exists in two shades of color)
  0,20 Pi blue (Alep)
  0,20 Pi red-brown (Alep, 1933)
  0.25 Pi green (Hama)
  0.25 Pi blue (Hama, 1933)
  0.50 Pi violet (Alexandrette)
  0.75 Pi red (Homs, 1932)
  1 Pi green (Alep)
  1.50 Pi brown (Damas)
  1.50 Pi green (Damas, 1933)
  2 Pi violet (Antioche)
  3 Pi green (Bosra)
  4 Pi orange (Damas)
  4.50 Pi red (Homs)
  6 Pi black (Sednaya)
  7.50 Pi blue (Alep)
  10 Pi brown (Antioche)
  15 Pi green (Hama)
  25 Pi brown (St.Simeon)
  50 Pi brown (Palmyre)
  100 Pi orange (Damas)


Overprinted for use inAlaouites and Alexandrette; similar overprints exist for Lattaquie

 

1930 Airmail stamps, inscription "POSTE AERIENNE SYRIE", aeroplane over landscapes

  0.50 Pi brown (Homs, two shades of brown were issued)
  1 Pi brown (Damascus)
  2 Pi blue (l'Euphrate)
  3 Pi green (Palmyra)
  5 Pi lilac (Damas)
  10 Pi grey (Damascus)
  15 Pi red (Alep)
  25 Pi brown (Hama)
  50 Pi black (Zebdani)
  100 Pi lilac (Telebisse)

 

The stamps issued from 1934 onwards have inscription "REPUBLIQUE SYRIENNE"

 

Unknown overprint to me: 'O.M.F paras 10 paras' on 10 c green stamp of France:

Mystery stamp!


Syria, Postage due stamps

1920 Stamps of French Levant, overprinted "O.M.F. Syrie Ch. taxe" and surcharged with value

  1 Pi on 10 c red
  2 Pi on 20 c brown
  3 Pi on 30 c lilac
  4 Pi on 40 c red and blue

 

1920 Postage Due Stamps of France, overprinted "O.M.F. Syrie" and surcharged

  50 c on 10 c brown (1921)
  1 Pi on 10 c brown
  1 Pi on 20 c green (1921)
  2 Pi on 20 c green (red overprint)
  2 Pi on 30 c red (1921)
  3 Pi on 30 c red
  3 Pi on 50 c lilac (1921)
  4 Pi on 50 c lilac
  5 Pi on 1 F brown (1921)

 

1921 Postage stamps, overprinted "TAXE"

  2 Pi on 5 M red
  3 Pi on 1 Pi blue

 

1923 Postage Due Stamps of France, overprinted "Syrie Grand Liban"

  50 c on 10 c brown
  1 Pi on 20 c green
  2 Pi on 30 c red
  3 Pi on 50 c lilac
  5 Pi on 1 F red on yellow

 

1924 Postage Due Stamps of France, overprinted "SYRIE"

  0.50 Pi on 10 c brown
  1 Pi on 20 c green
  2 Pi on 30 c red
  3 Pi on 50 c lilac
  5 Pi on 1 F red on yellow


I've been told that these are forged inverted overprints.

 

1925 Inscription "SYRIE CHIFFRE-TAXE"

  0.50 Pi brown on brown (Hama)
  1 Pi brown on lilac (Antioche)
  2 Pi black on blue (Tartous)
  3 Pi black on red (Banias)
  5 Pi black on green (Krak des Chevaliers)
  8 Pi black on blue (flowers)
  15 Pi black on lilac (lion)

ALEXANDRETTE

1938 Stamps of Syria, overprinted "Sandjak d'Alexandrette"

  0.10 P lilac (Hama)
  0.20 P red (Alep)
  0.75 P red (Homs)

Surcharged
  2.50 P on 4 P orange (Damas)

 

1938 Stamps of Syria, overprinted "SANDJAK D'ALEXANDRETTE" (capital letters)

  0.50 P violet (Alexandrette, red overprint)
  1 P brown (Alep)
  2 P violet (Antioche, red overprint)
  3 P light green (Hosra, red overprint)
  4 P orange (Damas)
  6 P black (Sednaya, red overprint)
  25 P lilac (St.Simeon)

 

1938 Airmail stamp of Syria, overprinted "POSTES Sandjak d'Alexandrette" and surcharged

  12.50 P on 15 P red (Citadelle d'Alep)

 

1938 Stamps of Syria, overprinted "Sandjak d'Alexandrette 10-11-1938" and with thick rectangle around the whole stamp

  0.75 P red (Homs)
  1 P brown (Alep)
  4 P orange (Damas)

Surcharged
  2.50 P on 4 P orange (Damas)
  12.50 P on 15 P red (airmail stamp, Citadelle d'Alep)

 

1938 Airmail stamps of Syria ("POSTE AERIENNE"), overprinted "SANDJAK D'ALEXANDRETTE", various designs

  1/2 P violet (Alep, red overprint)
  1 P black (Damas, red overprint)
  2 P green (Alep, red overprint)
  3 P blue (Damas)
  5 P lilac (Alep)
  10 P brown (Damas)
  15 P brown (Alep)
  25 P blue (Damas, red overprint)

 

1938 Postage due stamps of Syria ("CHIFFRE TAXE"), overprinted "SANDJAK D'ALEXANDRETTE"

  0.50 P brown on brown (Hama, blue overprint)
  1 P brown on lilac (Antioche, vertical overprint)
  2 P black on blue (Tartous, red overprint)
  3 P black on red (Banias, blue overprint)
  5 P black on green (Krak des Chevaliers, red overprint)
  8 P black on blue (flowers, red overprint)
  

 

Sandjak d'Alexandrette was renamed Hatay in 1938. Some stamps of Turkey were overprinted with "HATAY".


LATTAQUIE

1931 Stamps of Syria (various designs), overprinted "LATTAQUIE" and Arabic text

  0.10 P lilac (Hama, exists in two shades of color)
  0.20 P blue (Alep, red overprint)
  0.20 P red-brown (Alep, 1933)
  0.25 P green (Hama, red overprint)
  0.25 P blue (Hama, red overprint)
  0.50 P violet (Alexandrette)
  0.75 P red (Homs)
  1 P green (Alep, red overprint)
  1.50 P brown (Damas, red overprint)
  1.50 P green (Damas, 1933)
  2 P violet (Antioche, red overprint)
  3 P light green (Bosra, red overprint)
  4 P orange (Damas)
  4.50 P red (Homs)
  6 P black (Sednaya, red overprint)
  7.50 P blue (Alep, red overprint)
  10 P brown (Antioche, red overprint)
  15 P green (Hama, red overprint)
  25 P lilac (St.Simeon)
  50 P brown (Palmyre, red overprint)
  100 P orange (Damas)

 

1931 Airmail stamps of Syria ("POSTE AERIENNE") overprinted "LATTAQUIE" and Arabic text

  0.50 P orange (Homs)
  0.50 P dark brown (Homs, red overprint, 1933)
  1 P red brown (Damas)
  2 P blue (L'Euphrate, red overprint)
  3 P green (Palmyre, red overprint)
  5 P lilac (Deir-el-Zor)
  10 P blue (Damas, red overprint)
  15 P red (Citadelle d'Alep)
  25 P light brown (Hama)
  50 P black (Zebdani, red overprint)
  100 P lilac (Telebisse)

 

1931 Postage due stamps of Syria ("CHIFFRE-TAXE") overprinted "LATTAQUIE" and Arabic text

  8 P black on blue (flowers, red overprint)
  15 P black on lilac (lion, red overprint)	

LIBANON (Grand Liban)

From 1924 Libanon issued stamps, first overprinted stamps of France ('Grand Liban' or 'Gd Liban'), later with inscription 'Grand Liban' or 'Republique Libanaise'.

1924 Stamps of France, overprinted "GRAND LIBAN" and surcharged with new value


Example of a stamp of 1924 10 c on 2 c of France.

  10 c on 2 c brown
  25 c on 5 c orange
  50 c on 10 c green
  75 c on 15 c green
  1 Pi on 20 c brown
  1.25 Pi on 25 c blue
  1.50 Pi on 30 c orange
  1.50 Pi on 30 c red
  2.50 Pi on 50 c blue
  2 Pi on 40 c red and blue
  3 Pi on 60 c violet and blue
  5 Pi on 1 F red and green
  10 Pi on 2 F orange and green
  25 Pi on 5 F blue and yellow

 

1924 Airmail stamps, stamps of France overprinted "Poste par Avion GRAND LIBAN" and surcharged

  2 Pi on 40 c red and blue
  3 Pi on 60 c violet and blue
  5 Pi on 1 F red and green
  10 Pi on 2 F orange and green

 

1924 Pasteur issue of France, overprinted "GRAND LIBAN" and surcharged with new value

  50 c on 10 c green
  1.50 Pi on 30 c red
  2.50 Pi on 50 c blue

 

1924 Olympic Games stamps of France, overprinted "GRAND LIBAN" and surcharged with new value

  50 c on 10 c green
  1.25 Pi on 25 c red
  1.50 Pi on 30 c black and brown
  2.50 Pi on 50 c blue

 

1924 Stamps of France, overprinted "Gd Liban" and surcharged with new value

  0,P.10 on 2 c brown
  0,P.25 on 5 c orange
  0,P.50 on 10 c green
  0,P.75 on 15 c green
  1 Pi on 20 c brown
  1P.25 on 25 c blue
  1P50 on 30 c red
  1P50 on 30 c orange
  2 Pi on 35 c violet
  2 Pi on 40 c red an blue
  3 Pi on 60 c violet and blue
  3 Pi on 60 c violet
  4 Pi on 85 c red
  5 Pi on 1 F red and green
  10 Pi on 2 F orange and green
  25 Pi on 5 F blue and yellow

 

1924 Airmail stamps, stamps of France, overprinted "Gd Liban Avion" and surcharged with new value

  2 Pi on 40 c red and blue
  3 Pi on 60 c violet and blue
  5 Pi on 1 F red and green
  10 Pi on 2 F orange and green

 

1924 Pasteur issue of France, overprinted "Gd Liban" and surcharged with new value

  0P.50 on 10 c green
  0P.75 on 15 c green
  1P50 on 30 c red
  2 Pi on 45 c red
  2P50 on 50 c blue
  4 pi on 75 c blue

 

1924 Olympic Games issue of France, overprinted "Gd Liban" and surcharged with new value

  0P.50 on 10 c green
  1P25 on 25 c red
  1P50 on 30 c black and brown
  2P50 on 50 c blue

 

1924 Ronsard issue of France, overprinted "Gd Liban" and surcharged with new value

  4 Pi on 75 c blue on blue

 

1925 Various designs, inscription "GRAND LIBAN"

  0P.10 violet
  0P.25 green
  0P.50 greeen
  0P.75 orange
  1 Pi lilac
  1.25 Pi green
  1.50 Pi red
  2 Pi brown
  2.50 Pi blue
  3 Pi brown
  5 Pi violet
  10 Pi brown
  20 Pi blue

Numerous surcharges exist on these stamps.

 

Postage Due Stamps

1924 Postage due stamps of France, overprinted "GRAND LIBAN" and surcharged with new value

  '50 CENTIEMES' on 10 c brown
  '1 PIASTRE' on 20 c green
  '2 PIASTRES' on 30 c red
  '3 PIASTRES' on 50 c lilac
  '5 PIASTRES' on 1 F brown

 

1924 Postage due stamps of France, overprinted "Gd. Liban" and Arabic text and surcharged with new value

  'O P 50' on 10 c brown
  '1 Piastre' on 20 c green
  '2 Piastres' on 30 c red
  '3 Piastres' on 50 c lilac
  '5 Piastres' on 1 F brown

 

1925 Various views, inscription "GRAND LIBAN CHIFFRE-TAXE"

  0.50 P brown on yellow
  1 P brown on lilac
  2 P black on blue
  3 P black on orange
  5 P black on green

Overprinted "Republique Libanaise" and bar on "GRAND LIBAN" (1927)
  0.50 P brown on yellow
  1 P brown on lilac
  2 P black on blue
  3 P black on orange
  5 P black on green

Overprinted "Republique Libanaise", bar on "GRAND LIBAN" and Arabic text (1928)
  0.50 P brown on yellow (overprint black or red)
  1 P brown on lilac
  2 P black on blue (overprint black or red)
  3 P black on orange
  5 P black on green (overprint black or red)

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