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FRENCH LEVANT

A stamp of France, used in Turkey:

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 PIIASTRES' 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 Pi on 25 c yellow RR ***Inverted overprint: RRR
1 Pi on 25 c black***cInverted overprint: RR
2 Pi on 50 c****Exists on both basic types of this stamp;
on type I: RR
3 Pi on 75 cR*** 
4 Pi on 1 F***** 
8 Pi on 2 FRRRR 
20 Pi on 5 FRRRR 

Cancels, example:


(Beirut and Salonici cancels)

 

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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 ccc 
2 cc* 
3 cc* 
4 c**** 
5 ccc 
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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 Pi on 25 c*c 
2 Pi on 50 c** 
4 Pi on 1 F**** 
8 Pi on 2 FRR 
20 Pi on 5 FRR 

Typical cancel:


(Reduced size)

1902 Stamp issued for Beyrouth


(Reduced size, image obtained from a Sandafayre auction)

  '1 Piastre Beyrouth' 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 Pi on 15 cRRRRR 

 

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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
25 cRR 
50 cRRRR 
1 FRRRR 

 

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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
30 pa on 5 c green cc 
30 pa on 5 c orange cc 
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 FR** 
75 Pi on 5 FR*** 

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


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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c cc 
2 ccc 
3 cc*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 FRRRR 

 

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)


(Reduced size)

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).

 

1919 Stamps of France overprinted 'T.E.O' (Territoires Ennemis Occupes) and value

  1 m on 1 c grey
  2 m on 2 c brown
  3 m on 3 c orange
  4 m on 15 c green
  5 m on 5 c green
  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 m on 1 c RRRR 
2 m on 2 cRRRRRR 
3 m on 3 cRRRR 
4 m on 15 cRRRR 
5 m on 5 c****** 
1 Pi on 10 cRR 
2 Pi on 25 c****** 
5 Pi on 40 c****** 
9 Pi on 50 cRRRR 
10 Pi on 1 FRRRR 

 

1919 Stamps of French Levant, overprinted 'T.E.O'

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

  1 m on 1 c grey
  2 m on 2 c brown
  3 m on 3 c orange
  4 m on 15 c red
  5 m on 5 c green
  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
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 FRRRRVertical overprint 'TEO'

 

Later issues, examples: stamps of France, overprinted 'O.M.F. Syrie' (1920)

O.M.F 20 Pi on 5 Fr

Overprinted 'SYRIE':

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

Mystery stamp!


ALEXANDRETTE

Example: Stamps of Syria, overprinted 'Sandjak d'Alexandrette' (1938)


Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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