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1852 Inscription 'Repub Franc', imperforated, 'non laurée'

10 c brown "REPUB FRANC" 20 c blue "REPUB FRANC"

  10 c brown
  25 c blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 cRRRRR 
25 cRRR*** 
Reprints of both values **- 

Official reprints of these stamps exist (made in 1862). For forgeries of these stamps, click here.

 

1853 Inscription 'Empire Franc', 'non laurée'

Imperforated

1 c olive 5 c green 10 c brown 20 c blue "1487" number cancel 25 c blue 40 c orange 40 c orange cancelled 40 c orange cancelled 80 c red 1 F red

  1 c olive on green
  5 c green
  10 c brown
  20 c blue
  25 c blue
  40 c orange
  80 c red
  1 F 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 cRR*** 
10 cRR* 
20 c***vc 
25 cRRRRR 
40 cRR* 
80 cRRR*** 
1 FRRRRRR 
Reprints of the 25 c and 1 F ***-Reprint of the 1 F tete-beche: RRR

The 25 c and 1 F were officially reprinted in 1862 (the value is considerably less than the original stamps). The 20 c, 80 c and 1 F exist in tete-beche. These tete-beche stamps have been forged, for example Fournier offered forged 1 F tete-beche pairs.

Reprint
(Reprint of the 25 c made in 1862)

Cancels, examples:

1 c green ordinary cancel (Toulouse) 5 c green, red 'IMPRIMES' cancel (printed matter) 5 c green, number cancel '249' 20 c blue, dots cancel Number in diamond shape cancel

Privately perforated stamps:

Privately perforated stamp.

The above stamp was privately perforated. In France they are called 'Piquage Susse' (after the manufacturer of the perforation), 'Piquage Clamecy' etc. They are quite rare, forgeries exist of this perforation.

For forgeries of these stamps, click here.

 

1862 Inscription 'EMPIRE FRANC', perforated, 'non laurée'

1 c green on green Napoleon III perforated, 5 c green 10 c brown 20 c blue 20 c blue "star cancellation" 40 c orange 80 c red 80 c red

  1 c green on green
  5 c green
  10 c brown
  20 c blue
  40 c orange
  80 c red

The 20 c and 80 c exist in tete-beche. A 5 c imperforated was issued for the french colonies. For forgeries of these stamps, click here. These stamps are perforated 14 x 13 1/2. The 5 c green also exists issued on greenish paper (as the 1 c).

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 cR* 
20 c***vc 
40 cRRc 
80 cRR* 

 

1863 Head laureated ('laurée'), inscription 'Empire Francais'

Large value in the lower corners

1 c green 2 c brown
2 c grey cancelled 'PD' 2 c brown "red cancel" 4 c grey cancelled 'Dunkerque'
Cancel 'PD'(Paid until destiny), red printed matter cancel and ordinary cancel

  1 c green
  2 c brown
  4 c grey

Value in small letters

10 c brown 20 c blue, typical cancel 20 c blue 30 c brown "laureated" 40 c orange 80 c red, laureated

  10 c brown
  20 c blue
  30 c brown
  40 c orange
  80 c red

Surcharged

'10' on 10 c brown (non issued)

  '10' (blue) on 10 c brown (non issued)

The 1 c, 30 c and 80 c exist imperforated and were used in the french colonies.

Large sized stamp

5 Fr grey

  5 F grey

These stamps are perforated 14 x 13 1/2. For forgeries of this stamp, click here.

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****** 
10 c***c 
20 c***vc 
30 cRR* 
40 cRR* 
80 cRR* 
5 FRRRRR 

For cancels on these issues click here.

 


Unissued Envelopes

The above cuts are essays of envelopes (that were never issued). The head of the emperor appears in an ellipse, the text reads 'EMPIRE FRANCAIS TIMBRE-POSTE'.


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