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From 1894 to 1904 a french post office existed in Zanzibar.

1894 Stamps of France surcharged with value in 'ANNA'

2 1/2 a on 25 c black

  1/2 a (red) on 5 c green
  1 a (blue) on 10 c black
  1 1/2 a (red) on 15 c blue
  2 a on 20 c red on green
  2 1/2 a (blue) on 25 c black
  3 a on 30 c brown
  4 a on 40 c red on yellow
  5 a (blue) on 50 c red
  7 1/2 a (red) on 75 c lilac on yellow
  10 a (red) on 1 F olive
  50 a 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
1/2 a on 5 c***** 
1 a on 10 c****** 
1 1/2 a on 15 cRRRR 
2 a on 20 cRR 
2 1/2 a on 25 c****** 
3 a on 30 cRR 
4 a on 40 cRR 
5 a on 50 cRR 
7 1/2 a on 75 c RRRRRR 
10 a on 1 FRRRR 
50 a on 5 FRRRRRR 
Further surcharged with 'ZANZIBAR' horizontally and value 
in 'centimes (1894)

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  1/2 ANNA + 5 c on 1 c black
  1 ANNA + 10 c on 2 c grey
  2 1/2 ANNAS + 25 c on 4 c brown
  5 ANNAS + 50 c on 20 c red on green
  10 ANNAS + 1 F on 40 c red on 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
1/2 a + 5 c on 1 c RRRRTwo types of the '5'
1 a + 10 c on 2 cRRRRThree types of the '10'
2 1/2 a + 25 c on 4 c RRRRThree types of the '25'
5 a + 50 c on 20 cRRRRThree types of the '50'
10 a + 1 F on 40 cRRRRRRThree types of the '1 Fr.'
Overprinted 'ZANZIBAR' vertically and surcharged (provisional issue: july 1897)

Image obtained with permission from http://www.sandafayre.com Image obtained with permission from http://www.sandafayre.com

(exists with and without 'Poste France')
  2 1/2 + 25 (black) on 1/2 a (red) on 5 c green
  2 1/2 + 25 (black) on 1 a (blue) on 10 c black
  2 1/2 + 25 (black) on 1 1/2 a (red) on 15 c blue
  5 + 50 on 3 a on 30 c brown
  5 + 50 on 4 a on 40 c red on 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
2 1/2 + 25 c on 1/2 a on 5 c RRRRRTwelf types, differing in '2 1/2' or '25 c'
2 1/2 + 25 c on 1 a on 10 c RRRRRRTwelf types, differing in '2 1/2' or '25 c'
2 1/2 + 25 c on 1 1/2 a on 15 c RRRRRRTwelf types, differing in '2 1/2' or '25 c'
5 + 50 on 3 a on 30 cRRRRRREight types, differing in '5' or '50 c.'
5 + 50 on 4 a on 40 cRRRRRREight types, differing in '5' or '50 c.'
Overprinted 'ZANZIBAR' horizontally and value (1897)

1/2 a on 5 c green 5 a on 50 c red 5 a on 50 c red

  1/2 a (red) on 5 c green
  1 a (blue) on 10 c black
  1 1/2 a (red) on 15 c blue
  2 a on 20 c red on green
  2 1/2 a (blue) on 25 c black
  3 a on 30 c brown
  4 a on 40 c red on yellow
  5 a (blue or black) on 50 c red
  10 a (red) on 1 F olive
  20 a on 2 F brown on blue
  50 a 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
1/2 a on 5 c****Basic stamp exist in two shades of green
1 a on 10 c**** 
1 1/2 a on 15 c****** 
2 a on 20 c****** 
2 1/2 a on 25 c ****** 
3 a on 30 c****** 
4 a on 40 c****** 
5 a on 50 cRR 
10 a on 1 FRR 
20 a on 2 FRRRR 
50 a on 5 FRRRR 
Surcharged (only given to the public in cancelled condition)

Genuine

  '25c = 2 1/2' on 4 a on 40 c red on yellow
  '50c = 5' on 3 a on 30 c brown
  '50c = 5' on 4 a on 40 c red on yellow
  '1F. = 10' on 3 a on 30 c brown
  '1F. = 10' on 4 a on 40 c red on 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
25 c + 2 1/2 on 4 a on 40 c -RRR 
50 c + 5 on 3 a on 30 c-RRR 
50 c + 5 on 4 a on 40 c-RRR 
1 F + 10 on 3 a on 30 c-RRR 
1 F + 10 on 4 a on 40 c-RRR 
Bogus overprint:


(Bogus overprint)

 

1897 Inscription 'Poste France ZANZIBAR', printed on empty fields of stamp sheets

"Forgery?" Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  2 1/2 a + 25 c green
  2 1/2 a + 25 c black on lilac
  2 1/2 a + 25 c blue
  5 a + 50 c brown
  5 a + 50 c red on yellow

The '2 1/2 25 c' overprint exists in 3 types, the '5 50c' overprint in 2 types.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All valuesRRRRRR 

I've been told that the above stamp is genuine, even though the word 'ZANZIBAR' is written horizontally instead of vertically.

 

1902 Stamps as french types, but inscription 'ZANZIBAR' and surcharged

1 a on 10 c red 5 a on 50 c brown and grey

  1/2 a (red) on 5 c green
  1 a on 10 c red
  1 1/2 a on 15 c red
  2 a on 20 c brown
  2 1/2 a on 25 c blue
  3 a on 30 c violet
  4 a on 40 c red and blue
  5 a on 50 c brown and grey
  10 a on 1 F red and green
  20 a on 2 F violet and brown
  50 a 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
1/2 a on 5 c***** 
1 a on 10 c****** 
1 1/2 a on 15 c ****** 
2 a on 20 cRR 
2 1/2 a on 25 c****** 
3 a on 30 c****** 
4 a on 40 cRR 
5 a on 50 cRR 
10 a on 1 FRRRR 
20 a on 2 FRRRR 
50 a on 5 FRRRR 
Surcharged (only given to public in cancelled condition)

Image obtained with permission from http://www.sandafayre.com Image obtained with permission from http://www.sandafayre.com

  '2 25' (red) on 1/2 a (red) on 5 c green
  '25c 2 1/2' on 1 a on 10 c red
  '25c 2 1/2' on 3 a on 30 c violet
  '50c cinq' on 3 a on 30 c violet
  '1 fr dix' on 3 a on 30 c violet

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 + 25 on 1/2 a on 5 c -RR 
25 c + 2 1/2 on 1 a on 10 c -RRI have seen an inverted '25 c 2 1/2' surcharge
25 c + 2 1/2 on 3 a on 30 c-RRR 
50 c cinq on 3 a on 30 c-RRR 
1 fr dix on 3 a on 30 c-RRR 

 

1904 Postage Due stamps overprinted 'Timbre' , 'Affrancht' or bars on 'CHIFFRE TAXE'

1 1/2 a on 15 c green

  1/2 a on 5 c blue
  1 a (blue) on 10 c black 
  '1 1/2 ANNA' and bars (red) on 15 c green

These stamps were given to the public in already cancelled condition.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 a on 5 c-RR 
1 a on 10 c-RR 
1 1/2 a on 15 c-RRR 


Postage Due stamps

1897 Postage due stamps of France overprinted with value and 'ZANZIBAR'

1/2 a on 5 c blue

  1/2 a (red) on 5 c blue
  1 a (blue) on 10 brown
  1 1/2 a (red) on 15 c green
  3 a on 30 c red
  5 a (blue) on 50 c 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
1/2 a on 5 c***** 
1 a on 10 c****** 
1 1/2 a on 15 c ****** 
3 a on 30 c****** 
5 a on 50 cR*** 

An error 2 1/2 a on 50 c exists. This error also exists with a handwritten '5' across the '2 1/2'. I have never seen this error or the handwritten correction.


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