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1884 As postage due stamps of France, but imperforate (so-called Duval type)

5 c black 20 c green 60 c black 1 F brown

4 c black used in Cochin Chine

  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 (1908)
  2 F brown
  5 F brown

The values 1 F black, 2 F black and 5 F black were initially presumed to be non-issued. They were actually non-perforated postage due stamps of France, which came in collectors hands. Reprints of these imperforate stamps also exist.

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 * *  
2 c * *  
3 c * *  
4 c * *  
5 c black * *  
5 c blue c c  
10 c black ** **  
10 c brown c c  
15 c black ** **  
15 c green c c  
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 brown R R  


The 45 c green was never issued for the French Colonies, here a sheetlet with partly perforated and imperforate 45 c green stamps (printer's waste?).

The next table show in which colonies the black (centimes) and brown (Francs) values were used and where they are rare. This table is taken from https://www.franceandcolonies.org/philatelist/146.pdf

The following abbreviations are used for the colonies (including the main post office(s), other offices are usually rarer):
SPM : St. Pierre and Miquelon - St. Pierre
GPE : Guadeloupe - Pointe-a-Pitre and Basse-Terre
MQE : Martinique - St.Pierre and Fort-de-France
GUY : French Guiana - Cayenne
SNG/GOR : Senegal and Goree - St.Louis and Goree
RDS/GUI : Rivieres du Sud (Guinea) - Conakry
CDO/CDI/BEN - Cote d'Or (Ivory Coast) and Benin (Dahomey) - Assinie, Grand Bassam, Kotonou, Grand Popo, Whydah
ASI/GAB/CON - Assinie, Gabon, Congo - Libreville
OBK : Obock
MAY/NSB : Mayotte and Nossi-Be (to 1885) -Dzaoudzi
REU : Reunion - St.Denis and St.Pierre
INDE : French India - Pondichery
CCH : French Indochina - Saigon
NCE : New Caledonia - Noumea
OCN : Oceania (Tahiti) - Papeete
DSZ/NSB/MAD : Duego Suarez, Nossi Be and Madagascar (1885 onwards) - Diego Suarez, Tamatave and Tananarivo.

The symbols mean:
X : no information available
R : rare or very rare
S : scarce
C : common
P : philatelic use or cancelled to order (CTO)
O : stamp not send to the colony (but accidental or philatelic use may exist)

  SPM GPE MQE GUY SNG
GOR
RDS
GUI
CDO
CDI
BEN
ASI
GAB
CON
OBK MAY
NSB
DSZ
NSB
MAD
REU INDE CCH NCE OCN
Black
1c X R C P P X P P P X P P P C X R
2c X X C P P R P P P X P P P C X X
3c P X C P P X X P P X P P P C P X
4c X R C P P X P P P X P P X C P X
5c R R C P C X X P R X P S X C P R
10c R S C C C X X P P X P S X C X X
15c R S C R S X X X X X P C X C X R
20c R R C C C P X P P X P C X C P X
30c R S C C S X X P R X P C X C X X
40c R R C C S X X C X X P C X R S X
60c X O C C R X X P R X P S X R X X
Brown
1Fr P O P P P X X P X P P S X C X X
2Fr P P P P P X X P X X P P X P P X
5Fr P O P P P X X P X X P P X P P X

Indo China surcharged stamp.
Surcharges 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, with additional bar overprint, were issued for Senegal.

These postage due stamps overprinted with an eagle and text "CINQUANTENAIRE 24 SEPTEMBRE 1853 1903" were issued for New Caledonia:

Image obtained from a Harmers auction
New Caledonia issue

Fiscal stamps for Indo-China


"20 CENTS" on 30 c black and "1 FRANC" on 20 c; these are fiscal stamps for French Indo-China. I've also seen "20 CENTS" on 10 c black and "1 FRANC" on 30 c black. Other values exist (see under Indo-China).

Image obtained from a Siegel auction, only 75 stamps printed. Image obtained from a Siegel auction, only 75 stamps printed.
"Colis Postaux" overprint for Ivory Coast

The overprint "EXPEDITIONS et COPIES" was used for French Congo:


"EXPEDITIONS et COPIES" and value. A 60 c and a 1fr20 on 1 F value exist.

Forgeries:

French colonies, postage due stamps, primitive forgery type 1
French colonies, postage due stamps, primitive forgery type 2
French colonies, postage due stamps, primitive forgery type 3
French colonies, postage due stamps, forgery type 6
French colonies, postage due stamps, more forgeries
French colonies, postage due stamps, Fournier forgeries, first type, part 1
French colonies, postage due stamps, Fournier forgeries, first type, part 2
French colonies, postage due stamps, Fournier forgeries, second type

 

 

1945 Postage due stamps of later date (inscription "A PERCEVOIR TIMBRE TAXE")

  10 c blue
  15 c green
  25 c orange
  50 c grey
  60 c brown
  1 F lilac
  2 F red
  4 F black
  5 F blue
  10 F violet
  20 F brown
  50 F green

 


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