Return To Catalogue - French colonies, general issues - France overview
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The Tablet issue was issued for the following French Colonies: Anjouan (Sultanat d'Anjouan), Benin (Golfe de Bénin or Bénin), Dahomey, Diego Suarez, French Congo (Congo Français), French Guinea (Guinée Française), French Guyana (Guyane), French India (Établissements de l'Inde), French Indo-China (Indo-Chine), French Oceanic Settlements (Établissements de l'Océanie), French Sudan (Soudan Français), Gabon, Great Comoro (Grande Comore), Guadeloupe, Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire), Martinique, Mayotte, Moheli (Mohéli), New Caledonia (Nouvelle Caledonie), Nossi-Be, (Nossi-Bé), Obock, Reunion (Réunion), Senegal (Sénégal), Senegambia and Niger (Sénégambie et Niger), St Marie de Madagascar, St Pierre and Miquelon.
The following values were issued (not all values were issued for each colony):
1 c black on blue 2 c brown on yellowish 4 c brown 5 c green (2 different shades) 10 c black 10 c red 15 c blue 15 c grey 20 c red on yellow 25 c black 25 c blue 30 c brown 35 c black 40 c orange 45 c black 50 c red 50 c brown on blue 75 c lilac 1 F green 2 F violet on red 5 F lilac
Many of these stamps exist with an overprint '05' or '10' in black or red (made in 1912).
These surcharges exist with a variety: more space between '0' and '5' or '1' and '0':
Left normal stamp, right variety with more space between '0' and '5'.
(Left: normal; right: more space between '1' and '0' variety)
Several errors also exist, such as double and inverted surcharges:
(Double surcharged '10' and inverted 'widely spaced 05')
I know that the forger Fournier attempted to forge these stamps. He made forgeries in large numbers of all French colonies (all values of all colonies it seems).
Fournier forgeries of these stamps (obtained from Benoit Chandanson's website):
(Fournier forgery left, genuine stamp right)
They can be recognized by the often bad perforation, the colour is also different from the genuine stamps. Furthermore the following 3 characteristics can be observed:
Characteristics 1), 2) and 3) (upper images: forgeries, lower images, genuine)
1) The fingers of the hand in the upper central part are badly visible
2) The upper horizontal bar of the 'F' and 'E' of 'FRANCAISE' are shorter in the Fournier forgeries. The 'R' is also different.
3) The fingers of the hand in the upper left corner part are also badly visible.
4) The bottom left fruit is attached to the horn.
(Perforation in the corners of a forged Martinique stamp)
5) The perforation is not perfect in the corners.
Fournier forgeries, examples:
Overprinted stamps were also forged by Fournier (on forged stamps):
(Forgeries of the parcel stamps of St.Pierre and Miquelon)
Some of the cancels used by Fournier (taken from a Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries):
A new badge of forgeries seems to have been introduced into the market recently. As in the Fournier forgeries, the corners perforations are not perfect, the colours too brigth and the printing process is different from the genuine stamps (source: http://www.colfra.com/centre.php?page=article&contenu=actualite, in French). Pictures of these recent forgeries can also be found on this website.