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French colonies stamps used in Congo, example:


1891 Stamps of the french colonies, overprinted 'CONGO FRANCAIS' and value

5 c on 1 c black 5 c on 1 c black, red overprint
5 c on 20 c red on green 5 c on 25 c black 5 c on 25 c black 15 c on 25 c black


(reduced size)

  '5 c' on 1 c black
     (exists overprinted in red)
  '5 c' on 15 c blue
  '5 c' on 20 c red on green
  '5 c' on 25 c black
  '10 c' on 25 c black
  '10 c' on 40 c red
  '15 c' on 25 c black

The stamps '5 c' on 25 c black, '10 c' on 25 c black and '15 c' on 25 c black exist with overprint vertically, example:

5 c on 25 c black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c on 1 cRRWith red overprint: RRR
Red and black overprint: RRR
5 c on 15 cRRRR 
5 c on 20 cRRRRR Double overprint: RRR
5 c on 25 cRR'COngo' or 'Congo', vertical overprint, all same value
Inverted overprint ('COngo' only): RR
10 c on 25 cRRR'COngo'
Vertical overprint 'Congo': R
Double overprint: R
Inverted overprint 'COngo': RR
10 c on 40 cRRRRR'COngo'
Double overprint: RRR
15 c on 25 cRRR'COngo'
Vertical overprint 'COngo' or 'Congo': R
Double overprint: RR
Inverted overprint: RR


(5 c on 1 c double overprint)

 

1892 Postage due stamps of the French Colonies overprinted: 'Congo francais timbred poste 10 c'

Image obtained from a Francois Feldman auction 5 c on 30 c black

  5 c on 5 c black
  5 c on 20 c black
  5 c on 30 c black
  10 c on 1 F brown

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c on 5 cRRRR 
5 c on 20 cRRRR 
5 c on 30 cRRRR 
10 c on 1 FRRRR 

 

1893 French colonies type, inscription 'CONGO FRANCAIS' in red or blue

1 c black 15 c blue 20 c red on green

10 c black 25 c black

10 c red, 30 c brown, and 40 c orange

  1 c black
  2 c brown on yellowish
  4 c brown
  5 c green
  10 c black
  10 c red
  15 c blue
  15 c grey
  20 c red on green
  25 c black
  25 c blue
  30 c brown
  40 c orange
  50 c red
  50 c brown on blue
  75 c lilac
  1 F green

Overprinted 'Valeur' and value (1900)

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

  'Valeur 5' on 20 c red on green
  'Valeur 15' on 30 c brown

These stamps have perforation 14 x 13 1/2. For stamps in the same Tablet design, but for other French colonies, 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****** 
5 c****** 
10 c black****** 
10 c red****1900
15 c blue******Has underprint (see below)
15 c grey******1900
20 cRR 
25 c black****** 
25 c blue******1900
30 c****** 
40 c****** 
50 c redRR 
50 c brown on blue ******Double country name: RR
75 cRR 
1 FRR 
Surcharged
5 on 20 c-RRRDoes not exist uncancelled
15 on 30 c-RRRDoes not exist uncancelled

For the specialist: the 15 c blue has a underprint of horizontal and vertical lines.


(The 50 c brown on blue with double countryname variety)

Fournier has made forgeries of these stamps, note that the perforation in the corners is not like in the genuine stamps:

Fournier forgeries!
(Fournier forgeries, reduced sizes)


(Fournier forgery)

Furthermore the hand next to the last 'E' of 'REPUBLIQUE' doesn't show any fingers in the forgeries. For more information on these forgeries click here.

I have seen a postcard ('CARTE POSTALE') in the same design in the value 10 c black (country name in blue).

 

1900 Leopard, woman and palm trees, inscription 'republique francaise Congo Francais'

Leopard  

2 c brown and yellow

  1 c brown and grey
  2 c brown and yellow
  4 c red and blue
  5 c green and olive
  10 c red
  15 c violet and yellow

Woman

25 c blue

  20 c green and orange
  25 c blue
  30 c red and yellow
  40 c brown and green
  50 c violet and lilac
  75 c red and yellow
 
Palm trees

  1 F grey and olive
  2 F red and brown
  5 F orange and black

Surcharged (1903)

'5 c' on 30 c red and yellow
(reduced view)

  '5c' on 30 c red and yellow
  '0,10' on 2 F red and brown

These stamps have a watermark 'Plant', this watermark is slightly different for the 3 types of these stamps, on the values 1 c to 15 c it is a 'thistle tree', on the values 20 c to 75 c it is a 'rose tree' on the values 1 F to 5 F it is an 'olive tree'.

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** 
5 c*** 
10 c****** 
15 c** 
20 c**** 
25 c****** 
30 c**** 
40 c**** 
50 c****** 
75 c****** 
1 FRR 
2 FRRRR 
5 FRRRRExists in the colours yellow and black
Surcharged
5 c on 30 cRRRRR 
0,10 on 2 FRRRRR 

For similar stamps, but with inscription 'Moyen Congo' see under: Middle Congo.


Parcel post

1891 inscription 'Congo francais COLIS POSTAUX'

Genuine, image obtained from a Francois Feldman auction

  10 c black on 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 cRRRRExists tete-beche: RRR

Forgeries exist of this stamp, (by the way, I'm not sure if all the above stamps are genuine), examples:

Forgery!

Fournier forgery:


(Reduced size)

The above stamp is a Fournier forgery from a Fournier album, there is an overprint 'FAUX' that has been scillfully disguised with a black bar (in front of the '10').

I have seen so-called Hialeah forgeries of this stamp (uncancelled and in a block of 4).

 

1893 Fiscal stamp of France, overprinted 'Congo Francais COLIS POSTAUX'

  10 c grey

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 cRRRR 

Fiscal Stamps

1892 Postage stamp of the French Colonies overprinted 'Congo Francais ENR 10 Centimes'

This overprint exists reading upwards or downwards.

 

Other fiscal stamps exist.


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