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Parcel post

1891 inscription "Congo franšais COLIS POSTAUX"

Image obtained from a Harmers auction
Tete-beche

  10 c black on blue

Exists in four types; 'x', '=', '|' and '.|.' below 'Congo francais'.

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
10 c RR RR Exists tete-beche: RRR

Forgeries exist of this stamp, examples:

Forgery!
Forgery with cancel "LIBREVILLE 10 MARS 00 CONGO FRANCAIS" the year could also have been '98' or '99' (since the '00' are very small and might actually have been '8' or '9')

Genuine? image obtained from a Francois Feldman auction
Even though this stamp was offered as genuine on an Internet auction, I have my doubts since it has exactly the same cancel as the previous stamp

Fournier forgeries:


Fournier forgeries, one of them with a "LIBREVILLE 13 NOV 92 GABON-CONGO" cancel as can be found in the Fournier Album (see image next to it).


(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'). In the Fournier forgeries, the ornaments below the "C" of "Congo" are different (in the genuine the three lines below this letter form a different pattern).


Left presumably genuine "C", right Fournier forgery


Highly dubious item with "LIBREVILLE 13 NOV 92 GABON-CONGO" cancel as can be found in the Fournier Album (although the above stamp is different from the above shown Fournier forgeries). Next to it forged cancels from a Fournier Album.


Other forgery

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
Value Unused Used Remarks
10 c RR RR  

Fiscal Stamps

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

This overprint exists reading upwards or downwards.


"EXPEDITIONS et COPIES 1fr20" on 1 F. Also a 60 c without the value overprint.

Other fiscal stamps exist.


Postage Due Stamps

I've seen several postage due stamps of the French Colonies, with the cancel "OUESSO 28 AVRIL 20 CONGO FRANCAIS", these might have been cancelled to order:


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