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INDO CHINA (French colony in Asia) 1888-1903

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Indo China (Indochine in French) consisted of the French colony of Cochin-China and the French protectorates of Annam, Tonkin, Laos and Cambodia. Cochin China, Tonkin, and Annam were later combined to form a new country: Vietnam. The capital of Indo-China was Hanoi.


Stamps of the French Colonies used in Indo China

Stamps of the french colonies were used in Indo China, cancelled with a diamond like shape of small dots with 'CCH' in the middle

Stamp of the French Colonies used in Cochin-China:

Stamps used in Saigon:

Tonkin cancel


ANNAM AND TONKIN

1888 Stamps of the French colonies, surcharged 'A&T':

'1' on 2 c brown on yellow Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com 'A & T 1' on 4 c brown 'A & T 5' on 10 c black

'1' on 4 c brown
(Reduced view)

  'A & T 1' on 2 c brown on yellow
  'A - T 1' on 2 c brown on yellow
  'A & T 1' on 4 c brown
  'A - T 1' on 4 c brown
  'A & T 5' on 10 c black
  'A - T 5' on 10 c black

Inverted overprints exist. There are eight types of the 'A&T 1' overprint and four types of the 'A&T 5' overprint.

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com
(Prepared, but not issued stamp)

A stamp 'A & T 5' on 2 c brown on yellow was prepared but not issued.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
'A&T 1' on 2 c ****** 
'A-T 1' on 2 cRRRR 
'A&T 1' on 4 c ****** 
'A-T 1' on 4 cRRRR 
'A&T 5' on 2 cRRR-Not issued
'A&T 5' on 10 c ****** 
'A-T 5' on 10 cRRRR 

Forgeries:

These overprints have been forged, examples of some Fournier forgeries, taken from a Fournier Album of Philatelic forgeries:


(Forged overprints of Fournier, reduced sizes)

And some forged cancels, used by Fournier:


(Forged cancels of Fournier)


COCHIN-CHINA (Cochin-Chine)

1886 Stamps of the French colonies surcharged:

'5 C.CH.' on 2 c brown

  '5' on 25 c yellow
  '5 C.CH.' on 2 c brown on yellow
  '5 C.CH.' on 25 c yellow
  '5' on 25 c black
  '15 / 15' on 30 c brown

A '5 C.CH.' on 25 c black was prepared, but not issued.

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' on 25 c yellowRRRR 
'5 C.CH.' on 2 c****** 
'5 C.CH.' on 25 c ****** 
'5' on 25 c black****** 
'15/15' on 30 c ****** 

Forgeries:


(Forged cancels and forged overprints taken from a 'Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries')


(Forged cancels of Fournier)


(Fournier forgery with the 'HANOI 3E/27 FEVR 88 TONKIN' cancel as shown above, this forgery was offered as genuine on an internet auction)


INDO CHINA

1889 Stamps of the French colonies, overprinted

  overprint: 'INDO-CHINE 1889 5 R - D' (red)
    5 on 35 c brown on yellow

  overprint:'INDO-CHINE 89 5 R D'
    5 on 35 c brown on yellow

In the first overprint '1889' also exists in a smaller type. This overprint also exists inverted. The second overprint exists with missing '89' (all very rare).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
'INDO-CHINE 1889 5 R-D' RR 
'INDO-CHINE 89 5 R D'***** 

Forgeries: Fournier has made forgeries of these stamps, inclusive inverted overprints in black (genuine overprints are red!):

Fournier forgery!
(Inverted and normal forged black overprint, for more information on these forgeries, click here)

 

1893 French colonies type, inscription 'INDO-CHINE' in blue or red

2 c brown on yellow 15 c blue 40 c orange 1 F green

  1 c black
  2 c brown on yellow
  4 c brown
  5 c green (issued in yellowish green in 1900)
  10 c black
  10 c red (1900)
  15 c blue (with printed background pattern)
  15 c grey (1900)
  20 c red on yellow
  25 c black
  25 c blue (1900)
  30 c brown
  40 c orange
  50 c red
  50 c brown on blue (1900)
  75 c lilac
  1 F green
  5 F lilac
Surcharged (1903)

'5' on 15 c grey

  '5' on 15 c grey
  '15' on 25 c blue

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*c 
10 c black *** 
10 c red**** 
15 c blue***c 
15 c grey***c 
20 c***** 
25 c black**** 
25 c blue****** 
30 c****** 
40 c ****** 
50 c red****** 
50 c brown on blue ****** 
75 c****** 
1 F****** 
5 FRRRR 
Surcharged
'5' on 15 c** 
'15' on 25 c** 

These stamps exist overprinted 'CHINE', 'CANTON', 'HOI HAO', 'TCHONG-KING' 'MONGTZE', 'TCHONG-KING', 'PACK HAO', and 'YUNNANSEN' for use in Southern China.

"CANTON" on 2 c brown "CANTON" (in red) on 2 c brown "CANTON" (in red) on 5 c green"CANTON" on 50 c red 1 F green, 'CANTON' "HOI HAO" on 15 c grey "PACKHOI" on 50 c red 1 F green "TCHONG-KING" on 20 c red on yellow 30 c brown and 40 c orange

"CHINE" on 50 c brown on blue "CHINE" on 75 c, 1 F and 5 F "YUNNANSEN" on 30 c brown
(Reduced sizes)

Postal Stationery:

I have seen postal stationery of the 5 c green (country name in red) and 25 c black (country name in red).

Forgeries:

Forgeries have been made of these stamps and the overprints by Fournier (note that the perforation is imperfect, especially in the corners), for more information on these forgeries click here:


(Fournier forgeries)

Cancels:

The stamp below was cancelled with the "LIGNE N PAQ.FR.No 4" cancel used on the mail boats from Marseilles via Suez, Aden, Singapore to Saigon.

Ligne N
"LIGNE N PAQ.FR.No 4"

Another stamp, cancelled in Hongkong:


(Stamp cancelled in Hongkong)

For stamps of Indo China, issued later than 1903 and miscellaneous, click here.


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