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Postage due stamps


(Stamp of the French colonies used in Cochin China and Hanoi)


This is a 5 F postage due forgery of the French Colonies made by Fournier taken from a Fournier Album of Philatelic forgeries with "FAUX" overprint and a green cancel "SAIGON CENTRAL COCHINCHINE 2E/24 OCT 92". Also a forgery with a "HANOI 3E/27 FEVR 86 TONKIN" cancel.


Other forged Fournier cancels that might have been used on forged postage due stamps

The forged Fournier cancels are:
"* SAIGON * 3E/7 NOV 86 COCHINCHINE"
"MYTHO 2E/16 AOUT 92 COCHINCHINE"
"* COCHINCHINE * 6 OCT 76 SAIGON"
"SAIGON CENTRAL 2E/24 OCT 92 COCHINCHINE"
"BACLIEU 1E/27 JUIN 92 COCHINCHINE"


(Forged cancels of Fournier)

The forged Fournier cancels of Tonkin are:
"NAM-DINH 1 OCT. 92 TONKIN"
"HANOI 3E/27 FEVR 88 TONKIN"
"HA-NOI 2E/21 JUIL 92 TONKIN"

 

1904 surcharged on postage due stamps of the French colonies (imperforate)

  '5' on 60 c brown
  '5' (red) on 40 c black
  '10' (red) on 60 c black
  '30' (red) on 60 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
5 on 60 c *** ***  
5 on 40 c *** ***  
10 on 60 c *** ***  
30 on 60 c *** ***  


Overprinted postage due stamps, used as fiscal stamps (see there).

 

1908 Statue of a mythical dog


(This stamp has a trial perforation)

  2 c black
  4 c blue
  5 c green
  10 c red
  15 c violet
  20 c brown
  30 c olive
  40 c brown
  50 c blue
  60 c orange
  1 F grey
  2 F brown
  5 F red

These stamps are perforated 14 x 13 1/2.

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
2 c * *  
4 c * *  
5 c * c  
10 c ** *  
15 c * **  
20 c * *  
30 c ** **  
40 c ** **  
50 c * *  
60 c ** **  
1 F R R  
2 F *** ***  
5 F RR RR  
Surcharged in new currency (1919)

  4/5 c (red) on 2 c black
  1 3/5 c (red) on 4 c blue
  2 c on 5 c green
  4 c (blue) on 10 c red
  6 c (red) on 15 c violet
  8 c on 20 c brown
  12 c on 30 c olive
  16 c on 40 c brown
  20 c on 50 c blue
  24 c on 60 c orange
  40 c on 1 F grey
  80 c on 2 F brown
  2 P (blue) on 5 F red

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
4/5 c on 2 c * *  
1 3/5 c on 4 c * *  
2 c on 5 c *** *  
4 c on 10 c *** c  
6 c on 15 c R ***  
8 c on 20 c * *  
12 c on 30 c R **  
16 c on 40 c R *  
20 c on 50 c R ***  
24 c on 60 c R **  
40 c on 1 F R **  
80 c on 2 F RR ***  
2 P on 5 F RR RR  
New currency (1922)

  2/5 c black
  4/5 c red and black
  1 c yellow and black
  2 c green and black
  3 c violet and black
  4 c orange and black
  6 c green and black
  8 c black and black on lilac
  10 c blue and black
  12 c orange and black on green
  20 c blue and black on yellow
  40 c red and black on blue
  1 P brown and black on lilac

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
2/5 c c c  
4/5 c c c  
1 c c c  
2 c * *  
3 c * *  
4 c * *  
6 c * *  
8 c * *  
10 c ** *  
12 c ** **  
20 c *** *  
40 c *** ***  
1 P *** ***  

 

1927 Temple etc.

Temple

  2/5 c brown and orange
  4/5 c violet and grey
  1 c red and grey
  2 c green and olive
  3 c brown and blue
  4 c blue and brown
  6 c red (two shades on one stamp)
  8 c brown and violet

Mythical dog

  10 c blue
  12 c grey
  20 c lilac
  40 c green
  1 Pi red

 

1931 New design, value in black (in blue on 1 P), inscription "REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE CHIFFRE TAXE A PERCEVOIR POSTES INDOCHINE"

  '1/5 CENT' red on yellow and black
  '2/5 CENT' red on yellow and black
  '4/5 CENT' red on yellow and black
  '1 CENT' red on yellow and black
  '2 CENTS' red on yellow and black
  '3 CENTS' red on yellow and black
  '4 CENTS' red on yellow and black
  '5 CENTS' red on yellow and black
  '6 CENTS' red on yellow and black
  '10 CENTS' red on yellow and black
  '12 CENTS' red on yellow and black
  '14 CENTS' red on yellow and black
  '18 CENTS' red on yellow and black
  '20 CENTS' red on yellow and black
  '50 CENTS' red on yellow and black
  '$1' red on yellow and blue

 

1943 Inscription "ETAT FRANCAIS CHIFFRE TAXE A PERCEVOIR INDOCHINE POSTES"

  1 c red on yellow
  2 c red on yellow
  3 c red on yellow
  4 c red on yellow
  6 c red on yellow
  12 c blue
  20 c blue
  30 c blue
  ......

Official Stamps

Official stamps were only issued from 1933 onwards for a period of two years. Previously official mail was free of postage. The with 'SERVICE' overprinted stamps were used during this period. Early 1936 official letters could be send free of postage once again.

1933 Postage stamps of 1931 overprinted "SERVICE" in blue (on 4 c and 10 c in red)

Chinese Junk ('La Jonque', overprint at the left vertically)

  1 c brown
  2 c green

Statues of ancient temple ('Ruines d'Angkor', overprint horizontally)

  3 c brown
  4 c blue
  5 c violet
  6 c red

Rice planting ('La Riziere', overprint in arc)

  10 c blue
  15 c brown
  20 c red
  21 c green
  25 c blue
  30 c orange

Statue (L'Apsara, overprint horizontally on top)
  50 c brown
  60 c lilac
  1 $ green
  2 $ red

 

1933 Postage stamps of 1907 with overprint "SERVICE"

  1 c brown
  2 c brown
  3 c green
  4 c red
  5 c orange
  6 c orange
  10 c green (red overprint)
  15 c blue
  20 c black (red overprint)
  21 c violet
  25 c brown
  30 c violet
  50 c lilac
  60 c grey
  1 P blue (red overprint)
  2 P red

Parcel stamps

1891 French Colonies stamp of 1881 overprinted "INDO-CHINE TIMBRE COLIS POSTAUX"

  10 c black on lilac (overprint red, also exists overprinted manually with shiny ink)

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 *** *** manual overprint: R

 

1898 Postage stamp, overprinted "Colis Postaux"

  10 c black on lilac

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 *** ***  

 

1902 Postage stamps, overprinted "TIMBRE COLIS POSTAUX"

  10 c black (overprint red)
  10 c red

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 black R ***  
10 c red *** ***  

Air Mail

1933 Aeroplane,inscription "POSTE AERIENNE"

  1 c brown
  2 c green
  5 c olive
  10 c brown
  11 c red
  15 c blue
  16 c lilac
  20 c grey
  30 c light brown
  36 c red
  37 c green
  39 c grey
  60 c violet
  66 c green
  67 c blue
  69 c blue
  1 $ black
  2 $ orange
  5 $ violet
  10 $ red
  20 $ green
  30 $ brown

Without 'RF' in lower left corner (1942)
  5 c green
  10 c lilac
  11 c red
  15 c blue
  20 c green
  36 c red
  37 c green
  60 c brown
  66 c green
  67 c blue
  69 c blue
  1 $ black
  2 $ orange
  5 $ violet
  10 $ red

Some of these stamps exist with overprint "PECULE". I've seen the values 5 $ and 10 $ (the 10 $ with smaller "PÉCULE" overprint).

 

1938 Commemoration of trans-Inochina railway, train and portrait of person

  37 c orange

Normal postage stamps in a similar design exist.

 

1939 French revolution commemoration, Bastille, design identical to many other French colonies, inscription "POSTE AERNE INDOCHINE"

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here.

  39 c + 40 c black and red

 

1942 "QUINZAINE IMPERIALE"

  12 c + 18 c blue and red 
  15 c + 25 c green
  20 c + 60 c brown
  30 c + 90 c red

 

1946 Angel over Arc de Triomphe with tanks, design identical to many other French Colonies, inscription "INDOCHINE"

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here.

  80 c orange

 

1946 Battle fields, "DU TCHAD AU RHIN", various designs, identical to many other French Colonies, inscription "POSTE AERIENNE"

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here.

  0.5 P green
  1 P violet
  1.5 P red
  2 P brown
  2.5 P blue
  5 P brown

 

1949 75 anniversary of UPU, inscription "POSTE AERIENNE", design identical to many other French Colonies, inscription "INDOCHINE"

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here

  3 P blue, black, green and red

This stamp was issued in only a small number.


Fiscal stamps

1886 Postage due stamps of the French Colonies, surcharged in "CENTS" or "FRANC", issued for Cochin-China

  20 c on 5 c black
  20 c on 10 c black
  20 c on 15 c black
  20 c on 30 c black (two types of overprint, different from the above ones)
  1 F on 20 c black
  1 F on 30 c black
  1 F on 60 c black

 

1888 Inscription "COCHINCHINE DROIT DE GREFFE"

In this design exist: 1 c brown, 5 c orange, 10 c blue, 20 c violet, 25 c green, 50 c red, 80 c violet (all with black letters) and 1 Pi grey with red letters. A 25 c on 1 F green and black should also exist.

 


Dimension, issued in 1901 in the values 12 c blue, 24 c green and 36 c red.

 


Other type, with "ANNULE" overprint, I've also seen the value 0$05 c (also in brown and with the "ANNULE" overprint)

Other type, inscription "TIMBRE DE DIMENSION":


Both types exists in the values 12 c blue, 24 c green and 36 c red.

 


"INDO CHINE DIMENSION" 24 c brown and 12 c grey. Stamps in this design were first issued in 1909.

Fiscal stamps "GREFFE" overprint on stamps of Indochina and general colonies issue:


"1 cent GREFFE", "5 cents GREFFE" and "50 cents GREFFE" fiscal overprints

This "GREFFE" overprint was applied in 1895: 1 c on 5 c green, 1 c on 30 c brown, 5 c on 4 c brown, 10 c on 10 c black, 50 c on 50 c red. Similar overprints exist on the stamps of the French colonies general 1881 issue: 1 c on 5 c green, 5 c on 25 c black, 10 c on 75 c red and 20 c on 1 F green:


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