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1897 Stamps of Germany surcharged 'Karolinen'

on numeral issue:

  3 p brown
  5 p green

On eagle issue

20 pf blue

  10 p red
  20 p blue
  25 p orange
  50 p brown

These stamps exist with the overprint under an angle of 56 degrees or 48 degrees.


The two types of overprint

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Angle 56 degrees
3 p***** 
5 p****** 
10 p****** 
20 p****** 
25 pRR 
50 pRR 
Angle 48 degrees
3 pRRRR 
5 pRRRRR 
10 p***R 
20 p***R 
25 pRRRRRR 
50 pRRRR 

With cancel, example:


(Reduced view)

Forgeries, examples:

Fournier forgeries:

Fournier forgeries are total forgeries, the stamp, overprint and cancel are forged. The only cancel I have seen on Fournier forgeries of the Caroline Islands is: '* YAP * 7/1 99 KAROLINEN'.

Image obtained thanks to Dirk Spennemann
(Fournier forgery?)

Fournier offered forgeries of these stamps in his 1914 pricelist for 2 Swiss Francs (all 6 values). For more information on forgeries of the German colonies click here.

Besides Fournier forgeries, forged 'Karolinen' overprints exist on genuine stamps, example:


(Forged 'Karolinen' overprint on genuine German stamp)

 

1901 German colony type (ship)

Small size

  3 p brown
  5 p green
  10 p red
  20 p blue
  25 p orange and black
  30 p orange and black
  40 p red and black
  50 p violet and black
  80 p red and black on red
Large size

  1 M red
  2 M blue
  3 M violet
  5 M black and red

In 1910 500 3 pf stamps have been overprinted '5 Pf' (the so-called Ponape provisional), this surcharge also exists inverted.

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Inverted surcharge, picture obtained with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com/gallery/stamp_1670.htm

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
No Watermark
3 pc** 
5 pc** 
10 pc** 
20 p**** 
25 p**** 
30 p**** 
40 p**** 
50 p**** 
80 p**** 
1 M**RR 
2 M***RR 
3 M***RR 
5 MRRRR 
Watermark 'Lozenges'
3 pc- 
5 p*- 
5 MR- 

Surcharged

5 p on 3 pRRRRRRWithout watermark

The stamps with watermark were never put in circulation. They could be purchased at the philatelic post office in Berlin only:


(3 p stamp with watermark, clearly visible at the empty space at the left)

Forgeries:

1) Forged cancels on genuine stamps:

All of these stamps (small and large size) are worth considerably more in cancelled condition than in unused condition. Forged cancels exist! I have seen the 20 p, 30 p, 50 p, 1 M and 3 M with a forged cancel 'PONAPE KAROLINEN * 18/11 05 *'.

2) Total forgeries:


(I think this is a Fournier forgery)

The forger Francois Fournier has made forgeries of the small ship design, for more information on forgeries of the German colonies click here.


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