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(A letter of Martinique from 1825 with cancel 'MARTINIAQUE' and 'COLONIES PAR BORDEAUX')

I've seen a similar letter to Rouen with cancel 'MARTINIQUE' and 'COLONIES PAR ROCHEFORT'.

 

Stamps of the french colonies were used cancelled with a diamond shaped figure of points with 'MQE' in the middle (see picture)

'MQE' Martinique

 

Normal cancel on stamp of the French Colonies:


1886 Stamps of the French colonies of 1881 overprinted 'MQE' and value

'MQE 15 c' on 20 c red on green 'MQE 15 c' on 20 c red on green

  'MQE 15 c.' on 20 c red on green

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
15 c on 20 c******Two types: 'MQE' 5 or 5 1/2 mm high

 

1886 Stamps of the French colonies of 1881 overprinted 'Martinique' and value

'01 c.' on 2 c brown '01 c.' on 4 c brown

  '01c.' on 2 c brown
  '01c.' on 4 c brown
  '01' on 20 c red on green

'05 c.' on 10 c black

  '05c.' on 4 c brown
  '05c.' on 10 c black

'5' on 20 c red on green "05" on 20 c red on green "05c." on 20 c red on green

  '5' on 20 c red on green
  '5c' on 20 c red on green
  '05' on 20 c red on green
  '05c.' on 20 c red on green

05 c on 30 c brown and 05 c on 35 c black on yellow '05 c.' on 40 c red

  '05c.' on 30 c brown
  '05c.' on 35 c black on yellow
  '05c.' on 40 c red

'15 c.' on 20 c red on green 015 on 20 c red on green 15 on 20 c red on green '15 c.' on 25 c black 15 c on 75 c red

  '15c.' on 4 c brown (misprint?)
  '15c.' on 20 c red on green
  '015' on 20 c red on green
  '15' on 20 c red on green
  '15c.' on 25 c black
  '15c.' on 75 c red

Surcharged 'TIMBRE-POSTE MARTINIQUE' and value

'01c.' on 2 c brown

  '01c.' on 2 c brown

Surcharged '1892' value and 'MARTINIQUE'

type 1
(Reduced size)

  '05c.' on 25 c black
  '15c.' on 25 c black

Surcharged '1892 MARTINIQUE' and value

'05 c' on 25 c black type 2

  '05c.' on 25 c black
  '15c.' 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
01 c on 2 c** 
01 c on 4 c** 
01 on 20 c** 
05 c on 4 c RRRRWith '5' instead of '5' (slanting '5'): RRR
05 c on 10 c****With '5' instead of '5': R
5 on 20 c****** 
5 c on 20 cRRRRRRForged overprints exist
05 on 20 c** 
05 c on 20 c**With '5' instead of '5': ***
05 c on 30 c***With '5' instead of '5': ***
05 c on 35 c**** 
05 c on 40 c******With '5' instead of '5': R
15 c on 4 cRRRRRRMisprint?
15 c on 20 c******Without country name: ***
Value and country name inverted: ***
With '5' instead of '5': RR
015 on 20 c***** 
15 on 20 c****** 
15 c on 25 c**With '5' instead of '5': ***
15 c on 75 c******With '5' instead of '5': R
01 on 2 c***'TIMBRE-POSTE MARTINIQUE'
05 c on 25 c******'1892 05 c. MARTINIQUE'
15 c on 25 c****'1892 15 c. MARTINIQUE'
05 c on 25 c******'1892 MARTINIQUE 05 c.'
15 c on 25 c****'1892 MARTINIQUE 15 c.'


(Left, common '5'; right, slanting '5' variety)

 

1891 Postage Due stamps of French Colonies, surcharged: 'TIMBRE-POSTE MARTINIQUE' and value

05 c on 15 c black

15 c on 30 c black
(Reduced size)

  '05c.' on 5 c black
  '05c.' (red) on 10 c black
  '05c.' on 15 c black
  '05c.' (red) on 15 c black
  '15c.' on 20 c black
  '15c.' (red) on 20 c black
  '15c.' on 30 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 5 c** 
5 c on 10 c** 
5 c on 15 c**Black overprint
5 c on 15 c**Red overprint
15 c on 20 c ****Black overprint
15 c on 20 c****Red overprint
15 c on 30 c** 

 

1893 French colonies Tablet type, inscription 'MARTINIQUE' in red or blue

5 c dark green 5 c light green 10 c red 20 c red on green 40 c red on yellow 75 c lilac on orange 2 F violet on red and 5 F lilac

  1 c black
  2 c brown on yellowish
  4 c brown
  5 c green (light or dark 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
  35 c black on yellow
  40 c red on yellow
  50 c red
  50 c brown on blue
  75 c lilac on orange
  1 F green
  2 F violet on red
  5 F lilac

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 cvcvcCountry name in blue: R
2 cvcvcMisprint 'MARTINIQUF': **
4 ccc 
5 c cvc 
10 c black*vcCountry name in red: RR
10 c red*vc 
15 c blue**cWith security underprint
15 c grey*c 
20 c** 
25 c black*c 
25 c blue***** 
30 c**** 
35 c***1906
40 c**** 
50 c red** 
50 c brown on blue ****** 
75 c****** 
1 F**** 
2 F****** 
5 F****** 

Surcharged

'10 c' on 30 c brown
(Reduced view)

  '10c' on 30 c brown
  '10c' on 5 F lilac

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 c on 30 c****Double overprint: R
With large 'C': ***
10 c on 5 F****With large 'C': **
Surcharged '1904' and value

'1904 0f10' on 50 c red '1904. 0f10' on 5 F lilac

  '0f10' on 30 c brown
  '0f10' on 40 c red
  '0f10' on 50 c red
  '0f10' on 75 c violet on yellow
  '0f10' on 1 F green
  '0f10' on 5 F lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
0f10 on 30 c**** 
0f10 on 40 c****Double overprint: R
0f10 on 50 c**** 
0f10 on 75 c**** 
0f10 on 1 F****Double overprint: R
0f10 on 5 FRR 
Surcharged '05 or '10' (1912)

'05' on 15 c grey '05' on 25 c black '10' on 40 c red on yellow '10' on 5 F lilac

  '05' (red) on 15 c grey
  '05' (red) on 25 c black
  '10' on 40 c red on yellow
  '10' on 5 F lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Note: in every sheet once or twice the overprint exists more widely spaced
05 on 15 ccc 
05 on 25 ccc 
10 on 40 c** 
10 on 5 F** 

All these stamps have perforation 14 x 13 1/2.

Forgeries: Fournier has made forgeries of these stamps (inclusive the overprints), the easiest way to recognize them is by their perforation; the perforation is often imperfect, especially in the corners. Examples of these forgeries:

For more information on these forgeries click here.

 

1903 Postage Due stamp of the French colonies: Surcharged 'TIMBRE-POSTE 5 F. MARTINIQUE COLIS POSTAUX'

  5 F on 60 c brown

This stamp was used for parcels.

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 Fr on 60 cRRWith inverted overprint: RRR

 

1908 Woman, view of Fort de France and woman (other design)

Woman

  1 c brown
  2 c green and brown
  4 c brown
  5 c green and brown
  5 c orange and brown
  10 c red and brown
  10 c green
  10 c lilac and red
  15 c lilac and red
  15 c green and olive
  15 c blue and orange
  20 c violet and 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
1 c vcvc 
2 cvcvc 
4 cvcvc 
5 c green and brown cvc 
5 c orange and brown vcvc1922
10 c red and browncvc 
10 c greencc1922
10 c lilac and redvcvc1924?
15 c lilac and redcvc1917
15 c green and olivecvc1924?
15 c blue and orange vcvc1928
View of Fort de France

25 c orange and brown

  25 c blue and brown
  25 c orange and brown
  30 c red and brown
  30 c red and orange
  30 c brown
  30 c blue and green
  35 c violet and brown on yellow
  40 c green and brown
  45 c brown
  50 c red and brown
  50 c blue and brown
  50 c orange and green
  60 c blue and red
  65 c violet and brown
  75 c black and brown
  75 c blue
  75 c brown and blue
  90 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
25 c blue and brown*vc 
25 c orange and brown cvc1922
30 c red and brown** 
30 c red and orangecc1924
30 c browncc1924?
30 c blue and greenvcvc1927
35 ccc 
40 cvcvc 
45 ccc 
50 c red and brown** 
50 c blue and brown**1922
50 c orange and greencvc1924?
60 ccc1924?
65 ccc1927
75 c black and brown** 
75 c bluecc1924?
75 c brown and bluecc1928
90 ccc1928
Woman


(Reduced size)

  1 F blue and brown
  1 F blue
  1 F red and olive
  1 F 10 violet and black (1928)
  1 F 50 grey and blue
  2 F grey and brown
  3 F lilac
  5 F orange and 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
1 F blue and browncc 
1 F bluecc1924?
1 F red and olivecc1927
1 F 10 ****1928
1 F 50*c1930
2 F*c 
3 F**1930
5 F** 
Surcharged


(025 on 50 c red and brown)

  '001' on 2 c green and brown
  '005' on 20 c violet and brown
  '015' on 30 c red and brown
  '025' on 50 c blue and brown
  '025' on 50 c red and brown
  '0,01' on 15 c lilac and brown
  '0,02' (blue) on 15 c lilac and brown
  '0,05' (red) on 15 c lilac and brown
  '05' on 1 c brown
  '10' on 2 c green and brown
  '25' on 15 c lilac and red
  '25c' on 15 c lilac and red
  '25c' on 2 F grey and brown
  '25c' (blue) on 5 F orange and brown
  '60' on 75 c blue and red
  '65' on 45 c brown 
  '85' (red) on 75 c black and brown
  90 c on 75 c red
  '1f25' (red) on 1 F blue
  1 F 50 on 1 F blue
  3 F on 5 F red and green
  10 F on 5 F green and red
  20 F on 5 F brown and lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
001 on 2 c **1924, exists with inverted or double overprint (RR)
005 on 20 c**1924, with inverted overprint: RR (see below for example)
015 on 30 c******1924, exists with inverted overprint (RR)
025 on 50 c blue and brown **1924
025 on 50 c red and brown RRRR1924, I have seen a variety with the 'flower'
between '0' and '25' placed higher up.
0,01 on 15 cvcvc1922
0,02 on 15 cvcvc1922
0,05 on 15 cvcvc1922
05 on 1 ccc1920, Small zero variety (see below): ***
10 on 2 ccc1920, Small zero variety (see below): ***
25 on 15 ccc1920
25 c on 15 ccc1924
25 c on 2 Fcc1924
25 c on 5 Fcc1924
60 on 75 ccc1923
65 on 45 ccc1924
85 on 75 ccc1924
90 c on 75 ccc1927
1 F 25 on 1 Fcc1926
1 F 50 on 1 Fcc1927
3 F on 5 F**1927
10 F on 5 F****1927
20 F on 5 F******1927


(Inverted '0,05' on 20 c overprint)

The '05' on 1 c and '10' on 2 c exist with a small zero variety: the '0' is printed smaller, example:


(Left small '0', right normal '0')

I have seen this small zero variety printed next to a normal stamp.

Red cross issue (1915)

  '+5c' on 10 c red and 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 10 ccc 

All these stamps are perforated 14 x 13 1/2.

 

The next stamps to be issued in Martinique appeared in 1931 (colonial exhibition), a new permanent serie appeared in 1933.


Postage due stamps

1887 Prepared postage due stamps, postage due stamps of french colonies, overprinted 'MARTINIQUE', these stamps were prepared, but never placed in use

The following values were prepared: 1c, 2c, 3c, 4c, 5c, 10c, 15c, 20c, 30c, 40c, 60c, all in black, and 1F, 2F and 5 F in brown. The overprint is always in red, it can be from the upper left to lower right corner or lower left to upper right corner.

 

1927 Postage due stamps of France overprinted 'MARTINIQUE'

  5 c blue
  10 c brown
  20 c green
  25 c red
  30 c red
  45 c green
  50 c lilac
  60 c green
  1 F red
  2 F violet
  3 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c vcvc 
10 cvcvc 
20 ccc 
25 ccc 
30 ccc 
45 ccc 
50 ccc 
60 ccc 
1 Fcc 
2 F** 
5 F** 

Fiscal Stamps


(Fiscal stamp of France, used in Martinique, see cancel)


Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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