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No value indicated (4 p) green (6 p) red (9 p) lilac 'FOUR PENCE' on (4 p) green
(non issued stamps)
Perforated and overprinted 'L.P.E.1890.' in red
Stamps in brown, brown on blue or blue (see 2 pictures above)
were non issued. They exist with overprint 'L.P.E. 1890' for a
London Philatelic Exhibition where they were distributed as
With value indicated, imperforated
6 p blue 6 p violet to grey 1 Sh red 1 Sh green With value indicated, perforated
6 p violet 1 Sh green
Value of the stamps
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare
|(4 p) green||RRR||RRR|
|(6 p) red||R||RR|
|(9 p) lilac||RRR||RRR||Was used as 1 p stamp from 1862 onwards,
it can thus be recognized by the cancel: 'B53'.
|FOUR PENCE on (4 p)||RRR||RRR|
|brown on green||***||---||Non-issued stamp|
With Value Indication
|6 p blue||RRR||RR|
|6 p violet, imperforate||R||RR|
|6 p violet, perforated||R||R|
|1 Sh red||RRR||RR|
|1 Sh green, imperforate||RRR||RR|
|1 Sh green, perforated||RRR||RR|
Five-ring circular cancel (I've seen another type with the central circle larger) and three-ring cancel with numeral inside (here '1' for Mahebourg).
The above forgery with no value indication ('Mauritius' below) can be recognized with: 1) the 'M' of 'MAURITIUS' is closer to beginning of the name label than the 'S' to the end. 2) There is a white dot on the hat of the sitting woman. 3) The sea below the ship looks more like a 'bubble bath'. Though this stamp can be found in 'Fourniers album of philatelic forgeries' I don't think Fournier actually made this forgery, it could have been made by Spiro. The postmark on these forgeries mostly seems to be 4 concentric circles. However, other cancels exist:
A poor attempt to apply a more credible cancel to this forgery.
Other Spiro/Fournier forgeries (with value indication):
Forgery taken from a Fournier album
I've seen this forgery in the colours violet, brown and green.
Five varieties of the 6 p (I don't know which ones, but I presume these stamps include those 3 without any value indication) are offered by Fournier for 1.25 Swiss Francs in his 1914 pricelist. Besides the cancel with rings (as shown above), I have also seen these forgeries cancelled with 4 rows of dots. Note the strange shape of the 'R' of 'MAURITIUS'
Forged overprint (taken from a Fournier album)
Third forgery of Album Weeds (stamps with no value-indication):
3 subtypes, with the staff pointing towards the left, center and right hand side of the first "U" of "MAURITIUS".
The third forgery for the stamps without value indication of 'Album Weeds' can easily be detected by the background pattern. A coloured outline can be found all around the stamp, then a white space and then a wave-like pattern. I've seen two different types of these forgeries (see images above), I've been told that all these types were made by the forger Oneglia. The genuine stamps don't have this pattern. Similar forgeries were made for Trinidad (in many colours) and Barbados:
(Mauritius forgery next to similar forgeries of Trinidad and Barbados)
Very primitive forgeries, also with a totally wrong "Four Pence" overprint.
Some surcharged stamps, are these proofs?
I have also seen the non-issued blue stamp (with no value indication), chemically changed to the colour green.
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