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("2387" cancel: Monaco)

Before 1860 stamps of Sardinia were used. From 1860 to 1885 the stamps of France were used. The french stamps can be recognised by the small number cancel "4222" before 1876, or the large number cancel "2387" (Monaco) and "7571" for Monte Carlo afterwards.


('Normal' Monaco cancels on stamps of France)


1885 Prince Charles facing the right

2 c violet 5 c blue 10 c brown 15 c red 25 c green 40 c black on red Genuine Genuine

  1 c green
  2 c lilac
  5 c blue
  10 c brown
  15 c red
  25 c green
  40 c black on red
  75 c black on red
  1 F black on yellow
  5 F red on green

These stamps have perforation 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c** 
2 c** 
5 c**** 
10 c****** 
15 c***** 
25 cR*** 
40 c****** 
75 c****** 
1 FRRRR 
5 FRRRR 

Forgeries, example:

The above forgery doesn't have the right perforation. The genuine stamps have perforation 14:13 1/2.

Forgery described in Album Weeds:

I believe the above stamps is the forgeries described in Album Weeds. The perforation is 11 1/2. Before the 'P' of 'PRINCIPAUTE' there is a '2' alike ornament which is quite unlike the genuine stamps. The names 'DUPUIS' and 'MOUCHON' just below the lowest line of the stamp are absent. These forgeries are (always?) cancelled with 'MONACO PRINCIPAUTE 2E/22 JANV 87'. Is the following stamp made by the same forger?:


(Reduced size)

Other more deceptive forgeries:


(Two forgeries with the same cancel: 'MONACO PRINCIPAUTE 5/4 AVR')

Other forgeries:

Envelopes in the same desing, example:


(Reduced size)

 

1891 Prince Albert facing the left

5 c blue 15 c red 25 c green 5 F lilac 5 F green


(Reduced size)

  1 c green
  2 c lilac
  5 c blue
  5 c green (1901)
  10 c brown
  10 c red (1901)
  15 c red
  15 c brown (1901)
  15 c green (1921)
  25 c green
  25 c blue (1901)
  40 c blue on red
  50 c brown on orange
  75 c lilac on yellow
  75 c brown on yellow (1921)
  1 F black on yellow
  5 F red on green
  5 F lilac (1920)
  5 F green (1921)

surcharged with red cross and 5 (1914)

  '+ 5 c' on 10 c red

surcharged

  20 c on 15 c green (1923)
  25 c on 10 c red (1922)
  45 c on 50 c brown on orange (1924)
  50 c on 1 F black on yellow (1923)
  75 c on 1 F black on yellow (1924)
  85 c on 5 F green (1924)

overprinted '28 Decembre 1920'

  5 c green
  75 c brown
  '2 F =' on 5 F lilac

These stamps have perforation 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 cvcvc 
2 cvcvc 
5 c blue**** 
5 c greenvcvc1901
10 c brown**** 
10 c redcc1901
15 c red***c 
15 c brown*c1901
15 c greencc1921
25 c green**** 
25 c blue*c1901
40 ccc 
50 c** 
75 c lilac on yellow **** 
75 c brown on yellow ******1921
1 F ** 
5 F red on green ****** 
5 F lilac******1920
5 F green****1921
Red Cross issue
5 c + 10 c** 

Overprinted '18 DECEMBRE 1920'

5 ccc 
75 c** 
2 F on 5 F**** 
Surcharged
20 c on 15 ccc1923
25 c on 10 ccc1922
45 on 50 ccc1924 A variety exists with the '5' fatter
(appears once in every sheet)
50 c on 1 F**1923
75 c on 1 Fcc1924, I've seen a double overprint: RR
85 c on 5 Fcc1924, Double overprint: RRR

I have seen a postcard 10 c brown in the same design as the above stamps.

Typical cancel:

 

1920 War charity, mother with child behind view of Monaco

  2 + 3 c brown
  5 + 5 c green
  15 + 10 c red
  25 + 15 c blue
  50 + 50 c brown on brown
  1 + 1 F black on yellow
  5 + 5 F red

Overprinted '20 mars 1920' (1920)

1 + 1 F black on yellow 5 + 5 F red

  15 + 10 c red
  25 + 15 c blue
  50 + 50 c brown on brown
  1 + 1 F black on yellow
  5 + 5 F red

Overprinted '20 mars 1920' and surcharged (1920)

  2 + 3 c on 15 + 10 c red
  2 + 3 c on 25 + 15 c blue
  2 + 3 c on 50 + 50 c brown on brown
  5 + 5 c on 1 + 1 F black on yellow
  5 + 5 c on 5 + 5 F red

These stamps have perforation 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2+3 c** 
5+5 c** 
15+10 c** 
25+15 c** 
50+50 c***** 
1+1 FRR 
5+5 FRRRR 
Overprinted '20 mars 1920'
15+10 c** 
25+15 c** 
50+50 c**** 
1+1 F****** 
5+5 FRRRR 
2+3 c on 15+10 c ****** 
2+3 c on 25+15 c****** 
2+3 c on 50+50 c****** 
5+5 c on 1+1 F****** 
5+5 c on 5+5 F****** 

 

The next stamps issued in Monaco bore the head of Prince Albert I (25 c with hat) and various sceneries; oceanographic museum (30 c and 50 c), Royal palace (5 F and 10 F) and the rock of Monaco (60 c, 1 F and 2 F). They were issued in 1922.


Postage Due stamps

1905 As Postage Due stamps of France, inscription 'TAXE' and 'A PERCEVOIR'

  1 c green
  5 c green
  10 c red
  10 c brown
  15 c brown
  20 c brown
  30 c blue
  40 c violet
  50 c brown
  50 c green
  60 c black
  60 c lilac
  1 F brown
  2 F red
  5 F red

Surcharged
  '1 Franc a Percevoir' on 50 c brown (1909)

These stamps have perforation 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 ccc 
5 cvcvc 
10 c redvcc 
10 c brownRR1909
15 cc* 
20 ccc1925?
30 ccc 
40 ccc1925?
50 c brown** 
60 ccc1925?
1 F**1925?
2 F**1925?
3 F**1925?
Surcharged
1 F on 50 c** 

 

1910 Prince Albert Inscription 'RECOUVREMENTS'

  1 c green
  10 c lilac
  30 c brown

Surcharged

  20 c on 10 c lilac
  40 c on 30 c brown

These stamps have perforation 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 cvcvc 
10 ccc 
30 c ****** 
Surcharged
20 c on 10 ccc1919
40 c on 30 c**1919

 

Later issues 'RECOUVREMENTS VALEURS IMPAYEES' (1925):

Surcharged 'POSTES' to be used as postage stamps (1937):


Telephone stamps

Example:


(Reduced size)


Fiscal Stamps

1888 Arms of Monaco

The following values exist: 5 c, 10 c, 15 c, 20 c, 25 c, 30 c, 35 c, 40 c, 45 c, 50 c, 1 F, 1.50 F and 2 F. The colour of these stamps is brown, the value inscription exists in black (all values) or blue (5 c, 10 c, 15 c, 20 c, 25 c, 35 c, 40 c and 1 F only). In 1906 the values 5 c, 10 c, 15 c and 20 c were overprinted with 'AFFICHES' (value in black).


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