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Nossi-Bé (French Colony in Africa)

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Nossi-Be is a small island close to the northwest coast of Madagascar.

1889 Stamp of the French Colonies of 1876 'Peace and Commerce' surcharged

  '25' (blue) on 40 c red
  '25 c.' on 40 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' on 40 cRRRRRR 
'25 c.' on 40 cRRRRRR 

 

1889 Stamps of the French Colonies of 1881, surcharged

  '5 c.' on 10 c black
  '5' (blue) on 10 c black
  '5 c. ' on 20 c red on green
  '5' (blue) on 20 c red on green
  '15' (blue) on 20 c red on green
  '25' (blue) on 30 c brown
  '25' (blue) on 40 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
'5 c' on 10 cRRRRRR 
'5' on 10 cRRRRRR 
'5 c' on 20 cRRRRRR 
'5' on 20 cRRRRRR 
15 c on 20 cRRRRRR 
25 c on 30 cRRRRRR 
25 c on 40 cRRRRRR 

Forged overprints exist, example:


(Forged overprint, reduced size)

 

1890 Stamps of the French colonies, surcharged 'NSB' and value:

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com 25  on 75 c red with border

  'NSB 25 c.' on 20 c red on green
  'NSB 25 c.' and border on 20 c red on green
  'NSB 25 c.' on 75 c red
  'NSB 25 c.' and border on 75 c red
  'NSB 25 c.' on 1 F green
  'NSB 25 c.' and border on 1 F green
  'NSB 0 25' on 20 c red on green
  'NSB 0 25' on 75 c red
  'NSB 0 25' on 1 F 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
25 c on 20 cRRRRWithout border
25 c on 20 cRRRRRRWith border
25 c on 75 cRRRRWithout border
25 c on 75 cRRRRRRWith border
25 c on 1 FRRRRWithout border
25 c on 1 FRRRRRRWith border
025 on 20 cRRRR 
025 on 75 cRRRR 
025 on 1 F RRRR 

Apparently, some of these types were printed together, here a strip of three stamps with all the 25 c on 20 c types:


(Reduced sizes)

Forged overprints exist, example:


(Forged overprint, reduced size)

 

1893 Stamps of the french colonies surcharged 'Nossi-Be' or 'NOSSI BE' (some with additional surcharge)

25 c on 20 c red on green 25 c on 20 c red on green '25' on 20 c red on green and '50' on 10 c black

  10 c black (overprint in red)
  15 c blue
  20 c red on green (overprinted in black or blue)
  25 on 20 c red on green
  50 on 10 c black
  75 on 15 c blue
  1 F on 5 c 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
10 cR*** 
15 cRR 
20 cRRRRBlue overprint (different type): RR
25 c on 20 cRRRR 
50 c on 10 cRRRR 
75 c on 15 cRRRR 
1 F on 5 cRRRR 

 

1893 French colonies type, inscription 'NOSSI-BE' coloured

  1 c black
  2 c brown on yellowish
  4 c brown
  5 c green
  10 c black
  15 c blue
  20 c red on yellow
  25 c black
  30 c brown
  40 c orange
  50 c red
  75 c lilac
  1 F green

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 c** 
2 c** 
4 c**** 
5 c**** 
10 c****** 
15 c******With network underprint
20 c****** 
25 c****** 
30 c****** 
40 c****** 
50 c****** 
75 cRR 
1 F****** 

Fournier has made forgeries of these stamps, example:


(Reduced size)

Note that the perforation is different in the corners compared to genuine stamps. For more information on these forgeries click here.

I have seen an envelope in the same design (5 c green, Nossi-Be in red).


Postage due stamps

1891 Stamps of the french colonies, overprinted 'Nossi-Be chiffre-taxe a percevoir' and value

Genuine

  0.20 on 1 c black
  0.30 on 2 c brown
  0.35 on 4 c brown
  0.35 on 20 c red on green
  0.50 on 30 c brown
  1 F on 35 c brown on yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
20 c on 1 cRRRRRR 
30 c on 2 cRRRRRR 
35 c on 4 cRRRRRR 
35 c on 20 cRRRRRR 
50 c on 30 cRRRR 
1 F on 35 cRRRR 

There are two types of this overprint: with small 'Nossi-Be' (the values 20 c on 1 c, 30 c on 2 c and 50 c on 30 c) and with tall 'Nossi-Be' overprint (the remaining values 35 c on 4 c, 35 c on 20 c and 1 F on 35 c).
Nevertheless, misprints seem to exist, such as the 30 c on 2 c with tall overprint as shown in the next image:


Misprint with tall 'Nossi-Be' overprint; apparently genuine according to the certificate signed by Roger Calves

 

1892 Stamps of the french colonies, overprinted 'Nossi-Be a percevoir' and value

Genuine


(Reduced size)

  5 c on 20 c red on green
  10 c on 15 c blue
  15 c on 10 c black
  25 c on 5 c green
  0.10 on 5 c green
  0.15 on 20 c red and green
  0.25 on 75 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
5 c on 20 cRRRRTwo types
10 c on 15 cRRRRTwo types
15 c on 10 cRRRRTwo types
25 c on 5 cRRRRTwo types
0.10 on 5 cRR 
0.15 on 20 c RR 
0.25 on 75 cRRRRRR 

The two types; note the difference in the letters of 'Nossi-Be':

Error; 0.25 c on 20 c:

This error is very rare.

 

Nossi-Be was added to Madagascar in 1898 together with Diego-Suarez and Ste.Marie de Madagascar.


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