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REUNION 1851-1893

Réunion

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Stamps of the French colonies used in Reunion

Mail boat cancel: 'Reunion Ligne' on french colony stamp:


1851 Inscription 'Ile De La Reunion, Timb Poste', Imperforated

Certified genuine, image obtained from a Francois Feldman auction Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

Image obtained from a Francois Feldman auction
(Used copy, probably genuine)

  15 c black on blue
  30 c black on blue

Four types exist of both stamps. In the 15 c the halfmoon inside the circles in the corners are different for the different types (oriented in different ways). For more information about the different types see: http://iledelareunion.fr.st/. These stamps were used for the internal postage of the island. They are extremely rare; from both values only a total value of 8 Francs was sold. The rest was destroyed in 1860. They were valid from 10 December 1851 to 31 December 1859. Reprints exist (I presume some of the above stamps are reprints), the reprint of the 15 c can easily be detected by the fact that the borders were newly set: there are only 2 frame lines in the reprints (one thick and one thin) instead of 3 frame lines in the original (though the outer two lines are often badly distinguishable).

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com
(The easiest type of the 30 c to distinguish, the upper left center part is rotated)

 

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 cRRRRRRReprint: RR
30 cRRRRRRReprint: RR

Forgeries:

Fournier forgery:

Fournier forgery!
(Fournier forgery)


(Fournier forgeries?)

I think the above forgeries are Fournier forgeries also; note the cancel 'REUNION 23 SEPT. 51 St BENOIT' which can be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries'.

In the genuine stamps, there is a dot and a hyphen before the word 'Poste'. The dot is considerably to the left of the hyphen (source Album Weeds).

Other forgeries:

Image obtained from Benoit Chandanson

Image obtained from Benoit Chandanson Forgery!


(Possibly Peter Winter forgeries)

Bogus issue:

Image obtained from http://magazzuphil.com
(Reduced sizes)

These bogus stamps have the inscription 'REUNION ISLE', besides the values 15 and 30 c (which are supposed to represent the first issue of Reunion, it is described in Album Weeds as the 4th forgery of the first Reunion stamps), also the values 1 c grey on grey, 5 c green on yellow, 10 c brown, 30 c black on blue, 40 c red on yellow and 80 c red on yellow (see picture above) exist. According to Album Weeds they are always cancelled with a diamond with lines (as above) or a square with horizontal lines. But I have also seen a cancel resembling a New South Wales cancel and uncancelled.

 

1885 Stamps of the French Colonies overprinted

Eagle (imperforated)

5 c on 40 c orange

  '5 c. R' on 40 c orange
  '25 c. R' on 40 c orange

A misprint with '52' instead of '25' exists of the last stamp.

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 40 cRRRRInverted surcharge exists
25 c on 40 c******Inverted or double surcharges exist

Napoleon (imperforated)

'5 c. R' on 30 c brown
(Reduced view)

  '5 c. R' on 30 c 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 30 cRRDouble surcharge exists
Ceres (imperforated)


(Reduced view)

  '5 c. R' on 40 c orange

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 40 c******Inverted or double surcharges exist
Peace and Commerce (imperforated)

'10 c. R' on 40 c red

  '5 c. R' on 30 c brown
  '5 c. R' on 40 c red
  '10 c. R' on 40 c red
  '20 c. R' on 30 c 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 30 c**** 
5 c on 40 cRRInverted and double surcharges exist
10 c on 40 c******Double surcharge exists
20 c on 30 c****** 

 

1891 Stamps of the French Colonies overprinted 'REUNION'

Ceres (imperforated)

  40 c orange
  80 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
40 cRRRR 
80 cRR 
Peace and commerce (imperforated)

40 c red 75 c red 1 F green

  30 c brown
  40 c red
  75 c red
  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
30 c ****** 
40 c****** 
75 cRRRR 
1 FR*** 
On stamps with inscription 'Colonies Postes', perforated

1 c black on blue 4 c brown on grey 10 c black and 15 c blue 20 c red on green 25 c black 35 c grey on yellow 40 c red 1 F green

 

  1 c black on blue
  2 c brown on yellow
  4 c brown on grey
  5 c green
  10 c black
  15 c blue
  20 c red on green
  25 c black
  35 c grey on yellow
  35 c grey on orange
  40 c red
  75 c red
  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
Inverted and double overprints exist
1 c** 
2 c** 
4 c**** 
5 c*c 
10 c*** 
15 c**** 
20 cR*** 
25 c**** 
35 c grey on yellow ****** 
35 c grey on orange ****** 
40 cRR 
75 cRRRR 
1 FRRRR 
Surcharged (1891)

  '02c' on 20 c red on green
  '2' (3 types) on 20 c red on green 
  '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
02 c on 20 c**** 
'2' on 20 c**** 
15 c on 20 c****** 

The three types of the '2' for the 2 c on 20 c stamp:


(Erroneous overprint 'RUNION')

For the specialist: The overprint 'REUNION' should have an accent over the 'E', but it is more frequently encoutered without this accent. Erroneous impressions of this word exist, examples: 'REUNIOU', 'REUNIONR', 'REUNIN', 'REUNOIN', 'ERUNION', RUENION', 'REUINON, 'REVNION' and 'REUNION' with inverted 'E'. Furthermore, because of bad printing errors broken or absent letters can occur, like 'PEUNION' or 'EUNION'.

Forgeries:


(Forgery, reduced size)

The 13 values of the 'Colonies Postes' issues were forged by Fournier, they were offered for 7 Swiss francs in his 1914 pricelist. The overprints and the stamps themselves are forged. For more information on these forgeries click here.

 

1894 Stamp of the french colonies, surcharged, without inscription ' REUNION'

  '2 c.' (3 types) 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
2 c on 20 c** 

The three types of surcharge on this stamp:

 

For more stamps of Reunion click here.


Websites:

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