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Postage due stamps


Postage due stamp of the French Colonies with a blue "REUNION SAINT PAUL" cancel from 1894.

Due to a shortage of stamps, postage due stamps of the French Colonies were used instead from 31 December 1900 to 20 January 1901.

 

1889 Inscription "Reunion Centimes a Percevoir Postes"

Genuine 5 c black and 10 c black 15 c black

  5 c black
  10 c black
  15 c black
  20 c black
  30 c black

Ten different types exist of each stamp. If I'm informed correctly, the ten types are the same for each value. Furthermore there are two printings, one in 1889 and a second one in 1892 (see Serrane guide for more details).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
5 c *** ***  
10 c *** ***  
15 c R R  
20 c R ***  
30 c *** ***  

The types (as I think they should be, with the help of the Serrane guide):


The ten types, first printing, image obtained from a Siegel auction.

The first printing was on yellowish paper and was only done for the values 5, 10, 20 and 30 c. The second printing was done for the values 5, 15, 10 and 30 c (in that order).

Types 4, 5 and 10 have the upper "S" ornament inverted.


First printing? Type 1; First "e" lower and "n" higher in "Centimes". "s" of this word smaller.


First printing, Type 2; Space between "t" and "i" of "centimes", space between "o" and "i" of "percevoir", break in the left inner frameline left to the value.


First printing, Type 3; "E" of "REUNION" too large. First upper ornament on the left hand side (the insect alike ornaments) has an extension to the left (larger left antenna).


First printing. Type 4. Upper "S" ornament inverted. Third insect alike ornament has smaller left antenna.


First printing. Type 5, Upper "S" inverted. Line above "POSTES" quite short.


First printing? Type 6; "E" of "REUNION" too large, "O" of "POSTES" open at the bottom.


First printing, Type 7; "t" of "Centimes" smaller, 5th insect alike ornament has smaller antennas.


First printing? Type 8; ornament above the "ES" of "POSTES" broken at the bottom. The first "r" of "percevoir" is smaller.


First printing? Type 9; fifth insect alike ornament has the right antenna shorter.


First printing. Type 10, upper "S" ornament inverted. The fifth 'insect' ornament has shorter antennas.


Second printing, type 2; parts of the text "Centimes" missing and misplaced.


Second printing. Type 5, Upper "S" inverted. Line above "POSTES" quite short. In the second printing, the upper right corner is very open.


Second printing, type 7; upper right corner damaged. Line above "POSTES" extends too far to the right.


Second printing. Type 8; ornament above the "ES" of "POSTES" broken at the bottom. The first "r" of "percevoir" is smaller. In the second printing, the right bottom corner has an extension. I've noticed that the "O" of "REUNION" is open at the top (I'm not sure if this is always the case).


Second printing. Type 10, upper "S" ornament inverted. The fifth 'insect' ornament has shorter antennas. Furthermore, in the second printing, the inner bottom frameline is connected to the outer left frameline.


Type 2? but with "p" of "percevoir" too far to the left.


A 10 c which does not appear to correspond to any of the genuine types. It has a large space between the "O" and "N" of "REUNION".


Perhaps a forgery of the 30 c value. It does not correspond to any of the 10 genuine types.

 

Forgeries exist of these stamps, for example the forger Fournier is known to have offered forgeries of these stamps (see the Fournier Album). Examples of forgeries. The 10 c and 15 c have a very small "s" in "Centimes". In the 20 c and 30 c, the first "e" of "Centimes" is very small. In all values, the "r" of "percevoir" is too close to the right frame line. Note that the Fournier forgeries were printed in a block of 5 stamps, containing all 5 values.


(Fournier forgeries)


Parts from a Fournier Album with Fournier forgeries.


Probably a forgery mentioned in the Serrane guide, the word "POSTES" is too large and the "O" of this word is placed lower. All four corners have holes.


Two other very suspicious stamps.


Most likely a forgery. "Centimes" too far to the right. Upper "S" ornament inverted.


Forgery with the line under "REUNION" touching the right inner frameline. The words "REUNION" and "POSTES" are too wide. The upper "S" shaped ornament is inverted (as in some of the genuine types).

Very dangerous forgeries also seem to exist, as well as reprints. I have no further information.

I have seen some double and triple impressions, I'm not sure if these are genuine.

 

1907 Inscription "TAXE A PERCEVOIR"

  5 c red on yellow
  10 c blue on blue
  15 c black on grey
  20 c red
  30 c green on green
  50 c red on green
  60 c red on blue
  1 F violet

Surcharged (1927)


(reduced sizes)

  '=2F=' on 1 F red
  '=3F=' on 1 F 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
5 c vc c  
10 c c c  
15 c c c  
20 c c c  
30 c c c  
50 c c c  
60 c * *  
1 F * *  
2 F on 1 F * *  
3 F on 1 F * **  

 

1933 Arms of Reunion, inscription "REUNION POSTES A PERCEVOIR"

  5 c violet
  10 c green
  15 c brown
  20 c orange
  30 c olive
  50 c blue
  60 c brown
  1 F violet
  2 F blue
  3 F red

 

1947 Value in center, "REUNION" on top "CHIFFRE-TAXE" below

  10 c violet
  30 c olive
  50 c green
  1 F orange
  2 F red
  2 F brown
  4 F blue
  5 F red
  10 F green
  20 F grey

 

From 1949 onwards postage due stamps of France, with overprint "CFA" and surcharged with new value were used in Reunion, examples:


Example of "CFA" overprints on postage due stamps of France.


Parcel post stamps

1890 Inscription "COLIS POSTAUX TIMBRE 10 CENTIMES REUNION"

  10 c black on yellow
  10 c black and blue 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
10 c black on yellow R R  
10 c black and blue on yellow ** **  

In the 'pages reserves aux specialistes' of the Fournier Album (with thanks to Gerhard Lang who went to Geneva to see them), I have seen a forgery with cancel "REUNION 2E/20 JANV 92 ST BENOIT". This forgery has slightly smaller letters (they leave more space in between the circles), also the "C" of "CENTIMES" is very close to the inner circle and the "S" of this word is very strange (inverted?).

I've seen modern computer generated Hialeah forgeries of these stamps.

 

1906 Stamp of 1892 overprinted "COLIS POSTAUX"

  10 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
10 c *** ***  

 

1907 Large sized stamps inscription "Ile de la Reunion, Colis Postaux"

  10 c brown and black
  10 c brown and red (1923)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
10 c brown and black * *  
10 c brown and red c c  

Airmail Stamps

1937 Postage stamp of 1933, overprinted "REUNION - FRANCE par avion << ROLAND GARROS>>"

  50 c red (RR)

 

1938 Aeroplane flying above jungle, inscription "POSTE AERIENNE REUNION"

  3.65 F blue and red
  6.65 F brown and orange
  9.65 F red and blue
  12.65 F brown and green

Overprinted 'France Libre' (1943)
  3.65 F blue and red
  6.65 F brown and orange
  9.65 F red and blue
  12.65 F brown and green

 

1939 French revolution commemoration, Bastille, design identical to many other French colonies

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here.

  3.65 F + 4 F black and red

 

1942 'QUINZAINE IMPERIALE' and "PROTECTION DE L'ENFANCE INDIGENE"

  1.20 F + 1.80 F blue and red ('Quinzaine')
  1.50 F + 3.50 F green ('protection')
  2 F + 6 F brown ('protection')

 

1942 Plane above bridge, inscription "POSTE AERIENNE FRANCAISE REUNION"

  50 c olive and lilac
  1 F blue and red
  2 F brown and black
  3 F lilac and green
  5 F red and brown

 

1942 Similar to 1938 design, but inscription "POSTE AERIENNE FRANCAISE REUNION"

  10 F green, orange and violet
  20 F blue, lilac and red
  50 F red and blue

 

1944 Plane above waves, inscription "FRANCE LIBRE RF", design identical to many other French colonies

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here.

  1 F orange
  1.50 F red
  5 F brown
  10 F black
  25 F blue
  50 F green
  100 F lilac

 

1946 Angel over Arc de Triomphe with tanks, design identical to many other French Colonies

  8 F brown

 

1946 Battle fields, "DU TCHAD AU RHIN", various designs, identical to many other French Colonies, inscription "POSTE AERIENNE"

  5 F orange
  10 F brown
  15 F black
  20 F lilac
  25 F blue
  50 F green

 

From 1949 onwards airmail stamps of France, with overprint "CFA" and surcharged with new value were used in Reunion.

 


Lable with inscription "COURIER DE LA LIBERATION LIAISON POSTALE AERIENNE SPECIALE SAUMUR LA REUNION 20 Mai 1945 Journee Commemorative"; this label was printed in minisheets of four stamps.


Fiscal stamps

1873 Inscription "TAXE D'ENGAGEMENT"

Several types exist with the embossed eagle or the seal turned in different positions. The values 2 F, 4 F, 6 F 8 F and 10 F were issued (all in red and black on yellow):

 

1878 Inscription "REUNION TAXE D'ENGAGEMENT"

The surrounding lines are now in blue, "RENGAGEMENT" in blue as well, the paper is yellow. There are two black circles printed in the stamp. Several overprints exist. The values 3 F, 6 F, 9 F, 12 F and 15 F exist. In 1882 the values 5F25, 10F50 and 15F75 were added. The values 4 F, 8 F, 16 F and 20 F were issued in 1884. Also the value 4 F, 8 F, 16 F and 20 F were issued with inscription "ENGAGEMENT" (no "R" in front) in 1884.

 

1899 Quittances des Comptables Publics Reunion


Fiscal stamp of 1899.

  35 c black on lilac


Fiscal "COPIES" stamp of France overprinted with "LA REUNION" (1910).


1908, Fiscal stamps of France "QUITTANCES" with violet or red overprint "LA REUNION".


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