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1900 Stamps of Germany overprinted 'SAMOA'

On numeral issue:

  3 pf brown
  5 pf green

On eagle issue:

50 p brown

  10 pf red
  20 pf blue
  25 pf orange
  50 pf 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
3 p****** 
5 p****** 
10 p****** 
20 p***R 
25 pRR 
50 pRR 

Postcards ('Postkarte') exist in the values 5 p and 10 p (similar design as the postage stamps). They were also issued in 1900. The 5 p served for internal mail, the 10 p for external mail. I've seen many reprints, said to be made in the 1970's.

Forgeries:

Examples:


(Fournier forgeries)

For more information on forgeries of the German colonies click here. I think the above stamps are both Fournier forgeries. Fournier forged the stamp (the perforation in the corners can be used as an instant check to condemn this forgery, in the genuine stamps the horizontal and vertical perforation matches in the corners) as well as the overprint and the cancel. In his 1914 pricelist he offers the six values of this series for 2 Swiss Francs. Fournier often used the cancel 'APIA 1-2 00 10-11V (SAMOA)', as in the 25 p forgery above.

Other forgeries:


(Forged 'Samoa' overprint on a genuine German stamp, I have also seen a 5 p stamp with this particular forged overprint, it looks like the overprint is done in very dark blue)

Image obtained thanks to Dirk Spennemann

Image obtained thanks to Dirk Spennemann
(Reduced size)

 

1900 Yacht of the emperor

Small size

20 p blue 40 p red and black

  3 pf brown
  5 pf green
  10 pf red
  20 pf blue
  25 pf red and black
  30 pf orange and black
  40 pf red and black
  50 pf lilac and black
  80 pf red and black

Larger size

1 M red 5 M black and red

  1 M red
  2 M blue
  3 M violet
  5 M black and red

These stamps are peforated 14 and issued without watermark. Stamps with watermark were only available at the philatelic stamp office in Berlin (they could not be shipped to Samoa due to World War I). I have seen a postcard (Postkarte) in the same design in the value 5 p 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
No Watermark
3 pc* 
5 p** 
10 p** 
20 p** 
25 p**** 
30 p**** 
40 p**** 
50 p**** 
80 p**** 
1 M**R 
2 M***R 
3 M***RR 
5 MRRRR 
With watermark 'Lozenges'
3 pc- 
5 pc- 
10 pc- 
5 M***- 

Forged cancels:

All of these stamps (also the lower values) are worth more in cancelled condition than in uncancelled condition. Be careful, forged cancels exist! Examples:


(Forged cancels on genuine stamps)

Forged stamps:


(I think this is a Fournier forgery)

The forger Francois Fournier has made forgeries of the small ship design. For more information on forgeries of the German colonies click here.


British Occupation of Samoa

1914 Stamps of the German period, overprinted 'G.R.I.' and surcharged

1 p on 10 p red Genuine overprint

  1/2 p on 3 p brown
  1/2 p on 5 p green
  1 p on 10 p red
  2 1/2 p on 20 p blue
  3 p on 25 p orange and black on yellow
  4 p on 30 p orange and black
  5 p on 40 p red and black
  6 p on 50 p lilac and black
  9 p on 80 p red and black

Larger sizes

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Genuine

  1 Sh (type 1: 'Shilling') on 1 M red
  1 Sh (type 2: 'Shillings') on 1 M red
  2 Sh on 2 M blue
  3 Sh on 3 M violet
  5 Sh on 5 M red and black 


(Misprint: no fraction bar between '1' and '2')

Various misprints exist; the 2 1/2 p on 20 p with inverted overprint, the bar between the '1' and '2' missing in the '1/2' and '2 1/2' surcharges, double overprints, a comma instead of a dot after the 'I' and wrong overprints (3 p on 30 p and 4 p on 40 p).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 p on 3 pRRQuantity of stamps issued: about 17000
1/2 p on 5 pRRQuantity of stamps issued: about 15000
1 p on 10 pRRRQuantity of stamps issued: about 7000
2 1/2 p on 20 p ******Quantity of stamps issued: about 20000
Inverted overprint: RRR
3 p on 25 pRRRRQuantity of stamps issued: about 4000
4 p on 30 pRRRRQuantity of stamps issued: about 1600
5 p on 40 pRRRRRQuantity of stamps issued: about 1400
6 p on 50 pRRQuantity of stamps issued: about 6000
9 p on 80 pRRRRRQuantity of stamps issued: about 1700
1 Sh on 1 MRRRRRRQuantity of stamps issued:
'Shilling': 35, 'Shillings': 100
2 Sh on 2 MRRRRRRQuantity of stamps issued: 126
3 Sh on 3 MRRRRRRQuantity of stamps issued: 458
5 Sh on 5 MRRRRRRQuantity of stamps issued: 535

Postcards of 5 p and 10 p in the small ship design were also overprinted with 'G.R.I. 1/2 d.' and 'G.R.I. 1 d.' respectively.

Forgeries, examples:

Forgery!

Genuine stamp, reproduced with permission from Sandafayre auctions Halileah forgery! Obtained thanks to Dirk Spennemann
(Genuine and so-called Hialeah forgery of a Samoa overprint)

For more information on forgeries of the German colonies click here.


Websites

http://home.prcn.org/~pauld/samoa2.htm; nice website with plenty of information.


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