Home CD index CD volume 1 index CD volume 2 index
Preview of Stamps Catalogue CD : VOLUME 1

TAHITI

Return To Catalogue - French Oceanic Settlements

Note: on my website many of the pictures can not be seen! They are of course present in the cd's;
contact me if you want to purchase them:
.


Stamps of the French colonies used in Tahiti, example:

'Papeete Tahiti'


1882 Stamps of the French colonies, surcharged

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

  'TAHITI 5 c' on 20 c red on green (1884)
  'TAHITI 10 c' on 20 c red on green (1884)
  'TAHITI 25 c' on 35 c grey on yellow
  '25 c' on 35 c grey on yellow
  '25 c' on 40 c orange
  'TAHITI 25 c' on 1 F green (1884)
  

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 cRRRRExists with inverted overprint or
sidewards (upwards or downwards reading)
10 c on 20 cRRRRRRExists with inverted overprint or
sidewards (upwards or downwards reading)
'TAHITI 25 c' on 35 c RRRRExists with inverted overprint or
sidewards (downwards reading): RRR
25 c on 35 cRRRRRRExists with inverted overprint or
sidewards (upwards or downwards reading)
25 c on 40 cRRRRRRExists with inverted overprint
25 c on 1 FRRRRRRExists with inverted overprint or
sidewards (upwards or downwards reading)

Forgeries exist, example:

Forgery!
(Forgery!)


(Forged overprint on genuine stamp, the cancel reads 'GUADELOUPE'!)

 

1884 Provisional overprint on letters and newspapers

In 1884 a lack of stamps occured in Tahiti. Letters and newspapers were overprinted with the following cancel 'TAHITI 5 C':


(Newspaper wrapper 'LA CLOCHE' with this cancel)

It seems that similar overprints also exists with a value of 10 c, 10 c + 5 c and 10 c + 25 c.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All valuesRRRR 

 

1893 Stamps of the French colonies overprinted 'TAHITI'

1 c black Certified genuine 15 c blue 25 c black

  1 c black
  2 c brown on yellow
  4 c brown
  5 c green
  10 c black
  15 c blue
  20 c red on green
  25 c yellow
  25 c black
  35 c grey on yellow
  75 c red
  1 F green

The surcharge is in most cases obliquely printed, reading upwards, however, inverted (reading upwards or downwards) and downwards overprints exist.

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 cRRRRRR 
2 cRRRRRR 
4 cRRRRRR 
5 c****** 
10 c****** 
15 c****** 
20 cRRRR 
25 c yellow RRRRRR 
25 c black****** 
35 cRRRRRR 
75 c****** 
1 FRRRR 

Fournier forgery, example:


For more information on these forgeries click here

This forgery has the cancel that is indicated in Fournier's album of philatelic forgeries 'PAPEETE AOUT 93 TAITI'. Other cancels were used by him as well.

 

1893 Stamps of the French colonies overprinted '1893 TAHITI'

15 c blue 75 c red


(Reduced sizes)

  1 c black
  2 c brown
  4 c brown
  5 c green
  10 c black
  15 c blue
  20 c red on green
  25 c black
  25 c yellow
  35 c grey on yellow
  75 c red
  1 F green

Inverted overprints exist of almost all values, a double overprint exist of the 1 F value.

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 cRRRRRR 
2 cRRRRRR 
4 cRRRRRR 
5 cRRRRRR 
10 cRRRR 
15 c****** 
20 cRR 
25 c yellow RRRRRR 
25 c blackRR 
35 cRRRRRR 
75 cRR 
1 FRRRR 

Forgeries, (probably Fournier forgeries):


For more information on these forgeries click here

 

From 1893 on Tahiti belonged to the French Oceanic Settlements.

 

1903 Stamps of the French Oceanic Settlements overprinted 'TAHITI' and value

10 c on 40 c orange
(Reduced size)

  '10 centimes' on 15 c blue
  '10 centimes' (red) on 25 c black
  '10 CENTIMES' on 40 c orange

The '1' of '10' exists in two types. Inverted and double overprints exist.

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 c on 15 c** 
10 c on 25 c****** 
10 c on 40 c** 

 

1915 Red cross issue, stamps of the French Oceanic Settlements overprinted 'TAHITI' (red) and red cross

'+ TAHITI' on 15 c grey
(Reduced sizes)

  '+TAHITI' on 15 c blue
  '+TAHITI' on 15 c grey

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 c blueRRRRInverted overprint: RRR
15 c greyRRInverted overprint: RRR, see picture above

 

1921 Stamps of the French Oceanic Settlements overprinted '1921' and bar and surcharged (no country name indicated)

(Sorry, no pictures available yet, if anybody posesses a picture, please contact me!)

  '05' on 2 c brown and black
  '25' on 15 c orange and black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
05 on 2 c****** 
25 on 15 c****** 

POSTAGE DUE STAMPS

1893 Postage due stamps of the french colonies overprinted 'TAHITI'

Could be a forgery! 20 c black

  1 c black
  2 c black
  3 c black
  4 c black
  5 c black
  10 c black
  15 c black
  20 c black
  30 c black
  40 c black
  60 c black
  1 F brown
  2 F brown

This surcharge is normally from the upper left corner to the lower right corner. All these overprints are rare.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All valuesRRRRRR 

 

Forgeries exist, example:

 

1893 Postage due stamps of the french colonies overprinted '1893 TAHITI'


(Image obtained from a Sandafayre auction)


(Image obtained from a Feldman auction)

Could be a forgery! Could be a forgery! Could be a forgery!
(Could be forgeries!)

  1 c black
  2 c black
  3 c black
  4 c black
  5 c black
  10 c black
  15 c black
  20 c black
  30 c black
  40 c black
  60 c black
  1 F brown
  2 F brown

All these overprints are rare!

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All valuesRRRRRR 

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

A 1 c black postage due stamp of the French colonies exists with overprint 'Tahiti' (extremely rare). The 1 c black postage due stamp of the French colonies also exists with overprint 'Tahiti 1893 TAHITI' (extremely rare). I don't have any picture of the first stamp.


Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

Home CD index CD volume 1 index CD volume 2 index
Preview of Stamps Catalogue CD : VOLUME 1