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From 1888 to 1897 Stamps of Germany were used with no overprint:


Typical obliteration 'KLEIN POPO', an other obliteration is 'LOME TOGOGEBIET'

 

1897 Stamps of Germany overprinted 'Togo'

  3 p brown
  5 p green
  10 p red
  20 p blue
  25 p orange
  50 p 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**** 
25 p****** 
50 pRR 

These stamps are known cancelled to order.

Forgeries, example:

The above stamp is a Fournier forgery, both the stamp and the overprint are forged. For more information on forgeries of the German colonies click here.

The next genuine stamp has a forged 'TOGO' overprint, the 'T' and 'G' of this word are entirely different from the genuine overprint.

I have also seen stamps in the values 3 p, 5 p and 10 p with the same forged overprint.

 

1900 German colony type (ship), inscription 'TOGO'

Small size

3 p brown

  3 p brown
  5 p green
  10 p red
  20 p blue
  25 p orange and black on yellow
  30 p orange and black
  40 p red and black
  50 p violet and black
  80 pf red and black on red

Large size

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

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

The pfennig values have perforation 14 x 14 1/4, the Mark values have perforation 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
With no watermark
3 pc** 
5 p*** 
10 p*c 
20 p** 
25 pc*** 
30 p**** 
40 p**** 
50 p*** 
80 p*** 
1 M **** 
2 M**R 
3 M**R 
5 MRRR 
With watermark 'Lozenges'
3 pc-Non issued
5 pcc 
10 pc*** 
5 M***-Non issued


(I think this is a Fournier forgery)

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

I think the above forgeries are the so-called USA forgeries, they have a very strange cancel: 'KETE KRATS.....'. I have also seen the values 10 p red and 20 p blue with the same cancel.

Another forgery of the 1 M value:


Anglo-French occupation

1914 German colony type (ship), inscription 'TOGO' surcharged 'TOGO Anglo-French Occupation'

10 c red

Small size
  3 p brown
  5 p green
  10 p red
  20 p blue
  25 p orange and black on yellow
  30 p orange and black
  40 p red and black
  50 p violet and black
  80 pf red and black on red

Surcharged


(Reduced size)

  'Half penny' on 3 p brown
  'One penny' on 5 p green

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

1914 German colony type (ship), inscription 'TOGO' surcharged 'TOGO Occupation franco-anglaise'

Genuine?

Small size
  5 p green
  10 p red
  20 p blue
  25 p orange and black on yellow
  30 p orange and black
  40 p red and black
  50 p violet and black
  80 pf red and black on red

Surcharged

  '05' on 3 p brown
  '10' on 5 p green

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

1915 Stamps of Goldcoast overprinted 'Togo Anglo-French Occupation'

1/2 p green 2 Sh 6 p black and red on blue

2 Sh lilac and blue on blue 5 Sh green and red on yellow 10 Sh green and red on green

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  2 p grey
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p lilac on yellow
  6 p lilac
  1 Sh black on green
  2 Sh lilac and blue on blue
  2 Sh 6 p black and red on blue
  5 Sh green and red on yellow
  10 Sh green and red on green
  20 Sh lilac and black on red

Before the introduction of these stamps, during a short period, non overprinted stamps of Goldcoast were used (recognizable by the German Togo cancels).

 

1914 Stamps of Dahomey overprinted 'TOGO Occupation franco-anglaise'

2 c brown and red

  1 c violet and black
  2 c brown and red
  4 c black and brown
  5 c green
  10 c orange and red
  15 c red and brown
  20 c grey and brown
  25 c blue
  30 c lilac and violet
  35 c brown and black
  40 c black and orange
  45 c grey and blue
  50 c brown
  75 c blue and violet
  1 F green and black
  2 F orange and brown
  5 F violet and blue

 

1920 Stamps of Dahomey overprinted 'TOGO'

2 c blue and orange

  1 c grey and green
  2 c blue and orange
  4 c olive and orange
  5 c red and black
  10 c green
  15 c brown and red
  20 c green and orange
  25 c black and orange
  30 c red
  35 c brown and green
  40 c green and brown
  45 c brown
  50 c blue
  75 c red and blue
  1 F grey and blue
  2 F olive and red
  5 F yellow and black

Surcharged
25 c on 2 F olive and red  
  25 c on 15 c brown and red (1925)
  25 c on 2 F olive and red (1924)
  25 c on 5 F yellow and black (1924)
  '60= 60=' on 75 c violet on red (1923)
  '65= 65=' on 45 c brown
  '85= 85=' on 75 c red and blue

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 cvcvc 
2 cvcvc 
4 cvcvc 
5 cvcvc 
10 ccc 
15 ccc 
20 ccc 
25 ccc 
30 ccc 
35 ccc 
40 ccc 
45 ccc 
50 ccc 
1 F** 
2 F****** 
5 F**** 
Surcharged
25 c on 15 ccc 
25 c on 2 F** 
25 c on 5 F** 
60 c on 75 c** 
65 c on 45 c** 
85 c on 75 c** 

 

Later issues, example of 1924:


(1924: 2 c red and black 'RF POSTES TOGO LE COCOTIER')

In this serie were issued 'coconut palms' (1 c to 15 c), 'cocoa tress' (20 c to 85 c) and 'oil palms' (1 F to 5 F).


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