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ALBANIA 1913-1915

Shqipnija - Shqiperia - Albanien

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1913 Inscription 'Postat e Qeverries se Perkoheshme te Shqipenies', imperforated

  (1 Piaster) black

Envelopes in the same design 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 PiRRRRAlso exists with primitive perforation

With eagle overprint

Genuine

  10 pa violet
  20 pa red and black
  1 G black
  2 G blue and violet
  5 G violet and blue
  10 G 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
10 pa** 
20 pa** 
1 G** 
2 G**** 
5 G**** 
10 G**** 
Forgeries of these stamps exist:

 

1913 Stamps of Turkey overprinted with a double headed eagle

Genuine overprint Genuine overprint


inverted overprint inverted overprint

  2 pa olive
  5 pa brown
  10 pa green
  20 pa red
  1 Pi blue
  1 Pi black on red
  2 Pi black
  2 1/2 Pi brown
  5 Pi lilac
  10 Pi 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
2 paRRRR 
5 paRRRR 
10 paRRRR 
20 paRRRR 
1 Pi blueRRRRWith red or blue or violet overprint: RRR
1 Pi black on red RRRRRR 
2 PiRRRR 
2 1/2 Pi RRRRR 
5 PiRRRRR 
10 PiRRRRRR 
Surcharged with arabic text aswell (arabic 'B')

Genuine

  10 pa green
  20 pa red
  1 Pi 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
10 paRRR 
20 paRRRR 
1 PiRRRRR 
Surcharged with '10'


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  '10' on 20 pa 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
10 on 20 paRRRRRR 

I have seen a postcard of Turkey (20 pa red) with the same eagle overprint.

Forgeries:

ForgeriesForgery

Forged overprint!
(Forged overprint, reduced size)

Attention: many forged overprints exist (among them Fournier forgeries)! For more information on these forgeries see: http://www.tughranet.f2s.com/stamps/aps/albania.htm or http://www.tughranet.f2s.com/stamps/aps/dlbeagle.htm It seems that about 95% of all the double-eagle overprints are forgeries. According to the above mentioned website maybe even many hundreds of forgers have tried to forge these stamps! This is partly due to the fact that the original stamps can be obtained very cheaply, even today.


I've been told that this is a Sperati forgery

Another fantasy overpint on a stamp of Turkey:

Bogus overprint

 

1913 Double headed eagle


(Reduced size)

20 pa red and black

  10 pa green and black
  20 pa red and black
  30 pa violet and black
  1 G blue and black
  2 G black

These stamps have perforation 11 1/2. The frame, value and eagle seem to have been handstamped seperately.

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 values**** 

 

1913 Skanderbeg issue

10 q red

  2 q brown and yellow
  5 q green
  10 q red
  20 q blue
  50 q violet and red
  1 F brown

These stamps have perforation 14 1/2 x 14. I have seen postcards in a similar design (5 q green and 10 q 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
2 q to 10 qcc 
25 q to 1 F** 

Surcharged (1914) 

5 para on 2 q brown and yellow 1 GROSH on 25 q blue

  5 p on 2 q brown and yellow
  10 p on 5 q green
  20 p on 10 q red
  1 G on 25 q blue
  2 G on 50 q violet and red
  5 G on 1 F 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 pa on 2 q to 20 pa on 10 q cc 
1 G on 25 q to 5 G on 1 F** 
Overprinted '7 Mars 1461 RROFTE MBRETI 1914'

  2 q brown and yellow
  5 q green (violet overprint)
  10 q red
  20 q blue (violet overprint)
  50 q violet and red
  1 F 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
All values**** 

These stamps overprinted with 'TAKSE' and 'T' are postage due stamps. Some of these stamps (2, 5 and 10 q unsurcharged and all the surcharged ones) were overprinted with an ellipse with an arabic text. They were used locally in 1915. The surcharge exists in red, blue or black.

Overprint with arabic text
(Local overprint for Scutari on a postage due stamp with 'T' overprint)

Another overprint exists for Scutari (see picture below), I've seen it on the values 5 p on 2 q brown and yellow, 10 p on 5 q green, 20 p on 10 q red, 1 G on 25 q blue and 2 G on 50 q violet and red. I've only seen this overprint in red.


(Other overprint for Scutari)

 

Albania 1916-1920


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