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POSTAGE DUE STAMPS

1914 Postage stamps of 1913 overprinted 'T' and 'TAKSE'

  2 q brown (overprint blue)
  5 q green (overprint red or violet)
  10 q red (overprint blue)
  25 q blue (overprint red)
  50 q violet 

Surcharged

 

  10 pa on 5 q green
  20 pa on 10 q red
  1 Gr on 25 q blue
  2 Gr on 50 q violet

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** 
5 q**blue overprint: ***
10 q** 
25 q** 
50 q*** 

Surcharged

10 pa on 5 q** 
20 pa on 10 q** 
1 G on 25 q** 
2 G on 50 q** 


(No 'T' overprint? only 'TAKSE'?)

In 1919 some stamps were overprinted with 'T' and 'TAXE'.

 

1920 Stamps with inscription 'TAXE'

  4 q olive
  10 q red
  20 q brown
  50 q black

 

1921 Double headed eagle, inscription 'TAKSE'

  4 q black on red
  10 q black on red
  20 q black on red
  50 q black on red

Overprinted 'Republika Shqiptare'
  4 q black on red
  10 q black on red
  20 q black on red
  50 q black on red

1925 Inscription 'REPUBLIKA SHQIPTARE' with oveprint 'Qindar' in red

10 q blue

  10 q blue
  20 q green
  30 q brown
  50 q brown

LOCAL ISSUES

1915 Tarabosh issue, overprinted with a circle, inscription 'ALBANIE CENTRALE TARABOSH 1913', view of mountains and the Scutari lake


(Non issued stamps of Tarabosh overprinted with a circle)

  2 pa brown
  5 pa violet
  10 pa green
  20 pa red
  40 pa blue
  100 pa red
  5 Pi black

There seems to be another similar issue with same inscriptions, but with a view of the Tarabosh mountains only (1 pa green, 20 pa red, 50 pa blue, 3 Pi red and 6 pi brown). However, I have never seen this issue.


Non issued stamp of 1952, inscription 'KOMITIT TE QINDRESES' with Roosevelt, Kastrioti and Churchill, (other values exist):

"Non issued stamp of 1952"


Independant Republic Korce

1917 Double headed eagle

Inscription 'SHQIPERIE VETQEVERITARE'

1 c brown and green

  1 c brown and green
  2 c brown and green
  3 c brown and green
  5 c green and black
  10 c brown and black
  25 c blue and black
  50 c lilac and black
  1 F brown 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
1 cRR 
2 cRRR 
3 cRRR 
5 c****** 
10 c****** 
25 c****** 
50 c****** 
1 F****** 
Inscription 'REPUBLIKA SHQIPETARE'

10 c brown and black

  1 c brown and green
  2 c brown and green
  3 c brown and green
  5 c green and black
  10 c brown and black
  50 c lilac and black
  1 F  brown 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
1 c** 
2 c** 
3 c** 
5 c**** 
10 c****** 
50 c****** 
1 FR*** 
Overprinted 'QARKU I KORCES' (in red) and value

  25 on 5 c green 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
25 on 5 cRRRR 
Inscription 'QARKU I KORCES'

  25 c blue and blck

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
25 cR*** 
Misprints (or forgeries? 2 CTM and 3 CTS):

Many forgeries exist of these stamps (about 50 types according to 'Focus on forgeries'!). There are 12 types of these stamps. 'Focus on forgeries' says in the genuine stamps, the eagle is always more or less surrounded by small dots or lines (depending on the type). In the genuine stamps the value indication for the 1 c is 'CTM' and not 'CTS'.


(Forgery with inscription '1 CTS')


Other forgery of the 'QARKU KORCES' surcharged stamp

(Block of 10 stamps, probably forgeries, reduced sizes)


Local and bogus issues

1914 Koritza issue, inscription 'COMMISSION DE CONTROLE PROVISOIRE KORCA', double headed eagle

 
  '10 PARA 10' (red) on black (or violet)
  '25 PARA 25' (red) on black (or violet)

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 paRRRR 
25 paRRRR 

Forgeries and reprints exist, examples:

 

1921 Non issued two headed eagle for the Mirdites Republic, Inscription 'POSTA VETEKEVERRIA E MIRDITIES'

  5 q green
  10 q red
  25 q blue
  50 q dark brown
  1 F orange

Surcharged

  '25 QINT' on 1 Frank orange

Overprinted 'TAKSE' and the word 'POSTA' is barred

10 q red 25 q blue "TAKSE" overprint

  5 q green
  10 q red
  25 q blue
  50 q dark brown
  1 F orange

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 valuesc- 

These stamps were supposed to be issued during a revolt in Mirdicia in 1921. However, later it was found out that the stamps were printed after the insurrection had already been suppressed.

 

1914 Bogus issue, soldier and view of a city (Valona)

  5 pa yellow
  10 pa green
  20 pa red
  1 Pi blue
  2 Pi violet and orange
  5 Pi red and grey
  10 Pi brown and lilac
  25 Pi grey and yellow

These stamps also exist with overprint 'T' (postage due), but I have never seen them personally and I don't know which values have the overprint.

 

1914 Bogus issue, made in France, boat with crown, inscription 'ALBANIE'

  5 p brown
  10 p black
  20 p red
  40 p blue
  60 p violet
  80 p violet

This bogus issue was made and cancelled in Paris, I've also seen it overprinted with a large blue 'T'. These stamps are also mentioned in 'Les Timbres de Fantaisie' by Georges Chapier (in french).

 

Non issued stamps:


(Reduced sizes)

The above stamps were rejected, because the eagle only has one head instead of two in the arms of Albania.

 

A provisional issue for Durres (?)

 

Bogus postage due stamp(?), inscription 'TIMBRE TAXE 5 fr':


Postal Stationery

Envelope with a seal of the Postal Ministry:

 


Fiscal stamps

Examples:


Stamp with inscription 'ADMINISTATA E FINANCAVE E SHZYPENIES FINANZVERWALTUNG ALBANIENS' and a fiscal stamp of Turkey, overprinted 'Albanien Oe. U. M. O.'

Literature:
'The Alnis Guide to Albanian Revenues' by Relbnar, 1987 (34 pages)
Albania & Greece Revenues J.Barefoot Ltd 2002 (116 pages)


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