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1886 King Leopold of Belgium facing the left

25 c blue

5 c green 25 c blue 50 c green

  5 c green
  10 c red
  25 c blue
  50 c green
  5 F lilac

Overprinted 'COLIS POSTAUX'

(Does anybody have a picture of a genuine stamp?)

  '3.50 Fr' on 5 F lilac

These stamps are perforated 15.

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** 
10 c** 
25 c***** 
50 c**** 
5 FRRRR 
Overprinted 'COLIS POSTAUX'
3.50 F on 5 FRRRRRRAn error '8.50 F' on 5 F seems to exist

Postcard in the same design:

For the specialist: the genuine stamps are always perforated 15.


(Imperforate stamp, Lenoir reprint?)

Fraudulent private reprints exist of the centimes values (Lenoir reprints). They also exist imperforate (genuine imperforate stamps do not exist). These reprints exist with forged cancels. I've seen sheets of 10 (2x5) of the 5 c, 25 c and 50 c values.


(This forgery has two dots behind the 'F' of 'FRANCS', instead of one)

Forgeries exist of the 5 Fr (2 Fournier forgeries and a forgery made by a unknown forger). They are easy to detect, especially by the shades and the details of the hair (source http://users.skynet.be/chst/falsification.htm). One forgery (Fournier?) can be distinghuished by the appearance of two small dots behind the 'F' of 'FRANC'. Another Fournier forgery has, in my opinion, the '5' too small. I suspect the next stamp to be such a Fournier forgery:


(Fournier forgeries)

The second forgery above has a cancel 'BANANA 2 MARS 8 M 1886', as illustrated in the 'Fournier album of philatelic forgeries'.


(A forgery with a strange beard and the lettering different)


(Looks like a Senf forgery, but I'm not quite sure)


(I've been told that this is a Geneva forgery, I have no further information)

Other forgery:

 

1887 King Leopold II facing the right

10 c red

5 F violet
(Reduced size)

  5 c green
  10 c red
  25 c blue
  50 c brown
  50 c grey
  5 F violet
  5 F grey
  10 F orange
  25 F grey (not issued?)
  50 F grey (not issued?)

Overprinted 'COLIS POSTAUX'
 

I've been told that this stamp is genuine
(Genuine?)

  '3.50 Fr' on 5 F violet
  '3.50 Fr' (in a rectangle, overprint black or blue) on 5 F violet
  '3.50 Fr' (in a rectangle) on 5 F grey

For the specialist: the genuine stamps are always perforated 15.

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 ccc 
10 ccc 
25 cc* 
50 c brown**** 
50 c grey** 
5 F violet RRR 
10 FRR 
Oveprinted 'COLIS POSTAUX'
3.50 F on 5 F violet RRRRwithout rectangle
3.50 F on 5 F violetRRRRwith rectangle
3.50 F on 5 F grey****** 

Forgeries:

Forgery!
(Forgeries, wrong perforations)

Besides the perforation, which is different from the genuine stamps, all the above stamps are cancelled with: 'MATADI 28 JUIL 7 M 1887' in a single circle.

Other forgery:

10 Fr orange, Fournier forgery?

I suspect the above stamps to be Fournier forgeries. The first one has a cancel 'BANANA 2 MARS 8 M 1886' (only partly visible here), just as illustrated in the 'Fournier album of philatelic forgeries'. Fournier offered the 5 Fr violet and the 5 Fr grey for 1 Swiss Franc each, and the 10 Fr orange for 2 Swiss Francs (in his 1914 pricelist). All these forgeries were offered as '1st choice'. Other cancels used by Fournier are: 'BOMA 3 OCTO 8-M 1886' (second stamps shown above?) and 'BOMA 11 AOUT 7-S 1886'. I think these cancels were also used on the 5 F forgeries of the previous issue. The 'COLIS POSTAUX' issues were also forged by him (5 values offered for 10 Swiss Francs in his 1914 pricelist).

Other forgeries:

Jean de Sperati also has made forgeries of the 10 F stamp, they are quite blur and can be recognized by the cancels (the date is always the same): "BANANA 3 SEPT 6 - S 1892", "BOMA 13 MARS 7 - M 1893" or "MATADI 20 OCTO 11 - M 1893".

Fraudulent private reprints exist (so-called Lenoir reprints) for all values, except the 5, 10 and 25 c. These reprints exist with forged cancels (source: http://users.skynet.be/chst/falsification.htm)

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