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1894 Various designs

Inscription 'ETAT INDEPENDANT DU CONGO'

10 c red and black 10 c brown and black 10 c green and black 25 c yellow and black 25 c blue and black 50 c green and black 50 c olive and black1 F violet and black 10 F green and black

5 F red and black

  5 c blue and black (harbor)
  5 c brown and black (harbor)
  5 c green and black (harbor)
  10 c brown and black (Stanley falls)
  10 c green and black (Stanley falls)
  10 c red and black (Stanley falls)
  15 c yellow and black (palm trees)
  25 c yellow and black (Inkissi falls)
  25 c blue and black (Inkissi falls)
  40 c green and black (canoes)
  50 c green and black (bridge)
  50 c olive and black (bridge)
  1 F violet and black (elephant hunting)
  1 F red and black (elephant hunting)
  3 F 50 c red and black (village)
  5 F red and black (native people)
  10 F green and black (steamship)

Most of these stamps are perforated 14 (exceptions are indicated below).

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 blue and black ** 
5 c brown and black ** 
5 c green and black *c1900
10 c brown and black ** 
10 c green and blackccExists with inverted center: RRR
10 c red and black *c1900
15 c*c 
25 c yellow and black** 
25 c blue and black ** 
40 c** 
50 c green and blackcc 
50 c olive and black *c 
1 F violet and black *****Two shades of violet were issued
1 F red and black R* 
3 F 50 cRRAlso exists with perforation 12 x 14: RR
5 F****** 
10 F*****Exists with perforation 14 (**), 12 (**) or 12 x 14 (RR)

Overprinted 'CONGO BELGE' (1908)

15 c yellow and black

1 F red and black

 

3F50 red and black 5 F red and black 10 F green and black

  5 c green and black (harbor)
  10 c red and black (Stanley falls)
  15 c yellow and black (palm trees)
  25 c blue and black (Inkissi falls)
  40 c green and black (canoes)
  50 c olive and black (bridge)
  1 F violet and black (elephant hunting)
  1 F red and black (elephant hunting)
  3 F 50 c red and black (village)
  5 F red and black (native people)
  10 F green and black (steamship)

For the specialist: this overprint was done in Brussels (machine overprint or overprinted by hand) or in Congo itself (overprinted by hand only).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Cheapest overprint
5 c cc 
10 c** 
15 c** 
25 c** 
40 c** 
50 c** 
1 F violet and black RR 
1 F red and black *** 
3 F 50 c****** 
5 F****** 
10 F***** 

Inscription 'CONGO BELGE' (1909)

  5 c green and black (harbor)
  10 c red and black (Stanley falls)
  15 c yellow and black (palm trees)
  50 c olive and black (bridge)

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 cc 
10 ccc 
15 c**** 
50 c** 
Inscription 'CONGO BELGE BELGISCH CONGO' (1910)

50 c brown and black

  5 c green and black (harbor)
  5 c green and black (harbor,
    'cinq' added in top of design
  10 c red and black (Stanley falls)
  10 c red and black (Stanley falls),
    'dix' added in top of design
  15 c yellow and black (palm trees)
  15 c green and black (palm trees)
  25 c blue and black (Inkissi falls)
  25 c blue and black (Inkissi falls),
    'vingt-cinq' added in top of design
  40 c green and black (canoes)
  40 c red and black (canoes)
  50 c olive and black (bridge)
  50 c brown and black (bridge)
  1 F red and black (elephant hunting)
  1 F olive and black (elephant hunting)
  3 F red and black (village)
  5 F red and black (native people)
  5 F orange and black (native people)
  10 F green and black (steamship)

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 *c 
5 cc*1916, 'cinq' added on top
10 ccc 
10 ccc1916, 'dix' added on top
15 c yellow and black cc 
15 c green and black cc1916
25 ccc 
25 ccc1916, 'vingt-cinq' added on top
40 c green and black** 
40 c red and black**1916
50 c olive and black** 
50 c brown and black **1916
1 F red and black** 
1 F olive and black cc1916
3 F**** 
5 F red and black****** 
5 F orange and black**1916
10 F****** 
Surcharged (1921-1922)

  5 c on 40 c green and black (red overprint)
  5 c on 50 c brown and black 
  10 c on 5 c green and black (3 types, red overprint)
  10 c on 1 F olive and black (red overprint)
  15 c on 50 c olive and black  (red overprint)
  25 c on 15 c yellow and black (red overprint)
  25 c on 40 c red and black (red overprint, other type with black overprint)
  25 c on 5 F orange and black
  30 c on 10 c red and black (2 types)
  50 c on 25 c blue and black (2 types, red overprint)

Doubly surcharged (1922-1923)
  25 c on 30 c on 10 c red and black (2 types)

With overprint '1921'
 
  1 F red and black
  3 F red and black
  5 F red and black
  10 F green and black (red overprint)

Red Cross issue (1918), with red cross and surcharged

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  5 c + 10 c green and black (harbor)
  10 c + 15 c red and black (Stanley falls)
  15 c + 20 c  green and black (palm trees)
  25 c + 25 c blue and black (Inkissi falls)
  40 c + 40 c red and black (canoes)
  50 c + 50 c brown and black (bridge)
  1 Fr + 1 Fr olive and black (elephant hunting)
  5 Fr + 5 Fr orange and black (native people)
  10 Fr + 10 Fr green and black (steamship)

Imperforate red cross stamps are remainders. These issue overprinted 'A.O.' was used in Ruanda-Urundi.

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 ccc 
10 c + 15 ccc 
15 c + 20 ccc 
25 c + 25 ccc 
40 c + 40 c** 
50 c + 50 c** 
1 F + 1 F**** 
5 F + 5 F****** 
10 F + 10 FRR 

I have seen postal stationery in this design:
'Etat Independant du Congo Carte Postale', 15 c orange (palm tree, no black center)
'Congo Belge Belgisch Congo Carte Postale Postkaart ', 10 c red (palm tree, no black center)
Other values might exist.

Forgeries:

The unsurcharged stamps:
1) Chemically changed 5 c green and black into 5 c blue and black are known to exist (however, the shade will never be the same as a genuine 5 c blue and black). The 10 c red and black also exists with chemically changed colour (into 10 c brown and black).
2) Stamps with cut off perforation exist pretending to be an imperforate stamp
3) Forged 10 c blue and black and 10 F green and black with inversed centre exist, by shaving two halfs of normal stamps and than pasting them back together again.
4) Be careful with removed pen-cancels (pretending to be unused stamps)
5) Bogus overprints '15' or '30' (intended to be used on postcards only) on 5 c green and black or 10 c red and black.

Source: http://users.skynet.be/chst/falsification.htm


(What is this? bogus overprint '15 c' in red on 50 c olive and black)

Forgeries of the 'CONGO BELGE' overprint also exist.


Taxe 'overprints'

The stamps with 'overprint' 'TAXES' are actually cancels, example:


Bogus issue

The following stamps of Belgium with overprints '4 ----- C. CONGO 4 ------ C.', 'Congo 2 c 2 c' and 'Congo 3 c 3 c' are probably bogus issues:

 

I know of some bogus(?) labels issued in 1884 with inscription 'ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONALE SERVICE POSTAL DU CONGO Inland' or 'ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONALE SERVICE POSTAL DU HAUT CONGO Inland.' in a large rectangle (information obtained thanks to Baudoin Collard). I have never seen these labels personally.


Airmail

1920 Various designs

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  50 c red and black
  1 F violet and black
  2 F blue and black
  5 F 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
50 ccc 
1 Fcc 
2 Fcc 
5 F** 

Websites

A nice site on the forgeries of this country can be found on : http://users.skynet.be/chst/falsification.htm (in french).


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