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1849 King Leopold I (so-called Epaulettes), imperforated, inscription 'POSTES', no country name

  10 c black brown
  20 c blue

These stamps have watermark 'LL in a frame'. Stamps with no watermark are reprints (rare).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
10 c RRRRR 
20 c RRRR 

20 c blue
('Cachet a barre' cancel)

The only cancel that I have seen on these stamps are the so-called 'Cachet a barre' cancels (or bar killer), used from 1849 to 1864.

 

1849 King Leopold I in an oval, inscription 'POSTES', no country name

Imperforate

40 c red

  1 c green
  10 c black brown
  20 c blue
  40 c red

Perforated

1 c green "Perforated" 10 c brown 20 c blue 40 c red

  1 c green
  10 c black brown
  20 c blue
  40 c red

These stamps exist with several watermarks and with no watermark

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
With watermark 'LL in a frame', imperf
10 c RRRRR 
20 c RRRR 
40 c RRRRR 

With watermark 'LL' (no frame, 1851), imperf

10 cRR* 
20 cRR* 
40 cRRRRR 

No watermark (1858), imperf

1 cRRRR 
10 cRR* 
20 cRR* 
40 cRRRR 
No watermark, perforated 12 1/2, 12 1/2 x 13 1/2 or 14 1/2 (1863)
1 cRR 
10 cR* 
20 cR* 
40 cRR*** 

Reprints exist of these stamps. They seem to have brighter colours, they are always imperforate. I have also seen some reprints in the colour black (imperforate, all four values), I've been told that they were made in 1929.


(Black reprints made in 1929)

Cancels:

20 c blue
('Cachet a barre')

The above cancel is a so-called 'Cachet a barre' cancel (or bar killer), used from 1849 to 1864.


(Badly perforated specimen)

Cancels; according to my information numeral cancels with dots were used from 1864 to 1873 (as in the stamp shown above).

 

1865 King Leopold facing the left, various frames, inscription 'POSTES', no country name

10 c grey 20 c blue 30 c brown

  10 c grey
  20 c blue
  30 c brown
  40 c red
  1 F violet

These stamps are perforated 14 1/2 x 14 or 15.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
10 c Rc 
20 c Rc 
30 c RR*** 
40 cRR*** 
1 FRRRRR 

Cancels; according to my information numeral cancels with dots were used from 1864 to 1873. Example of such a numeral cancel:

 

1866 Newspaper Stamps, inscription 'POSTES', no country name

1 c black, imperforated 2 c blue 5 c brown

  1 c black, imperforate
  1 c black, perforated
  2 c blue
  5 c brown

These stamps are perforated 14 1/2 x 14 or 15.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
1 c RRRRimperforate
1 c ******perforated
2 c RRRR 
5 cRRR 

The 1 c imperforate is known to be forged by Fournier. He offers it for 1 Swiss Franc in his 1914 pricelist. I don't have a picture of this forgery right now. The cancel that can be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries' is: 'DEINZE 17 NOV 67'. I do not know if any other cancels were used on this forgery.

Reprints were also made (imperforate on thin paper with bright colours). Examples:

 

1869 Numeral and lying lion, inscription 'BELGIQUE'

1 c green 1 c grey 2 c brown 5 c brown 5 c green

  1 c green (shades, green to olive)
  1 c grey (1884)
  2 c blue
  2 c brown (1889)
  5 c brown
  5 c green (1884)
  8 c lilac

These stamps are perforated 15 or 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
1 c green*vc 
1 c grey*c 
2 c blue*c 
2 c brown*vc 
5 c brown***c 
5 c green*vc 
8 cRRR 

Special cancel:

5 c brown "Special Cancel"

This so-called 'Roulette' cancel was used from 1869 onwards for savings bank bills.

Belgium 1869-1892


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