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BELGIUM 1893-1920

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Currency: 100 Centimes = 1 Franc

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Gereral remarks about stamps with tab; when the tab is no longer attached to the stamp, the stamp is less valuable.

For stamps of Belgium from 1893 to 1920 click here.

1893 Arms with tab

2 c brown, with ornaments Without ornaments 1 c grey, precancelled 'JUMET', no ornaments

  1 c grey
  2 c yellow
  2 c brown (1894)
  5 c green

For the specialist: the 1 c , 2 c brown and 5 c green were also issued without ornaments where the stamp and the tab joins in 1907. These stamps are perforated 14.

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 cvcvcwith ornaments
1 c*vcwithout ornaments
2 c yellowc*with ornaments
2 c browncvcwith ornaments
2 c brown**without ornaments
5 c cvcwith ornaments
5 c **vcwithout ornaments

Cancels:

1 c grey, precancelled 'JUMET', no ornaments
(Precancel)

More info on precancels can be found in the book: 'Catalogue des Preos Belge 1894-1937' by Jean Lepingle (in French)

Forgeries:

Some very rare non-issued stamps exist with overprint 'CHINE' and value in 'CENTS'. I have seen a Hialeah forgery of a '2 CENTS' on 5 c green stamp, made with a computer scanner and printer. The printing is very bad and the perforation is wrong. They are often offered on E-bay.

 

1894 Antwerp exhibition

25 c blue on red

  5 c green on red
  10 c red on blue
  25 c blue on red

For the specialist: these stamps are perforated 14.

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* 

1896 Brussels exhibition

10 c brown

  5 c lilac
  10 c brown
  10 c lilac

For the specialist, these stamps are perforated 14.

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 c brown** 
10 c lilaccc 

 

1905 King Leopold II, with white beard, stamps with tab, different frames

10 c red 50 c grey 1 F yellow 2 F lilac

  10 c red
  20 c green
  25 c blue
  35 c brown
  50 c grey
  1 F yellow
  2 F lilac

These stamps are perforated 14.

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 c*vc 
20 c**vc 
25 c**vc 
35 c**c 
50 c**** 
1 F***** 
2 F***** 

Some very rare non-issued stamps exist with overprint 'CHINE' and value in 'CENTS'. I have seen a Hialeah forgery of a '4 CENTS' on 10 c red stamp, made with a computer scanner and printer. The printing is very bad and the perforation is wrong. They are often offered on E-bay.

 

1910 Inscription 'CARITAS'


(The two types of the 10 c, type I left , type II right)

  1 c grey
  1 c green
  2 c brown
  5 c blue
  10 c red
  


(1911 overprint)


(Overprinted '1911', reduced size)

These stamps exist in 2 types, and exist overprinted '1911' and 'CHARLEROI 1911'.
vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare

Type I

Type II

ValueUnusedUsedRemarksUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c** ** 
2 c** ** 
5 c** ** 
10 c** ** 
Overprinted '1911'
1 c****** ****** 
2 c****** ****** 
5 c** ** 
10 c** ** 

Overprinted 'CHARLEROI 1911'

1 c** ** 
2 c** ** 
5 c** ** 
10 c** ** 

 

1912 Number and lion, stamps with tab

  1 c orange (number)
  2 c brown (lion)
  5 c green (lion)

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 cvcvc 
2 cvcvc 
5 cvcvc 

 

1912 King Albert in a rectangle facing the left, stamps with tab


(Reduced size)

  10 c red
  20 c olive
  25 c blue
  35 c brown
  40 c green
  50 c grey
  1 F orange
  2 F violet
  5 F brown (larger size)


(Two types: one button left and two buttons right)

For the specialist: two types exist of these stamps. In type I there are two buttons on the uniform of the king, all stamps except the 25 c were issued in type I. In type II there is only one button on the uniform and the head of the king is larger, the values 10 c, 20 c, 25 c and 40 c were issued in type II. The values 10 c, 20 c and 25 c of type II exist in a subtype without the name of the engraver.

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 c*ctwo buttons
10 cvcvcone button
20 c***two buttons
20 c**one button
25 c cc 
35 c** 
40 c******two buttons
40 c**one button
50 c ** 
1 F*** 
2 F****** 
5 F****** 

 

1914 War issue, statue of war heroes, overprinted with a red cross

Probably genuine

  5 c green
  10 c red
  20 c lilac

20 c lilac
(forgery with cancel, reduced size)


(forgeries)

These stamps are quite rare. However, enormous quantities of forgeries exist. The forgeries can easily be recognized by the 'Q' of 'BELGIQUE', this should be a real 'Q', but in the forgeries it resembles more an 'O'. Perforated and imperforate forgeries with or without forged cancels exist. The above stamps are forgeries.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks

Small size

5 c****** 
10 c****** 
20 c ****** 

 

1915 War issue, king Albert and red crosses

Small size

  5 c green
  10 c red
  20 c lilac

Large size  

  5 c green and red
  10 c red
  20 c lilac and 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

Small size

5 c** 
10 c**** 
20 c ****** 

Large size

5 c** 
10 c****exists perf 14 or 12x14
20 c ******exists perf 14, 12 or 14x12

 

1915 King Albert in an ellipse

  1 c orange
  2 c brown
  5 c green
  10 c red
  15 c violet
  20 c lilac
  25 c blue

Overprinted with red cross and surcharged

  1 c + 1 c orange
  2 c + 2 c brown
  5 c + 5 c green
  10 c + 10 c red
  15 c + 15 c violet
  20 c + 20 c brown
  25 c + 25 c 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
1 cvcvc 
2 cvcvc 
5 ccvc 
10 ccvc 
15 c*vc 
20 c*vc 
25 c*c 
Red Cross
1 c + 1 c** 
2 c + 2 c** 
5 c + 5 c** 
10 c + 10 c**** 
15 c + 15 c****** 
20 c + 20 c****** 
25 c + 25 c****** 

 

1915 Various designs

5 Frank and 10 F

5 Franken
(Reduced size)

  25 c blue (1919, Perron Liegois)
  35 c brown and black (Ypres)
  40 c green and black (Dinant)
  50 c red and black (Louvain)
  65 c red and black (Dendermonde, 1920)
  1 F violet (Antwerp harbour)
  2 F grey
  5 F blue (Veurne, value in 'Frank') (1919)
  5 F blue (value in 'Franken')
  10 F brown (three kings)

Surcharged
  '55 c' and bars on 65 c red and black (1921)

Overprinted with red cross and value (colours changed)


(Reduced sizes)

  35 c + 35 c violet and balck
  40 c + 40 c red and black
  50 c + 50 c blue and black
  1 F + 1 F grey
  2 F + 2 F green
  5 F + 5 F brown
  10 F + 10 F blue

One of the great rarities of this country is the 65 c with inverted center ('Kopstaande Dendermonde').

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 c*c 
35 c*c 
40 c*c 
50 c*c 
65 c*cinverted center: RRR
1 FR* 
2 F**** 
5 FRRRR"Franken"
5 F****"Frank"
10 FR*** 
Surcharged
55 on 65 c*c 
Red Cross
35 c + 35 c****** 
40 c + 40 c****** 
50 c + 50 cRR 
1 F + 1 FRRRR 
2 F + 2 FRRRR 
5 F + 5 FRRRR 
10 F + 10 FRRRRRR 

The inverted 65 c has been forged, example:


(Forged inverted 65 c 'Dendermonde')

 

1919 King Albert I with helmet

2 F lilac

  1 c brown (small size, 1920)
  2 c olive (small size, 1920)
  5 c green
  10 c red
  15 c lilac
  20 c brown
  25 c blue
  35 c brown
  40 c red
  50 c brown
  1 F yellow
  2 F lilac
  5 F red (large size)
  10 F lilac (large size)

For the specialist: these stamps are perforated 11 1/2.

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 cvcvc 
2 cvcvc 
5 c** 
10 ccc 
15 ccc 
20 c** 
25 c** 
35 c**** 
40 c**** 
50 c****** 
1 FRR 
2 FRRRRR 
5 FRRRR 
10 FRRRR 

 

1920 Olympic games in Antwerp 'VII Olympiade 1920'

  5 c green
  10 c red
  15 c brown

Surcharged

  20 c (red) on 5 c green
  20 c on 10 c red
  20 c (red) on 15 c brown

For the specialist: these stamps are perforated 12.

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** 
15 c** 
Surcharged
20 c on 5 ccc 
20 c on 10 ccc 
20 c on 15 ccc 

 

Later issues, examples:


(Stamp of 1921 and a stamp of 1931)


(1936 issue, lion)


Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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