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Currency: 100 Centimes = 1 Franc

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1869 King Leopold II in a fully coloured oval, various frames

10 c green 20 c blue 30 c brown 40 c red 1 F violet, typical number cancel 1 F violet Genuine Certified genuine 5 F yellow-brown, reduced size

5 F brown

  10 c green
  20 c blue
  25 c yellow
  30 c brown
  40 c red
  50 c grey
  1 F violet
  5 F brown (2 shades of colour)

For the specialist: these stamps are usually perforated 15, but the 10 c and 25 c also exist perforated 14, the 10 c, 25 c and 30 c also seem to exist imperforate (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***vc 
20 cRc 
25 c***c 
30 cRR** 
40 cRR** 
50 cRR*** 
1 FRR*** 
5 FRRRRRRShades, same value

Forgeries:

The 5 F is very rare (30.000 stamps in red-brown colour were issued and 18.000 in another shade of yellow-brown only). This is probably the reason that dangerous forgeries of this stamp are known to exist (at least 17 different, some from improved plates).


(Primitive forgery, 'R' of 'FRANCS' too wide, foot of both '5's too big and many other differences)


Fournier forgeries, one with the Louvain cancel, another with the Deinze cancel and the last one with a Liege cancel

For example the 5 F is known to be forged by Fournier. The cancels that can be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries' are: 'GAND 27 AVRIL 1-S 1876', 'LIEGE 26 AOUT 8-M 1878', 'LOUVAIN 1 SEPT 2-S 1881', 'DEINZE 17 NOV 67' (date before the stamps were even issued!) and 'LIEGE 15 JUIN 10-M 1881'. Fournier offers two varieties of the 5 F in his 1914 pricelist; the 5 F redbrown and the 5 F pale brown for 2 Swiss Francs each as first choice forgeries.

Peter Winter forgeries:


(Two forgeries with wrong perforation)

The above two forgeries have wrong perforation (it should be 15), I think they were made by Peter Winter. I have seen them either uncancelled or with the 'BRUXELLES BRUSSELS 24....' cancel. I've also seen them in pairs of two or a stamp with a white stamp attached to it. Note that something is written outside the frame at the left bottom corner ('FAUX'?).

I also know that Sperati made forgeries of the 5 F. He forged both colour shades of this stamp. At least two different kind of forgeries were made by him. In the so-called 'reproduction A' there is a smaller dot behind the dot behind 'BELGIQUE', among some other minor differences. In 'reproduction B' there is a white dot between the 'A' and the 'N' of 'FRANCS' (click on the stamp below to see this). Reproduction A exist in both colour shades, reproduction B only in the yellow-brown shade.


(Reproduction B of Sperati, image obtained from Richard Frajola's website: http://www.seymourfamily.com/rfrajola/Sperati/speratiindex.htm )


(Sperati forgery)

Sperati used genuine cancels for his forgeries (he probably bleached the image of a lower value, so the cancel and the paper would be genuine).

The 5 F stamp is also known to be forged from a cut out of a 'day of the stamp' stamp of 1978. They can easily be recognized by the cancel 'ZEL... 1 AVRIL 9-10 1878'.

 

1883 King Leopold II, new design

10 c red 20 c blue 25 c blue 50 c violet

  10 c red
  20 c blue
  25 c blue
  50 c 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 c***c 
20 c**** 
25 cR*** 
50 cR*** 

 

1884 King Leopold II, new designs

10 c red on blue 20 c olive 25 c blue on red 35 c brown (no tab!) 2 F violet

  10 c red on blue
  20 c olive
  25 c blue on red
  35 c brown
  50 c yellow
  1 F brown on green
  2 F violet

As 35 c type, but with small tab attached (1893)

20 c green 1 F red on green 2 F lilac

  10 c brown
  10 c red
  20 c green
  25 c blue
  35 c brown
  50 c brown
  50 c grey 
  1 F red on green
  1 F orange
  2 F lilac on red
  2 F violet

The small attachment with inscription 'NE PAS LIVRER LE DIMANCHE NIET BESTELLEN OP ZONDAG' could be used to prevent the delivery on sunday. With the removement of this attachment the sender of the letter did not object to deliver the letter on sunday. Stamps without tab are worth less. These stamps are all 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

Without Tabs

10 c*vc 
20 c***c 
25 c*vc 
35 c**** 
50 c*** 
1 FRR** 
2 F****** 
With Tabs
10 c brown*vc 
10 c red*vc 
20 c**c 
25 c**c 
35 c**** 
50 c brown***** 
50 c grey*** 
1 F red on green ****** 
1 F orangeR*** 
2 F lilac on redR*** 
2 F violetR** 

Mute cancel:

Issues of 1893-1920


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