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Postage due stamps

1870 Number in circle, inscription 'A PERCEVOIR'

  10 c green
  20 c blue

The 10 c green was also used bisected, example:


(Reduced size)

1895 Number in circle with lions at both sides, coloured center

10 c brown

  5 c green
  10 c brown
  10 c red (1900)
  20 c green
  30 c blue (1915)
  50 c brown
  50 c grey (1900)
  1 F red
  1 F yellow (1900)

From 1919 on a new design with white center was issued, example:

1 F 60 lilac

Ordinary stamps overprinted with a 'T' were also used as postage due stamps, examples:


(reduced sizes)


Telegraph stamps

1866 Inscription 'TELEGRAPHES', king Leopold I

  50 c grey
  1 F green

1871 Inscription 'TELEGRAPHES', king Leopold II

1871 issue, solid background With lined background

  10 c violet
  25 c green
  50 c brown
  60 c olive
  80 c black
  1 F red
  5 F blue

The 10 c, 25 c, 50 c, 1 F and 5 F exist in two types; with solid background (1871) and with lined background (1897).

 

1879 As before, but with number instead of king

  5 c grey
  5 c brown

 

1889 Large stamp with king

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  25 F green and red

 

1865-75 Inscription 'TELEGRAMME ORDINAIRE POUR LA BELGIQUE'

Telegraph label
20 mots (=words) 50 cent

3 types of this label exist: the above one (1865), one with larger inscriptions (1866) and one with the lion facing the right (1875). I don't know what the exact status of these labels was.

1897 Stamp for telegraphic receipts, inscription 'ADMINISTRATION DES TELEGRAPHES BEHEER VAN TELEGRAFEN'


(Reduced size)

  10 c black

Telephone stamps

1890 Inscription 'ETAT BELGE TELEPHONE BELGISCHE STAAT TELEPHOON', portrait of King Leopold II


(1 Fr blue, value in red)

  25 c violet and black
  30 c olive and black
  50 c green and black
  90 c brown and black
  1 F blue and red
  2 F brown and black
  3 F red and blue
  3.75 F lilac and blue

I have seen reprints of these stamps (also without the value inscription). All the values I have seen were printed in tete-beche columns (quite far apart) and imperforate, examples:


Fiscal stamps

Examples:


(left: 1884 issue French inscription only and right: 1891 issue inscription in French and Flemish)

In the above design were issued the values (1884: with inscription in French only): 10 c, 25 c, 50 c, 1 F, 1.50 F, 2.50 F, 3 F, 3.50 F, 4 F, 4.50 F, 5 F, 5.50 F, 6 F, 6.50 F, 7 F, 7.50 F, 8 F, 8.50 F, 9 F, 9.50 F, 10 F, 10.50 F, 11 F, 11.50 F, 12 F, 12.50 F, 15 F, 17.50 F, 20 F, 22.50 F, 25 F, 30 F, 35 F, 40 F, 45 F and 50 F (all in the colour blue). Red stamps also seem to have been issued in the same design.
1891: with inscription in French and Flemish, at least the following values were issued: 10 c, 25 c, 1 F, 1.50 F, 2.50 F, 3 F, 3.50 F, 4 F, 4.50 F, 5 F, 5.50 F, 6 F, 6.50 F, 7 F, 7.50 F, 8 F, 8.50 F, 9 F, 9.50 F, 10 F, 10.50 F, 11 F, 11.50 F, 12 F, 12.50 F, 15 F, 17.50 F, 20 F, 22.50 F, 25 F, 30 F, 35 F, 40 F, 45 F and 50 F (all in the colour blue). Red stamps also seem to have been issued in the same design.


('AFFICHES AANPLAKBRIEVEN', 1886, reduced size)

In the above 'AFFICHES' design were issued the values: 5 c, 6 c, 7 c, 8 c, 9 c, 10 c, 11 c and 12 c, all in red, (two shades were of red were issued), both perforated or imperforate. In 1886 the Flemish inscription 'AANPLAKBRIEVEN' was added in the design (same values, all in red colour, only perforated).


('TAXES FISCALES')

In the above 'TAXES FISCALES' design I have seen 10 c brown (grey underprint), 9 F blue (yellow underprint), 100 F olive (blue underprint) and 500 F red (brown underprint). I don't know when this design was issued.

These stamps could be cut into two halves


(Reduced size)


Stamps overprinted '-10%' or 'min 10' etc.


(Reduced sizes)

Many different kinds of overprints exist.


Railway stamps

1879 Arms, inscription 'Chemins de fer'

1879

  10 c brown
  20 c blue
  25 c green
  50 c red
  80 c yellow
  1 F grey

1882 Number, inscription 'Chemins de fer'

80 c yellow, 1882

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

Forgeries of these stamps exist (made in 1925, sometimes referred to as reprints). Genuine stamps sometimes show part of a watermark, the forgeries never do. The genuine stamps are perforated 15 1/2 x 14 1/2. The forgeries have different perforation (14 or 11, according to 'Focus on forgeries') or are imperforate. The colours shades of the forgeries can be quite different from the genuine stamps. Forged postmarks exist on these forgeries, for example, I think the postmark 'CUREGHEL 14 AOUT 1894' is forged.

 

1895 Number in black, inscription 'Chemins de fer Spoorwegen'

  10 c brown and black
  15 c grey and black
  20 c blue and black
  25 c green and black
  30 c orange and black
  40 c blue and black
  50 c red and black
  60 c violet and black
  70 c blue and black
  80 c yellow and black
  90 c red and black
  1 F lilac and black
  2 F yellow and black

1902 Number in coloured circle, inscription ' Chemins de fer Spoorwegen'

  10 c brown and grey
  15 c grey and violet
  20 c blue and brown
  25 c green and red
  30 c orange and green
  35 c yellow and green (1912)
  40 c blue and violet
  50 c red and violet
  55 c brown and blue (1912)
  60 c lilac and red
  70 c blue and red
  80 c yellow and lilac
  90 c red and green

1902 New type, wheel with wings

  1 F lilac and orange
  1 F 10 red and grey
  2 F yellow and green
  3 F black and blue
  4 F green and red (1912)
  5 F orange and green (1912)
  10 F brown and lilac (1912)

Reprints exist (also imperforate or with forged postmarks).

 

1929 Stamps of Belgium, overprinted with a winged wheel

1 F 50 blue

 

1915 Postage stamps overprinted 'CHEMINS DE FER SPOORWEGEN'


(Reduced size, genuine)


(Genuine 5 c and 10 c; only 700 printed of each value!)

  5 c green
  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

All these overprints are rare. Forged overprints exist, example:


Postal Stationery

Example:


(Reduced size)


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