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A region in the north of Greece and the south of Albania

1914 Crossbones and double headed eagle, overprinted with monogram

10 l red and black (blue overprint)


(Reduced sizes)

  1 l black and blue
  5 l blue and red
  10 l red and black
  25 l blue 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
1 l ****** 
5 l****** 
10 l****** 
25 l****** 

Attention: many of these stamps are forgeries! For example, the Spetsiotis brothers (Spetsiotis Frères) made forgeries using the original rubber handstamp (however, on different paper). I am not sure if the above shown stamps are genuine.

I've been told that the next stamps are forgeries:

 

1914 Shooting man

Inscription 'AUTONOMOS HPEIROS'

5 l green

  1 l orange
  5 l green
  50 l brown
  1 D violet
  2 D black
  5 D green

Slightly different design, inscription 'HPEIROS'

10 l red

  10 l red
  25 l blue

These stamps have a zig-zag perforation.

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 l cc 
5 lcc 
10 lcc 
25 lcc 
50 l** 
1 D** 
2 D**** 
5 D**** 

 

1914 Eagle in color with a white cross on a blue background

1 l brown and blue 5 l green and blue 10 l red and blue

  1 Lepton brown and blue
  5 Lepta green and blue
  10 Lepta red and blue
  25 Lepta dark blue and blue
  50 Lepta violet and blue
  1 Drachma red and blue
  2 Drachma orange and blue
  5 Drachma green and blue

The values 25 l and 50 l exist with overprint 'KORITZA' (in greek):

 

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 l cc 
5 lcc 
10 lcc 
25 lcc 
50 l** 
1 D** 
2 D** 
5 D** 
Koritza overprint
25 l** 
50 l** 

 

1914 Stamps of Greece (large sized stamps: view of Athens with cross and eagle attacking snake), overprinted 'B.HPEIROS' (North Epirus)

  1 l brown
  2 l red
  3 l orange
  5 l green
  10 l red
  20 l violet
  25 l blue
  30 l green
  40 l blue
  50 l blue
  1 D brown

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 l**With red overprint: **
2 l**With red overprint: **
3 l **With red overprint: **
5 l**Exists with double overprint: ***
or red overprint: **
10 l**Exists with double overprint: ***
20 l**** 
25 l**** 
30 l****** 
40 l****** 
50 l***** 
1 DRR 

 

1914 Stamps of Greece of 1911 (ancient greek gods) overprinted 'B.HPEIROS' (North Epirus)

5 l green 20 l black

  1 l green
  2 l red
  3 l red
  5 l green
  10 l red
  20 l black
  25 l blue
  30 l red
  40 l blue
  50 l lilac
  1 D blue
  2 D red
  3 D red
  5 D 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 l** 
2 l**Two types of the basic stamp
3 l **Two types of the basic stamp
5 l**** 
10 l** 
20 l****** 
25 l****** 
30 l**** 
40 l****** 
50 l****** 
1 D****** 
2 D****** 
3 DRR 
5 DRR 

These stamps further overprinted with an eagle were issued for Albania:


Local issues

1914 Chimarra issue, stamps of Greece, overprinted 'ELLHNIKH 1914 CEIMARRA'

  1 l green
  2 l red
  3 l red
  5 l green
  10 l red
  20 l lilac
  25 l blue
  50 l lilac

 

1914 Erseka issue


(Reduced sizes)

  5 l green
  10 l red
  25 l blue
  50 l gren
  1 D red
  2 D blue
  5 D yellow

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 l** 
10 l** 
25 l** 
50 l** 
1 D**** 
2 D**** 
5 D**** 

 

1914 Koritza issue, double headed eagle, inscription 'KORITSA'


(Reduced sizes)

  1 l black
  10 l black
  25 l 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
1 l**** 
10 l**** 
25 l**** 

 

 

1914 Argyrocastron issue, stamps of Turkey overprinted with greek text


(Reduced size)

5 Dr on 25 Pi green

  5 l on 10 pa green
  10 l on 20 pa red
  20 l on 1 Pi blue
  25 l on 1 Pi blue
  30 l on 2 pa olive
  40 l on 2 Pi black
  50 l on 2 pa olive
  80 l on 2 Pi black
  1 D on 2 1/2 Pi brown
  1 D on 5 Pi lilac
  2 D on 2 1/2 Pi brown
  2 D on 5 Pi lilac
  5 D on 10 Pi red
  5 D on 25 Pi green
  5 D on 50 Pi brown

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 l on 10 pa** 
10 l on 20 pa** 
20 l on 1 Pi**** 
25 l on 1 Pi**** 
30 l on 2 pa**** 
40 l on 2 Pi **** 
50 l on 2 pa**** 
80 l on 2 Pi****** 
1 D on 2 1/2 Pi ****** 
1 D on 5 Pi ****** 
2 D on 2 1/2 Pi****** 
2 D on 5 Pi ****** 
5 D on 10 Pi RR 
5 D on 25 Pi RRRR 
5 D on 50 Pi RRRR 

Non issued stamps

1920 Large eagle and greek text, Imperforated, exists cancelled, inscription 'KRATOS ANEXARTHOS TAXYDOMEIOY XEIMAPPA'

10 l red and blue

  5 Lepta green and brown
  10 Lepta red and blue
  25 Lepta blue and yellow (orange)
  50 Lepta violet (brown) and green


(Reduced size)

All the stamps I have seen are cancelled with the same cancel 'XEIMAPPA 13 SEPT 20' or they are uncancelled.

Value of the stamps

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

 

1914 Double headed eagle and larger stamps with coin in center (Moscopolis issue)

Double headed eagle

  1 l yellow
  2 l black
  3 l yellow
  5 l green
  10 l red
  25 l blue
  30 l lilac
  40 l grey
  50 l violet

I have seen the 2 l and 30 l with a cancel with a double headed eagle in the center.

Value of the stamps

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

Large stamps with circular centre with ancient coins (the coin is different for each value)

10 D orange and black 25 D violet and black

  1 D brown and olive
  2 D red and grey
  3 D grey and brown
  5 D green and orange
  10 D orange and black
  25 D violet 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
All values*? 

 

1914 Angel, phantasy issue, Perforated or Imperforated, exists cancelled, 8 values and 1 surcharge, these bogus stamps were probably made in France:

2 D black

  1 Lepton  orange
  5 Lepta green
  10 Lepta red
  20 Lepta blue
  50 Lepta brown
  1 Drachma violet
  2 Drachma black
  5 Drachma green

Surcharged
  '1 Lepton' on 10 (?) Lepta 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
All valuesc to *? 

 

1914 King George of Greece, inscription 'ELLHNIKH XEIMAPPA'


(20 l red)

I have no furhter information concerning this stamp. I have also seen the values 10 l orange and 1 D red.


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