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ETHIOPIA (Abessinia)

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Capital Addis Abeba


In 1907 3 stamps of 25 c, 50 c and 1 Franc were used by France in Ethiopia, they were valid in the cities of Harrare and Dirré Daoua, inscription 'LEVANT'.


(reduced sizes)


1896 Menilek II


(reduced size)

  1/4 g green
  1/2 g red
  1 g blue
  2 g brown

The stamps dealer Arthur Maury offered these stamps at a discount in France (roughly half of the quantity of stamps printed was offered in this way). To distinguish stamps for real use in Ethiopia and stamps issued for stamp collectors they were overprinted with 'Ethiopie' (2 types) or native text (3 types):


'Ethiopie' overprint on 1 g blue

Surcharged with or without overprint in native text (1904)

  05 on 1/4 g green
  10 on 1/2 g red
  20 on 1 g blue
  40 on 2 g brown

Surcharged and overprinted with native text and stars(1907)

2 g on 2 g brown
(Reduced size)

  1/4 on 1/4 g green
  1/2 on 1/2 g red
  1 on 1 g blue
  2 g on 2 g brown

1908 Surcharged '1 PIASTRE' and fancy pattern

  '1 PIASTRE' on 1/2 g red (also exists without black overprint on top)

1908 Surcharged


(Double inverted overprint? Might not be genuine!)

  1/4 Pi on 1/4 g green
  1/2 Pi on 1/2 g red
  1 Pi on 1 g blue
  2 Pi on 2 g brown 

1911 Overprinted 'AFF. EXCEP FAUTE TIMB', value with pen (Dire Daoua Provisional)

  1/4 g on 1/4 g green
  1/2 g on 1/2 g green
  1 g on 1 g blue
  2 g on 2 g brown

Forgeries: Four different kinds of forgeries are known. The forgeries of the forger Fournier are the most dangerous. Many different overprints have been apllied to these forgeries and images can be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries'. The genuine stamps should be perforated 14 x 13 1/2, however, the Fournier forgeries are perforated 14 x 14. Furthermore, there is an error in the design, the white line, in front of the face of the king, is interrupted by a flower at the bottom (as in the genuine), this white line continues below the flower in the genuine stamp, but it disappears in the forgeries (source http://www.doig.net/Fournier.html). For a picture of some Fournier forgeries, see at the end of this session. The other three forgeries have weird cancels (even one with 'IMITATION' in a circle).

The Dire Daoua overprint was also forged. See http://doig.net/1911DDProv.html for more information. The relative position of the first 'E' of 'EXCEP' and the 'E' of 'FAUTE' is different from the genuine. The bottom part of the 'P' of 'EXCEP' should point to the left of the 'B' of 'TIMB', in the forged overprint it points to the center of the 'B'.

 

1896 Lion with flag

 

  4 g brown
  8 g lilac
  16 g black

16 g black
(Reduced size)

The stamps dealer Arthur Maury offered these stamps at a discount in France. To be able to distinguish stamps for real use in Ethiopia and stamps issued for stamp collectors these stamps were overprinted with 'Ethiopie' (2 types) or native text (3 types).

Surcharged with or without overprint in native text (1904)

  80 on 4 g brown
  1.60 on 8 g lilac
  3.20 on 16 g black

Surcharged and overprinted with native text and stars(1907)
  4 on 4 g brown
  8 on 8 g lilac
  16 on 16 g black

1908 Surcharged with 'piastres'
  4 Pi on 4 g brown
  8 Pi on 8 g lilac
  16 Pi on 16 g black

1911 Overprinted 'AFF. EXCEP FAUTE TIMB', value with pen (Dire Daoua Provisional)


(Genuine)

  4 g on 4 g brown
  8 g on 8 g lilac
  16 g on 16 g black
   


(Surcharged stamp)

These stamps are forged by Fournier, examples:

Forgeries: Fournier made forgeries of these stamps as well as the previous Menilek issue. Many different overprints can be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries'. The genuine stamps should be perforated 14 x 13 1/2, however, the Fournier forgeries are perforated 14 x 14. Again, there is an error in the design, the upper right scroll has 3 lines inside the loop (instead of 4) and no lines in front of the loop (instead of 3), source http://www.doig.net/Fournier.html.

Other forgeries exist.

 

1909 Arms of Ethiopia (1/4 g to 1 g) and Ethiopian men (higher values)

  1/4 g green
  1/2 g red
  1 g green and red
  2 g blue
  4 g green and red (design as 2 g)
  8 g brown and green
  16 g brown and lilac (design as 8 g)

Many overprints exist on these stamps.


'11/2/1917.' and Ethiopean text on 4 g (left: overprint in black and right: overprint in blue)

 

1919 New series, 'ETHIOPIE' at the right hand side

  1/8 g violet and brown
  1/4 g green and grey
  1/2 g red and olive
  1 g lilac and grey 
  2 g bleu and brown
  4 g green and orange
  6 g blue and orange
  8 g olive and brown
  12 g lilac and grey
  1 $ red and grey
  2 $ black and brown
  3 $ green and orange
  4 $ brown and lilac
  5 $ red and grey
  10 $ green and yellow

Surcharged (1925-1929)

1921: '4 guerche' on 2 g blue and brown
(Reduced size)

  1/4 g on 1 $
  1/2 g on 5 $
  1/2 g on 8 g
  1 g on 6 g (three types of overprint)
  1 g on 12 g 
  1 g on 3 $
  1 g on 10 $

Official stamps

1905 Stamps with overprint 'T' or 'TAXE A PERCEVOIR T'

Example:

1908 Postage stamps overprinted with a triangle with text

  1/4 g green
  1/2 g red
  1 g blue
  2 g brown
  4 g brown
  8 g lilac
  16 g black

1931 Postage stamps overprinted 'OFFICIEL' and ethiopean text

 


Postage due stamps

1896 Postage stamps, overprinted with flag-like text:


(Reduced sizes)

  1/4 g green
  1/2 g red
  1 g blue (red surcharge)
  2 g brown (red surcharge)
  4 g brown
  8 g violet
  16 g black (red surcharge)

Stamps overprinted with 'T' or 'TAXE A PERCEVOIR' also exist.

 


Fiscal stamps

Examples:

Lion with crown holding cross:


(Reduced sizes)


Literature

Ethiopia Booklet No. VI 'Ethiopian Fiscals and Fournier Forgeries' by Eric Reyne Cockrill Series Booklet No. 18 (I haven't read this book myself).

Doig's Ethiopia Stamp Catalogue: http://www.doig.net/EthiHome.html


Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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