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1861 Head of Hermes, large, imperforated

1 l brown 1 l brown

2 l brown 5 l green "7" with dots cancellation 10 l orange 20 l blue, "40" with dots cancellation 20 l red 20 l red (purple like) 30 l brown 30 l blue 40 l purple 40 l orange on blue 60 l green on green 80 l red

  1 l brown
  2 l brown
  5 l green
  10 l orange
  20 l blue
  20 l red
  30 l brown
  30 l blue
  40 l lilac on blue
  40 l lilac
  40 l brown
  60 l green
  80 l red

Some of these stamps have the value imprinted at the backside, example:

20 l blue, frontside 20 l blue, backside "20" on the back

Some misprints exist concerning these backside values, missing numbers, inverted numbers etc.

Note on this issue: specialists distinguish a great number of printings, plates, numbers on the backside, etc. This gives rise to a considerable amount of confusion and it is a field for the specialist. The following printings etc. can be distinguished:

1861    Paris print (clear impression) 
          Without numerals on the backside: 1 l brown, 2 l brown, 5 l green, 
             20 l blue, 40 l lilac on blue, 80 l red
          With numerals on the backside: 10 l orange (on bluish paper) 
1861-62 Athens provisional printings (on teinted paper, badly printed)
          Without numerals: 20 l blue (RRR)
          With numerals: 5 l green, 10 l orange (on bluish paper), 20 l blue, 
             40 l lilac (bluish paper)
1867-69 Consecutive Athens printings (first nicely printed then deteriorating)
          Without numerals: 1 l brown, 2 l brown
          With numerals: 5 l green, 10 l orange (on bluish paper), 20 l blue
             40 l lilac (on bluish paper), 80 l red 
1867-69 Cleaned Plates 
          Without numerals: 1 l brown, 2 l brown
          With numerals: 5 l green, 10 l orange (on bluish paper), 20 l blue
             40 l lilac (on bluish paper), 80 l red 
1870    Special Athens printing 
          Without numerals: 1 l brown
          With numerals: 20 l blue
1871-72 On thin transparent paper
          Without numerals: 1 l brown
          With numerals: 5 l green, 10 l orange (on bluish paper), 20 l blue
             40 l lilac (on bluish paper), 80 l red 
1871-76 On meshed paper (oily paper)
          Without numerals: 1 l brown, 2 l brown
          With numerals: 5 l green, 10 l orange (on bluish paper), 20 l blue
             40 l lilac (on bluish paper), 80 l red 
1876    Paris printing
          30 l brown, 60 l green on green
1876-77 Athens printing (creamy paper)
          30 l brown, 60 l green
1875-80 On Cream paper (Athens printing)
          Without numerals: 1 l brown, 2 l brown, 5 l green, 10 l orange, 20 l blue,
              20 l red, 30 l blue, 40 l brown
          With numerals: 5 l green, 10 l orange, 20 l blue, 40 l lilac
1891(?) Rouletted and perforated 11 1/2
          Some stamps exist without roulleted or normal perforation

Interested people are referred to more specialized catalogues, such as Vlastos or Hellas.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Cheapest types
1 l ***** 
2 l****** 
5 l**** 
10 l**** 
20 l blueRR* 
20 l red**** 
30 l brownRR*** 
30 l blueRR*** 
40 l lilac on blue RR*** 
40 l lilac***R 
40 l brownRR*** 
60 l RRRR 
80 lR*** 

Surcharged (1900, perforated or imperforate) 

3 D on 10 l orange 5 D on 40 l lilac on blue

  30 l on 40 l violet
  40 l on 2 l brown
  50 l on 40 l brown
  3 D on 10 l orange
  5 D on 40 l lilac on 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
Imperforate
30 l on 40 l **** 
40 l on 2 l**** 
50 l on 40 l**** 
3 D on 10 l****** 
5 D on 40 lRR 

Perforated 11 1/2

30 l on 40 l ****** 
40 l on 2 l****** 
50 l on 40 l****** 
3 D on 10 l****** 
5 D on 40 lRRRR 
Surcharged with value and 'A M'


(Reduced sizes)

  1 D on 40 l red
  2 D on 5 l green

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Imperforate
1 D on 40 l RRRR 
2 D on 5 l****** 
Perforated
1 D on 40 lRRRR 
2 D on 5 l****** 

Click here for forgeries of the Large Hermes Head issue and here for cancels on the first issues.

 

1886 Small Head of Hermes

Imperforated

1 c brown 20 l red 40 l lilac 1 D grey

  1 l brown
  2 l brown
  5 l green
  10 l orange
  20 l red
  25 l blue
  25 l lilac (1893)
  40 l violet
  40 l blue (1893)
  1 D grey

Perforated (1891)

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

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

Specialists distinguish a Belgian printing (1886, imperforate, perforated 13 1/2 or 11 1/2) and an Athens printing (1889 less well done, imperforate, perforated 13 1/2 or 11 1/2). The Athens printing is in general cheaper

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Imperforate, cheapest type
1 l cc 
2 l** 
5 l*c 
10 l***c 
20 l**c 
25 l blue***c 
25 l lilac**cAthens printing only
40 l violetR*** 
40 l blue*****Athens printing only
50 l *****Paris printing only
1 DR** 
Perforated, cheapest type
1 l cc 
2 l** 
5 l*c 
10 l**** 
20 l**c 
25 l blueR* 
25 l lilac**cAthens printing only
40 l violet****** 
40 l blue*****Athens printing only
50 l *****Paris printing only
1 DR* 

Surcharged (1900, imperforated or perforated)

20 l on 25 l blue

1 D on 40 l and 2 D on 40 l

  20 l on 25 l blue 
  1 D on 40 l violet
  2 D on 40 l 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
Imperforate
20 l on 25 l ** 
1 D on 40 l****** 
2 D on 40 lRRRR 

Perforated 11 1/2

20 l on 25 l ***** 
1 D on 40 lR*** 
2 D on 40 lRRRR 
Perforated 13 1/2
1 D on 40 lRRRR 
2 D on 40 l****** 
Surcharged with value and 'A M' (1900, imperforated or perforated)
  25 l on 40 l violet
  50 l on 25 l 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
Imperforate
25 l on 40 l ****** 
50 l on 25 l****** 

Perforated 11 1/2

25 l on 40 l ****** 
50 l on 25 l****** 

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I've been told that the next stamps are forgeries, I have no further information. If anybody has information about forgeries of this issue, please contact me!

25 l blue "Athens print"
(Postal stationary, or forgery? Printed on very thick paper)

Fournier forgeries:

If anybody has more information on how to distinghuish these Fournier forgeries, please contact me!


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