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GREEK TERRITORIES
(occupied during the balkan war) (1912-1913)

Cavalle, Chios, Dedeagh, Icaria, Lemnos, Mytilene, Samos, Thrace

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CAVALLA

1913 Stamps of Bulgaria overprinted 'ELLHNIKH DIOIKHSIS' in red

  5 l on 1 s grey
  10 l on 10 s red and black
  10 l on 15 s yellow
  10 l on 25 s blue and black
  15 l on 2 s red and black
  20 l on 3 s red and black
  25 l on 5 s green and black
  50 l on 10 s red and black
  1 D on 15 s yellow
  1 D on 30 s blue and black
  1 D on 50 s yellow and black

These stamps are very rare, forgeries exist!

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 1 sRRRR 
10 l on 10 sRRRRRR 
10 l on 15 sRRRR 
10 l on 25 sRRRR 
15 l on 2 sRRRR 
20 l on 3 sRRRR 
25 l on 5 sRRR 
50 l on 10 sRRRRExists with blue overprint: RR
1 D on 15 sRRRR 
1 D on 30 sRRRRRR 
1 D on 50 sRRRRRR 


Fiscal stamp of Turkey with similar Greec overprint

 

A French post office also issued stamps in Cavalla (inscription or overprint 'CAVALLE'), they are listed in Cd 1.


CHIOS

1913 Stamp of Greece, overprinted 'E*D' in red

  25 l blue

I've seen forged overprints.

I don't know when the following stamps of Turkey with overprint 'Ellhnich Katoch Cion' were issued:


DEDEAGH

1913 inscription 'ELLHNIKH DIOIKHSIS DEDEAGATS'

  5 (PENTE) l  black
  10 (PEKA) l black
  25 l black

The perforation of these stamps is 11 1/2.

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 lRR 
10 l ****** 
25 c**** 

 

1913 Stamps of Bulgaria, overprinted 'ELLHNIKH DIOIKHSIS DEDEAGATS'

  5 l on 1 s (red overprint)
  10 l on 10 s
  25 l on 5 s
  50 l on 2 s
  1 D on 25 s (red overprint)

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 1 sRRRR 
10 l on 10 sR*** 
10 l on 5 sR*** 
50 l on 2 sRRRR 
1 D on 25 sRRRR 

Forged overprints exist!

 

1913 inscription 'PROSWPINON ELLHNIKH DIOIKHSIS DEDEAGATS'

  1 l blue
  2 l blue
  3 l blue
  5 l blue
  10 l blue
  25 l blue
  40 l blue
  50 l blue

I've seen a sheet of 8 stamps with all the values inside (from upper left to lower right in order of appearance: 5 l, 1 l, 10 l, 2 l, 25 l, 3 l, 50 l and 40 l). The perforation of these stamps is 11 1/2.

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 valuesRRR 

 

1913 inscription 'PROSWPINON ELLHNIKH DIOIKHSIS DEDEAGATS' , with two horizontal lines in the text


(Reduced sizes)

  1 l blue
  5 l blue
  10 l blue
  25 l blue
  30 l blue
  50 l blue

The perforation of these stamps is 11 1/2.

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 valuesRRR 

 


(I've been told that this is a fiscal stamp; inscription 'ELLHNIKH DIOIKHSIS DEDEAGATS Xartdshmon' )

 

A French post office also issued stamps in Dedeagh, they are listed in Cd 1.


ICARIA

1911 Inscription 'ELEUOERA GOLITEIA IKARIAS'

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

The perforation of these stamps is 11 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 l to 50 l****** 
1 DRR 
2 DRR 
3 DRRRR 

1913 Stamps of Greece, overprinted 'ELLHNIKH DIOIKHSIS'

  1 l green
  2 l red
  3 l red
  5 l green
  10 l 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 valuesRRRR 

I have never seen these stamps, but I have seen forgeries of all values, examples:


(Forged overprints, reduced sizes)


LEMNOS (LHMNOS)

1912 Stamps of Greece of 1911 (or 1901) overprinted LHMNOS

1 l green 2 l red

With black overprint (on engraved and/or lithographed basic stamps)
  1 l green
  2 l red
  3 l red
  5 l green
  10 l red
  20 l lilac (1901 issue)
  20 l lilac 
  25 l blue
  30 l red
  40 l blue
  50 l violet
  1 D blue
  2 D red
  3 D red
  5 D bue
  10 D blue
  25 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 lccEngraved or lithographed
2 l**Engraved
3 l**Engraved
5 l**Engraved or lithographed
10 l **Engraved or lithographed
20 l **1901 issue
20 l**Engraved
25 l****Engraved or lithographed
30 l**Engraved
40 l******Engraved
50 l******Engraved
1 D******Engraved
2 D******Engraved
3 D******Engraved
5 DRREngraved
10 DRRRREngraved
25 DRRREngraved
Red overprint (on engraved or lithographed basic stamps)

1 l green 1 D blue

  1 l green
  2 l red
  3 l red
  20 l lilac
  30 l red
  40 l blue
  50 l violet
  1 D blue
  2 D red
  3 D red
  5 D blue
  10 D blue
  25 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**Lithographed
2 l**Engraved
3 l**Lithograped
5 l**Lithographed
10 l ****Lithographed
20 l ******Engraved
25 l**Lithographed
30 l******Engraved
40 l******Engraved
50 l******Engraved
1 D******Engraved
2 DRREngraved
3 DRREngraved
5 DRRRREngraved
10 DRRRREngraved
25 DRRRREngraved

Several misprints, inverted and double overprints exists of the above stamps.

 

1912 Stamp of Greece of 1912 (overprinted ELLHNIKH DIOIKHSIS') with additional overprint 'LHMNOS'

1 l green

  1 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
1 l** 

 

MYTILENA (Mytilene Island)

1912 Stamps of Turkey overprinted with greec text: Ellhnich Katoch Mnilhnhz

10 Pi red and 20 pa red

20 pa red on letter

  2 pa olive
  5 pa yellow
  10 pa green
  20 pa red
  1 Pi blue
  1 Pi black on red (postage due stamp)
  2 Pi black
  2 1/2 Pi brown
  5 Pi lilac
  10 Pi red

Already with turkish overprint
  10 pa green
  20 pa red
  1 Pi blue
  2 Pi black

The overprint exists reading upwards or downwards (same value).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 pa***** 
5 pa****** 
10 pa****** 
10 paRRwith additional Turkish overprint
20 pa****** 
20 paRRwith additional Turkish overprint
1 Pi blueRR 
1 Pi blueRRwith additional Turkish overprint
1 Pi black on red RRRRRRPostage due stamp
2 PiRRRR 
2 PiRRRRwith additional Turkish overprint
2 1/2 PiRRRR 
5 PiRRRR 
10 PiRRRRRR  

With further overprint LEPTA or DRACMH, DIDRACHMON

  'LEPTA 25' (red, = 25 l) on 2 pa olive
  'LEPTA 50' (blue, = 25 l) on 20 pa red
  'DRACMH' (= 1 D) on 20 pa red (with turkish overprint)
  'DIDRACHMON' (= 2 D) on 1 Pi blue

The basic overprint exists again reading upwards or downwards.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
25 l on 2 pa****** 
50 l on 20 pa****** 
1 D on 20 paRR 
2 D on 1 PiRR 

 

A Russian postoffice existed in Mytilena (Metelin), click here for more information.


 

SAMOS (SAMOU)

1860(?) Stamps were prepared in about 1860(?), but never put into use, examples:

 

1900? Envelopes with elliptic arms

Cancelled? Probably a forgery!

Value of the stamps

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

 

Greec occupation of Samos:

1912 Map of the island Samos

I presume this stamp is genuine
(genuine?)

  5 l green
  10 l red
  25 l blue

An erroneous 25 l in the colour green instead of blue seems to exist (I have never seen it).

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******Exist tete-beche: RR
10 l*****Exist tete-beche: RR
25 l******Exist tete-beche: RR

According to 'The Forged Stamps of All Countries' by J.Dorn the 'E' of 'EION' should have its center stroke too low and the 'O' in 'SAMOY' should be squarish in the genuine stamps.

I think the next two stamps are forgeries, they are both cancelled with 'BAQY 21 NOEM 1912 VATHY', I have also seen the 5 l green with the same cancel:


(reduced size)

 

1912 Head of Hermes, inscription 'PROSWPINON TACUDROMEION SAMOU'

  1 l grey
  5 l green
  10 l red
  25 l blue
  50 l brown

These stamps have perforation 11 1/2.

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** 
50 l** 

Overprinted 'ELLAS' (1913)

25 l blue
(Fat overprint at the left hand side and thin overprint at the right hand side)

  1 l grey
  5 l green
  10 l red
  25 l blue
  50 l brown
  1 D orange

The overprint exists in two types, type 1: fat and type 2: thin.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Type 1: fat overprint
1 lcc 
5 l** 
10 l** 
25 l** 
50 l**** 
1 D****** 
Type 2: thin overprint
1 l****** 
5 l****** 
10 l****** 
25 l****** 
50 l****** 

Further overprinted with circular text (with fat 'ELLAS' overprint)

  1 l grey (red or black overprint)
  5 l green 
  10 l red (black or red overprint)
  25 l blue (black or red overprint)
  50 l brown (black or red overprint)
  1 D orange (red overprint)
  'LEPTON' (= 1 l) on 1 D orange (red overprint)

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******Black overprint: RR
5 l** 
10 l**Red overprint: RR
25 l**Red overprint: RR
50 l**Red overprint: RR
1 D**** 
1 l on 1 D****** 

Forgeries, example:

Forgery!

The genuine stamps should have 6 shade lines before the eye.

 

1913 Temple


(reduced sizes)

  1 D brown
  2 D blue
  5 D green
  10 D green
  25 D red

These stamps have perforation 12 and have a signature (in red for 1 D to 10 D).

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 D****** 
2 D****** 
5 D****** 
10 DRRRR 
25 DRRRRBlack signature

Overprinted with greek text

1 D brown
(reduced size)

10 D green

  1 D brown
  2 D blue
  5 D green
  10 D green
  25 D red

These stamps exist with or without the signature of the previous issue.

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 D****** 
2 D****** 
5 DRR 
10 DRRRR 
25 DRRRR 

Forgeries exist of these stamps.



Greec occupation of Smyrna

On postage stamps of Greece of 1917  
  1 l green
  2 l red
  3 l red
  10 l red
  15 l blue
  20 l violet
  25 l blue

Similar overprint on postage due stamps of Greece
  10 l red
  20 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
All valuesRRRR 

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