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Colony of the Netherlands, capital Paramaribo.

A bogus issue of Surinam (or Dutch Guiana) was issued in 1861. A crown in the centre of two branches, the inscription reads 'Post Zegel', with value below and one of the numbers '1 8 6 1' in each of the corners. The stamp is printed in black on blue, black on violet or black on red. It was listed in one of the first stamp catalogues 'Standard guide to postage stamp collecting' by Bellars and Davie (London, 1864). Other people believed this stamp was issued in Dutch Indies. It has never been discovered who made this stamp and why. I don't have a picture of this bogus issue, if anybody possesses a picture, please contact me!

 

1873 King William III

2 c yellow 2 1/2 c red 3 c green 5 c lilac 10 c brown 20 c green 25 c blue 30 c brown 40 c brown 50 c brown

  1 c grey
  2 c yellow
  2 1/2 c red
  3 c green
  5 c lilac
  10 c brown
  12 1/2 c grey
  15 c grey
  20 c green
  25 c blue
  30 c lilac
  40 c brown
  50 c brown
  1 G brown and grey
  2 G 50 c green and orange

The 1 G and 2.50 G values have larger margins around the stamp-image.

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 c** 
2 c** 
2 1/2 c** 
3 c****** 
5 c***** 
10 c**** 
12 1/2 c****** 
15 c****** 
20 c****** 
25 c****** 
30 cRR 
50 cRR 
1 GRR 
2 GRRRR 

Surcharged

'10 CENT' on 12 1/2 c blue '10 CENT' on 20 c green 10 c on 25 c blue '10 CENT' on 30 c brown '25 cent' on 50 c orange '50 cent' on 2 1/2 G green and orange

  '2 1/2 CENT' on 50 c brown
  10 c on 12 1/2 c blue
  10 c on 15 c grey
  10 c on 20 c green
  10 c on 25 c blue
  10 c on 30 c lilac
  25 c on 40 c brown
  25 c on 50 c brown
  50 c on 1 G brown and grey
  50 c on 2 1/2 G green and orange

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 1/2 c on 50 cRR***Exists with double surcharge: RRR
10 c on 12 1/2 c ***** 
10 c on 15 c RRRR 
10 c on 20 c**** 
10 c on 25 c****** 
10 c on 30 c**** 
25 c on 40 c**** 
25 c on 50 c**** 
50 c on 1 GRR 
50 c on 2 1/2 G RRRR 

Typical cancels:

'SURINAME OVER St.NAZAIRE" Paramaribo cancel
('SURINAME OVER St. NAZAIRE' and a typical Paramaribo cancel)

Some numeral cancels similar to those of The Netherlands were used in Surinam: the numbers used were '204' to '207'. The number '204' seems to belong to Paramaribo.

2 1/2 c red
(Numeral cancel '204': Paramaribo)

A Senf forgery of the 2G50 c stamp. This stamp was given as an 'art supplement' with one of the Journals of Senf:

 

1890 Value in a circle

1 c grey 2 c orange 2 1/2 c red 3 c green

  1 c grey
  2 c orange
  2 1/2 c red
  3 c green
  5 c blue

Surcharged with value and crown (1911) 

  '1/2 cent' on 1 c grey
  '1/2 cent' on 2 c orange

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 c** 
2 c** 
2 1/2 c** 
3 c**** 
5 c**** 
1/2 c on 1 c** 
1/2 c on 2 c****** 

 

1892 Value, inscription 'FRANKEERZEGEL'

  2 1/2 c black and yellow

Specialists distinguish two types, differing in the 'f' of the background inscription.

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 1/2 c** 

 

1892 Queen Wilhelmina

25 c blue 30 c brown

  10 c brown
  12 1/2 c lilac
  15 c grey
  20 c green
  25 c blue
  30 c brown

Surcharged


(reduced size)

  15 c on 25 c blue (1911)
  20 c on 30 c brown (1911)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 c**** 
12 1/2 c***** 
15 c*** 
20 c*** 
25 c***** 
30 c*** 
15 c on 25 cRRRR 
20 c on 30 c****** 

Forgeries, I have seen the whole set of non-surcharged stamps, examples:

Fournier forgery!

 

1900 Stamps of the Netherlands surcharged 'SURINAME' and value

50 c on 50 c green and brown 1 G on 1 G green and 2.50 G on 2.50 G lilac

  50 c on 50 c green and brown
  1 G on 1 G green
  2.50 G on 2.50 G lilac

Surcharged with new value

  30 c (red) on 2.50 G on 2.50 G lilac (1911)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
50 c****** 
1 G****** 
2.50 GR*** 
30 c on 2.50 G RRRR 

 

1901 Number

With lined background behind number

  1/2 c lilac
  1 c green
  2 c brown
  2 1/2 c green
  3 c orange
  5 c red
  7 1/2 c grey

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 c** 
1 c*** 
2 c****** 
2 1/2 c** 
3 c**** 
5 c**c 
7 1/2 c****** 
With white background behind number (1913)

  1/2 c lilac
  1 c green
  1 1/2 c blue (1922)
  2 c brown
  2 1/2 c green
  3 c yellow
  3 c green (1926)
  4 c blue (1926)
  5 c red
  5 c green (1922)
  5 c lilac (1926)
  7 1/2 c grey
  10 c lilac (1922)
  10 c red (1926)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 ccc 
1 ccc 
1 1/2 ccc 
2 ccc 
2 1/2 ccc 
3 c yellow ** 
3 c greencc 
4 ccc 
5 c red ** 
5 c green** 
5 c lilac** 
7 1/2 c** 
10 c lilac**** 
10 c red** 
Surcharged

  '* 3 *' on 5 c green (1925)
  '6' on 7 1/2 c orange (1930)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
3 c on 5 c** 
6 c on 7 1/2 c ** 

 

1904 Queen Wilhelmina facing the left

22 1/2 c brown and green

  10 c grey
  12 1/2 c blue
  15 c brown
  20 c green
  22 1/2 c brown and green
  25 c violet
  30 c brown
  50 c red

Larger size

(If anybody possesses a picture, please contact me!)

  1 G lilac
  2 1/2 G 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
10 c**** 
12 1/2 c**** 
15 cR*** 
20 cR** 
22 1/2 cR*** 
25 cR* 
30 cR*** 
50 cRR*** 
1 GRR*** 
2 1/2 GRRRR 

 

1909 Provisional issue, value, rouletted or perforated

5 c red, rouletted
(Reduced size)

5 c red, perforated

  5 c 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
5 c****Tete-beche: ***

I've seen this stamp tete-beche. I know that forgeries exist of this stamp (see for example Bill Claghorn's forgery site), however, I have no further information at the moment.

 

1912 Provisional issue, number

12 1/2 c blue

  1/2 c violet
  2 1/2 c green
  5 c red
  12 1/2 c 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
1/2 c ** 
2 1/2 c** 
5 c**** 
12 1/2 c****** 

 

1915 Queen Wilhelmina facing the right, see on the background

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  10 c red
  12 1/2 c blue
  12 1/2 c red (1922)
  15 c olive
  15 c blue (1926)
  20 c green
  20 c blue (1922)
  20 c olive (1926)
  22 1/2 c orange
  25 c lilac
  30 c black
  32 1/2 c violet (value in red, 1922)
  35 c grey (value in red, 1926)

Surcharged

  '10 CENT' on 12 1/2 c red (1925)
  '12 1/2 Ct.' (local violet surcharge) on 22 1/2 c orange (1926)
  '15 CENT' (red) on 12 1/2 c blue (1925)
  '15 CENT' on 20 c blue (1925)
  

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 c** 
12 1/2 c blue** 
12 1/2 c red** 
15 c olive**** 
15 c blue**** 
20 c green*** 
20 c blue**** 
20 c olive**** 
22 1/2 c****** 
25 c*** 
30 c**** 
32 1/2 cRR 
35 c****** 
10 c on 12 1/2 c **** 
12 1/2 c on 22 1/2 c RRRR 
15 c on 12 1/2 c **** 
15 c on 20 c**** 

 

1915 Queen Wilhelmina facing the left, palm trees on background

1 G brown

  50 c green
  1 G brown
  1 1/2 G violet (1926)
  2 1/2 G 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
50 c***** 
1 G****** 
1 1/2 G****** 
2 1/2 GRR 

 

Later issue, example with Queen Wilhelmina:


Miscellaneous

Insurance stamps, overprinted 'FRANKEERZEGEL' (postage stamp), issued in 1927. 7 different values exist.

Postage due stamp, overprinted 'Frankeerzegel SURINAME' to serve as postage stamp (issued in 1926, another type also exists with '12 1/2' instead of the bars):


Postal stationary

I have seen postcards in the design of the King William III stamps of 1873 in the values: 2 1/2 c red and 12 1/2 c yellow. Furthermore an overprint of '7 1/2 cent' on 12 1/2 c yellow. Other values exist.


Fournier forgeries

The following cancel and overprint were forged by Fournier (taken from a Fournier album):


(Reduced sizes)

I don't have pictures of actual Fournier forgeries right now. If anybody possesses pictures of Fournier forgeries, or information on how to detect them, please contact me!


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