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Bogus official stamps, inscription 'Service des postes Persanes Franco'

(Reduced sizes)

The following values seem to exist: 1 c red and green, 2 c green and red, 5 c blue and orange and 10 c lilac and blue. They were supposed to have been issued in 1881.

Poste Locale Teheran', local issues for Teheran (1897):

(Reduced sizes)

  2 ch brown and orange
  2 ch brown and green
  2 ch brown and red
  2 ch brown and blue

There also exists a stamp with inscription 'Poste Locale Tabriz' and arabic text issued in 1896 (sorry, no picture available yet).

(Mystery item, lion in a star, surrounded by ornaments)

Postal Stationery

(Cut from a postcard of 1877, inscription 'UNION POSTAL UNIVERSELLE CARTE POSTALE DE PERSE')

(Cut from an envelope of 1892)

Besides the 5 ch yellow, I have also seen the value 10 ch red.


1915 Stamps of Persia, overprinted 'BUSHIRE Under British Occupation, 29 different stamps were issued on two different series of stamps examples:

Forgery! Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

By the way, I have seen stamps of India, used in Bushire from about 1880 to 1913 (Queen Victoria and King Edward VII).

Local issues for Meshed (probably bogus issue)

1902 Inscription 'POSTES PERSANES V.C', with red signature (except for 1 K, signature in violet)

Certified genuine 12 ch blue Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  1 ch black
  2 ch grey
  3 ch grey
  5 ch black
  5 ch violet
  12 ch blue
  1 K red

The stamps are in general in a bad condition; the stamps were issued by the Belgian postmaster of Meshed, Victor Castaigne (that's where the initials V.C come from), during a lack of ordinary stamps.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
1 ch RRRRExists with inverted center: RRR
2 chRRRR 
3 chRRRR 
5 ch black RRRExists with inverted center: RRR
5 ch violetRRR 
12 ch RRRRExists with inverted center: RRR

Postal stationery in the same design also seems to exist.

Reprints exist, the so-called 'European printing'.

Forgeries, examples:

Forgery! Forgery!
(Reduced sizes)

Forgery made by photo lithography, possibly made by Mirza Hadi in Paris (according to the certificate of Mehrdad Sadri)

More information on forgeries of these stamps can be found on: http://www.persi.com/fakes/fakes/f222.htm.

G. Karman, Meched Stamps According to Karman (1997), 154 pages, (only 100 copies issued however....). See http://gerard.karman.nl/ for more information.

Other locals

The following stamp is an unissued stamp, it has the inscription 'POSTES PERSANES POSTE LOCALE', I've also seen it imperforate.

Lar Rebellion Issue


(Probably genuine, recently sold on E-bay)

Forgeries also exist, example:

Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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