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MACAO 1884-1887

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1884 Crown type

5 r black 25 r red 25 r lilac 40 r blue, with typical cancel 40 r yellow 200 r orange 300 r brown

  5 r black
  10 r yellow
  10 r green (1885)
  20 r brown
  20 r red (1885)
  25 r red
  25 r lilac (1885)
  40 r blue
  40 r yellow (1885)
  50 r green
  50 r blue (1885)
  80 r grey (1885)
  100 r lilac
  200 r orange
  300 r brown

These stamps have perforation 12 1/2 or 13 1/2. Reprints were made in 1885 and 1905. Stamps in similar designs were issued for most Portuguese colonies (country name different for each country), click here for more information on this 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
5 r****** 
10 r yellow ****** 
10 r green****** 
20 r brownRR 
20 r redRR 
25 r red*** 
25 r lilac****** 
40 r blueRR 
40 r yellowRR 
50 r greenRR 
50 r blue****** 
80 r****** 
100 r****** 
200 r****** 
300 r****** 

Surcharged with value in a circle (1884)

  '80 reis' on 100 r lilac

 

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
80 r on 100 r******With or without accent on 'e'.

Surcharged in fancy letters (1885)

With and without accent on 'e' of 'Reis'

  '5 Reis' on 25 r red
  '10 Reis' (blue) on 25 r green
  '10 Reis' (blue) on 50 r green
  '20 Reis' on 50 r green
  '40 Reis' (red) on 50 r 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
With or without accent on 'e' of 'Reis'
5 r on 25 r****** 
10 r on 25 r****** 
10 r on 50 rRRRR 
20 r on 50 r****** 
40 r on 50 rRRRR 
Surcharged (1887)

5 r on 25 r 5 r on 100 r lilac, type I 10 r on 50 r Type I overprint

  '5' on 25 r red
  '5 Reis' on 80 r grey (2 types)
  '5 Reis' on 100 r lilac
  '10' on 25 r red
  '10 Reis' on 80 r grey
  '10 Reis' on 200 r orange
  '20 Reis' on 80 r 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
5 r on 25 r****** 
5 r on 80 r******Type I: 'R' of 'Reis' same size as other letters
Type II: 'R' of 'Reis' larger: RR
5 r on 100 rRR 
10 r on 25 r****** 
10 r on 80 r******Type I: 'R' of 'Reis' same size as other letters
Type II: 'R' of 'Reis' larger: RR
10 r on 200 rRRType I: 'R' of 'Reis' same size as other letters
Type II: 'R' of 'Reis' larger: RR
20 r on 80 rR***Type I: 'R' of 'Reis' same size as other letters
Type II: 'R' of 'Reis' larger: RR
Surcharged in 'AVOS' with fancy letters (1902)

  '6 AVOS' on 10 r yellow
  '6 AVOS' on 10 r 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
6 a on 10 r yellow ****** 
6 a on 10 r green ****** 
Surcharged with fancy letters and overprinted 'REPUBLICA' in red


(Reduced view)

  '6 AVOS' on 10 r 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
6 a on 10 r RR 
Cancels:

I've seen a two ring cancel with 'MACAO' date and year in the center (also with a crown in the upper part):

Forgeries:

Fournier forgeries:

Fournier forgery! Fournier forgery!

Fournier (a famous forger) has made forgeries of the crown issue of Macao (including the overprints). The central circle with the name 'MACAU' is a little bigger than in the genuine stamps. At the top it touches the line above it quite much. In the genuine stamps it touches it very lightly or not at all. The upper right ornament (besides the 'U' of 'MACAU') is not symmetric as the other ornaments. I have also noticed that the left upper ornament (outside the circle, besides the 'M'), is very close to the frame compared to a genuine stamp. For pictures of this click here.

Below is a cancel that Fournier used (taken from a Fournier album) in reduced size.


(Forged Fournier cancel)

Fournier forgery, cancelled 10 JAN 87
(Reduced sizes)

I have seen the cancels 'CORREIO 10 JAN. 87 MACAU' and 'DIRECCAO DO CORREIO 14 JUN 84 DE MACAU'. The date seems to be fixed, so this can be used for identification. However, uncancelled Fournier forgeries also exist.

The non-surcharged stamps of 1884 (9 values, 1st choice) were offered for 2 Swiss Francs by Fournier in his 1914 price list. The values of 1885 (non-surcharged, 6 values, 1st choice) were offered for 1 Swiss Franc. The surcharges of 1884/85 (7 varieties) were offered for 3 Swiss Francs. These consist of the surcharges in fancy letters and the circular surcharge. I have seen a '10 Reis' (in blue) on 50 r green and a '10 Reis' (in red, bogus?) on 50 r green. The surcharges of 1886/87 (7 values also) were offered for 3 Swiss Francs as well. Of course, the stamps and the surcharges are forged.

Another forgery:

In the above forgery there are much less pearls in the circle surrounding the crown than in the genuine stamps.

 

1887 Fiscal stamps, cut to a smaller shape, overprinted 'CORREIO' in red and surcharged in red

5 r on green and red

  '5 REIS' on green and yellow
  '10 REIS' on green and yellow
  '40 REIS' on green and yellow

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 r****** 
10 r****** 
40 r****** 

I've seen stamps with the fiscal upper and lower part still attached.

 

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