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5 pa black and yellow (1881) 5 pa violet and grey (prepared, but not issued) 5 pa black and grey (1886) 5 pa green and yellow (1888) 10 pa black and lilac 10 pa black and green (1884) 10 pa green (1884) 10 pa green and grey (1890) 20 pa violet and green 20 pa black and red (1880) 20 pa red (1884) 20 pa red and grey 20 pa black (official stamp, 1888) 50 pa blue and yellow 1 Pi black and blue (1880, error: inscription 'PIASTRES', with 'S') 1 Pi black and blue (1880, inscription 'PIASTRE') 1 Pi blue and grey (1884) 1 Pi black (official stamp, 1888) 2 Pi black and brown 2 Pi olive and brown (1884) 2 Pi orange and blue (1886) 2 Pi lilac and blue (1888) 2 Pi olive and yellow (1890) 2 Pi black (official stamp, 1888) 5 Pi red and blue 5 Pi brown (1884) 5 Pi green and blue (1886) 5 Pi brown and grey (1888) 5 Pi yellow and grey (1890) 25 Pi lilac and red 25 Pi black and grey (1884) 25 Pi brown and grey (1886) 25 Pi red and yellow (1888)
These stamps exist with various perforations (11 1/2 or 13 1/2), imperforate stamps also exist (rare):
(Imperforate 1 Pi stamp)
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
5 pa black and yellow  c  *  
5 pa violet and grey  RR    
5 pa black and grey  c  c  
5 pa green and yellow  c  c  
10 pa black and lilac  c  *  
10 pa black and green  *  *  
10 pa green  c  c  
10 pa green and grey  c  c  
20 pa violet and green  ***  ***  
20 pa black and red  c  *  
20 pa red  c  c  
20 pa red and grey  c  c  
20 pa black  *  *  Official stamp 
50 pa  *  **  
1 Pi black and blue  ***  *  'PIASTRE' 
1 Pi black and blue  c  *  'PIASTRES' 
1 Pi blue and grey  c  c  
1 Pi black  *  *  Official stamp 
2 Pi black and brown  c  *  
2 Pi olive and brown  c  c  
2 Pi orange and blue  c  c  
2 Pi lilac and blue  c  c  
2 Pi olive and yellow  *  c  
2 Pi black  *  **  Official stamp 
5 Pi red and blue  ***  ***  
5 Pi brown  *  **  
5 Pi green and blue  *  *  
5 Pi brown and grey  *  **  
5 Pi yellow and grey  ***  ***  
25 Pi lilac and red  R  R  
25 Pi black and grey  RR  RR  
25 Pi brown and grey  R  R  
25 Pi red and yellow  R  R 
Newspaper stamp (1879), overprinted 'IMPRIMES'
10 pa black and lilac
This overprint can be found on other stamps, but it is either forged or nonofficial (see examples above).
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
10 pa  RR  RR 
Newspaper stamps (1891), overprinted 'IMPRIME' in a rectangle
10 pa green and grey 20 pa red and grey 1 Pi blue and grey 2 Pi olive and grey 5 Pi yellow and grey
These oveprints also exist in blue or red (rare). Forged overprints exist!
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
10 pa  ***  **  
20 pa  ***  ***  
1 Pi  ***  ***  
2 Pi  R  R  
5 Pi  RR  RR 
Some of these stamps were overprinted in 1917 (most of them are rare):
(Overprint of a 'beetle' like text on a 2 Pi official stamp, could be a forged overprint)
5 pa black and yellow (red overprint) 5 pa black (red overprint) 10 pa black and green (red overprint) 10 pa green 50 pa blue and yellow 1 Pi black (red overprint, official stamp) 2 Pi black and brown (red overprint) 2 Pi olive and brown 2 Pi orange and blue 2 Pi black (red overprint, official stamp) 5 Pi brown 5 Pi green and blue (red overprint) 5 Pi brown and grey 25 Pi lilac and red 25 Pi brown and grey
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
5 pa black and yellow  R  R  
5 pa black  *  *  Exists with inverted overprint: *** 
10 pa black and green  R  R  
10 pa green  R  R  
50 pa  R  R  
1 Pi  R  R  On official stamp 
2 Pi black and brown  R  R  
2 Pi olive and brown  R  R  
2 Pi orange and blue  **  **  
2 Pi black  R  R  On official stamp 
5 Pi brown  R  R  
5 Pi green and blue  R  R  
5 Pi brown and grey  R  R  
25 Pi lilac and red  RR  RR  
25 Pi brown and grey  RR  RR 
Bogus and 'highly suspicious' overprints:
(I have seen many bisected stamps with exactly the same cancel '14 DECEMBRE 1886')
Some bisected stamps exist surcharged with a new value. The following values exist:
'2' (red) on 5 Pi green and blue,
'10' (blue) on 20 pa red,
'10 Paras' in fancy letters on 20 pa red,
'20 Paras' (in fancy letters) on 1 Pi blue and grey,
'1 Piastre' (in fancy letters) on 2 Pi olive and yellow,
'1 Piastre' (in fancy letters) on 2 Pi orange and blue,
'2 Piastres' (in fancy letters) on 5 Pi green and blue.
These overprints are of private origin, specially prepared for stamp collectors. Many of them exist with forged cancels. Forgeries exist of these bisected stamps, I don't know if the shown two stamps are 'original'.
(Bisected stamp with '1P' overprint)
Furthermore some bisected stamps exist with a 'P1' or '1P' overprint (together with arabic overprints). These overprints also have a private origin and were made for stamp collectors only.
Postcards etc:
(A postcard 'Carte Postale' in the same design, 20 pa red, reduced size)
I have also seen a similar postcard in the value 10 pa black on red (background of the 'stamp' red, text black).
Cancels, stamp used in Musul (Irak):
Forgeries exist, examples:
I know that the Spiro brothers made forgeries of at least the values 50 pa blue and yellow and 25 Pi lilac (probably the image above). I've seen whole sheets of 25 stamps of these forgeries. In the genuine 50 pa the 's' of 'paras' is slanting to the right.
10 pa green 20 pa red 20 pa black (postage due stamp) 20 pa black on red (postage due stamp) 1 Pi blue 1 Pi black (postage due stamp) 2 Pi brown 2 Pi black (postage due stamp) 5 Pi lilac
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
10 pa  c  c  
20 pa red  c  c  
20 pa black  **  *  
20 pa black on red  c  c  
1 Pi blue  *  c  
1 Pi black  **  *  
2 Pi brown  *  c  
2 Pi black  **  **  
5 Pi  ***  * 
Surcharged (1897)
'5 Cinq Paras' (red) on 10 pa green
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
5 pa on 10 pa  c  c  A misprint 'Cniq' exists: *** 
Overprinted with turkish text (Newspaper, 1894)
'5 Cinq Paras' (black) on 10 pa green 10 pa green 20 pa red 1 Pi blue 2 Pi brown 5 Pi lilac
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
10 pa  *  c  
20 pa  *  c  
1 Pi  *  c  
2 Pi  **  *  
5 Pi  ***  ***  
5 pa on 10 pa  c  c  Misprint 'Cniq': *** 
Overprinted with a crescent and 6pointed star (1915)
10 pa green (red overprint) 2 Pi brown 5 Pi lilac
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
10 pa  c  c  
2 Pi  *  c  
5 Pi  *  * 
Surcharged and overprinted with black crescent and 6pointed star (1915)
'5 Cinq Paras' (red) on 10 pa green
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
5 pa on 10 pa  c  c 
Overprinted with arabic text in two lines (national celebration 1916)
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10 pa green
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
10 pa  **  ** 
Overprinted with turkish text (newspaper stamp), crescent and 6pointed star (1915)
10 pa green (red overprint) 2 Pi brown
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
10 pa  *  *  
2 Pi  **  ** 
Overprinted with 5pointed star, crescent and date (date between crescent and star, 1916) with surcharge
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10 pa on 20 pa lilac
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
10 pa on 20 pa  c  c 
Overprinted with 5pointed star, crescent and date (date between crescent and star, 1916) on newspaper stamp, with surcharge
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10 pa on 20 pa lilac
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
10 pa on 20 pa  *  * 
Overprinted with 5pointed star, crescent and date (date in crescent, 1916)
5 pa on 10 pa green (red overprint) 10 pa green (red overprint) 20 pa lilac 1 Pi blue (red overprint) 2 Pi brown 5 Pi lilac
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
5 pa on 10 pa  *  *  
10 pa  *  *  
20 pa  *  c  
1 Pi  R  R  
2 Pi  ***  **  
5 Pi  R  R 
Overprinted with 5pointed star, crescent and date (date in crescent, 1916) On newspaper stamps (with Turkish text)
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5 pa on 10 pa green (red overprint) 10 pa green (red overprint) 20 pa lilac 5 Pi lilac
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
5 pa on 10 pa  *  *  
10 pa  *  *  
20 pa  **  **  
5 Pi  R  R 
With beetle like overprint (1917)
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20 pa lilac (red overprint) 20 pa black (red overprint, postage due stamp) 1 Pi black (red overprint, postage due stamp) 2 Pi brown (red overprint) 2 Pi black (red overprint, postage due stamp)
Value of the stamps  
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon  *** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
20 pa lilac  **  **  
20 pa black  **  **  
1 Pi  **  **  
2 Pi brown  ***  ***  
2 Pi black  **  ** 
With beetle like overprint, on newspaper stamps (with Turkish overprint, 1917)
(Sorry, no picture available yet)
20 pa lilac (red overprint) 2 Pi brown (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  
Value  Unused  Used  Remarks 
20 pa  **  **  
2 Pi  *  * 
These stamps exists with the overprint 'IMPRIME' and turkish text in a rectangle, however, most of them are forgeries.
Postal stationery: I have seen a postcard 'Carte Postale' in the value 20 pa lilac in the same design as the above stamps (without any overprint).
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