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TURKEY 1876-1900

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1876 Moon, inscription 'EMP:OTTOMAN'

20 pa black, official stamp 1 Pi black, official stamp Genuine Genuine Genuine

  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 pa black and yellow c* 
5 pa violet and greyRR- 
5 pa black and greycc 
5 pa green and yellowcc 
10 pa black and lilacc* 
10 pa black and green ** 
10 pa greencc 
10 pa green and greycc 
20 pa violet and green ****** 
20 pa black and redc* 
20 pa redcc 
20 pa red and greycc 
20 pa black**Official stamp
50 pa*** 
1 Pi black and blue****'PIASTRE'
1 Pi black and bluec*'PIASTRES'
1 Pi blue and greycc 
1 Pi black**Official stamp
2 Pi black and brownc* 
2 Pi olive and browncc 
2 Pi orange and bluecc 
2 Pi lilac and bluecc 
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 redRR 
25 Pi black and greyRRRR 
25 Pi brown and greyRR 
25 Pi red and yellowRR 

Newspaper stamp (1879), overprinted 'IMPRIMES'

  10 pa black and lilac

This overprint can be found on other stamps, but it is either forged or non-official (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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 paRRRR 

Newspaper stamps (1891), overprinted 'IMPRIME' in a rectangle

5 Pi yellow

  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 pa***** 
20 pa****** 
1 Pi****** 
2 PiRR 
5 PiRRRR 

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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 pa black and yellow RR 
5 pa black**Exists with inverted overprint: ***
10 pa black and green RR 
10 pa greenRR 
50 paRR 
1 Pi RROn official stamp
2 Pi black and brownRR 
2 Pi olive and brown RR 
2 Pi orange and blue**** 
2 Pi blackRROn official stamp
5 Pi brownRR 
5 Pi green and blue RR 
5 Pi brown and greyRR 
25 Pi lilac and redRRRR 
25 Pi brown and greyRRRR 

Bogus and 'highly suspicious' overprints:

'2' on 5 Pi
(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.

1881 Stamps issued for Eastern Rumelia with inscription 'ROUMELIE ORIENTALE' with a similar design as the stamps of Turkey of 1876 (see picture above for an example).

 

1892 Large stamps arms in the middle in a circle

10 pa green 20 pa red 1 Pi blue

  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 pacc 
20 pa red cc 
20 pa black *** 
20 pa black on red cc 
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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 pa on 10 paccA 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 pa*c 
20 pa *c 
1 Pi*c 
2 Pi*** 
5 Pi****** 
5 pa on 10 paccMisprint 'Cniq': ***
Overprinted with a crescent and 6-pointed 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 pacc 
2 Pi*c 
5 Pi** 
Surcharged and overprinted with black crescent and 6-pointed 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 pa on 10 pacc 
Overprinted with arabic text in two lines (national celebration 1916)

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 pa**** 
Overprinted with turkish text (newspaper stamp), crescent and 6-pointed 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 pa** 
2 Pi**** 
Overprinted with 5-pointed star, crescent and date 
(date between crescent and star, 1916) with surcharge

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 pa on 20 pa cc 
Overprinted with 5-pointed star, crescent and date 
(date between crescent and star, 1916) on newspaper stamp, with surcharge

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 pa on 20 pa ** 
Overprinted with 5-pointed star, crescent and date (date in crescent, 1916)

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 pa on 10 pa** 
10 pa ** 
20 pa*c 
1 PiRR 
2 Pi***** 
5 PiRR 
Overprinted with 5-pointed star, crescent and date (date in crescent, 1916)
On newspaper stamps (with Turkish text)

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 pa on 10 pa** 
10 pa ** 
20 pa**** 
5 PiRR 
With beetle like overprint (1917)

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
20 pa**** 
2 Pi** 


('IMPRIME' overprint)

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).

 

For issues of 1901 click here.


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