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Türkei  Turquie
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In total 4 (5 if the next issue is included) different types of the black inscription exist, recognizable with the upper part of the text.
10 pa green 10 pa brown 10 pa lilac 20 pa yellow 20 pa green (2 types) 1 Pi lilac (2 types) 2 Pi yellow (2 types) 2 Pi blue (2 types) 2 Pi red 5 Pi red (2 types) 5 Pi blue 25 Pi red (2 types) 25 Pi yellow
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 
(1865 Type 1, compare upper black text, perforation 12 1/2)  
10 pa green  ***  ***  
20 pa yellow  *  *  
1 Pi lilac  ***  ***  
2 Pi blue  ***  *  
5 Pi red  **  ***  
25 Pi red  RR  RR  
10 pa green (olive)  *  *  
20 pa yellow (orange)  ***  ***  
1 Pi lilac  ***  ***  
2 Pi blue  *  **  
5 Pi red  *  **  
25 Pi red  RRR  RRR  
(1869 Type 3, badly locally printed perforation 13 1/2, 10 pa also 12 1/2)  
10 pa brown  ***  *  Exists with perforation 12 1/2: *** 
10 pa lilac  RR  RR  Only exist with irregular perforation 
20 pa green  ***  *  
1 Pi yellow  *  *  
2 Pi red  *  *  
5 Pi blue  *  **  
25 Pi yellow  RR  RR  
10 pa lilac  ***  *  
20 pa green  ***  *  
1 Pi yellow  RR  *** 
Postage due stamps, other colours (1865)
20 pa brown (with black text, 2 types) 20 pa brown (with brown border and text, 1868) 1 Pi brown (with black text) 1 Pi brown (with brown border and text, 1868) 2 Pi brown (with black text) 2 Pi brown (with brown border and text, 1868) 5 Pi brown (with black text) 5 Pi brown (with brown border and text, 1868) 25 Pi brown (with black text) 25 Pi brown (with brown border and text, 1868)
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 
Type 1, perforation 12 1/2  
20 pa  *  *  
1 Pi  *  *  
2 Pi  ***  ***  
5 Pi  **  ***  
25 Pi  ***  R  
Type 2, perforation 12 1/2  
20 pa  ***  ***  
1 Pi  *  *  
2 Pi  ***  ***  
5 Pi  ***  ***  
25 Pi  RRR  RRR  
Type 3, perforation 13 1/2 or irregularly perforated, with brown border  
20 pa  ***  *  
1 Pi  ***  *  
2 Pi  **  *  
5 Pi  *  ***  
25 Pi  R  R 
1876 Type 5, more dense text
10 pa lilac 20 pa green 20 pa grey (1881) 1 Pi yellow 2 Pi red (1881)
A 5 Pi and 25 Pi were prepared, but not issued?
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 green  c  c  
20 pa grey  *  *  
1 Pi  c  c  
2 Pi  c  c 
Surcharged and more dense text
'1/4 Pre' on 10 pa lilac '1/2 Pre' on 20 pa green '1 1/4 Pre' on 50 pa red '2 Pres' on 2 Pi brown '5 Pres' on 5 Pi blue
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 
1/4 Pre on 10 pa  *  *  I've seen this stamp with inverted black text 
1/2 Pre on 20 pa  *  *  I've seen this stamp with inverted black text 
1 1/4 Pre on 50 pa  *  **  
2 Pres on 2 Pi  ***  ***  
5 Pres on 5 Pi  **  ***  I've seen this stamp with inverted black text 
Overprinted with a 'beetle' like text (1917)
On type 1 of 1865 20 pa yellow (red overprint) 1 Pi lilac (or grey, red overprint) 2 Pi blue (red overprint) 5 Pi red On postage due stamps (type 1) of 1865 (blue overprint) 20 pa brown 1 Pi brown 2 Pi brown 5 Pi brown 25 Pi brown On type 2 of 1867 5 Pi red On type 3 of 1869 2 Pi red (perforation 13 1/2, blue overprint) 5 Pi blue (local rough irregular perforation) 25 Pi yellow (local rough irregular perforation, blue overprint) On postage due stamp of 1869 (type 3) 5 Pi brown (perforation 13 1/2, blue overprint) On type 4 of 1873 10 pa lilac (blue overprint) On type 5 of 1876 10 pa lilac (blue overprint) 20 pa green (red overprint) 20 pa grey (blue overprint) 1 Pi yellow (blue overprint) 2 Pi red (blue overprint) 1/4 Pi on 10 pa lilac (blue overprint) 1/2 Pi on 20 pa green (red overprint) 1 1/4 Pi on 50 pa red (blue 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 
On type 1  
20 pa  R  R  
1 Pi  R  R  
2 Pi  R  R  
5 Pi  R  R  
On postage due stamps (type 1)  
20 pa  R  R  
1 Pi  R  R  
2 Pi  R  R  
5 Pi  R  R  
25 Pi  R  R  
On type 2  
5 Pi  R  R  
On type 3  
2 Pi  R  R  
5 Pi  R  R  
25 Pi  RR  RR  
On postage due stamp, type 3  
5 Pi  RR  RR  
On type 4  
10 pa  RR  RR  
On type 5  
10 pa  R  R  
20 pa green  R  R  
20 pa grey  R  R  
1 Pi  R  R  
2 Pi  R  R  
1/4 Pi on 10 pa  R  R  
1/2 Pi on 20 pa  R  R  
1 1/4 Pi on 50 pa  R  R 
(Error of colour 1 Pi red; the colour of the 25 Pi)
Typical cancel:
(Typical cancel used in Tokat)
Forgeries, examples:
(Reduced sizes)
Note that the star above the moon is not nicely symmetric, it has a longer lower right foot.
Another forgery is described in 'The Spud Papers': the '5 Pres' on 5 Pi blue; in each corner there is an arabic '5' (an 'o' like figure), this figure is surrounded by an octogonal frame consisting of a white line in the originals. In this particular forgery however, it is a white circular line.
The next forgery has the 'o's (which are actually '5's in Arabic) much wider than in the genuine stamps:
Another forgery:
I know that the Spiro brothers made forgeries of at least the following values: 1 Pi brown, 5 Pi brown, '1/4 Pre' on 10 pa lilac, '1/2 Pre' on 20 pa green, '1 1/4 Pre' on 50 pa red, '2 Pres' on 2 Pi brown and '5 Pres' on 5 Pi blue. I do not know which of the above forgeries is a Spiro forgery. I've seen whole sheets of 25 stamps of these forgeries.
(Forgeries of the surcharged stamps)
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