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The French Colonies postage due are essentially identical to the France series other than being imperforate rather than perforated.
Except for a few of the 1884 higher values, the CV of these makes them easy to collect.
There are 3 main issues
1. 1884 14 all black
2. 1884 3 colour maroon
3. 1893 – 1908 9 various colours.
There are several crude and ancient forgeries easily noted by the lack of finer details. Little is known of their origins.
Fournier was the main contributor and produced 2 series of forgeries.
Fournier forged the complete set of the first 1884 series.
Although they all have common features described below, each stamp has specific traits;
They have the following characteristics
1 c: The frameline above the upper left ‘RF’ is irregular
There is a small black line in the white line above the ‘R’ of ‘CHIFFRE’
2 c: There are two breaks in the upper frameline above ‘CH’.
3 c: The right bottom corner has a downwards extension.
4 c: There is a tiny dot in front of the ‘4’.
5 c: none in particular.
10 c: The ‘R’ of ‘PERCEVOIR’ has a white space in the left leg.
15 c: The bottom right corner is rather smudged
20 c: There is a tiny dot in the upper part of the banderole next to the ‘S’ of ‘CENTIMES’.
30 c: A small dot appears just above the lower curl of the ‘3’.
40 c: There is a dot between the ‘V’ and ‘O’ of ‘PERCEVOIR’.
60 c: There is a tiny dot on top of the ‘R’ of ‘PERCEVOIR’.
1 F: There is a dot behind the ‘R’ of ‘PERCEVOIR’
2 F: The bottom of the ‘S’ of ‘FRANCS’ is badly done
5 F: There is a tiny dot to the left of the t
Comparison of a genuine and the most common forgery