EGYPT 1872 issue

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Egypt 1867 issue

1872 Pyramid and Sphinx, value in 4 corners

2 Pi yellow

  5 pa brown
  10 pa lilac
  20 pa blue
  1 pi red
  2 pi yellow
  2 1/2 pi lilac
  5 pi green

For the specialist: These stamps have watermark 'Star and Crescent'. Remainders were cancelled to order and sold to dealers (if anybody posesses more information, please contact me!). Two printings made by two printers were made, the first one by Penasson (Alexandria), usually quite clear, and the second one by the state printers in Bulak, usually blur.

Bulak print

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 ** ** With inverted values: * (see example below)
10 pa * *  
20 pa ** *  
1 Pi * c  
2 Pi * *  
2 1/2 Pi * *  
5 Pi *** ***  

(Inverted values)

Surcharged (1879, only used in Alexandria and Cairo)

'5 paras' on 2 1/2 p lilac

  '5 paras' on 2 1/2 Pi lilac
  '10 paras' on 2 1/2 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 2 1/2 Pi * * Exists with inverted surcharge: RR
10 pa on 2 1/2 Pi * * Exists with inverted surcharge: RR

Stamp used in Constantinopel (Turkey):

Between 1866 and 1879 Egypt had the following post offices abroad: Beyrut, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Harare (Ethiopia), Jaffa, Cavalle, Constantinopel, Lagos, Latakia, Massaua, Mersina, Mytilenos, Rhodos, Salonici, Smyrna, Tenedos, Tripoli and Volo (Greece). There were also many egyptian post offices in Sudan.

Italian text 'V.R. POSTE EGIZIANE' and townname; date in the center. 'V.R.' means 'Vice Reali'. This cancel type appeared first in 1869.

Circular postmark with Italian text 'POSTE KHEDEDUIE EGIZIANE' and townname in the outer part, date in the center. This cancel type was introduced in 1873.

Circular postmark Italian text 'POSTE EGIZIANE' with townname at the bottom and date in the center. This postmark type was introduced in 1874.

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Forgeries exist of these stamps:


A Spiro sheet with 25 forgeries of the 2 Pi value

I think the above stamps are Spiro forgeries. I do not know what the distinghuishing characteristics of this forgery are. The cancels look quite 'bogus': arrays of dots and patterns of lines. I have seen sheets with 20 pa, 1 Pi, 2 Pi and 2 1/2 Pi stamps cancelled with typical Spiro cancels (see image above for an example). I think these forgeries were also offered by Fournier in his 1914 pricelist (7 values for 2 Swiss francs) as second choice forgeries. The next picture shows a forgery with overprint 'FAUX', probably coming from a Fournier Album, that was made after Fourniers forgeries were bought over by the Philatelic Union of Geneva:

(Forgery with 'FAUX' overprint)

Page from a Fournier Album with Fournier forgeries.

Some forged overprints made by Fournier, images taken from a 'Fournier Album' (reduced sizes)

Fournier made the forged cancels 'EBNOUL' or 'SEDFA 26 MAI or 30 I' (intechangeable numbers according to the Serrane guide.

SEDFA and EBNOUB forged cancels made by Fournier, reduced sizes.

Here two 'enchanced' Spiro forgeries (the cancels can still be seen). They have been improved by Fournier probably, one of them has the forged 'EBNOUB' cancel.

Other forgeries:

Note the strange head of the sphinx in these forgeries; I have also seen the values 10 pa and 20 pa of this particular forgery. Also a 5 pa with a '853' numeral cancel (with 6 horizontal bars in an ellipse).

I've seen a whole sheet of forgeries of this value (6 rows of 7 stamps), they have the '10's in the corners different from the genuine stamps.

Forgery with very small upper right '20'

And another primitive forgery of the 20 p value, especially the face of the sphinx is very badly done

Highly dubious items, with 'POSTE EGIZIANE PORTO SAID 3 GEN 78 T1' cancel, which can also be found on many forged postage due stamps.


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