FRENCH COLONIES Tablet issue (1893)

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The Tablet issue was issued for the following French Colonies: Anjouan (Sultanat d'Anjouan), Benin (Golfe de Bénin or Bénin), Dahomey, Diego Suarez, French Congo (Congo Français), French Guinea (Guinée Française), French Guyana (Guyane), French India (Établissements de l'Inde), French Indo-China (Indo-Chine), French Oceanic Settlements (Établissements de l'Océanie), French Sudan (Soudan Français), Gabon, Great Comoro (Grande Comore), Guadeloupe, Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire), Martinique, Mayotte, Moheli (Mohéli), New Caledonia (Nouvelle Caledonie), Nossi-Be, (Nossi-Bé), Obock, Reunion (Réunion), Senegal (Sénégal), Senegambia and Niger (Sénégambie et Niger), St Marie de Madagascar, St Pierre and Miquelon.

The following values were issued (not all values were issued for each colony):

5 c green 5 c green 15 c blue 20 c red on green 25 c black 25 c blue 30 c brown 35 c black on yellow 40 c orange 75 c violet on orange 2 F violet on red and 5 F lilac

  1 c black on blue 
  2 c brown on yellowish 
  4 c brown 
  5 c green (2 different shades) 
  10 c black 
  10 c red 
  15 c blue 
  15 c grey 
  20 c red on yellow 
  25 c black 
  25 c blue 
  30 c brown 
  35 c black
  40 c orange
  45 c black 
  50 c red 
  50 c brown on blue 
  75 c lilac 
  1 F green 
  2 F violet on red 
  5 F lilac 

Many of these stamps exist with an overprint '05' or '10' in black or red (made in 1912).

'05' on 15 c grey '05' on 25 c black '10' on 45 c black

These surcharges exist with a variety: more space between '0' and '5' or '1' and '0':

'05' on 15 c blue
Left normal stamp, right variety with more space between '0' and '5'.

'10' on 45 c black
(Left: normal; right: more space between '1' and '0' variety)

Several errors also exist, such as double and inverted surcharges:

(Double surcharged '10' and inverted 'widely spaced 05')

Forgeries of the Tablet issue

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