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Stamp once belonging to the famous stamp collector Ferrari
15 c black on blue 30 c black on blue
Four types exist of both stamps.
In the 15 c the halfmoon inside the circles in the corners are
different for the different types (oriented in different ways).
For more information about the different types see: http://iledelareunion.fr.st/. These stamps were used for the internal
postage of the island. They are extremely rare; from both values
only a total value of 8 Francs was sold. The rest was destroyed
in 1860. They were valid from 10 December 1851 to 31 December
1859. They were printed in blocks of 8 stamps; 4 stamps of 15 c
on top and 4 stamps of 30 c below. They have extremely large
margins all around.
The 4 types of the 15 c; differing in the orientation of the 'moon's in the corners.
Type 1, 2, 3and 4 of the 15 c
characteristics of the 4 types of the 30 c:
Type 1: The 'x' pattern directly below the 'd' of 'de' is broken (more than in the other types).
Type 2: The upper left central 'x' is rotated 90 degrees.
Type 3: The oval below the 'n' of 'Reunion' is broken (more than in the other types).
Type 4: The two central 'x's are squeezed together.
(Used copy, genuine type 2)
(Ttype 2; the easiest type of the 30 c to distinguish, the upper left center part is rotated)
Type 3 and 4 of the 30 c
Reprints exist (I presume some of the above stamps are reprints), the reprint of the 15 c can easily be detected by the fact that the borders were newly set: there are only 2 frame lines in the reprints (one thick and one thin) instead of 3 frame lines in the original (though the outer two lines are often badly distinguishable).
Value of the stamps
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare
|15 c||RRR||RRR||Reprint: RR|
|30 c||RRR||RRR||Reprint: RR|
Most stamps are pen cancelled. But I have also seen the French numeral cancels '2221' of Saint-André and '1896' of Saint-Paul.
Fournier forgeries of the 30 c, the second one is from a Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries.
Parts from a Fournier Album with Fournier forgeries.
The same forgery as shown on the above Fournier Album
I think the above forgeries are Fournier forgeries also; note the cancel "REUNION 23 SEPT. 51 St BENOIT" which can be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries'.
Fournier forgery with cancel "REUNION 23 SEPT. 51 St BENOIT"?
In the genuine stamps, there is a dot and a hyphen before the word 'Poste'. The dot is considerably to the left of the hyphen (source Album Weeds).
Outer framelines too far apart from each other and 'R' of 'Reunion' toches the circle below it.
Accent on 'e' straight up, letters all badly done.
Top inscription to close to the inner ornaments. Red bogus cancels.
Forgeries of the 30 c made by the same forger. Note the inconsistent design of the upper central part.
Two forgeries with a small squarish cancel.
(Possibly Peter Winter forgeries)
Bogus values 15 c red.
These bogus stamps have the inscription 'REUNION JSLE', besides the values 15 and 30 c (which are supposed to represent the first issue of Reunion, it is described in Album Weeds as the 4th forgery of the first Reunion stamps), also the values 1 c grey on grey, 5 c green on yellow, 10 c brown, 15 c black on grey, 20 c blue, 40 c red on yellow and 80 c red on yellow (see picture above) exist. According to Album Weeds they are always cancelled with a diamond with lines (see above) or a square with horizontal lines. But I have also seen a cancel resembling a New South Wales cancel, a cancel consisting of dots and even uncancelled forgeries. They were apparently already known in 1868.
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