French colonies stamps

The Stamps and Postal History of the French Colonies

The beautiful and wide-ranging stamps of the French Colonies are exceptionally popular amongst collectors around the world. Depending on how you might count them there are easily around 100 different places to collect. From the early General Issues which mimicked the French stamps of the time, to the overprinted French stamps which made the first issues of many places. Also the stamps of the various French Post Offices in foreign countries, through to the colourful and spectacular issues seen throughout the 20th Century and beyond. Although there are significant rarities throughout French Colonial philately it is also worth noting that it is possible to obtain many complete definitive and commemorative issues from the early 20th Century at a mere fraction of their British Empire equivalents and this has allowed generations of happy philatelists to build significant stamp albums packed with lovely stamps without too many missing rarities!

The first stamp of the French Colonies was the 1859 10c bistre ‘Eagle’ French Colonial General Issue. These General Issues were, with the exception of the first ‘Eagle’ design very similar to the regular French stamps but with slightly different colours or imperforate instead of perforated or in the case of the 1881–86 Commerce stamps with a “Colonies / Postes” inscription. These stamps can be collected used bearing the postmark of the colony they were used at, making such stamps forerunners of the first stamps of those colonies. The Yvert and Tellier catalogue gives comprehensive listings of the General Issue stamps and postal history so postmarked, by colony. From the swaying palms of Polynesia to the frozen wastes of the Southern and Antarctic Territories, and from the deadly jungles of Guiana to the sophistication of Tangier, this wonderful area of philately and postal history offers stamp collectors a little bit of everything.

French Colonies Stamps for Sale

We offer French Colonies stamps and French Colonies stamp collections, complete sets, errors and varieties, proofs, essays, postal history and covers including first day covers for this area. Philatelists should regularly visit this page as our auction lots constantly change so whether you are searching for rare stamps from French Colonies, classic stamps, postmarks and cancellations, specialised collections, estate boxes and anything related to French Colonies stamp collecting and filling your stamp albums – just keep your eye on us!

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