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BELGIUM.

1866 (7 January) Leopold I. White wove unwatermarked paper. Perf. 13½

H1 Used H2 Used
Type 1     50c - H1 Used Type 1     1F - H2 Used

 

H1 Specimen H1 Reprint ? 50c - H1
Type 1    50c - H1 Specimen Type 1     50c - H1 Reprint ? Type 1     50c - H1 courtesy of philamundi on ebay.

 

H2 Specimen H2 Reprint ? 1F - H2
Type 1A    1F - H2 Specimen Type 1A    1F - H2 Reprint ? Type 1A     1F - H2 courtesy of philamundi on ebay.

 

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H1 1 50c grey 125.00 75.00
H1a 1         grey-black 140.00 100.00
H1b 1         imperf. 60.00 -
H1c 1         on thick paper 140.00 100.00
H2 1A 1F green 175.00 110.00
H2a 1A         yellow-green 190.00 120.00
H2b 1A         imperf. 60.00 -
H2c 1A         on thick paper 180.00 120.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Reprints from the original blocks are also found. These would seem to be imperf.
                and are listed as 'cut out' and 'in sheet' — priced £12 and £30 respectively
                for either value. How these are distinguished from original imperf. varieties
                when cut to shape is not clear.         [1982 prices]

? I bought an example of each described as "Reprinted on Glazed Paper".
The paper seems to be glazed about the same as the used example and the later set.
The Specimen though appears to be on unglazed paper and is a poorer quality impression as a result.
The 50c described as a reprint is on thinner paper, as are postage stamp reprints of the time according to Scott.
There is also the 'thick paper' type though. Neither Hiscocks or Barefoot mention any perforated reprints,
but one or two of these have rather uneven perforations, so perhaps some of the imperforate reprints became perforated.

 

1871 (1 June) Leopold II. White wove unwatermarked paper. Perf. 13½

H3a H3c H3b H4d
Type 2   H3 - 10c Type 2   H3a - 10c Type 2   H3c - 10c Type 2   H4 - 25c

 

H4a H4b H4c H5
Type 2   H4a - 25c Type 2   H4b - 25c Type 2   H4c - 25c Type 3   H5 - 50c

 

H5a H6 H6b H7
Type 3   H5b - 50c Type 4   H6 - 1Fr Type 4   H6b - 1Fr Type 5   H7 - 5Fr

 

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H3 2 10c mauve (1.5.78) 10.00 2.00
H3a           reddish violet 12.00 2.00
H3b           No. 3(a) on chalky paper (1896) 100.00 10.00
H3c           slate lilac 10.00 2.00
H4 2 25c dull blue-green (1.7.72) 12.00 2.00
H4a           myrtle green 20.00 2.50
H4b           pale bluish green 12.00 2.00
H4c           yellow green 12.00 2.00
H5 3 50c ochre 15.00 2.00
H5a           imperf. 75.00 -
H5b           brown 20.00 2.00
H5c           orange 200.00 100.00
H6 4 1F rose 30.00 2.00
H6a           deep rose (analine) 45.00 3.00
H6b           carmine-rose 35.00 2.00
H6c           lilac-rose 30.00 2.00
H6d           lilac-rose imperf. 75.00 -
H7 5 5F ultramarine (1.5.78) 250.00 2.00
H7a           imperf 500.00 -
H7b           prussian blue 350.00 20.00
H7c           prussian blue imperf. 350.00 50.00

 

 

1879 (1 October). New value and design. White wove unwatermarked paper. Perf. 13½

Belgium-H8 Belgium-H9
Type 6   H8 - 5c Type 6   H9 - 5c

 

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H8 6 5c grey 20.00 5.00
H8a           dark grey 25.00 6.00
H9 6 5c brownish orange (9.3.91) 25.00 4.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Recent Belgian catalogues give the date of No. 9 as 1.3.93 but the change, with reference
                to an official notice of 9.3.91, is reported in the American Philatelist' of June 1891.

My note: H9 mint seems much harder to get than H8 mint.
The Michel Catalogue gives the date for this as 1/3/1893.

 

1889 (1 January). New type and format in sheets of 5 x 5. White wove unwatermarked paper. Perf. 14½ x 15½ or 14.

Belgium type 7
type 7.

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H10 7 25F green and rose. (Perf. 14½ x 15½)   300.00 40.00
H10a           perf. 14 30.00 18.00
H10b           imperf. (proof ) 50.00 -

The used price above is for hand-stamp cancelled copies.
Punched cancellations sell for about 15%.

1888 (1 September) Leopold II in new design (lined background). White wove unwatermarked paper. Perf. 13½
Interestingly, these and later stamps have a capital 'R' on the beard. The engraver perhaps ?

Belgium-H11 Belgium-H11a Belgium-H12 Belgium-H13
Type 8   H11 - 10c Type 8   H11a - 10c Type 8   H12 - 25c Type 8   H13 - 50c

 

Belgium-H14 Belgium-H14c Belgium-H15
Type 8   H14 - 60c Type 8   H14c ? - 60c Type (8)   H15 - 80c

 

Belgium-H16 Belgium-H17
Type 9   H16 - 1Fr Type 9   H17 - 5Fr

 

Belgium hex-block
A block of 5Fr Type 9 (H17)
Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H11 8 10c reddish purple (1899) 4.00 3.00
H11a           grey-lilac 20.00 6.00
H12 8 25c yellow-green (1899) 3.50 2.00
H12a           bluish green 5.00 2.50
H13 8 50c bistre (1899) 0.60 0.50
H13a           brown-bistre 0.75 0.50
H14 8 60c olive-green 1.00 0.50
H14a           imperf 35.00 -
H14b           dark olive-green 1.00 0.50
H14c           grey green (on chalky paper) 25.00 10.00
H15 (8) 80c grey (1.4.97) 2.50 2.00
H15a           grey-black 2.50 2.00
H16 9 1F bright rose(1899) 1.00 1.00
H17 9 5F blue (1899) 1.25 1.20

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. The value on No. 15 is in white on black.
Note 2. The use of telegraph stamps ended on 1 March 1911.

 

Perfins.

Many of this series are known perfined.
Belgium 60c with CN perfin
This is C.N. used by Comptoir National D'Escompte, Antwerp.
Note that Antwerp is known as Antwerpen in Flemish and Anvers in French.
More examples are shown at Belgian Perfins

 

Telegraph Receipt Stamp.

1897 (1 April). Issued in books with ten in horizontal strip, each attached to counterfoil as shown.
White wove unwatermarked paper. Perf. 11½ .

10c - H3
Type 10

Hisc. Type Description With counterfoil Without counterfoil
Mint Used Mint Used
H18 10 10c black 50.00 60.00 20.00 20.00

 

Type 10 with counterfoil (half size).

10c - with counterfoil

 

Telegraph stamps were withdrawn March 1911.

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Telephone Stamps 1 January 1891

H5a H8
H5a - only perforated between. H8 - perforated all around.

These were engraved by A. Duns, whose initials appear in the frame just above the left-hand value. Images courtesy of Spink and Son.
A 30c example can be seen on Wikimedia Commons. The counterfoils are in the same colours as the stamps.

H1 H2 H3 H4
H1 - 25c H2 - 30c H3 - 50c H4 - 90c

 

H5 H6 H7 H8
H5 - 1Fr H6 - 2Fr H7 - 3Fr H8 - 3F75

 

Type 11. H1 to H8. Issued in books of 5, each with an attached counterfoil.
White wove paper Perf. 11½. No Watermark.

 

Values in second colour.

Hisc. Type Description Mint + Cfl. Mint Used
H1 11 25c purple-brown (black) 25.00 1.00 2.00
H1a           perf. only between stamp and label 80.00 - -
H2 11 30c pale brown-olive (black) (1.4.92) 25.00 1.00 2.00
H3 11 50c dull green (black) 25.00 1.00 2.00
H3a           perf. only between stamp and label 80.00 - -
H4   90c brownish yellow (black) (1.4.92) 28.00 1.00 2.00
H5 11 1F blue (carmine) 25.00 1.00 2.00
H5a           perf. only between stamp and label 80.00 - -
H6 11 2F indian red (black) (1.1.96) 32.00 1.00 2.00
H7 11 3F carmine (blue) 32.00 1.00 3.00
H7a           perf. only between stamp and label 80.00 - -
H8   3.75F brown (blue) (1.5.99) 550.00 2.00 3.00

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. The three price columns are respectively unused with connterfoil, unused without counterfoil,
                and used (always without counterfoil). The stamps were printed in vertical strips of five with a
                second strip, inverted, attached at the stamp side. It is therefore possible to find tête-bêche
                pairs of the whole set and these sell for about £5 for each pair.
Note 2. Use of these stamps ended on 11 July 1903 so the 3.75F was in use for a relatively short time.
                It seems likely that all outstanding stock was sold off without counterfoils when their use was
                abandoned resulting in the relative scarcity of those with counterfoils which could only have
                been purchased earlier.
Note 3. The first stamps, issued on 1 January 1891, were only perforated between stamp and counterfoil
                and were otherwise imperforate. This variety is not found in those values introduced later.
                This would suggest that used copies imperforate on two or three sides should have existed but
                I have not seen them reported and they may all have been destroyed.

Hiscocks does not price used counterfoils, but they appear to be on the market.
Telephone counterfoil
The image above is taken from Wikimedia Commons.

The tête-bêche pairs mentioned in Hiscock's Note.1 look like this.
Telephone tête-bêche pair  Telephone tête-bêche pair
The (half-size) back shows that the gum appears to have been applied by brush leaving the gutter un-gummed.

 

These are also known imperforate. They differ from the issued stamps in that the values are written differently.
These are perhaps proofs or colour trials.

30c Imperf 3F Imperf 3F75c Imperf
30c Issued 3F Issued 3F75c Issued
H2 proof ? Compared to issued H7 proof ? Compared to issued H8 proof ? Compared to issued

 

Again, these are also available as tête-bêche pairs (without gum), with or without values.

30c Telephone tête-bêche proof pair

50c Telephone tête-bêche proof pair

3F75c Telephone tête-bêche proof pair

 

 

Telegraph Seals.

Belgium used a large quantity of similar, but different seals over the years.


Belgian Seal
Belgian State.


Belgian Congo Seal

Belgian Congo, courtesy of Robert Poposki.

 

Steve Hiscocks made a start on cataloguing seals of the world in a book he published in 2007.
It was his hope to update it later, but unfortunately that was not to be.
His original book can be viewed at Telegraph Seals: A World Catalogue. There are links from the pages to my updates.

Alternatively you can view the latest page for Belgium .

 

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