Madagascar overprints

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  1. redsox81

    redsox81 Active Member

    Trying to figure out just what that horizontal line is? Its not a type of cancel BC the stamp is mint with gum. I think these issues are so pretty. I just don't get the reason for the black line. Any ideas?

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  2. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    The stamp appears to be a "blocked out" 1 Franc overprint from 1921. I can't tell if it's a black marker obliteration or some kind of CTO mark. I suspect it's the latter. Lots of CTO's have full gum on the back and have some sort of cancel on the obverse.
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  3. redsox81

    redsox81 Active Member

    I wouldnt have guessed that. Is it considered used value? Or carry any value if being a CTO?
  4. Steve Robinson

    Steve Robinson Well-Known Member Supporter

    Not one I have come across before and I do have quite a few from Madagascar.
  5. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    CTO's with full gum are considered used stamps.
  6. redsox81

    redsox81 Active Member

    I don't understand the point of this. Wouldn't this particular stamp be worth more money mint than cancelled? I don't see why a collector back when this was cancelled at the post office have more interest in it cancelled when they could have gotten it in mint condition. Don't have a clue what the cancel is of or what type of design they were trying to use, however, i think its a bit sloppy and seems to have some spatter. Hopefully I can find an image of another CTO like so.
  7. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    Maybe the overprinter or tool used malfunctioned? It looks like it should be just "1". Just in my opinion. :p
  8. redsox81

    redsox81 Active Member

    That's what I thought at first too Zar.
  9. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    The stamp looks like Scott 128, the 1 franc on 5 francs. It's a puzzler though! Zararina may well be right about a printing error - the stamp may be printer's waste. Other possibilities might be an attempt to change the value back to 5 francs for use as a revenue or tax stamp, or an attempt to demonetize the stamp. It doesn't look like a postal cancel to me. The more I think about it, the more I support the print error and printer's waste theory. All speculation though.

  10. redsox81

    redsox81 Active Member

    Thanks everyone for your opinions. Different perspectives other than my own always help!
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  11. Larry L. Taylor

    Larry L. Taylor Active Member

    I quite often see prices for used stamps greater than those for mint in the Scott catalog, because many of those stamps were issued for philatelic? purposes and never actually used in postage.

    As to the overprint,there is nothing in the Scott catalog that shows this particular overprint. However, there is a stamp with a 1 F.R. overprint. When you draw an overprint line thru the upper portion of the 1 F.R., you get what looks like the stylized crocodile on the stamp.
  12. redsox81

    redsox81 Active Member

    Do you suspect the mark is fraudulent?
  13. Larry L. Taylor

    Larry L. Taylor Active Member

    No way to know for sure, but it looks straight enough and balanced side-to-side to have been applied by some sort of a print machine . . .for whatever reason.
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