France 1853-1862 Emperor Napoleon

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  • Print Process :Typography
  • Perforations : Imperforate - However most values may be found with private rouletting, perf 7,pin-perf also perce en scie perforations.

For the 1852-1862 issuesee France 1852-1862 President Louis Napoleon For Perforations see France 1862-1871 Emperor Napoleon perforated

The two Dies[edit]

  • Die I
    • The neck shading between the cheekbone and lower hairline is absent.
    • The hair curl directly below R of Empire is drawn with 2 lines very close together.
      • The hair in front of the ear has one heavy line in it.
Die I ...............................................................................................................................Die II
  • Die II
    • The neck shading between the cheekbone and lower hairline is shaded.
    • The hair curl directly below R of Empire is drawn with 1 line.
    • The hair in front of the ear has 3 light lines in it.

1853 -1860 Issues[edit]

Issued in 1853 unless stated otherwise.

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1c Old Green on pale blue paper (1860)
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1c Bronze Green on pale bluish paper
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5c Green on greenish paper Die I (1854)
10c Bistre on yellowish paper Die I
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10c Yellow on yellowish paper Die I
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10c Bistre-brown on yellowish paper Die I
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10c Bistre on yellowish paper Die II (1860)
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10c Bistre on yellowish paper Die I
20c Blue on blueish paper Die I (1854)
20c Dark Blue on blueish paper Die I (1854)
20c Milky Blue on white paper Die I
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20c Blue on lilac paper Die I
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20c Blue on blueish paper Die II (1860)
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20c Blue on greenish paper Die II
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20c Blue on greenish paper Die I
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25c Blue on blueish paper Die I
40c Orange on yellowish paper Die I
40c Orange-vermillion on yellowish paper
80c Lake on yellowish paper Die I (1854)
800c Rose on pinkish paper Die I (1860)
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1Fr Lake on yellowish paper Die I


1862 Re-issue[edit]

The re-issues of 1862 can be distinguished by having been printed on whiter paper and in paler colours than the first issue.