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French Stamps

Issues of 1876-1900

Type:  Sage

Definitive French stamps, featuring a brand new design, were issued between 1876 and 1900.

This new design, officially known as the Peace and Commerce Issue, features allegorical images of "Peace" and "Commerce" holding hands above a World globe.  In center of the stamp is a white rectangle containing the value.  The inscriptions read "POSTE" at the top and "REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE" at the bottom.

French stamp collectors, however, prefer to refer to certain stamp issues by the designer's name, rather than the particular motif.  In the case of these stamps, the designer was Jules-Auguste Sage, whose name is located in the small imprint at the extreme lower left corner of the design.  Thus, philatelists today refer to these as the Type Sage Issues.

There are two major types of these French stamps, and they will be presented and described in the subheadings below.  Otherwise, the designs are all exactly the same, except for the denomination numerals and paper tints.

The major issues are presented in Scott Catalog order, and each one will be followed by a table describing the different denominations and colors.


Type I

"INV" under the "B" of "REPUBLIQUE"


  • 1 Cent.  (Sc. #64) - Green (shades) on Greenish.
  • 2 Cent.  (Sc. #65) - Green (shades) on Greenish.
  • 4 Cent.  (Sc. #66) - Green (shades) on Greenish.
  • 5 Cent.  (Sc. #67) - Green (shades) on Greenish.
  • 10 Cent.  (Sc. #68) - Green (shades) on Greenish.
  • 15 Cent.  (Sc. #69) - Gray Lilac on Grayish.
  • 20 Cent.  (Sc. #70) - Red Brown on Straw.
  • 25 Cent.  (Sc. #72) - Ultramarine on Bluish.
  • 30 Cent.  (Sc. #73) - Brown on Yellowish.
  • 40 Cent.  (Sc. #74) - Red on Straw.
  • 75 Cent.  (Sc. #75) - Carmine on Rose.
  • 1 Fr.  (Sc. #76) - Bronze Green on Straw.

A 20 Cent. - Blue on Bluish (Sc. #71, Y-T #73) was printed, but it was never issued.  In the 2006 Yvert - Tellier Catalog, this stamp has a catalog value of €40,000 (US $56,000).  Such pricing in European catalogs usually means .... even if you have the money, you probably couldn't find one of these to buy!  I searched all over the internet, even the major auction houses, and I couldn't even find a scan of one to use here!


Type II

"INV" under the "U" of "REPUBLIQUE"


  • 2 Cent.  (Sc. #77) - Green (shades) on Greenish.
  • 5 Cent.  (Sc. #78) - Green (shades) on Greenish.
  • 10 Cent.  (Sc. #79) - Green (shades) on Greenish.
  • 15 Cent.  (Sc. #80) - Gray Lilac on Grayish.
  • 25 Cent.  (Sc. #81) - Ultramarine on Bluish, and Blue on Bluish.
  • 30 Cent.  (Sc. #82) - Yellow Brown on Yellowish, and Brown on Yellowish.
  • 75 Cent.  (Sc. #83) - Carmine on Rose.
  • 1 Fr.  (Sc. #84) - Bronze Green on Straw.


  • 1 Cent.  (Sc. #86) - Black on Lilac Blue.
  • 1 Cent.  (Sc. #87) - Black on Prussian Blue.
  • 2 Cent.  (Sc. #88) - Brown on Straw, and Brown on Yellow.
  • 3 Cent.  (Sc. #89) - Yellow on Straw.
  • 4 Cent.  (Sc. #90) - Claret on Lavender, and Violet Brown on Lavender.
  • 10 Cent.  (Sc. #91) - Black on Lavender, Black on Rose Lilac, and Black on Lilac.
  • 15 Cent.  (Sc. #92) - Blue, and Blue on Bluish.
  • 25 Cent.  (Sc. #93) - Black on Red.
  • 35 Cent.  (Sc. #94) - Black on Yellow, and Black on Yellow Orange.
  • 40 Cent.  (Sc. #95) - Red on Straw.
  • 5 Fr.  (Sc. #96) - Violet on Lavender.


  • 3 Cent.  (Sc. #97) - Gray on Grayish.
  • 20 Cent.  (Sc. #98) - Red on Yellow Green, and Red on Deep Green.
  • 25 Cent.  (Sc. #99) - Yellow on Straw.
  • 25 Cent.  (Sc. #100) - Black on Pale Rose.
  • 50 Cent.  (Sc. #101) - Rose on Rose.
  • 75 Cent.  (Sc. #102) - Deep Violet on Orange, and Deep Violet on Yellow.


  • 15 Cent.  (Sc. #103) - Blue on Quadrilled White Paper.
  • 5 Cent.  (Sc. #104) - Yellow Green.


Type I

"INV" under the "B" of "REPUBLIQUE"


  • 5 Cent.  (Sc. #105) - Yellow Green.
  • 10 Cent.  (Sc. #106) - Black on Lavender.
  • 50 Cent.  (Sc. #107) - Carmine on Rose.
  • 2 Fr.  (Sc. #108) - Brown on Azure.

Just about all the Type Sage French stamps issued from 1875 to 1900 exist imperforate and in gutter pairs.  The imperforates are expensive.  The gutter combinations are fairly common.




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