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St Pierre and Miquelon Stamps

Definitives of 1885-1908


The first definitive St Pierre and Miquelon stamps were issued in 1885.  The earliest stamps, issued specifically for St Pierre and Miquelon, consisted of French Colonies or typeset stamps overprinted with the colony name or initials, sometimes with the addition of various re-valuations in French Centimes.

Between 1859 and 1884, French stamps and French Colonies stamps were used in St Pierre.  These "forerunner" stamps were canceled with a lozenge of dots containing the letters SPM or with a St Pierre et Miquelon circular date stamp.  The lozenge cancel is shown above, and the circular date cancel is shown at the top of the category page.



The eight imperforate St Pierre and Miquelon stamps shown above were issued in 1885.  These stamps were produced by overprinting and re-valuing the contemporary French Colonies general issues

There are six types of the SPM overprints described on this page, which are noted in the catalog description tables and shown in the images.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 05 C. on 40 C.  (1885 - Type A - Sc. #1) - Vermilion on Straw.
  • 10 C. on 40 C.  (1885 - Type A - Sc. #2) - Vermilion on Straw.
  • 15 C. on 40 C.  (1885 - Type A - Sc. #3) - Vermilion on Straw.
  • 05 C. on 35 C.  (1885 - Type B - Sc. #4) - Black on Yellow.
  • 05 C. on 75 C.  (1885 - Type B - Sc. #5) - Carmine on Rose.
  • 05 C. on 01 F.  (1885 - Type B - Sc. #6) - Bronze Green on Straw.
  • 25 C. on 01 F.  (1885 - Type C - Sc. #7) - Bronze Green on Straw.
  • 25 C. on 01 F.  (1885 - Type D - Sc. #8) - Bronze Green on Straw.

The very rare 25 C. overprints shown in the image above are authenticated examples found on the websites of major philatelic auction houses.



The three perforated St Pierre and Miquelon stamps shown above were also issued in 1885.  These stamps were produced by overprinting and re-valuing the contemporary French Colonies general issues

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  •   5 C. on 02 C.  (1885 - Type C - Sc. #9) - Brown on Buff.
  •   5 C. on 04 C.  (1885 - Type D - Sc. #10) - Claret on Lavender.
  • 05 C. on 20 C.  (1885 - Type B - Sc. #11) - Red on Green.



The three typeset St Pierre and Miquelon stamps shown above were issued in 1886.  The initials "PD" stand for "Payé a Destination"

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  •   5 C.  (1886 - Sc. #12) - Black.
  • 10 C.  (1886 - Sc. #13) - Black.
  • 15 C.  (1886 - Sc. #14) - Black.

The most common type of cancellation used on these stamps is a ST PIERRE-MIQUELON circular date stamp.  Stamps canceled at Langlade, Miquelon, or Ille des Chiens are much scarcer.



Some of the perforated French Colonies stamps were overprinted SPM and re-valued to 15 C. in 1891.  Two of them (both Type E) are shown in the image above.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 15 C. on 30 C.  (1891 - Type E - Sc. #15) - Brown on Bister.
  • 15 C. on 35 C.  (1891 - Type E - Sc. #16) - Black on Orange.
  • 15 C. on 35 C.  (1891 - Type F - Sc. #17) - Black on Orange.
  • 15 C. on 40 C.  (1891 - Type E - Sc. #18) - Red on Straw.



The seventeen perforated St Pierre and Miquelon stamps shown above were issued in October 1891.  These new St Pierre and Miquelon stamps were produced by overprinting (black or red) the contemporary French Colonies general issues with "ST - PIERRE M-on"

These stamps exist with inverted and double overprints.  Some of the inverted overprint stamps are actually not much higher in price than the stamps with the normal overprint.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 01 C.  (1891 - Sc. #19) - Black on Lilac Blue.
  • 01 C.  (1891 - Sc. #20) - Black on Lilac Blue (red).
  • 02 C.  (1891 - Sc. #21) - Brown on Buff.
  • 02 C.  (1891 - Sc. #22) - Brown on Buff (red).
  • 04 C.  (1891 - Sc. #23) - Claret on Lavender.
  • 04 C.  (1891 - Sc. #24) - Claret on Lavender (red).
  • 05 C.  (1891 - Sc. #25) - Green on Greenish.
  • 10 C.  (1891 - Sc. #26) - Black on Lavender.
  • 10 C.  (1891 - Sc. #27) - Black on Lavender (red).
  • 15 C.  (1891 - Sc. #28) - Blue.
  • 20 C.  (1891 - Sc. #29) - Red on Green.
  • 25 C.  (1891 - Sc. #30) - Black on Rose.
  • 30 C.  (1891 - Sc. #31) - Brown on Bister.
  • 35 C.  (1891 - Sc. #32) - Violet on Orange.
  • 40 C.  (1891 - Sc. #33) - Red on Straw.
  • 75 C.  (1891 - Sc. #34) - Carmine on Rose.
  • 01 F.  (1891 - Sc. #35) - Bronze Green on Straw.



The ten diagonal overprint type St Pierre and Miquelon stamps shown above were re-valued in 1891 and 1892.  The re-valuation consists of a numeral and the word "cent" on either side of the diagonal overprint.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 01 C. on 05 C.  (1891 - Sc. #36) - Green on Greenish.
  • 01 C. on 10 C.  (1891 - Sc. #37) - Black on Lavender.
  • 01 C. on 25 C.  (1892 - Sc. #38) - Black on Rose.
  • 02 C. on 10 C.  (1891 - Sc. #39) - Black on Lavender.
  • 02 C. on 15 C.  (1891 - Sc. #40) - Blue.
  • 02 C. on 25 C.  (1892 - Sc. #41) - Black on Rose.
  • 04 C. on 20 C.  (1891 - Sc. #42) - Red on Green.
  • 04 C. on 25 C.  (1892 - Sc. #43) - Black on Rose.
  • 04 C. on 30 C.  (1891 - Sc. #44) - Brown on Bister.
  • 04 C. on 40 C.  (1891 - Sc. #45) - Red on Straw.



The six diagonal overprint type St Pierre and Miquelon stamps shown above were re-valued on November 4, 1892.  The re-valuation consists of a three dimensional numeral on top of the diagonal overprint.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 01 C. on 05 C.  (1892 - Sc. #46) - Green on Greenish.
  • 02 C. on 05 C.  (1892 - Sc. #47) - Green on Greenish.
  • 04 C. on 05 C.  (1892 - Sc. #48) - Green on Greenish.
  • 01 C. on 25 C.  (1892 - Sc. #49) - Black on Rose.
  • 02 C. on 25 C.  (1892 - Sc. #50) - Black on Rose.
  • 04 C. on 25 C.  (1892 - Sc. #51) - Black on Rose.



Postage Due stamps of the contemporary French Colonies general issue were overprinted as postage stamps on December 1, 1892

These new definitive St Pierre and Miquelon stamps were produced by diagonally overprinting (red or black) the Postage Due stamps with "ST - PIERRE M-on" and adding the initials "T" and "P" on either side of the diagonal overprint.  These initials indicate "Timbre Poste" or "Postage Stamp".  Four examples are shown in the image above.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 10 C.  (1892 - Sc. #52) - Black.
  • 20 C.  (1892 - Sc. #53) - Black.
  • 30 C.  (1892 - Sc. #54) - Black.
  • 40 C.  (1892 - Sc. #55) - Black.
  • 60 C.  (1892 - Sc. #56) - Black.
  • 01 F.  (1892 - Sc. #57) - Brown.
  • 02 F.  (1892 - Sc. #58) - Brown.
  • 05 F.  (1892 - Sc. #59) - Brown.



The nineteen St Pierre and Miquelon stamps shown above were issued between 1892 and 1908.  These stamps are the French Colonies key-types with the name tablet being inscribed "ST PIERRE / ET MIQUELON" in various colors.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 01 C.  (1892 - Sc. #60) - Black on Lilac Blue.
  • 02 C.  (1892 - Sc. #61) - Brown on Buff.
  • 04 C.  (1892 - Sc. #62) - Claret on Lavender.
  • 05 C.  (1892 - Sc. #63) - Green on Greenish.
  • 05 C.  (1908 - Sc. #64) - Yellow Green.
  • 10 C.  (1892 - Sc. #65) - Black on Lavender.
  • 10 C.  (1900 - Sc. #66) - Red.
  • 15 C.  (1892 - Sc. #67) - Blue on quadrille paper.
  • 15 C.  (1900 - Sc. #68) - Gray on Light Gray.
  • 20 C.  (1892 - Sc. #69) - Red on Green.
  • 25 C.  (1892 - Sc. #70) - Black on Rose.
  • 25 C.  (1900 - Sc. #71) - Blue.
  • 30 C.  (1892 - Sc. #72) - Brown on Bister.
  • 35 C.  (1906 - Sc. #73) - Black on Yellow.
  • 40 C.  (1892 - Sc. #74) - Red on Straw.
  • 50 C.  (1892 - Sc. #75) - Carmine on Rose.
  • 50 C.  (1900 - Sc. #76) - Brown on Azure.
  • 75 C.  (1892 - Sc. #77) - Violet on Orange.
  • 01 F.  (1892 - Sc. #78) - Bronze Green on Straw.





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