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French Guinea

1st November 1892

- Independent Guinea, see Guinea disambiguation

French Colony 18

FrGui1to13
  SG1-13 xxx

perf 14x13½, no wmk, typo
Printed at the Govt. Printing Works, Paris.

Description Date Scott SG Mi Y&T  
1 centime black / azure   1 1      
2c brown / buff   2 2      
4c purple-brown / grey   3 3      
5c green / pale green   4 4      
10c black / lilac   5 5      
10c red 1900 6 14      
15c blue (quadrille paper)   7 6      
15c grey / light grey 1900 8 15      
20c red / green   9 7      
25c black / rose   10 8      
25c blue 1900 11 16      
30 cinnamon / drab   12 9      
40c red / yellow   13 10      
50c carmine / rose   14 11      
50c brown / azure 1900 15 17      
75c brown / yellow   16 12      
1 franc olive-green / toned   17 13      

Date of issue if not 1892.

The colony of French Guinea grew from treaties with local leaders from the 1840s through to the 1880s leading to protectorates adminstered from Senegal. The borders were agreed with Great Britain and Portugal in the 1880s. French Guinea became a colony on 12th December 1891 and was extended in 1899 to include part of French Sudan. Scott [1] notes that stamps were produced for the colony in 1943-44 by the Vichy govt., but not sold in the colony: Gibbons [2] states that some were used.

French Guinea had been part of French West Africa since 1895, but continued to issue its own stamps until WW2. From 1944 until 1958 the stamps of French West Africa were used. In a 1958 referendum, French Guinea voted for independence and this was granted on 2nd October.


Guinea

5th January 1959

Africa 11
Gui188
Guinea
1959 Sc168 SG188

Guinea became indepenent from France on 2nd October 1958.