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Tunisia

1st July 1888

French colony 13
Africa 6

Tun1
  #1 xxx

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

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T  
1 centime black / blue   1 1      
2c purple-brown / buff   2 2      
5c green / greenish   3 3      
15c blue / greyish   4 4      
25c black / rose   5 5      
40c red / straw   6 6      
75c carmine / rose   7 7      
5 francs grey-violet / greyish   8 8      

Tun271
Tun312
Sovereign State
Republic
1956 Sc271 SG406 1957 Sc312 SG453

At the Congress of Berlin in 1878, Britain agreed to allow "France a free hand" [1] in Tunisia in exchange for the British administration of Cyprus. Tunisia became a sovereign state in 1956 and a republic in 1957.

Scott [2] and Gibbons [1] differ on the first stamps of the Sovereign State and of the Republic. Scott's choices are shown.

Sources: ScS [2], SGP14 [1].

Images from David Olson, colnect.

FI ref: 254 Page credit: NB

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