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Annam and Tonkin

21st January 1888

French Colonies 12

AnTonk1to6
  SC1-3, 7-9 xxx

Description   Scott# SG# Mi# Y&T#  
Surcharge with ampersand
1 centime on 2c brown, buff   1 1      
1c on 4c claret, lavender   2 2      
5c on 10c black, lavender   3 3      
1c on 2c brown, buff   4      
Surcharge with hyphen
1 centime on 2c brown, buff   7 4      
1c on 4c claret, lavender   8 5      
5c on 10c black, lavender   9 6      

The 1c on 2c Scott #4 was previous shown in both Scott and Gibbons as "prepared but not issued" but, as noted in the May 2018 edition of the FICC Journal (Vol. 26 No. 2), Scott now lists it with a value of $8,500 mint (no value given for used).

The story of Annam and Tonkin is very similar to that of Cochin China: untimately part of French Indo-China, used the French Colonies general issue, but issued surcharges due to a shortage of the 5c value and from 1892 used Indo-China stamps.