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Grand Comoro

1st November 1897

French Colony 26

GrCo1
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perf 14x13½, no wmk, typo
Printed at the Government Printing Works, Paris

Description Date Scott SG Mi Y&T  
1 centime black / lilac 1897 1 1      
2c brown / buff 1897 2 2      
4c claret / lavender 1897 3 3      
5c green / greenish 1897 4 4      
10c black / lavender 1897 5 5      
10c red 1900 6 14      
15c blue, quadrille paper 1897 7 6      
15c grey / light grey 1900 8 15      
20c red / green 1897 9 7      
25c black / rose 1897 10 8      
25c blue 1900 11 16      
30c brown / bister 1897 12 9      
35c black / yellow 1906 13 17      
40c red / straw 1897 14 10      
45c black / grey-green 1907 15 18      
50c carmine / rose 1897 16 11      
50 brown / bluish 1900 17 19      
75c deep violet / orange 1897 18 12      
1 franc bronze-green / straw 1897 19 13      

[This is almost identical to Anjouan.] Scott [1] describes Grand Comoro as "One of the Comoro Islands in the Mozambique Channel between Madagascar and Mozambique". In 1891 it became a French colony; from 1914 until 1950 it came under the contol of, and used the stamps of Madagascar. From 1950 it used the general issue stamps of Comoro Islands and in 1975, Grand Comoro joined with Anjouan and Mohéli to form the independent State of Comoro.