First Postage Dues
1963, 15 June
Printer: N.C.R., Joseph Chaloub
Designer: M. M. Arthur
Sheet Size: 5 x 10
Perf.: 12 and imperf.
Like the airmails, the nine stamps of the first postage due set were printed on regular gummed paper. The three centers, which are each repeated three times, consists of shellfish indiginous to the Gulf. Most collectors have not noticed that the frames, which appear similar to those used for the definitives and the airs, are quite different and include small images of various shells. Allegedly, only 2,000 sets exist imperforate.
No known genuine errors exist for this set of stamps but errors were created and sold by Mr. Stephan and Mr. Mosden.
Fake errors exist but are easily detected with a little knowledge. These were all created in the early 2000s and consist of a fake image printed on either the front, or the reverse of a genuine stamp.
Set of 9
Set of 9
Plate Numbers: None
FDC: One cover exists for the perforated set and one for the imperforated set.
- An unusual cover with the 15np Due stamp used as postage, with stamps from the definitive set.
ITEMS CREATED UNDER THE BAROODY CONTRACT
The following illustrations are varieties of the postage dues created by Mr. Stephan and Mr. Mosden. None of these were genuine errors nor varieties and are listed above under "Description" of the perforated and imperforated stamps.
- A 4np value with the center shifted to the right and a block of four of the 1np value with a much darker red center offset on the reverse of the stamps.
- A block of four of the 1np value with a much darker red center and a 5np value with the center inverted and shifted to the left.
FRAUDULENT ITEMS RECENTLY CREATED IN LEBANON
- The second impression of the center is a fake applied over a genuine stamp.
- The above set of postage due stamps, each with a double frame, has a fake impression of the frame printed over the genuine stamp. If one examines the stamps with a magnifying glass it is possible to see that the printing is different for the genuine stamp and the fraudulent frame printed over it. These are currently (2000s) being made in Lebanon and are appearing in the major Internet auctions, along with other fraudulent philatelic items from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and a few other Arab countries.