G cancelation on the Belgian 1863
A piece of Belgian postal history that fits in different collections the Hand cancelation G on the 1863 stamps. Unique in Belgian Postal history and a precursor for the company perfins.
The bank which performed the imprint was the bank Paternostre-Guillochin, Emile Sirault et cie which has its home in Bergen (Belgium). It was used between July 25, 1863 and October 25, 1865. The imprints are on stamps from the 1863 issue, the so-called perforated medals. The imprint’s colour differed according to the value. 10 c and 20 c had an orange imprint, the 40 c had a blue imprint. As could be expected of such a private operation, there are also inverted imprints, double prints and colour changes.
Forerunners of the company perforations.
The stamps are considered to be one of the forerunners of the company perforations, which causes them to be found back not only in a « Classic Belgium » collection. The use of company perforations in Belgium, though, was not permitted until October 6, 1872.
The stamps have, when franked, a catalogue value of around 110 euro for the 10 c and the 20 c and around 300 euro for the 40 c. When on a letter, high prices are noted, a catalogue value of 600 euro for the 10 c, 450 euro for the 20 c and 1400 euro for the 40 c.