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The Stamps Of Counani.

 
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Posted 07/05/2021   06:39 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add rod222 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Being a worldwide collector, it behooves me to offer the following.
Postage stamps? Cinderellas? Your choice.
Noted: Sale online of 1 similar stamp, fetched $70 on the open market.
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18th April 1908

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Posted 07/05/2021   06:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
https://omniatlas.com/maps/south-america/18870304/
Independent state of Guiana, Counani.
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Edited by rod222 - 07/05/2021 06:46 am
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Posted 07/05/2021   07:05 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add perf12 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice find..
In 1885, a Frenchman, Jean-Ferréol Guigues, and a Swiss, Paul Quartier, arrived in Counani, claiming to have detected an important vein of gold in the mountain. The two form a company, and appoint Jules Gros, journalist and member of the Geographical Society, secretary. They had the idea to sell shares in the gold mines of Counani in France, and to make a fortune.



The republic was proclaimed in this territory on July 23, 1886. Guigues was appointed president of the Council and Paul Quartier minister of public works.


It adopts a motto: Liberty and Justice

http://timbresetlettres.blogspot.co...counani.html

It is interesting to note these stamps inspired the Katanga series..
A forger was therefore inspired by the old fakes of the Republic of the Counami by repeating
completely the "design" and by changing only "COUNANI" by "KATANGA". We
find the same layout and almost the same ornamentation.

http://www.philafrica.be/CONGOLATRE...n%202019.pdf
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Nice contribution, thanks Perf12.

Noted the scams in the comments.
Scammers are everywhere.
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Posted 07/05/2021   5:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mootermutt987 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have never heard of Counani. Interesting reading! If left to my own devices, I would have considered stamps of Counani to be analogous to the stamps of Rattlesnake Island, or any one of the other 'self-declared' entities that 'issued' stamps. Whether THEY thought of their stamps as real or not is almost irrelevant - they would need to be widely recognized as valid for postage for me to hold them in higher regard. Of course, your 'line in the sand' may be different.

After all, there are people that make all kinds of wild 'statements of fact'. For me, it comes down to what the wider population considers the truthfulness of the statements. Otherwise, I would consider such statements as fiction, delusion, or hyperbole (or, out and out lies, purposely and strategically made to deceive). Could the stamps of Counani get mail delivered somewhere? Within Counani only? Maybe it could be considered a 'local'. Could they get letters delivered to, say, England? Then they might be bona-fide postage stamps. As always, YMMV.
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Quote:
It is interesting to note these stamps inspired the Katanga series..


Wow!
Extraordinary ! There are some very alert collectors out there.

Thanks Perf 12,
saved pdf under Counani-Katanga

Outbid 2015

Steiner Page 5.
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"Prepared, more for a giggle, than a gain" ... I like that!


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Posted 02/09/2023   06:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob Roy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Looking at Wikipedia, there were two Republics of Independent Guiana (Counani): Republic (1886–1891), and Free State of Counani (1901–1904).
Your stamps are from 1893 so, if Wikipedia is right, those are indeed Cinderellas. Wiki also states that the second period did issue stamps.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repub...ndent_Guiana
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Posted 02/09/2023   08:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow! interesting.
Thanks a lot, Rob.
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