Since November 21, 1908, confirmed by order of October 29, 1908 five New
Caledonian stamps carried the overprint "Nouvelles Hébrides" in two lines
and served as postage together with the British overprinted Fiji stamps.
21 November 1908, almost a month after the issue of the British series.
New Caledonia stamps overprinted in the Atelier du Timbre, Paris.
Overprint: NOUVELLES HÉBRIDES
|Michel: 10 - 14||*****: ** - **||Yvert: 1 - 5||S.-G.: F1 - F5|
|Printed Quantities: printed total|
|82 500||133 500||133 500||61 500||20 250|
|sold in Paris at the Colonial Stamps Agency:|
|25 500||13 500||7 500||7 200||3 000|
|sold in Vila|
|15 000||36 000||30 000||12 000||7 000|
|Overprinted in 1910 and 1920|
|42 000||84 000||96 000||42 300||10 250|
|This cancel on these stamps has has almost all possible errors. The date seems to be 12 April 1910 with PCH Type 6 which is known for these confusions. (Treadwell coll. [A.1.3.1])|
|An overprint dislocated far to the left - a very scarce item! (at bottom: wrong colour image) (Alain Millet coll.[A.1.3.2])|
|This is an unauthorized use of PCH type 4AU as there is a "1" showing as the first number of the year. Normally, the vertical date symmetry line crosses Sandwich between the D and W, the 1 of the year ten showing into the midst of the D. Here the date symmetry line goes through the midst of the N and the 1 shows into the gap between A nd N. The metal of the outer ring of the cancel was very weak so it happened that the date block could rotate a bit in the cancel in spite of the little slot to hold it in place, sometimes it is completely turned by 180 degrees. (Oswald coll.)|
left: double ovpt black/red out of alignment (Merot coll.)
second: double ovpt black/red overlaying (Merot coll.) third & right: a partly double overprint (Ruecker coll.)
|Perforation was 14 x 13½ on unwatermarked paper. The sheets were in the usual French method of 150 stamps in 6 panes of 25 (5x5) for the four small format stamps, and 75 stamps in three panes of 25 for the large-format stamp. Panes were divided horizontally by a gutter the size of the stamp, and in the case of the small-format stamps, vertically as well by a gutter half the size of the stamp. Between the panes of the second row of these was a numeral, the "millésime", which represented the final numeral of the year in which printing took place. There were only three millésimes per sheet, and "8" (for 1908) is the special millésime for these and all later New Hebrides overprints.|
The 1911 perf. 11 instead of 13½ x 14 fakes
According to an unconfirmed source these stamps were overprinted in the Atelier du Timbre Boulevard Brune in Paris by workers of the print shop in their off duty hours with the original printing equipment but were perforated with a machine different from that normally used. (Merot coll.)