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Suit: 2 of Diamonds 
Country: France 
Name: Ceres 
Year: 1849 
Denomination: One franc 
Description: This issue was designed by Jean Jacques Barre, chief engraver to the Paris Mint. It features the portrait of Ceres, the Roman goddess of Grain. France authorized adhesive stamps for prepayment of postage on August 24, 1848, but delayed implementation of the postal use until New Year's day, 1849. The stamp's initial color (the dull orange-red shown here) was changed on December 1, 1849 to carmine. This change was made to prevent the One franc denomination from being confused with the new 40 centime which was scheduled for issuance in February 1850. The color selected for the 40 centime? Orange, of course!. 
Color: Dull Orange-red 
Used/Unused: Unused 
Perf/Imperf: Imperforate 
Catalog: Scott 8 

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