Allied Military Government issues
France was liberated starting with D-Day, June 6, 1944. AMG
stamps were issued later in the year and were in use until superseded by
stamps of the Free French government in 1945.
The stamps are denominated in the French currency, centimes and francs.
The stamps were printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in
Washington, DC. The plate number fonts and positioning are similar
to those used on the U.S. Documentary stamps of the same period. They are frequently collected as pairs or blocks, as care was not taken
during printing to ensure that the plate number appeared on the selvage of
a single stamp.
First series, single colors, 1944
2N1, 5 centimes, plate number 45440
2N2, 10c, plate number 45474
2N3, 25c, plate number 45442
2N4, 50c, plate number 45437
2N5, 1 franc, plate number 45443
2N6, 1.50 fr, plate number 45444
2N7, 2.50 fr, plate number 45445
2N8, 4 fr, plate number 45568
2N9, 5 fr, plate number 45446
2N10, 10 fr, plate number 45475
Second series, bi-colored, denominations in
The second series required two plates. Plate 45891 was used to
print the different colors for the Arc de Triomphe, with separate plates
used to print each denomination in black. BEP would later do
something similar with the final U.S. postage due series, using common
plates for the background with a separate process for the denominations.
2N11, 30c, plate number 45891 and 45965
2N12, 40c, plate number 45891 and 45966
2N13, 50c, plate number 45891 and 45967
2N14, 60c, plate number 45891 and 45968
2N15, 80c, plate number 45891 and 45923
2N16, 1.20 fr, plate number 45891 and
2N17, 1.50 fr, plate number 45891 and
2N18, 2 fr, plate number 45891 and 45962
2N19, 2.40 fr, plate number 45891 and
2N20, 3 fr, plate number 45891 and 45963
All AMG-France PNS examples have been photographically cropped from
plate blocks of six. Images courtesy of the late Wallace Cleland.
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This page last updated November 24, 2018.