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Have searched till I'm blue in the face trying to pin down three French Council of Europe flag stamps. What I think I know is that the design ran from 1958 to 1976 and was issued in many varied multicolored editions, unlike these monochrome examples I am attaching. In weeks of searching the web I have only found one example of the 35F stamp being sold by an Italian guy on the delcampe site. He lists it as a 1958/1959 "brick red" but does not mention any catalog numbers. If you could assist me on a proper identification and if all three were issued in the same year, it would be greatly appreciated. I am not a collector, I am trying to liquidate an inherited accumulation (can't really call it a collection because it's such a disorganized mess). Thank you sir.

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Hi Terry,
  Sorry this one has taken a while for me to get back to you.  They are interesting, and I've still not found an exact match, as France is not my specialty, but this has all the hallmarks of a "Proof".  As you mentioned have seen plenty of multi-color variance of these from 1958 to 1961.  Before stamps are finalized after the design stage, there is a process of test printing, to see how the engraving on the plates that print the stamps are working as expected (printing clearly).  Often these are in a single color, and not in any of the colors that the stamp will be printed in finally, but the most telling clue here is that these are imperforate.  And that is a typical sign.  I'm curious are they gummed or ungummed?
   I'm going to keep looking to get a confirmation but I wanted to give you my initial thoughts about these 3 stamps.

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My expertise is in US, but I have a lot of exposure to worldwide, and with wide reference material, I will do what I can to answer questions about global stamps. In US I have extensive experience in all aspects (does include Administrative overprints for Cuba, China, Puerto Rico etc.). Also, Hawaii general issue and Revenue (pre-statehood). Of course still building knowledge but have been collecting since 1980. Air Mail is a favorite area, but not a limitation. Two specialty areas are Large Banknote issues, and Washington/Franklin identification. Strong experience in Carrier & Locals, Private Die (Also known as M&M for "Match & Medicine" but also includes some playing card and perfume stamp issues.) Recently have been building more back-of-book experience, especially around Official, Newspaper, Revenue and tax editions. Some covers, and cancellations, but not my strong suit. Another area I'm recently diving into. What I can't do: Anything non-US, as it's just not an area I focus on.

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30+ years of learning the hard way. A lot of passion for collecting and dealing (as I do both). I don't consider it a hobby... I consider it a serious pursuit that I'm able to do in the hours I'm not occupied by annoying things like sleep. I work closely with some of the global leaders in the expertizing and identification field. Have co-authored several papers (with Mr. William Weiss Jr.) related to identification, as well as tool set to help with quickly identifying the more challenging areas of Washington Franklin. Strong experience in paper types and coil validation.

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1870 - 1879 Large Banknote Issues - Easy Identification (co-authored with William Weiss Jr). Washington-Franklin - Easy Identification (co-authored with William Weiss Jr.) Detecting Fakes, Alterations and Counterfeits (APS Summer Session Expertizing Session materials with William Weiss Jr.)

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Thousands and thousands of hours of pouring over hundreds of collections. 30+ years as a collector-to-dealer, avid student of philatelic study. Pre-1900 variation is fascinating, and it seems even after all these years, that I make some discovery every time I look at a new example. APS Summer Session - Fundamentals of Expertizing 2014

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