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ARGENTINA 1892-1920

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1892 Ship of Columbus

Genuine, image obtained thanks to Bill Claghorn

  2 c blue
  5 c blue

For the specialist: these stamps have watermark 'sun' and perforation 11 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 c **** 
5 c**** 

Forgeries:

Forgeries!
(Forgeries of these stamps)

I've been told that these forgeries originate from Italy. The forger Fournier offered forgeries of these stamps (the 2 values for 1 swiss franc) in his 1914 Price list of philatelic forgeries. I do not know if the above forgeries are Fournier forgeries. Genuine stamps have a 'sun with rays' watermark, the forgeries have an impressed watermark. There should be a small accent above the 'U' of 'REPUBLICA' and a horizontal crossbar in the 'G' of 'ARGENTINA' (according to 'Focus on forgeries').

On the website http://columbus-on-stamps.8m.com/0242-argentina3.htm some more differences can be found (base on Guzman, Luiz A. "Commemoration of the Fourth Centenary of the Discovery of America in stamps issued by Argentina". Discovery no.30 April 1990):

The genuine stamps have (obtained from the above mentionned website):

1. The A of Republica and the first A of ARGENTINA are joined at the bottom.
2. The right part of the N of ARGENTINA is shorter.
3. The second N and the second A of ARGENTINA are joined at the bottom on the two centavos stamp only.
4. R and E of 12 OCTUBRE 1892 are joined at the bottom.
5. The three horizontal lines at the left of centavos are one at the left but have three points at the right.
6. The upper part of the T of CENTAVOS ends in two triangles.
7. The flag cross has three arms.
8. Topmast is bent to the left.
9. Ship's helm is straight and long.
10. There are seven birds flying between the first and second ships.

The forged stamps have (also obtained from the above mentionned website):

1. The A of Republica and the first A of ARGENTINA are separated at the bottom.
2. The right part of the N of ARGENTINA is normal.
3. The second N and the second A of ARGENTINA are separated at the bottom on the two centavos stamp only.
4. R and E of 12 OCTUBRE 1892 are NOT joined at the bottom.
5. The three horizontal lines at the left of centavos, only the top one has points and lacks the vertical line on the left on the two centavos only.
6. The T of CENTAVOS at top is not complete.
7. The flag's cross has three arms.
8. Topmast at right is wide.
9. Ship's helm is short and narrow at the end.
10. There are six birds flying between the first and second ships, the five centavos has five birds.

 

1892 Famous persons, inscription 'REPUBLICA ARGENTINA'

Rivadiva

  1/2 c blue
  1 c brown
  2 c green
  3 c orange
  5 c red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 c cc 
1 c*c 
2 c*c 
3 c*c 
5 c**vc 
Belgrano

Image obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

  10 c red
  12 c blue
  16 c black
  24 c brown
  30 c orange
  50 c green
  80 c violet

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 c ***c 
12 c***c 
16 c**** 
24 c**** 
30 c**** 
50 c **** 
80 c****** 
San Martin

Image obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

  1 P red
  1 P 20 c black
  2 P green
  5 P blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 P***** 
1 P 20 cR*** 
2 PR*** 
5 PRR*** 

For the specialist: these stamps have watermark 'sun'. An erroneous stamp 5 c in the colour green seems to exist (RRR).

 

1899 Woman, representing the republic

  1/2 c brown
  1 c green
  2 c black
  3 c orange (1900)
  4 c yellow (1903)
  5 c red
  6 c black (1900)
  10 c green
  12 c blue
  12 c green (1900)
  15 c grey (1900)
  16 c orange
  20 c red
  24 c violet
  30 c red
  50 c blue

Larger size

  1 P blue
  5 P orange
  10 P green
  20 P red

For the specialist: these stamps have watermark 'sun'. The values 1 P to 20 P exists with inverted centers (RRR).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 c cc 
1 c*c 
2 c*c 
3 c*c 
4 c*** 
5 c*vc 
6 c** 
10 c*c 
12 c blue**** 
12 c green**** 
15 c***c 
16 cRR 
20 c**** 
24 c***** 
30 c****Two shades of red were issued
50 c**** 
1 P**** 
5 PRR***Fiscally used: *
10 PRRRFiscally used: *
20 PRRRRFiscally used: *

 

1902 Inauguration of the harbor of Rosario

  5 c blue

For the specialist: this stamp has watermark 'sun'.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c ***** 

 

1908 Head of San Martin

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  1/2 c violet
  1 c brown
  2 c brown
  3 c green
  4 c lilac
  5 c red
  6 c yellow
  10 c green
  12 c orange
  12 c blue 
  15 c green
  20 c blue
  24 c brown
  30 c red
  50 c black

Larger size

  1 P blue and red

For the specialist: these stamps have watermark 'sun'. Unwatermarked stamps are known coming from the borders of the sheets.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 c cc 
1 ccc 
2 c*vc 
3 c** 
4 c** 
5 c*vc 
6 c** 
10 c*c 
12 c orange**** 
12 c blue*c 
15 c***Seems to exist without text
'SAN MARTIN': ***
20 c*** 
24 c***** 
30 c**** 
50 c**** 
1 P***** 

 

1910 100 years of begin of independence movement, various designs, inscription '1810 1910'

Image obtained from Christer Bergstrom

  1/2 cx grey and blue
  1 c green and black
  2 c olive and black
  3 c green
  4 c blue and green
  5 c red
  10 c brown and black
  12 c blue
  20 c brown and black
  24 c brown and black
  30 c lilac and black
  50 c red and black
  1 P bleu and dark blue
  5 P orange and violet
  10 P orange and black
  20 P blue and black

For the specialist: these stamps have watermark 'sun'. Unwatermarked stamps exist (RR). Stamps with inverted center are extremely rare (RRR). The perforation is 11 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 c cc 
1 ccc 
2 c*c 
3 c** 
4 c** 
5 c*vc 
10 c** 
12 c *c 
20 c**** 
24 c**** 
30 c**** 
50 c****** 
1 P****** 
5 PRRRR 
10 PRRRR 
20 PRRRRRR 

 

1911 Inscription 'Sarmientios Centenario'

(Sorry, no picture available. If anybody has an image, please contact me!)

  5 c brown and black

For the specialist: this stamp has watermark 'sun' and perforation 13 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c ** 

 

1911 Ploughing man walking towards horizon

  1/2 c violet
  1 c yellow
  2 c brown
  3 c green
  4 c lilac
  5 c orange (red)
  10 c green
  12 c blue
  20 c blue
  24 c brown
  30 c red
  50 c black

Larger size
  1 P blue and red
  5 P black and green
  10 P lilac and blue
  20 P blue and brown

For the specialist: these stamps have watermark 'sun' or 'beehives' (the values 1 c, 2 c and 5 c also exist without watermark). The 5 c and 12 c exist in slightly larger size.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks

Cheapest types

1/2 c cc 
1 ccc 
2 c*vc 
3 c*c 
4 c*vc 
5 c*vc 
10 c*c 
12 c*c 
20 c*** 
24 c***** 
30 c**** 
50 c**** 
1 P***** 
5 PRRR 
10 PRRRR 
20 PRRRRRR 

I have seen an envelope with a similar image as the above stamps (12 c blue). I have also seen a wrapper 2 c brown with text: 'FAJA POSTAL IMPRESOS' in the above design.

Several overprints exist on these stamps. They consist of two or three letters and were used by several ministries of the Argentine government, examples:


('M.I' and 'M.R.C.' overprint)

The following letters exist: 'M.A.' (ministry of agriculture), 'M.G.' (ministry of war), 'M.H.' (treasury), 'M.I.' (ministry of internal affairs), 'M.J.I.' (ministry of justice), 'M.M.' (navy), 'M.O.P' (ministry of public works) and 'M.R.C.' (ministry of foreign affairs).

 

1916 100 years of independance, Dr. Laprida, ceremony and San Martin, inscription '1816-1916' below

Image obtained from Christer Bergstrom Image obtained from Christer Bergstrom

  1/2 c violet
  1 c yellow
  2 c brown
  3 c green
  4 c lilac
  5 c orange
  10 c green
  12 c blue
  20 c blue
  24 c brown
  30 c red
  50 c black
  1 P blue and red
  5 P black and green
  10 P lilac and blue
  20 P blue and lilac 

These stamps have watermark 'beehives', various perforations exist.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 c cc 
1 c** 
2 c*c 
3 c** 
4 c** 
5 c*vc 
10 c*** 
12 c*** 
20 c***** 
24 c****** 
30 c**** 
50 c****** 
1 PR*** 
5 PRRRR 
10 PRRRR 
20 PRRRRRR 

Similar overprints as for the 1911 issue exist, issued for several ministries.

 

1917 San Martin

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom


(Reduced size, with watermark 'beehives' visible on top)

  1/2 c violet
  1 c yellow
  2 c brown
  3 c green
  4 c lilac
  5 c orange
  10 c green

Larger size
  12 c blue
  20 c blue
  24 c brown
  30 c red
  50 c black
  1 P blue and red
  5 P black and green
  10 P lilac and blue
  20 P blue and lilac 

These stamps were issued with watermark 'beehives' (1917, all values), without any watermark (1918, 1/2 c to 50 c) and with watermark 'multiple suns' (three types, 1920-22: 1/2 c to 50 c).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 c cc 
1 c*vc 
2 c*vc 
3 c*c 
4 c*c 
5 c*vc 
10 c**c 
12 c**c 
20 c***c 
24 c**** 
30 c**** 
50 c**** 
1 P**** 
5 PRR*** 
10 PRRRR 
20 P RRRR 

Similar overprints as for the 1911 issue exist, issued for several ministries.

 

1917 Dr J. Pujol (first introducer of stamps in Corrientes)

(Sorry, no picture available. If anybody has an image, please contact me!)

  5 c brown and black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c ** 

 

The next stamps to be issued in Argentina were three stamps in 1920 commemorating General Belgrano.


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