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BOLIVIA 1867-1896

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1867 Eagle

5 c green 5 c green 10 c brown 10 c violet
(reduced sizes)

Genuine Certified genuine 100 c blue Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  5 c green
  5 c violet
  10 c brown
  50 c yellow
  50 c blue
  100 c blue
  100 c green

There are many types of these stamps. They could also be used for fiscal purposes (cancelled by penstrokes). In fact, they were mainly used fiscally.

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 green******Shades of green
Fiscally used: *
5 c violetRRRRRRFiscally used: RR
10 c brownRRRRRRFiscally used: RR
50 c yellow***RFiscally used: ***
50 c blueRRRRRRFiscally used: RR
100 c blueRRRRFiscally used: ***
100 c greenRRRRRRFiscally used: R

Forgeries, examples (by the way, I'm not sure if all the above stamps are genuine):

Eberhardt forgery? Forgery!


(Reduced size)

To make things even more complicated, reprints exist made in 1897, also with forged cancels.

If anybody has more information about the forgeries and reprints of this country, please contact me!

 

1869 Arms of Bolivia

With 9 stars in the design

50 c blue, 9 stars 100 c orange

  1 c red
  2 c violet
  5 c green
  5 c blue
  10 c red
  10 c orange
  10 c yellow
  20 c green
  50 c blue
  50 c red
  100 c orange
  100 c yellow
  500 c black

With 11 stars in the design

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom 10 c red

  1 c red
  2 c violet
  5 c green
  5 c blue
  10 c red
  10 c orange
  50 c blue
  100 c orange
  500 c black

For the specialist: these stamps were first issued with perforation 12. The type with 11 stars was also issued with rouletted perforation in 1887. A few values (1 c red, 2 c violet, 5 c blue, 10 c yellow and 20 c green) were issued lithographed with perforation 11.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
9 Stars
1 c**Lithographed: **
2 c*****Lithographed: *
5 c green****** 
5 c blue** 
10 c red****** 
10 c orange**** 
10 c yellow****Perf 11, lithographed
20 c green*****Lithographed: ***
50 c blue****** 
50 c red***** 
100 c orangeRR 
100 c yellowR*** 
500 cRRRRRR 
11 Stars
1 c**Rouletted
2 c**Rouletted
5 c green** 
5 c blue**Perf 11, lithographed
5 c blue****Rouletted
10 c red****** 
10 c orange****Rouletted
50 c blue****** 
100 c orange****** 
500 cRRRRRR 

Forgeries, examples:

Forgery! Forgery! Probalby a forgery!

These forgeries can be recognized by the fact that the background in the circle is plane, instead of consisting of horizontal lines as in the genuine stamps.

Forgery!

The forgeries above have typical forgers cancels (this cancel was never used in Bolivia).

 

1878 Arms with book

20 c green

  5 c blue
  10 c orange
  20 c green
  50 c red

These stamps have perforation 12.

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 c***** 
10 c**** 
20 c**** 
50 cRR*** 

 

1894 New arms type, inscription 'Correos de Bolivia' in a circle


(reduced views)

  1 c yellow
  2 c red
  5 c green
  10 c brown
  20 c blue
  50 c lilac
  100 c red

These stamps have perforation 14.

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 c*** 
2 c** 
5 c** 
10 c** 
20 c**** 
50 c****** 
100 c****** 


(Reprints with forged cancels)

Many of these stamps are reprints (exists also with cancellation). Among them a 'misprint': 10 c blue.

Overprinted 'E.F. 1899' in a rectangle (1898)
(used in north Bolivia during the civil war)


(Genuine overprint)

  1 c yellow
  2 c red
  5 c green
  10 c brown
  20 c blue
  50 c lilac (not officially issued!)
  100 c red (not officially issued!)

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 cRR 
2 cRR 
5 c****** 
10 c****** 
20 cRR 
50 c?? 
100 c?? 

The overprint 'EF' stands for 'Estado Federal'.

Many forged overprints exist. Examples:

Postal stationery in the same design ('TARJETA POSTAL'):


(2 c blue on lilac)

 

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