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BOLIVAR, Colombia (Province)

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Bolivar issued stamps from 1863 to 1906. From 1863 to 1891 the cancellations consisted almost exclusively of pen cancels.

1863 Very small stamps, imperforate

  10 c green
  10 c red
  1 P red

Two types exist of the 10 c; type I has 6 stars below the arms and type II has only 5 stars.

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 greenRRRRRR 
10 c redRRRR 
1 PRR 

Senf made a forgery of the 10 c green stamp. This forgery was distributed with stamp journal the 'Illustrierten Briefmarken Journal', No 19 (1st October 1887) as an 'art supplement' or 'Kunstbeigabe'. The forgery always bears the overprint 'Facsimile'.

Other forgeries:


(Forgeries)

A blackprint of a Sperati forgery (taken by the British Philatelic Association from the negatives from wich Sperati made the cliches for his imitations, with 'SPERATI REPRODUCTION' printed on the backside):


(Front and backside)

 

1873 Arms, imperforate

  5 c blue
  10 c violet
  20 c green
  80 c red


(Forgery of a 1873 Bolivar stamp)

1874 Various types

1878 issue

1878 5 c blue
(1874 issue left 1878 issue right, reduced sizes)

  5 c blue
  5 c blue (1878, other type)
  10 c grey 

1879 Simon Bolivar

Inscription '1879'

  5 c blue
  10 c grey
  20 c red
  40 c brown

Inscription '1880'

  5 c blue
  10 c violet
  20 c red
  40 c brown
  80 c green
  1 P orange

Inscription '1882'

  5 c blue
  10 c violet
  20 c red
  40 c brown
  80 c green
  1 P orange

Inscription '1883'

  5 c blue
  10 c violet
  20 c red
  40 c brown
  80 c green
  1 P orange

Inscription '1884'


(Reduced size)

  5 c blue
  10 c violet
  20 c red
  40 c brown
  80 c green
  1 P orange

Inscription '1885'
  5 c blue
  10 c violet
  20 c red
  40 c brown
  80 c green
  1 P orange

With no date (issued 1891)

  1 c black
  5 c orange
  10 c red
  20 c blue
  50 c green
  1 P violet

The value 1 c black 1891 stamp seems to have been used provisionally in Carthagena in 1901; it is overprinted with a violet star (value: ***).

The stamps of these issues (1879 to 1882) with cancel 'CARTAJENA FRANCA' (two types, with or without ornaments at the bottom) in the colours red, violet or black are cancelled to order. These cancels were even applied to bisected stamps, example:

 

1882 Large sized stamps, Simon Bolivar

1882 issue

  5 P blue and red
  10 P red and blue

These stamps are usually perforated.

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 P******I've seen imperforate stamps
10 P******I've seen imperforate stamps

Forgeries of these stamps exist, I have seen them with overprint 'FALSCH' (they are most likely Senf forgeries):

The perforation on these forgeries is printed.

 

1903 Simon Bolivar in different frames

  50 c blue on red
  50 c green on yellow
  50 c violet on yellow
  1 P olive on lilac
  1 P orange on lilac
  1 P red on yellow
  1 P green on yellow
  5 P red on lilac
  10 p blue on blue
  10 P violet on green
  10 P violet on yellow

1903 Simon Bolivar, various frames, perforated or imperforate

  5 c grey
  10 c brown
  20 c red

1904 Number


(Reduced sizes)

  1/2 c black
  1 c blue
  2 c violet

1903-04 Stamps for acknowledgment of receipt, with inscription 'R', 'AR', or 'AR' overprint, example:


('A.R.' in a circle on acknowledgment stamp of 1904)

Stamps with inscription 'RETARDO' also exist for Bolivar (sorry, no pictures available yet).


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