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COLOMBIA (Provinces)

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Colombia consisted of: Antioquia, Bolivar, Boyaca, Cauca, Cundinamarca, Magdalena, Santander, Tolima. Every province, except Cauca and Magdalena issued its own stamps. The city of Bogota issued stamps also.

ANTIOQUIA

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BARBACOAS

1902 Iinscription 'No hay estampillas Pago$ El Admor. E.O. Ortiz.', a local stamp for Barbacoas


I've been told that these four stamps are genuine

  0.10 black on red
  0.10 black on green
  0.10 black on lilac
  0.10 black on blue
  0.10 black on violet
  0.10 black on yellow
  0.20 black on green
  0.40 black on blue

These stamps are very rare, beware of forgeries! The next stamps are probably forgeries:


BOGOTA

1889 Arms of Bogota, eagle,inscription 'CORREO URBANO DE BOGOTA'

  1/2 c black (2 types)
  10 c black on pink (1910)

The 1/2 c is perforated 12. The 10 c is usually imperforate (also exist perforated: RR).

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 cc*Both types
10 c****** 


BOYACA

1899 Mendoza Perez

  5 c green

This stamp has 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***** 

 

1903 Various designs

20 c brown and 5 P black on red
(Reduced sizes)

  10 c grey
  10 c blue
  10 c orange (1904)
  20 c brown (eagle)
  50 c green
  50 c grey
  1 P red
  1 P brown
  5 P black on red (Bolivar statue)
  10 P black on brown (president Roquin)

Most of these stamps exist perforated 12 or imperforate (except the 10 c blue, which is imperforate).

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 grey ** 
10 c blueRR 
10 c orange**** 
20 c** 
50 c blue******Imperforate: RR
50 c green****Imperforate: R
1 P red****Imperforate: ***
1 P brown ****** 
5 P***** 
10 P******Exists tete-beche: RR

Some errors seem to exist (printed on the wrong background colour) and a 5 P with the '5' omitted.

Fiscal stamps, example:


CARTHAGENA

1899 Inscription 'CORREOS REPUBLICA DE COLOMBIA' with control-overprint

  1 c brown on yellow
  2 c black on yellow
  5 c red on yellow
  5 c brown on green
  5 c red
  10 c blue on yellow
  10 c red on red

The plates of the 5 c red on yellow was used to create the 1 c and 2 c stamps. Parts of the '5' can still be seen in these stamps. These stamps are imperforate or rouletted. The control-overprint consists of wavy lines, a star or lilly.

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 red on yellow ****** 
5 c brown on green ****** 
5 c red**** 
10 c blue on yellow****** 
10 c red on red****** 

 

1901 Inscription 'CORREOS REPUBLICA DE COLOMBIA' with overprint


(Reduced sizes)

  1 c black (overprinted with 's' in violet)
  1 c blue (overprinted with chain like motif, red)
  2 c black on red (overprinted with 's' in violet)
  2 c brown (overprinted with chain like motif, red)
  5 c violet (overprinted with red star)
  10 c brown (overprinted with red star)

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 blackcc 
1 c blue** 
2 c black on red cc 
2 c brown** 
5 c *** 
10 c **** 

CAUCA

 

1878 Inscription 'POPAYAN. franca 10 centavos No hai estampillas El Admor.'

  10 c 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
10 c RRRRRR 

 

1879

(If anybody possesses a picture of this stamp, please contact me!)

  5 c 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 cRRRRRR 

 

1882 Numbers in corner with 'PS' in fancy letters in center

(If anybody possesses a picture of this stamp, please contact me!)

  5 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
5 cRRRR3 types

 

1890 Inscription 'CAUCA vale 5 ctvs provisional P. de A.'

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
5 cRRRR 

 

1902 Inscription 'CORREOS DE LA Republica de Colombia', perforated or imperforate

(If anybody possesses a picture of these stamps, please contact me!)

  10 c black on red
  20 c black on orange

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 ******Two types, second type: R
20 c****** 

 

Bogus issue for Cauca:

Eagle, the inscription reads 'REPUBLICA DE COLOMBIA CORREOS PROVINCIA DE CAUCA'. It seems to have been issued in 1892. I have seen: 5 c red and 10 c green. Pictures can also be found in 'The Fournier album of Philatelic Forgeries' by Ragatz, though in Fourniers1914 pricelist, Fournier does not mention these stamps.


CUNDINAMARCA

1870 Arms, eagle

  5 c blue
  10 c red (eagle in circle)
  10 c red (arms with eagle on top, 1877)
  20 c green (1877)
  50 c violet (1877)
  1 P brown (1877)

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 ****** 
10 c RRRREagle
10 c******Arms
20 cRR 
50 c RRRR 
1 PRRRR 

 

1883 Provisional issue

  10 c black on yellow
  50 c black on red
  1 P black on brown

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 cRRRR 
50 c RRRR 
1 PRRRR 

A few other, extremely rare provisional issues also exist.

 

1884 Arms and eagle in a horseshoe shaped design

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  5 c blue

1885 Arms, eagle, in a circle

  5 c blue
  10 c red
  20 c green
  50 c violet
  1 P brown

1904 New designs

Number

  1 c orange
  2 c blue

Eagle

  3 c red
  5 c green
  10 c brown
  15 c red
  20 c blue
  40 c blue
  50 c lilac
  1 P green

1904 Registration stamp, inscription 'R'

  10 c brown

Fiscal stamps, example:


GARZON

1894 Inscription 'R. de C. Garzon 1894 No Hay Estampilas PAGO'; meaning 'no stamps available'

UN PESO black
(Reduced size)

  $0,01 black
  $0,01 black (with extra inscription 'Junio de 1894'
  UN PESO black

These stamps are printed on paper taken from school books.

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 blackRRRR 
1 c black (Junio de 1894) RRR 
1 PRRR 


HONDA

1896 Stamp of Colombia of 1890, overprinted 'Habilitada Vale $0,01 Honda'

  0,01 on 2 c green

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
0,01 on 2 cRRRR 

Forged overprints exist (and seem not to be very rare).


MEDELLIN

1889 Inscription 'PROVISIONAL MEDELLIN'

2 1/2 c black on yellow 5 c red on yellow
(Reduced sizes)

  2 1/2 c black on yellow
  2 1/2 c red
  5 c black on yellow
  5 c red on yellow

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 1/2 c black on yellow RRRR2 types
2 1/2 c redRR10 types
5 c black on yellow******6 types
5 c red on yellow******10 types

 

1903 Inscription 'CORREOS URBANOS DE MEDELLIN'

  20 c red
  20 c green (1909)
  40 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
20 c red ** 
20 c green** 
40 c** 

 

1904 Inscription 'CORREOS URBANOS DE MEDELLIN', view of the city(?)

  20 c red (two types)
  50 c violet
  1 P green

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
20 c******Two types, also exists in orange
50 c******Two types
1 PRR 

 

1909 Postman

1/2 c green
(Reduced size)

  1/4 c blue
  1/2 c green
  1 c lilac
  1 c brown
  2 c red
  50 c orange
  50 c green

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/4 c c* 
1/2 c** 
1 c lilac** 
1 c brown****** 
2 c** 
50 c orange** 
50 c green** 

 

1910 Flag and inscription '1810 1910'

  50 c brown, red, violet and yellow
  1 $ green, red, violet and yellow 

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
50 c** 
1 $** 

What is this? A 10 c stamp of Colombia overprinted 'Habilitado Medellin AR':


RIO HACHA

1902 Inscription 'No hay estampillas Vale El Agente Postal' with signature 'J.R. Pichon' or 'Julio R. Pichon'

10 c black on grey

  5 c black on white or black on yellow
  10 c black on white, grey or green

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 cRRRRR 
10 cRRRRR 

Reprints exist made in 1902 (*), if I'm well informed the sizes of these reprints are larger.


TOLIMA

For stamps of Tolima click here.


TUMACO

1901 Inscription 'Pago El Agente Postal Manuel E Jimenez', perforated or imperforated

$ 0.05 and $ 0.10
(reduced size)

  $ 0.01 black
  $ 0.02 black
  $ 0.02 1/2 black
  $ 0.05 black
  $ 0.10 black
  $ 0.20 black
  $ 0.50 black
  $ 1.00 black
  $ 5.00 black

1912 Inscription 'No hay estampillas, Pago (value) Tumaco do 1912'

  1 c black
  2 c black on blue

1903 Inscription 'GOBIERNO PROVISIONAL'

  5 c violet
  10 c red

1913 Larger stamp, arms and inscription 'No hay estampillas Pago (value) TUMACO ENERO DE 1913 EL AGENTE POSTAL' and signature 'Duque Jimenez'

  $ 0.01 black
  $ 0.02 black on lilac
  $ 0.05 black on blue

Bogus Locals for ALMAGUER

These stamps are bogus local stamps, eagle in an oval, they have the inscription 'REPUBLICA DE COLOMBIA ALMAGUER EL ADMOR'. There also seems to exist a red 2 c value. Note that the two stamps have an elliptic cancel and on top of this a 'COLOMBIA' cancel in fancy letters forming almost a circle.


BARRANQUILLA


(Letter from Barrnaquilla, 'NO HAY ESTAMPILLAS PAGO 5 CENTAVOS' cancel)


Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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