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1862 Sailships

1 P orange

  1/2 r blue
  2 r red
  4 r green
  1 P orange

These stamps have perforation 12. Genuine used stamps are quite rare. Most of the 'used' stamps are bear forged cancels.

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 rc* 
1 rc* 
4 r*** 
1 P***** 

Overprinted 'OFICIAL'

'OFICIAL' overprint

These stamps with overprint 'OFICIAL' are essays (or even bogus altogether?). These essays have also been forged (in 'The Fournier album of philatelic forgeries' a forged 'OFICIAL' overprint can be found).

Surcharged

  '1 cto' (red) on 1/2 r blue
  '2 cts.' (red) on 1/2 r blue
  '5 cts. U.P.U' (red) on 1/2 r blue
  '10 CTS. U.P.U' on 2 r red
  '20 CTS. U.P.U' (red) on 4  r 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 cto on 1/2 r**two types; 'cto' straight or in italic
2 cto on 1/2 r** 
5 cto on 1/2 r*** 
10 cto on 2 r****** 
20 cto on 4 r****** 

Fournier has made forged overprints (all the above) on genuine stamps, images can be found in 'The Fournier album of philatelic forgeries'). Other overprints exist, but were made for stamp collectors on leftover stamps after the stamps had become invalid for use, examples:

The '1' should be much larger ?? No 'UPU' overprint
('1 cto.' on 1/2 r, '2 cts.' on 1/2 r; different types and '10 cts. unissued stamps')

Forgeries, examples:


(Forgeries)


(Some other primitive forgeries)


(Forgeries with cancel as shown above can be found on some forgeries of Sicily as well)


(Probably Spiro forgeries, note the typical cancel)

A stamp with inscription 'PESEDA' instead of 'PESO' is a forgery.

 

1883 President Fernandez

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  1 c green
  2 c red
  5 c lilac
  10 c yellow
  40 c blue

Fiscal stamps 'TIMBRE PROPORTIONAL' surcharged 'CORREOS'

Rare vertical surcharge, genuine
(Vertical surcharge)

  1 c red
  2 c blue
  5 c brown

The 1 c exists with vertical surcharge (instead of horizontal).

1887 President Soto, various frames


(Reduced size)

  1 c brown
  2 c blue
  5 c orange
  5 c violet
  10 c yellow
  10 c brown
  20 c green
  50 c red
  1 P blue
  2 P lilac
  5 P green
  10 P black

Fiscal stamps 'TIMBRE PROPORTIONAL' surcharged 'CORREOS' horizontally.

  5 c brown
  10 c blue

Some typical 'Star' cancels:

Image obtained from Christer Bergstrom

1892 Arms, various frames

Cancelled with a so-called 'David Star' cancel Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom


(Reduced size)

  1 c green
  2 c orange
  5 c lilac
  10 c green
  20 c red
  50 c blue
  1 P green on yellow
  2 P brown on grey
  5 P blue on blue
  10 P brown on yellow

A typical 'concentric rings' and 'star' cancel:

Image obtained from Christer Bergstrom

 

1901 Various designs, inscription '1900'


(Images obtained thanks to Francisco A. Di Napoli)

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  1 c green and black (statue of Juan Santamaria)
  2 c red and black (Juan Mora)
  4 c lilac and black (Jose M.Canas)
  5 c blue and black (Puerto Limon)
  6 c olive and black (Julian Volio)
  10 c brown and black (Braulio Carillo)
  20 c red and black (theatre building)
  25 c violet and black (Eusebio Figureoa)
  50 c brown and blue (Jose M.Castro)
  1 Col brown and black (Birris bridge)
  2 Col red and grey (Juan Rafael Mora)
  5 Col brown and black (Jesus Jimenez)
  10 Col green and red (arms)

Surcharged in fancy letters
  'UN CENTIMO' on 20 c red and black

Overprinted '1911'
  1 c green and black (overprint red)

Overprinted 'Habilitado 1911'

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  4 c lilac and black

1907 Statue (1 c) and famous persons, inscription 'UPU 1907'

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom


(Reduced sizes)

  1 c brown and black
  2 c green and black
  4 c red and blue
  5 c yellow and blue
  10 c blue and black
  20 c green and black
  25 c violet and black
  50 c lilac and blue
  1 Col brown and black
  2 Col red and black

Stamps with horizontal bars are remainders that have been cancelled in this way. In many cases, these remainders are more common than the 'normal' stamps.

Overprinted '1911'

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  1 c brown and black
  2 c green and black (overprint black or red)

Overprinted 'Habilitado 1911'

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom
With remainder cancel: 5 parallel lines

  5 c yellow and blue (overprint blue)
  10 c blue and black

 

1910 Statue and famous persons, smaller sized stamps, inscription 'UPU 1909'

Image obtained from Christer Bergstrom Image obtained from Christer Bergstrom


(Reduced size)

  1 c brown (soldier)
  2 c green
  4 c red
  5 c orange
  10 c blue
  20 c olive
  25 c violet
  1 C brown

Various telegraph stamps (14) were overprinted with 'Correos' in 1911, example:

 


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