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Official stamps

Various postage stamps received the overprint 'Oficial' or 'OFICIAL' from 1883 onwards.

1883 Postage stamps with President Fernandez, overprinted 'Oficial' or 'OFICIAL'

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  1 c green (black or red overprint)
  2 c red (black or red overprint)
  5 c lilac (red overprint)
  10 c yellow (green overprint)
  40 c blue (red overprint)

 

 

1887 Postage stamps of President Soto, with overprint 'OFICIAL'

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

 

1892 Arms postage stamps issue, overprinted 'OFICIAL'

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  1 c green
  2 c orange
  5 c lilac
  10 c green
  20 c red
  50 c blue

1901 Postage stamps of 1901, overprinted 'OFICIAL'

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)

With additional overprint 'PROVISORIO' (1903)
  2 c red and red

Remainders were cancelled with 5 parallel lines.

 

1908 Statue (1 c) and famous persons, inscription 'UPU 1907', overprinted 'OFICIAL'

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  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

Further surcharged '1921-22'
  4 c red and blue
  6 c on 1 c brown and black
  20 c on 25 c violet and black
  50 c lilac and blue
  1 Col brown and black

 

1917 Postage stamps of 1910, overprinted 'OFICIAL 15-VI-1917'

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  5 c orange
  10 c blue

Further surcharged (1921)
  '10 CTS.' on 5 c orange

 

1920 Postage stamp of 1910, overprinted 'OFICIAL' and surcharged

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  '15 CENTIMOS' (red) on 20 c olive

 

The first non-overprinted official stamps of Costa Rica appeared in 1926, they have 'OFICIAL' incorporated in the design.


Postage due stamps

1903 Inscription 'MULTA'


(Images obtained thanks to Francisco A. Di Napoli)

  5 c blue and black
  10 c brown and black
  15 c green and black
  20 c red and black
  25 c grey and black
  30 c brown and black
  40 c yellow and black
  50 c lilac and black

Most values (except 5 c and 10 c) exist with remainder cancel consisting of five parallel lines (see under postage stamps for examples).

 

1915 Inscription 'MULTA'

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  2 c red
  4 c blue
  8 c green
  10 c violet
  20 c brown

Returned letters

1920 Inscription 'CIERRE OFICIAL'

  (-) blue

Issues for Guanacaste

1885-1889 Stamps of Costa Rica, overprinted 'Guanacaste' or 'GUANACASTE', examples:


(Reduced sizes)

Forged overprints exist, examples:

Forged overprints!
(Forged oveprints)


Fiscal stamps (Timbre Proporcional)

Inscription 'SECRETARIA DE HACIENDA DE LA REPUBLICA DE COSTA RICA'


(1870 issue, background white)

In this 1870 design were issued: 5 c black, 10 c brown, 25 c green, 50 c red, 1 P orange, 2 P brown, 2 1/2 P violet, 5 P green, 10 P green, 25 P red, 50 P violet and 100 P blue. The value is always in black. An error 10 c green also seems to exist.


(1883 issue)

More fiscal stamps exist.

In 1883 the above design with letters in the background was issued in the values 5 c black, 10 c brown, 25 c green, 50 c red, 1 P orange, 2 P brown, 2 1/2 P violet, 5 P green, 10 P green and 25 P red.

 


Postal Stationery

Examples:


(Reduced sizes)


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