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GUATEMALA 1871-1878

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1871 Arms of Guatemala, perforated or imperforated

  1 c brown
  5 c brown
  10 c blue
  20 c red
  4 r violet
  1 P yellow

The values 1 to 20 c are perforated 14 x 13 1/2, the values 4 r and 1 P are perforated 12. A misprint 20 c blue seems to exist (etremely rare).

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**** 
5 c****** 
10 c****** 
20 c****** 
4 rRRRRR 
1 PRRRRRR 

In 1868 similar fiscal stamps with inscription 'TIMBRE DE GUATEMALA' were issued (7 values).

Typical cancel:

1 c brown
(Star cancel)

Forgeries:

The next forgeries are possibly produced by Senf (but I'm not 100% sure):


(This forgery has the word 'FACSIMILE' incorporated in the design below the shield)

In the next forgeries, the word 'FACSIMILE' of the above forgery, has been coloured in (but is still faintly visible):

Spiro forgeries:

I have also seen Spiro forgeries of the values 1 c, 5 c, 10 c and 20 c. They can be recognized by their typical cancels:

The 1 c and 20 c also have five complete vertical lines in the upper part of the shield (genuine stamps have six complete lines).


(Other forgeries)


(Forgery on piece of letter)

 

1875 Head of freedom

  1/4 r black
  1/2 r green
  1 r blue
  2 r brown

These stamps are perforated 12. They seem to exist imperforate as well (I've never seen imperforate stamps myself).

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 r****** 
1/2 r****** 
1 r****** 
2 r****** 

Forgeries, example:

'The Spud Papers' describes another forgery of the 1 r blue; in the genuine stamp, the nose of the woman is level with the 'E' of 'CORREOS', but in this forgery it is level with the 'O' of this word.

I have been told that these forgeries were made by Spiro. I have seen whole sheets of these forgeries (in all 4 values). The ones I have seen were cancelled with 'GUATEMALA 18 AG 78', 'GUATEMALA 11 AG 78' or 'GUATEMALA 27 MAYO 78' (several cancels on the same sheet).

Are the next stamps made by the same forger?:

Other forgery:


(Other forgery 1 r red; wrong colour)

 

1877 Indian woman

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom Genuine, image obtained from Bill Claghorn's site

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

Surcharged

  5 c on 1/2 r green
  20 c on 2 r red

These stamps are perforated 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
1/2 r*** 
2 r***** 
4 r***** 
1 P****** 

Surcharged

5 c on 1 /2 r****** 
20 c on 2 rRR 

Forgeries exist of these stamps, they can be recognized among other things by the cancels: 'GUATEMALA 18 AG 78', 'GUATEMALA 11 AG 78' or 'GUATEMALA 27 MAYO 78' (I have seen whole sheets with several cancels on the same sheet).


(Forgeries)

2 r red
(Probably a forgery)

The 2 r red value of this forgery, made by the same forger, is described in 'The Spud Papers'. I've been told that these forgeries were made by Spiro. The image of the 1 P is obtained from Bill Claghorn's Forgeries idenfication site. I have seen sheets of all non-surcharged values.


(Spiro forged sheet, reduced size)

Other forgeries, examples:


(Unlisted overprint, '1 centavo.' on 1/2 r, forgery?)

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