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Upto about 1882 a security overprint with the name of the city or a number was applied to all Mexican stamps.

For issues of Mexico from before 1866, click here.

 

1872 Head of Hidalgo in a circle surrounded with pearls

  6 c green
  12 c blue
  25 c red
  50 c yellow
  100 c grey

Back of a 12 c, image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom
(Moire pattern)

These stamps should have a blue so-called moire pattern on the back. Usually these stamps also have a security overprint on the frontside. Some reprints exist without this overprint (the 50 and 100 c above?), other reprints have forged security overprints and 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
6 c ****** 
12 c****** 
25 c***** 
50 cRRRR 
100 c RRRR 

Forgery, example:


(Forgery!)

Spiro forgery:


(Primitive forgeries)

I think the above stamps are Spiro forgeries. The outer frame line should be thinner between the labels with 'CENTAVOS', 'CORREOS' etc. and the outer corners. However, in this forgery this line has an equal thickness all around. Besides the values shown above, I have also seen the value 24 c of this particular forgery. The cancels are typical 'Spiro cancels'; arrays of dots, a rectangle with lines or a cancel resembling that of New South Wales.

Fournier forgeries

In the Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries forgeries with some of the following cancels can be found:

I have not yet been able to obtain images of these forgeries. These forgeries have security overprints as the genuine stamps. Another cancel exists used by Fournier: 'FRANCO 1 FEBR. 72 MORELIA' in a single circle, similar to the above circular cancels.


(Possibly a Fournier forgery)

 

1874 Head of Hidalgo, various frames

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

  4 c red (1878)
  5 c brown
  10 c black
  10 c orange (1878)
  25 c blue
  50 c green
  100 c red

These stamps have perforation 12.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
4 c ****** 
5 c*** 
10 c black **** 
10 c orange*** 
25 c*** 
50 c***** 
100 c ****** 

 

1879 President Juarez

10 c blue and 25 c red

  1 c brown
  2 c violet
  5 c orange
  10 c blue
  12 c brown
  18 c orange
  24 c violet
  25 c red
  50 c green
  50 c yellow
  85 c lilac
  100 c black
  100 c orange

These stamps have perforation 12.

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**** 
10 c**** 
12 c **** 
18 c**** 
24 c**** 
25 c** 
50 c green**** 
50 c yellowRRRR 
100 c black ****** 
100 c orangeRRRR 

Misprints exist, printed in the wrong colour: 10 c brown and 25 c orange. Example:

10 c brown, misprint!

 

1879 Number

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

  2 c green
  3 c red
  6 c blue

These stamps have perforation 12.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
3 c****** 
3 c **** 
6 c****** 

 

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