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MEXICO 1880-1898

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1884 Head of Hidalgo in an ellipse

2 c red Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom 6 c green

  1 c green
  2 c green
  2 c red (1885)
  3 c green
  3 c brown (1885)
  4 c green
  4 c red (1885)
  5 c green
  5 c blue (1885)
  6 c green
  6 c brown (1885)
  10 c green
  10 c orange (1885)
  12 c green
  12 c brown (1885)
  20 c green
  25 c green
  25 c blue (1885)
  50 c green
  1 P blue
  2 P blue
  5 P blue
  10 P blue

Most of these stamps were issued without watermark. In 1892 the 5 P and 10 P value were issued with watermark 'E.U.M.' (one letter for each stamp).

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**Also issued in light green (1885)
Error: 1 c blue: RRR
2 c green*** 
2 c red**** 
3 c green***** 
3 c brown**** 
4 c green*** 
4 c red****** 
5 c green **** 
5 c blue**** 
6 c green**** 
6 c brown***** 
10 c green**** 
10 c orange**** 
12 c green ***** 
12 c brown***** 
20 c green**** 
25 c greenRR*** 
25 c blueR*** 
50 c green** 
1 P ** 
2 P** 
5 P RRRR 
10 P RRRRR 

The values 50 c, 1 P and 2 P seem to exist cancelled to order (if I'm well informed with the same cancels as shown behind the 1886 issue).

Similar stamps exist with Hidalgo in an ellipse and inscription 'CORRESPONDENCIA OFICIAL', they are official stamps (no value indicated).

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  (-) red
  (-) brown
  (-) orange
  (-) 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
red** 
brown** 
orange*** 
green** 

 

1886 Number in an ellipse

1 c green Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom 3 c lilac 12 c lilac

  1 c green
  2 c red
  3 c lilac
  3 c red
  4 c lilac
  4 c red
  5 c blue
  6 c lilac
  6 c red
  10 c lilac
  10 c red
  12 c lilac
  12 c red
  20 c lilac
  20 c red
  25 c lilac
  25 c red
  5 P red
  10 P red

Most stamps are perforated 12, some exist with perforation 6, 6x12 or 12x6. In 1891 the watermark 'E.U.M' was introduced on these stamps (one letter for each stamp). A non-official overprint 'Vale 1 Cvo' seems to exist, I have never seen it.

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 cccExists with watermark 'E.U.M'.
2 c**Exists with watermark 'E.U.M'.
3 c lilac**** 
3 c redccExists with watermark 'E.U.M'.
4 c lilac***** 
4 c red***Exists with watermark 'E.U.M'.
5 c*cExists with watermark 'E.U.M'.
6 c lilac**** 
6 c red***Exists with watermark 'E.U.M'.
10 c lilac*** 
10 c redccExists with watermark 'E.U.M'.
12 c lilac****** 
12 c red******Only exists with watermark 'E.U.M'.
20 c lilacRRExists with watermark 'E.U.M'.
20 c redR*Exists with watermark 'E.U.M'.
25 c lilac R*** 
25 c red**Exists with watermark 'E.U.M'.
5 PRRRRRROnly exists with watermark 'E.U.M'.
10 PRRRRRR Only exists with watermark 'E.U.M'.

Some of these stamps exist cancelled to order. If I'm well informed the following cancels were used:
'MEXICO DF DIC - 994 10 AM' in a circle
'FRANCO EN ZIRACUARETIRO MICHOACAN' in an ellipse
'OFNA DE CORREOS EN BARRANCA DEL ORO TAMAULIPAS' in an ellipse
'OFNA DE CORREOS EN ECATZINGO E. DE MEXICO' in an ellipse.
I have not yet been able to obtain pictures of such stamps.

Postal stationery in the same design, 'WELLS FARGO & CO' and 'HIDALGO EXPRESS':


(Reduced sizes)

 

1895 Various designs

3 c brown 5 c blue 15 c green

10 P blue
(Reduced view)

  1 c green 
  2 c red
  3 c brown
  4 c orange
  5 c blue
  10 c red
  12 c brown
  15 c blue
  20 c brown
  50 c lilac
  1 P brown
  5 P red
  10 P blue

These stamps exist with watermark 'E.U.M' (one letter for each stamp, 1895), watermark 'RM in fancy letters (1896), watermark 'RM eagle' (1897) or no watermark at all (1898). Most stamps have perforation 12, but perforations 6 or 6 x 12 are known to exist.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Cheapest types
1 c*cDesign as 3 c
2 c**Design as 3 c
3 c** 
4 c*** 
5 c*c 
10 c**cDesign as 15 c
12 c******Design as 4 c
15 c***** 
20 c****Design as 15 c
50 c******Design as 15 c
1 P R*** 
5 PRRRRDesign as 1 P
10 PRRRRDesign as 1 P

These stamps exist with overprint 'OFICIAL' to be used as official stamps, example:

The overprint is in black. Stamps with red 'OFICIAL' overprints are non-issued stamps:


(Non issued red 'OFICIAL' overprint)

Forgeries:

Sperati made a forgery of the 10 P stamp. He used a low value stamp, removed the image and printed the 10 P design on it. In this way, the paper and perforation are genuine! The impression of this forgery does not seem to be the same as in the genuine (the genuine stamp is engraved). There is a small dot above the first 'R' of 'CORREOS' and there are two small dots below this letter.


(Sperati forgery of the 10 P stamp)

 

Mexico 1899-1920


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