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Currency 100 Centavos = 1 Peso; Since 1906: 100 Centesimos = 1 Balboa

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Panama used to be a department of the Republic of Colombia. In 1903 it became an independent republic.

Stamps of Colombia, used in Panama:


1878 Eagle, inscription 'Estados Unidos de Colombia Correos E.S. de Panama', imperforate

5 c green
(Reduced size)

  5 c green
  10 c blue
  20 c red
  50 c yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 cRR 
10 cRRRR 
20 cRRR 
50 cRRR 

These stamps were printed on thick or thin paper. 'Reprints' exist of all 4 values from retouched stones.

Forgeries of these stamps, sold by Fournier:

The 5 c genuine exists in different shades: grey-green, blue-green and yellow-green. The 5 c Fournier forgery has a grey-green colour (but a shade darker than the genuine grey-green stamps). The 10 c blue Fournier forgery also has a darker shade than the genuine stamp. The 20 c Fournier forgery is done in pale orange (instead of rose in the genuine stamps). There are also slight changes in the design in the Fournier forgeries when they are compared with genuine stamps (if anybody possesses more information, please contact me!).

 

1887 Map of Panama, inscription 'COLOMBIA'

  1 c black on green
  2 c black on red
  5 c black on grey
  10 c black on yellow
  20 c black on lilac
  50 c brown on grey

These stamps have perforation 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 c** 
2 c****Value in solid black
5 c*** 
10 c** 
20 c*** 
50 c*** 

Surcharged

  '5 CENTAVOS' (red, two types) on 20 c black on lilac
  '10 CENTAVOS' (red, two types) on 50 c brown on grey

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c on 20 c****** 
10 c on 50 c****** 

 

1892 Map of Panama, inscription 'COLOMBIA'

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

Overprinted 'HABILITADO 1894 1 CENTAVO'

  1 c on 2 c red (two types of overprint)

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 on 2 c ** 

Various overprints with 'PANAMA' exist:

2 c red, double overprint Non issued stamp?

1904 Map of Panama, inscription 'REPUBLICA DE PANAMA'

  1 c green
  2 c red

1904 Various designs, inscription 'REPUBLICA DE PANAMA'

  2 1/2 c red (RETARDO)
  5 c blue (R)
  10 c green (AR)

1906 New designs

  1/2 c yellow, red, blue and green (flag)
  1 c green and black (Balboa)
  2 c red and black (Cordova)
  2 1/2 c red (arms of Panama)
  5 c blue and black (Arosemena)
  8 c lilac and black (Hurtado)
  10 c violet and black (Obaldia)
  25 c brown and black (Herrera)
  50 c black (Fabrega)

Surcharged
  'R 5 cts' on 8 c lilac and black (1917)

1909 New designs, names of people in border colour

  1/2 c orange (map of Panama)
  1 c green and black
  2 c orange and black
  2 1/2 c red
  5 c blue and black
  8 c lilac and lback
  10 c violet and black

Overprinted
  'AR' on 2 1/2 c red (1917)

Surcharged
  'R 5 cts' on 8 c lilac and black (1917)
  'RETARDO UN CENTISIMO' on 1/2 c orange

1913 Discovery of the Pacific, Balboa watching the sea

  2 1/2 c green (two shades)

1915 Opening of the Panama canal, various designs

12 c violet and black 15 c blue and black

  1/2 c olive and black
  1 c green and black
  2 c red and black
  2 1/2 c orange and black
  3 c lilac and black
  5 c blue and black
  10 c orange and black
  12 c violet and black
  15 c blue and black
  20 c brown and black
  24 c brown and black

Overprinted
  '1519 1919 2 CENTIMOS 2' on 2 1/2 c orange and black

Seals, labels etc:


(Reduced size, image obtained from http://berg.heim.at/kaprun/430320/01-Lehr/01/06/s_2.htm)

Returned letter labels, inscription 'CIERRE OFICIAL':


(1922, exist in two types: red and blue or: blue and red)


(1929)

Another returned letter stamp was issued in 1924 (rectangular with arms in the center, color violet)

Non-issued stamp?:


Telegraph stamps

1892 Inscription 'REPUBLICA DE COLOMBIA DEPARTEMENTO DE PANAMA TELEGRAFOS'


(Reduced size)

The values 5 c green on blue, 10 c red on yellow and 20 c blue on red were issued.

1917 Postage stamps, overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS'


(Reduced sizes)

The values 1 c green and red (overprint red, overprint horizontal), 2 c red and black, 10 c violet and black (2 types of overprint, horizontal and oblique on 2 different stamps), 25 c brown and black and 50 c black (overprint red) were issued in the 'famous persons' design. Furthermore an overprint 20 c (red) on 25 c brown and black (see picture above). In the 'map' design were issued: 1/2 c orange and 5 c on 1/2 c red.

In 1919 some more telegraph stamps were issued: 'TELEGRAFOS' overprinted on fiscal stamps (3 values, rare).


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