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BOGUS ISSUES

Inscription 'REPUBLICA DEL PARAGUAY' ship in an ellipse, perforated or imperforated, this stamp was issued by the Boston gang: a group of persons who issued bogus stamps from exotic countries with leader Allan Taylor. There even seem to exist forgeries of these stamps, made by the Spiro brothers. Note the typical cancellation that can also be found on many forged stamps; 4 rings with 6 lines in the center (other cancels exist).


(Reduced view)

Another bogus issue, sitting lion, inscription 'RE DEL PARAGUAY CORREO':


(reduced view)


(Reduced views)

These stamps were actually essays made in 1862 for the president of Paraguay, General Lopez. However, the die fell in wrong hands and large numbers of 'reprints' in many colours were made by a printer in Buenos Aires.


1870 Lion, imperforated

2 Rs blue Genuine

  1 Rl red
  2 Rs blue
  3 Rs black

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 Rl***** 
2 RsRRR 
3 RsRRRR 
Surcharged

Genuine overprint

  '1' on 1 Rl red (1884)
  '5' (black or blue) on 1 Rl red (1878)
  '5' (black or blue) on 2 Rs blue (1878)
  '5' (black or blue) on 3 Rs black (1878)

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' on 1 Rl ****** 
'5' on 1 Rl RRRRSurcharge in black or blue (both RR)
'5' on 2 RsRRRRTwo types of '5', first type only in black,
second type in black or blue
'5' on 3 RsRRRRTwo types of '5', both types exist in black or blue
Reprints:

A reprint of the 2 Rs exists on thicker paper in more intense blue (value: *). Reprints also exist of the '5 on 1 Rl, '5' on 2 Rs and '5' on 3 Rs, I've been told that the vertical line at the top of the '5' is missing in these reprints.

 

I've been told that the next stamps are reprints:


(2 reales red and blue 'reprints'?)

Forgeries:

Examples:

Forged surcharges:

Forgery! '5' on 1 r red, forgery!

 

1879 Lion, value in 'Centavos', perforated, various frames

10 c green

  1 c blue (1881)
  2 c red (1881)
  4 c brown (1881)
  5 c orange
  10 c 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
1 c** 
2 cc* 
4 ccc 
5 c*** 
10 c**** 
Surcharged (1881)

  '1' on 10 c green
  '2' on 10 c 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
'1' on 10 c ****** 
'2' on 10 c****** 

A 5 reales orange and 10 Reales brown were prepared but not issued (the value should have been in centavos and therefore the stamps were refused by the government of Paraguay):

5 c orange, non issued stamp
(Prepared stamps, but not issued)

Reprints also exist of the 5 c and 10 c. The original stamps are perforated 12 1/2. The reprints are perforated 11 1/2, 13 1/2 or imperforate. They are on yellowish paper, example of such a reprint:


(probably a reprint of the 10 c green; imperforate)

These reprints also exist with forged '1' and '2' surcharge, pretending to be the surcharged stamps of 1881!

 

1884 Arms in new type, inscription 'UNION POSTAL UNIVERSAL'

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom 5 c blue

  1 c green
  2 c red
  5 c blue

1887 Centre of the stamp in a '8' form, number in lower circle of the '8' and lion in upper part

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

  1 c green
  2 c red
  5 c blue
  7 c brown
  10 c lilac
  15 c orange
  20 c red
  40 c grey (1892)
  60 c yellow (1892)
  80 c blue (1892)
  1 P green (1892)

Overprinted 'PROVISORIO' and surcharged (1895)
  '5' on 7 c brown

Overprinted 'Provisorio' and surcharged
  '10 centavos' on 40 c grey (1898)
  '10 centavos' on 15 c orange (1899)

Overprinted (1902)
  'Habilitado en cinco 5 cent. 5' on 60 c yellow
  'Habilitado en cinco 5 cent. 5' on 80 c blue

Surcharged
  20 c on 2 c red (1907)

1888 Star with hat

  15 c red

1892 Famous persons

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom, '1 Centavo'

'1 Centavos'
(Reduced sizes)

  1 Centavos grey
  1 Centavo grey (1896)
  2 c green
  5 c violet
  10 c blue
  14 c brown
  20 c red
  30 c green
  1 P blue (1902)

Overprinted '1492 12 DE OCTOBRE 1892' in an ellipse
  10 c blue

Overprinted 'Habilitado' and text (1902)
  1 c on 14 c brown
  1 c on 1 P blue

1896 Telegraph stamps, overprinted 'CORREOS' and sucharged


(Reduced size)

  '5 CENTAVOS' on 2 c brown
  '5 CENTAVOS' on 4 c orange

1900 Telegraph stamps, surcharged with bar and value

  5 c on 30 c green
  10 c on 50 c lilac

1900 New arms type

  1 c green (1901)
  2 c grey
  2 c red (1901)
  3 c brown
  4 c blue (1901)
  5 c green
  5 c brown (1901)
  5 c violet (1901)
  8 c brown
  10 c red
  24 c blue
  28 c orange (1901)
  40 c blue (1901, 2 types, '40' different)

Surcharged
  'Habilitado en 20 centavos' on 24 c blue (1902)
  'Habilitado en 5 cent.' on 8 c brown (1902)
  'Habilitado en cinco 5 cent. 5' on 28 c orange (1902)
  'Habilitado en 5 CENTAVOS' on 28 c orange (1907)
  'Habilitado en 5 CENTAVOS' on 40 c blue 
 

1903 Lion, inscription '1903' below

  1 c grey
  2 c green
  5 c blue
  10 c brown
  20 c red
  30 c blue
  60 c violet

1903 Lion, inscription '1903' in the upper corners

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  1 c green
  2 c red
  5 c blue
  10 c violet
  20 c green
  30 c blue
  60 c yellow (1906)

The overprint 'Gobierno provisorio Ago 1904' is a bogus issue.

1904 Lion as before, but with inscription 'Gobierno Provisorio'

  10 c blue

 

1905 Lion, inscription '1904' below

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

  1 c orange
  1 c red
  1 c blue
  1 c green
  2 c red (2 shades of red were issued)
  2 c green
  5 c blue
  5 c yellow
  10 c brown
  10 c green
  10 c violet
  20 c lilac
  20 c green
  30 c blue
  30 c lilac
  30 c red
  60 c brown
  60 c red

Surcharged


(With misplaced overprint)

  'Habilitado en 5 CENTAVOS' on 2 c red (1907)
  'Habilitado en 5 CENTAVOS' on 2 c green (1907)
  'Habilitado en 5 CENTAVOS' on 1 c blue (1907)
  'Habilitado en 5 CENTAVOS' on 2 c red (1907)
  'Habilitado en 5 CENTAVOS' on 60 c brown (1907)
  'Habilitado en 5 CENTAVOS' on 60 c red (1907)
  20 c on 1 c blue (1907)
  20 c on 2 c red (1907)
  20 c on 30 c blue (1907)
  20 c on 30 c lilac (1907)
  'Habilitado en $0.50 centavos' on 60 c lilac (1927?)

Overprinted '1908' and colour change

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  1 c green
  5 c yellow
  10 c brown
  20 c orange
  30 c orange
  60 c lilac
  1 P blue

Overprinted '1909' and colour change
  1 c blue
  1 c red
  5 c green
  5 c orange
  10 c red
  10 c brown
  20 c yellow
  20 c lilac
  30 c brown
  30 c blue

1905 Government building

  1 P red
  1 P orange
  1 P grey
  1 P blue
  2 P blue
  2 P orange
  2 P red
  5 P red
  5 P blue
  5 P green
  10 P brown
  10 P orange
  10 P blue
  20 P green
  20 P yellow
  20 P lilac

 

1910 Star in circle in upper part, value in lower part

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

  1 c grey (also brown)
  5 c violet
  5 c green (1920)
  5 c blue (1920)
  10 c green
  10 c violet (1920)
  10 c red (1920)
  20 c red
  50 c red
  75 c blue

Surcharged

  'Habilitada en VEINTE' (20 c) on 50 c (1912) 
  '50' on 75 c blue (1920)
  'Habilitado en 1 centavo' on 5 c blue (1926)
  'Habilitado en $0:02 centavos' on 5 c blue (1926)
  

 

1911 Standing woman (independance issue)

  1 c olive and black
  2 c blue and black
  5 c red and blue
  10 c blue and brown
  20 c olive and blue
  50 c violet and blue
  75 c olive and brown

1913 Star

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  1 c grey
  2 c orange
  5 c lilac
  10 c green
  20 c red
  40 c red
  75 c blue
  80 c yellow
  1 P blue
  1 P 25 c blue
  3 P blue

Surcharged
  '50' (two types) on 75 c blue (1920)
  50 c (Habilitado, 1924) on 75 c blue 
  1 P (Habilitado, 1924, 2 types) on 1 P 25 c blue
  'Habilitado en 7 centavos' on 40 c red (1926)
  'Habilitado en 15 centavos' on 75 c blue (1926)

 


Official stamps

(sorry, not yet implemented)

Examples:


Telegraph stamps

Examples:

I have seen the values: 2 c brown and green, 2 c red and green, 4 c yellow and green, 40 c red and green, 1 P black and green, 2 P red and green, 10 P blue and green and the surcharges '5' on 30 c green and light green and '10' on (?) violet and green.


Postal Stationery

Cut from a postcard (around 1900):


War Labels


(Reduced size)

Labels with inscription 'EXERCITO EM OPERACOES CONTRA O PARAGUAY' were issued by Brazil during the war against Paraguay in 1865. Non of these labels were actually used for postal purposes. I have seen the colours: black on red, black on lilac, black on yellow, black on violet and black on blue.

Forgeries also exist (by the way, I'm not 100 % sure that the above stamp is genuine):


(Entirely forged letter)


'C' overprints

From 1922 onwards several stamps were overprinted with a 'c' (see example above). The 'c' stands for 'Campana', which means that the stamps were used outside the capital (where there existed a special discount indicated by this 'c').


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