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EL SALVADOR 1867-1896

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Note on the stamps of El Salvador from 1890 to 1899: The printer of the stamps (Seebeck) kept the printing plates of the stamps issued during this period. He issued numerous 'reprints' after the stamps were obsolete. These reprints are known as Seebeck issues.

A nice website with stamps of El Salvador can be found at: http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

1867 Volcano

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

Overprinted 'CONTRA SELLO' in a circle (1874)

Image obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

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

The overprint 'CONTRA SELLO' was applied to prevent stolen stamps from coming in the market. The 'CONTRA SELLO' overprint was used on later issues for telegraphic purposes.

Typical cancel:


(Star cancel, reduced size)

Forgeries exist of these stamps. For example, in the 1/2 r stamp, there should be many regular very small 1/2's in the background behind the central oval (see the Spud Papers). There is another crude forgery with correct '1/2's in the background (information obtained thanks to Bill Wagner). If anybody possesses more pictures of these forgeries, please contact me! Moreover, forged cancels exist.


(Forgery of the1 r, image obtained thanks to Bill Wagner, note the weird cancel)

 

1879 Mountain

1 c green "Blue star cancellation" Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  1 c green
  2 c red
  5 c blue
  10 c black
  20 c lilac

Overprinted '1889' (2 types, with/without dot)
  1 c green
  2 c red
  20 c lilac

Telegraph stamps; postage stamps with overprint 'CONTRA SELLO', examples:


(Reduced sizes)


(Senf forgeries, with red overprint 'Facsimile')

Senf made forgeries of a whole sheet of 5 c blue stamps of the 1879 issue; all types are reproduced. The individual stamps always have a red overprint 'Facsimile'. On top of the sheet is written 'Kunstbeigabe', they were distributed as an 'art supplement' with the 'Illustriertem Briefmarken Journal' (a stamp journal Senf issued).

 

1887 Woman with flag in hand

Image obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom Image obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

  1 c green
  2 c red
  3 c brown
  5 c blue

Surcharged (1888)


Image obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

  '1 centavo' on 3 c brown

Surcharged and overprinted '1889' (2 types, with/without dot)
  '1 centavo' on 3 c brown

Same design, with bar on top


Image obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

  1 c green (1889)
  2 c red (1889)

Overprinted '1889' and bar on top
  1 c green

Overprinted '1889'
  3 c brown
  5 c blue

A 2 c red and black (with and without bar) was unissued aswell as a 1 c green and black (without bar).

 

1887 Volcano

  10 c orange

Overprinted '1889'
  10 c orange

 

1890 Woman with flag in right hand, inscription '1890' at the bottom

Image obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

  1 c green
  2 c brown
  3 c yellow
  5 c blue
  10 c violet
  20 c orange
  25 c red
  50 c red
  1 P red
  

 

1891 Volcano in circle, 'CORREOS SALVADOR' on top

Image obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

  1 c orange
  2 c green
  3 c violet
  5 c red
  10 c blue
  11 c violet
  20 c green
  25 c brown
  50 c blue
  1 P brown

Surcharged

  'UN CENTAVO' on 2 c green
  '1 centavo' on 2 c green
  '5 CENTAVOS' on 3 c violet

 

1892 Landing of Columbus

Image obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

  1 c green
  2 c brown
  3 c blue
  5 c grey
  10 c orange
  11 c brown
  20 c orange
  25 c red
  50 c yellow
  1 P red

Surcharged


Images obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

  'UN CENTAVO' (red or black) on 5 c grey
  'UN CENTAVO' on 20 c orange
  'UN centavo' (yellow or blue) on 25 c red
     (The blue surcharge might be an essay!)

I've seen a postcard in a similar design (1 c blue).

 

1893 General Ezeta

1 c blue

  1 c blue
  2 c red
  3 c violet
  5 c brown
  10 c brown
  11 c orange
  20 c green
  25 c black
  50 c orange
  1 P black

Surcharged


Image obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

  'UN CENTAVO' on 2 c red

 

1893 Larger commemorative stamps


(Reduced sizes)

  2 P green
  5 P violet
  10 P orange

 

1894 Woman facing the right


Image obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

  1 c brown
  2 c blue
  3 c red
  5 c brown
  10 c violet
  11 c red
  20 c blue
  25 c orange
  50 c black
  1 P blue

Surcharged


Image obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

  '1 Centavo' on 11 c red

 

1894 Large stamps with Columbus, various designs


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  2 P blue
  5 P red
  10 P brown

 

1895 Mr. Erzeta, overprinted with arms


Image obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  1 c olive (arms green)
  2 c green (arms blue)
  3 c brown (arms brown)
  5 c blue (arms brown)
  10 c orange (arms brown)
  12 c red (arms brown)
  15 c orange (arms red)
  20 c yellow (arms brown)
  24 c violet (arms black)
  30 c blue (arms blue)
  50 c red (arms brown)
  1 P brown (arms brown)

The values 3 c, 10 c and 30 c also exist without overprint:


Image obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

 

1895 Arms, inscription 'U.P.U. 1895'

  1 c olive
  2 c green
  3 c brown
  5 c blue
  10 c orange
  12 c red
  15 c orange
  20 c green
  24 c violet
  30 c blue
  50 c red
  1 P black

Surcharged


Images obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

  'UN centavo' on 12 c red
  'UN centavo' (red) on 24 c violet
  'UN centavo' (red) on 30 c blue
  'DOS centavos' (red) on 20 c green
  'TRES centavos' (red) on 30 c blue

 

1895 Small stamps, inscription 'GIROS TASA'

  1 c green
  2 c brown
  3 c orange
  7 c blue
  10 c orange
  25 c brown
  50 c grey
  100 c green
  200 c violet

 

1895 Parcel stamps, Mercury in a diamond

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  5 c orange
  10 c bleu
  15 c orange
  20 c orange
  50 c green

 

1896 Woman facing the left

  1 c blue
  2 c brown
  3 c green
  5 c olive
  10 c yellow
  12 c blue
  15 c violet
  20 c red
  24 c orange
  30 c orange
  1 P red

 

1896 Various designs, inscription 'U.P.U. 1896'

1 c green

  1 c green (arms)
  1 c orange (arms)
  2 c red (building)
  2 c green (building)
  3 c brown (train, 2 shades)
  5 c blue (volcano)
  5 c orange (volcano)
  10 c brown (ship)
  10 c green (ship)
  12 c violet (ship)
  12 c blue (ship)
  15 c green (building)
  15 c black (building)
  20 c red
  20 c grey
  24 c violet (waterfall)
  24 c yellow (waterfall)
  30 c green (arms)
  30 c red (arms)
  50 c orange (arms)
  50 c violet (arms)
  100 c blue (Columbus)
  100 c brown (Columbus)

Surcharged

  'TRECE centavos' (red) on 24 c yellow
  'TRECE centavos' on 30 c red
  'TRECE centavos' on 50 c violet
  'TRECE centavos' on 100 c brown
  'Quince centavos' on 24 c violet

 

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