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España - Espagne - Spanien - Spanje

Return To Catalogue - Queen Isabella 1850-1859 - Spain 1853-54 arms issue - Queen Isabella 1860-1865 - Queen Isabella 1866-1868 - 1879 King Alfonso XII - Inscription 'Comunicaciones' 1870-1873 - Inscription 'Comunicaciones' 1874-1889 - 1900-1920 issues - Civil War issues - War tax, Barcelona, Franchise, Postal Stationery, official stamps - Carlist post - Fiscal and telegraph Stamps - Cancels on first issues - Melilla (Morocco) bogus issues

Cabo Juby - Cuba - Fernando Poo - Mariana Islands - Philippines - Porto Rico - Spanish Guinea - Spanish Morocco - Spanish Sahara (Ifni) - Spanish Westindies

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Many of the remainders of the early stamps of Spain (1854-1870) were sold to dealers after they were cancelled with three thick horizontal bars. They are of lesser value than genuine used stamps.


Queen Isabella 1850-1859


Spain 1853-54 arms issue


Queen Isabella 1860-1865


Queen Isabella 1866-1868


1867 Inscription 'ESPANS FRANQUEO IMPRESOS'

5 c de Peseta green

  5 Mils green
  10 Mils brown
  2 c grey (1872)
  5 c green (1872)

Inscription 'Comunicaciones' 1870-1873

2 m black 40 c brown 50 c blue


Inscription 'Comunicaciones' 1874-1889

50 c green 2 c green


1872 Crown, small stamps


(reduced size)

  1/4 c blue
  1/4 c green
  1/4 c green (other crown)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/4 c blue*****1872, forgeries seem to exist!
1/4 c greencc1876
1/4 c green (other crown) ****1873

King Alfonso XII 1879, inscription 'CORREOS Y TELEGs'


Issues of 1900-1920


War tax, Barcelona, Franchise, Postal Stationery, official stamps


Forgeries

There are many postal forgeries of the early issues of Spain. The Spanish authorities were forced to issue a new series of stamps almost every year because of this. Besides postal forgeries, many philatelic forgeries exist. I posess an old catalogue of 1896 ('Gebruder Senf's Illustrierter Postwerzeichen Katalog') in which a warning against excellent forgeries is already given: "Vor den grossartig gelungenen Fälschungen aller selteneren marken Spaniens (zu Sammelzwecken) kann nicht genug gewarnt werden" (translation from German: Not enough warnings can be given against the exceedingly well executed forgeries of all rare Spanish stamps, for collecting purposes).

I'm not a specialist in this field, but I have added pictures whenever I know the stamp is a forgery and tried to add as much information as possible. Among numerous forgers, the most dangerous are Sperati forgeries and Segui forgeries.

Literature:

'La Obra de Jean de Sperati: España y Colonias Españolas' (in Spanish, I haven't seen this book myself).

In this catalogue:

Spain 1850 Queen Isabella forgeries
Spain 1851 Queen Isabella forgeries
Spain 1852-59 Queen Isabella forgeries
Spain 1860 Queen Isabella forgeries

A nice site on the stamps of Spain with its forgeries can be found at http://www.graus.com. However, it is in Spanish, and it is quite difficult to get to the actual information. The easiest way to get in is explained on www.filatelia.fi/forglinks/index.html: "Path to the descriptions: click on the arrowed button at top, then put the cursor over M-E-N in the lower left hand margin, and select España y Colonias from the menu that opens automatically. Finally select among the "épocas". You may also like to check Graus' forgery information in the Peligros (under M-E-N and Noticias). Click on the words above "Clicar". There is also plenty of information in his 'Peligros' (I have no idea what this means in Spanish).


Spanish dictionary

Arana = spider (name of a cancel used in Spain)
Auténtico = genuine
Baeza = name of a cancel used in Spain
Dentado = perforated
Estampilla = stamp
Falso = forgery
Matasellos = cancel
No hay estampillas = no stamps available
Parilla = name of a cancel used in Spain
Rueda de carreta = wheel (name of a cancel used in Spain)
Sello = stamp
Usado = used


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