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Spain 1850-1853 Queen Isabella

1855 Queen Isabella II, Inscription "CORREOS"

2 c green 2 Cs green 2 Cs green 1 Real blue 2 R lilac

  2 Cuartos green
  4 Cuartos red
  1 Rl blue
  2 Rs lilac

For the specialist: these stamps were first issued in 1855 on bluish paper with watermark 'loops'. Then in 1856 this watermark was changed to 'crossing lines' printed on a greyish tinted paper. Finally in 1856 these stamps were issued on unwatermarked white paper. The 4 Cs and the 2 Rs are the most common stamps of this serie.

Some printing errors occur in these stamps, missing dots behind "CUARTOS" or "CORREOS" or inscriptions "CORRFOS", "CORRLOS", "CORRIOS", "CORRECS", "C ARTOS" and "PEALES" (I have never seen any of these misprints myself).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
Watermark 'Loops'
2 c RR R  
4 c RR *  
1 r RR ***  
2 r RR ***  
Watermark 'Crossing lines'
2 c RRR RR  
4 c * *  
1 r RRR RR  
2 r R ***  
No Watermark
2 c RR ***  
4 c * *  
12 c RRR -- Non issued (see comment)
1 r *** ***  
2 r *** ***  

Typical cancels:

4 Cs red Remainders, cancelled with bars and sold to stamp dealers

A 12 c orange was prepared (with no watermark), but never put into use, here an image of this stamp with bar cancellation (to be sold to stamp dealers), and a forgery of this stamp:

12 c orange, never put into use Forgery of this unissued stamp!

Spanish Antilles stamp (left) and Philippines stamp (right)

For issues in similar types, see Spanish Antilles and Philippines.


Postal forgeries

(Postal forgery no 4)

Seven different postal forgeries are known, this is the fourth postal forgery described in the book 'Postal Forgeries of the World' by H.G. Leslie Fletcher. The background of pearls is different from the genuine stamps. There is no dot behind the "4". The nose of the Queen is very badly done and the "A" of "CUARTOS" is slanting towards the left.

This might be the 5th postal forgery described in Fletcher's book. This one was used in Lerida.

(Postal forgery no 6)

The above postal forgery is also described in 'Postal Forgeries of the World' by H.G. Leslie Fletcher (sixth forgery). There is a small white spot in the right lower part of the "O" of "CUARTOS". The "C" of "CORREOS" has no lower serif, the "ORR" of this word seem to be larger and higher than the "EOS". The lower left corner rozette only has three white dots. I have seen this forgery with numeral cancel '1' of Madrid (see picture above). Apparently, according to Graus, this forgery was obtained by stealing a printing plate. It was used in many places in Spain.

I think this is the 7th postal forgery described in Fletcher's book. It has an inverted "S" in "CUARTOS" and the "R" of this word is slanting backwards. The word "CORREOS" is in smaller letters.

Other postal forgery. The lower left pearls are different. Apparently a similar postal forgery exists with a different "S" of "CUARTOS".

Note the strange shape of the 'S's in these postal forgeries of the 4 c value. These forgeries even have watermark.

Other postal forgeries

Philatelic forgeries:

Note that the size of "REAL (ES)" is much larger than in the genuine stamps in the above forgeries.

A 12 c orange was prepared (with no watermark), here an image a forgery of this stamp:

Forgery of this unissued stamp!

And a Segui forgery of this stamp:

Segui forgery!
Segui forgery

Sperati forgery of the 12 c unissued stamp.

Some very primitive blur philatelic forgeries, apparently all made by the same forger:


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