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A huge number of fiscal stamps was issued in Spain. I'll only list the stamps that I have seen myself here. Any additional scans are always welcome!


Queen Isabella

(Queen Isabella, 5 c 'RECIBOS' lilac of 1867)

In a similar design a 50 c blue on yellow fiscal stamp was issued in 1862. A larger design was issued in 1866 with Queen Isabella in a circle in the value 5 c lilac.


In the above design with 'RECIBOS' and a value in the center exist: 50 m lilac (1868), 50 m lilac (1869), 50 m lilac (1870), 12 c violet (1871), 12 c green (1873, see picture above), 12 c red (1874) and 12 c blue (1875). The year is indicated in the bottom part of the fiscal stamp. The 12 c red exists with overprint 'IMPUESTO DE GUERRA 50 por 100' (issued in 1874), this overprint exists in three types (one extending over two stamps). Two other overprints also exist on the 12 c red: 'Adm.on Econ. ca de Tarragona Impuesto de guerra 50 p %' and 'IMPUESTO DE GUERRA 50 P%' (in a circle).


Recibos 1879

In the above design were issued 12 c blue (1876), 12 c brown (1877), 12 c blue (1878), 12 c red (1879), 12 c brown (1880) and 12 c blue (1881). The year is indicated on top of the fiscal stamp.

Recibos Y Curentas 1880
(This stamp with inscription 'RECIBOS Y CUENTAS' is a fiscal stamp of Cuba)



The above stamp was issued in 1875. In this design appeared 5 c blue, 5 p black and 25 p green.

Stamps with Impuesto de Ventas also seem to exist with the portrait of Alphonso XII in the values 5 p blue and 50 p black. I have never seen them.

Inscription 'GIRO'


The above design was issued in 1862. The following values exist: 1 r brown on yellow, 2.50 R red on yellow, 5 R green on yellow, 10 R brown on yellow, 15 R blue on yellow, 20 R brown on lilac, 25 R violet on lilac, 30 R red on lilac, 35 R blue on lilac, 40 R green on lilac, 45 R blue on lilac, 50 R blue on lilac, 60 R violet on lilac, 70 R red onlilac, 80 R orange on lilac, 90 R green on brown, 100 R red on brown, 125 R blue on brown, 150 R brown on brown, 175 R violet on brown and 200 R lilac on brown.

An other design with inscription GIRO were issued in 1867 (Queen Isabella).

In 1870 a new series was issued (as 1867, but with arms in center).
In 1875 a new inscription was added 'IMPTO DE GUERRA 50 POR%' and the arms are embossed:

(In this design the following values exist: 5c, 10c, 25c, 62c, 1.25P, 2.50P, 3.75P, 5P, 6.35P, 7.50P, 8.75P, 10P, 11.25P, 12.50P, 15P, 17.50P, 20P, 23.50P, 25P, 31.25P, 37.50P, 43.75P, and 50P, all in the colour blue)

In 1900 yet another set of Giro stamps was issued (arms in an ellipse, 10 c to 100 P in blue, or 1902: 10 c to 100 P in violet).

1915 Inscription 'Espana Correos Giro'

  5 c blue
  10 c green
  25 c red
  50 c orange
  1 p violet

I was told that these stamps were used for money orders. They have controll numbers on the back. I have seen the 10 c tete beche.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
5 c ***c 
10 c***c 
25 c***c 
50 c***c 
1 P**** 


Several large sized fiscal stamps were issued, examples:


Stamps with inscription 'CHEQUES' were issued from 1913 onwards; I've seen 30 c blue, 60 c red and 1.20 P yellow.

Other fiscal stamps:


1884 issue


Compania Arrendataria de Tabacos

1918 Inscription 'CAJA POSTAL DE AHORROS'

  5 c green and yellow
  5 c green and red
  5 c red and grey
  5 c red and lilac


Fiscal stamps for Madrid

This fiscal stamp of Madrid looks like a german stamp of 1875, it was issued in 1880 (a similar stamp in red, 25 c, was issued in 1879).

Many more fiscal stamps were issued in Madrid.


I don't know what the following stamps were used for, they have inscription 'SOCIEDAD DEL TIMBRE' and a city name.

In the above design exists a black stamp with 'SOCIEDAD' on top and 'DEL TIMBRE' below. Furthermore many stamps exist with 'SOCIEDED DEL TIMBRE' on top and a city name below. The following city names exist: Alava, Albacete, Alicante, Almeria, Avila, Badajoz, Baleares, Barcelona, Burgos, Caceres, Cadiz, Canarias, Castellon, Ciudad-Real, Cordoba, Coruna, Cuenca, Gerona, Granada, Guadalajara, Guspozcoa, Huelva, Huesca, Jaen, Leon, Lerida, Logrono, Lugo, Madrid, Malaga, Murcia, Navarra, Orense, Oviedo, Palencia, Pontevedra, Salamanca, Santander, Segovia, Sevilla, Soria, Tarragona, Terual, Toledo, Valencia, Valladolid, Vizcaya, Zomora and Zaragoza.

A similar stamp is shown above 'SOCIEDAD DEL TIMBRE' with two women and a shield. These stamps were issued in blue ('Clase' 1 to 23). If I'm well informed they also exist in gren and red and with many overprints (though I have never seen them).

Non issued stamps with the design of Amadeo I:

Returned letter label of 1875:

This stamp is black on blue and has inscription 'CORREOS DEVOLUCION DE CORRESPONDENCIA SOBRANTE' in a circle. The center has the arms of Spain.


1864 Arms of Spain, inscription 'TELEGRAFOS'

  1 r brown
  4 r red
  16 r green
  20 r black

1865 Queen Isabella

The hole in the first stamp is a typical Spanish way of cancelling telegraph stamps.

With date '1865'
  1 r bleu on lilac
  1 r brown
  4 r black on green
  4 r blue
  16 r red on yellow
  16 r green
  20 r red on red
  20 r red

With date '1866'
  10 c brown
  40 c blue
  1 E 60 c green
  2 E red

With date '1867'
  10 c violet
  40 c blue
  1 E 60 c green
  2 E red

With date '1868'
  100 m violet
  400 m blue
  800 m brown
  1 E 600 m green
  2 E red

With date '1869'
  100 m blue
  800 m red
  1 E 600 m brown
  2 E green

1896 Arms of Spain, inscription 'TELEGRAFOS 1869'

  400 m violet

1901 Arms of Spain, inscription 'TELEGRAFOS'

  5 c black
  5 c violet (1921)
  10 c blue
  10 c black (1921)
  15 c brown
  15 c blue (1921)
  30 c violet
  30 c orange (1921)
  50 c red
  50 c lilac (1921)
  1 P blue
  1 P green (1921)
  4 P red
  4 P blue (1921)
  10 P green
  10 P brown (1921)

1905 Head of king, inscription 'TELEGRAFOS'

  5 c brown
  10 c blue
  15 c lilac
  30 c violet
  50 c red
  1 P yellow
  4 P red
  10 P blue

1912 Head of king with crown, inscription 'TELEGRAFOS'

  5 c green
  10 c blue
  15 c violet
  30 c violet
  50 c red
  1 P green
  4 P blue
  10 P red


Stamps with the arms of Spain and with inscription 'TELEGRAFOS' in the following design were issued for the Philippines:

Stamps - Briefmarken - Timbres-Poste - Postzegels - Francobolli - Estampillas

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