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SPAIN QUEEN ISABELLA, 1860-1865

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1860 Inscription 'CORREOS'

2 c green on green 12 c red on brown 1 r blue 2 R lilac

  2 c green on green
  4 c orange on green
  12 c red on brown
  19 c brown on red
  1 r blue
  2 r lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 cR*** 
4 c***c 
12 cR** 
19 cRRRRRR 
1 rR*** 
2 rR*** 

Typical cancellations:

For forgeries click here.

A similar stamp was issued for Spanish Antilles (1/4. Rl. Pta F. black).

 

1862 Queen Isabella II, facing the left, in an ellipse with pearls

2 c blue 4 c brown 19 Cs red 1 Rl brown2 Rs green on red

  2 Cs blue
  4 Cs brown
  12 Cs blue on red
  19 Cs red
  1 Rl brown
  2 Rs green on red

For the specialist: the 4 Cs is the most common stamp, the 19 Cs the rarest.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 c****** 
4 c*c 
12 c***** 
19 cRRRR 
1 r****** 
2 r****** 

Cancelled to order (sold to a stamp dealer): three horizontal bars:

1 Rl brown

Forgeries, example:

12 c red, forgery!

The colour of the above stamp is wrong and the number of pearls in the ellipse is much less than in the genuine stamps. Also note the very strange cancel.

Another forgery:


Image obtained from the forgeries idenfication site of Bill Claghorn.


(a forgery of the rare 19 c)

 

1864 Queen Isabella II, inscription 'CORREOS' on top and value and '1864' below

4 Ctos red 19 c lilac 2 Rs blue

  2 c blue
  4 c red on lilac
  12 c green on lilac
  19 c lilac
  1 Rl brown on green
  2 Rs blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 c****** 
4 c*c 
12 c***** 
19 cRRRR 
1 rRR 
2 r****** 

Forgeries of these stamps exist (images obtained from the forgeries idenfication site of Bill Claghorn):

More dangerous forgeries also exist, example:


(Forgery, Segui perhaps?)

Similar stamps were issued for Philippines and Spanish West Indies.

 

1865 Queen Isabella facing the left, inscription 'CORREOS'

2 c red 12 c blue and red Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com 1 Rl green 1 R green 2 r lilac

  2 c red
  4 c blue
  12 c blue and red
  19 c brown and red
  1 r green
  2 r orange
  2 r lilac

Perforated (1865)  

2 c red, perforated 12 c blue and red, perforated Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  2 c red
  4 c blue
  12 c blue and red
  19 c brown and red
  1 r green
  2 r orange
  2 r lilac

For the specialist, these stamps have perforation 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Imperforate
2 cRR 
4 cRRR?cancelled stamps do not exist?
12 cRR***Inverted center: RRR
19 cRRRRRR 
1 rRRRR 
2 r orange RRRR 
2 r lilacRRR 
Perforated
2 cRRR 
4 c**** 
12 cRR***Inverted center: RRR
19 cRRRRRR 
1 rRRRRRR 
2 r orangeRRRRR 
2 r lilacRRRR 

Mass cancellations were applied after the stamps became invalid (three horizontal bars) and were sold to a dealer, example:

There exist stamps with inverted middle part of the 12 c, example:

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com
Genuine, image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

The 4 c imperforate is quite rare, in contrast to the 4 c perforate, which is very common. Be aware of cut-off perforations of the perforated stamps:

4 c blue
(An 'imperforate' stamps with probably the perforation cut off)

Forgeries, examples:

12 cs blue and red, forgery! 2 R lilac, forgery!

Inverted center forgery! Inverted center forgery!


(A 12 c forgery with inverted colours!)

Fournier forgeries:

The above Fournier forgeries have the cancel 'CALAC DE LOS INFANTES BURGOS 7 FEB 65' (first two images) or 'CAMPILLOS 8 OCT 66 MALAGA' (last image) as they can be seen in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries'.

Segui forgery:


(Segui forgeries of the 19 c, 1 r and 2 r stamps)

Segui made forgeries of at least the 12 c, the 19 c, 1 r and the 2 r orange stamp.

Sperati forgery:


(Front and backside of a Sperati forgery)


(Front and backside of a perforated Sperati forgery)

The above forgeries were produced by Jean de Sperati. They first appeared in 1942. The paper and cancel are genuine in these forgeries! Sperati used low-valued stamps of this issue and removed the design chemically, leaving the cancel intact. The new design of the 19 c was then printed on this bleached out stamp. These forgeries are not very common and quite expensive. They were so good that he even fooled experts. I do not know the distinguishing characteristics of this particular forgery. This particular copy has been handstamped 'Sperati Reproduction' in violet ink by the British Philatelic Association and numbered '152', the number of the BPA Sperati book in which it was included for reference.


(Front and backside of a 1 R Sperati forgery)

The above image is a Sperati forgery of the 1 R stamp, I do not know the distinghuishing characteristics.

For issues of Spain from 1866 to 1870 with the image of Queen Isabella click here.


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