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WAR TAX STAMPS

1873 Arms of Spain, inscription 'IMPUESTO DE GUERRA'

  5 c black
  10 c blue

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
5 ccc 
10 c*c 

 

1875 Arms of Spain, inscription 'IMPto DE GUERRA'

  5 c green
  10 c lilac

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
5 c*c 
10 c** 

 

1876 King Alfonso XII, inscription 'IMPUESTO DE GUERRA'

  5 c green
  10 c blue
  25 c black
  1 P grey
  5 P red

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
5 c*cError 5 c blue: RRR
10 c*c 
25 c****** 
1 PRRRR 
5 PRRRR 

The error 5 c blue has been forged by chemical means.

Postal forgery:

Postal forgery

In the above postal forgery, the 'S' and 'T' of 'IMPUESTO' are not joined (they should be in the genuine stamps. The ear is too larger and the inscription below the neck reads 'NLIA' instead of 'JULIA'. This forgery has been described in 'The Postal Forgeries of the World' by H.G. Leslie Fletcher.

 

1877 King Alfonso XII, inscription 'IMPto DE GUERRA'

  15 c red
  50 c yellow

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
15 c**c 
50 cR*** 

 

1897 Value

Inscription 'IMPto DE GUERRA 1897 A 1898'
  5 c green
  10 c green
  15 c green
  20 c green

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c**** 
10 c****** 
15 cRRRR 
20 c****** 

Other values are fiscal stamps; 30 c, 40 c, 50 c, 60 c, 70 c, 90 c (all in green), 1 P, 1.20 P, 1.50 P, 1.80 P, 2 P, 2.50 P, 3 P, 3.50 P, 4 P, 4.50 P, 5 P, 6 P, 7.50 P and 10 P (all in red).

Inscription 'IMPto DE GUERRA 1898-99'
  5 c black
  10 c black
  15 c black
  20 c black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 ccc 
10 c** 
15 c***** 
20 c** 

Other values are fiscal stamps: 30 c, 40 c, 50 c, 60 c, 70 c, 90 c (all in black), 1 P, 1.20 P, 1.50 P, 1.80 P, 2 P, 2.50 P, 3 P, 3.50 P, 4 P, 4.50 P, 5 P, 6 P, 7.50 P, 10 P, 20 P, 30 P and 40 P (all in blue). Example:

 

1898 King Alfonso XIII, inscription '1898-99 RECARGO 5 Cs'

  5 c black

This stamp has 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
5 ccc 


BARCELONA

An extra tax was obligatory from 1929 to 1945 in Barcelona. Although they fall outside the scope of this catalogue, I'll give some examples here:

1929 Inscription 'EXPOSICION INTERNACIONAL BARCELONA 1930'

'AYUNTAMIENTO DE BARCELONA SERIE 4a'

'AYUNTAMIENTO DE BARCELONA Arriba Espana 26 enero 1939'


Special stamps (Franchise)

1869 Letter in an ellipse, inscription 'CARTILLA POSTAL DE ESPANA'

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
-RRR 

 

1882 Book, inscription 'FRANQUICIA POSTAL'

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
-RRR 


Postal Stationery

1873 Number, with lion at the bottom

5 c blue

1873 Woman's head with cap

  5 c green

Other postal stationery exists, in similar designs as the postage stamps. I have listed them there.


Official stamps

1854 Inscription 'CORREOS 1854', value in 'onza' or 'libra'

1 Libra black on blue

  1/2 o (media onza) black on yellow
  1 o (una onza) black on lilac
  4 o (cuatro onzas) black on green
  1 L (una libra) black on 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
1/2 o **** 
1 o**** 
4 o**** 
1 L***** 

The 'value' on this stamps is actually the weigth, ounces (=onza) and pounds (=libra).


Second forgery of Album Weeds; picture found at http://www.graus.com

Forgeries of these stamps exist. Album Weeds describes three of them; the first one has the 'C' of 'CORREOS' placed too low, the second one has the letters 'RRE' of this word all joined at the bottom and the value label is almost not rounded in the corners. A bogus value exists in the value 1 L black on lilac of this second forgery. In the third forgery the 'C' of 'CORREOS' has a rounded knob at the head.

 

1855 Inscription 'CORREO OFFICIAL'

  1/2 o (media onza) black on yellow
  1 o (una onza) black on lilac
  4 o (cuatro onzas) black on green
  1 L (una libra) black on grey

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 o cc 
1 o** 
4 o** 
1 L**** 

These stamps could also be used in the Spanish colonies, such as the Philippines. Album Weeds describes one set of forgeries of these stamps, where the 'C' of 'CORREOS' touches the chain (or almost touches it as in the next forgeries?):

There are other differences with the genuine stamps, such as the number of pearls on the crown.

Another forgery of this stamp, with the lettering badly done:


Picture of the 1 Libra found at http://www.graus.com

I've been told that this stamp is a forgery as well:

 

1896 Inscription 'CONGRESO DE LOS DIPUTADOS'

(Sorry, no picture available yet, if anybody posesses a picture, please contact me!)

  (-) red
  (-) blue

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
(-) red** 
(-) blue** 

 

1916 Inscription 'EL PARLAMENTO ESPANGNOL A CERVANTES'

(sorry, no pictures available yet)

With National Library
  (-) green and black
  (-) red and black

With Congress building
  (-) violet and black
  (-) green and black

With statue
  (-) red and black
  (-) brown and black

With picture of Cervantes
  (-) violet and black
  (-) brown and black

If I'm well informed these stamps were used by members of the parliament.

I've seen modern forgeries of these stamps, imperforate and inverted center (why not?). I suspect them to be products made by a forger of Hialeah, Florida. They are made with a computer scanner and printer.


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