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URUGUAY 1856 Diligencia Issue

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1856 Sun, inscription 'DILIGENCIA'

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Could be a forgery Probably genuine Probably genuine Probably genuine

  60 c blue
  80 c green
  1 real red

The word 'DILIGENCIA' refers to the coaches used to transport mail in those days.

For the specialist: the 80 c values were made from the 35 stones of the 60 c by removing the '60', this gives rise to 35 different minor varieties of the 80 c. The 1 real stamp was also made in this way, except that the whole bottom label was removed and replaced by the 1 real text, this also gives rise to 35 minor varieties. There seems to be a very rare second printing of the 60 c (larger letters and less rays around the sun), but it is very rare. These stamps were issued for inland use.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
60 cRRRRRRFirst printing, 105 rays
60 cRRRRRRSecond printing, 67 rays
80 cRRRR 
1 RRRRR 

Cancels:

Most stamps bear pencancels.

Forgeries:

All these stamps are quite rare and forgeries exist, examples:


(Forgery, I have no further information on these forgeries)

Some very crudely printed forgeries:

A forgery with a different pattern left and right and 'DILIGENCIA' written too wide:

Senf forgery of the 60 c value, with 'Facsimile.' incorporated in the design:

A forgery with the side ornaments too coarse:

A forgery printed in the wrong colours, 60 c red:

Sperati forgeries:

Sperati made several forgeries of these stamps, if I'm well informed three of the 60 c, two of the 80 c and three of the 1 r values. They are quite valuable.


(Image obtained from Richard Frajola's website: http://www.seymourfamily.com/rfrajola/Sperati/speratiindex.htm )


(Sperati's type B forgery, there is a blotch of ink below the '0' of '80' and a spot in the frame above the 'N' of 'DILIGENCIA', probably corresponding to one of the types he copied)

More pictures of Sperati's forgeries can be found at the above mentioned website.

Highly suspected items:


(Forgeries?)

 

Uruguay 1858 and 1860 'Sun' issues


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