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URUGUAY 1877-1920

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1877 Numerals, rouletted

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  1 c brown
  5 c green
  10 c red
  20 c brown
  50 c black
  1 P 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 c****Also exists lithographed
5 c**** 
10 c**** 
20 c***** 
50 cR*** 
1 PRRRR 
Overprinted '1883 Provisorio'

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  5 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******Exists with inverted overprint: RR
Overprinted 'Provisorio 1 CENTESIMO 1884'

1884 overprint

  1 c on 10 c red

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 c on 10 c**Exists with inverted surcharge: R

 

1880 President Joaquin Suarez (1843-1852)


(Reduced size)

  7 c 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
7 c****** 

 

1882 Inscription 1882

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  1 c green
  2 c red

There are numbers below the central design (from 1 to 100). These stamps were to be used on newspapers (1 c for use inside Uruguay and 2 c for foreign 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
1 c****** 
2 c****** 

Overprinted 'PROVISORIO 1884'

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  2 c red

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******Exists with inverted overprint: RRR

 

1882 Arms (1 c and 2 c) and famous persons

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  1 c green
  2 c red
  5 c blue (President Maximo Santos)
  10 c brown (Gen.Artigas)

These stamps should be perforated.

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 c ****** 
2 c****** 
5 c****** 
10 cR*** 


(Imperforate stamp? Forgery? or Postal stationary of the 5 c value)

 

1884 Sun in diamond

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  5 c blue (2 types of the '5')

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****** 

 

1884 Numerals (1, 2, 5 and 20 c), famous persons (7 and 10 c) or arms (25 c)


(Images obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom)

  1 c grey
  1 c green
  2 c red
  5 c blue
  5 c violet (1886)
  7 c brown
  7 c orange (1888)
  10 c brown
  20 c lilac
  25 c grey
  25 c red

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 c grey **** 
1 c green***Also olive
2 c**Two shades of red were issued
5 c blue*** 
5 c violet** 
7 c brown****** 
7 c orange****** 
10 c***** 
20 c****** 
25 c grey****** 
25 c red****** 
Overprinted 'Provisorio' (1884)

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  5 c violet

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***** 
Overprinted 'Provisorio 1891'

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  5 c violet

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**Exists with errors and inverted overprint
Overprinted 'Provisorio 1892'in red

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  1 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
1 c **** 

 

1887 Numeral

  10 c violet

Several shades exist of this stamp (see example above).

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 c grey ****** 

 

1888 Arms

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  10 c violet

Value of the stamps

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

 

1889 Arms (1, 5, 10 c and 1 P), numeral (2, 7 and 20 c ) or mythical persons (25 and 50 c)

  1 c green
  1 c blue (1894)
  2 c red
  2 c brown (1894)
  5 c blue
  5 c red (1894)
  7 c brown
  7 c green (1894)
  10 c green
  10 c orange (1894)
  20 c orange
  20 c brown (1894)
  20 c blue (1900)
  20 c grey (1904, design changed slightly)
  25 c brown
  25 c red (1894)
  25 c olive (1904)
  50 c blue
  50 c lilac (1894)
  1 P lilac
  1 P blue (1894)

Overprinted 'Provisorio 1892' and value


(1 c on 20 c with inverted overprint)

  '1 Centesimo' on 20 c orange
  5 c on 7 c brown (overprint red)

Overprinted 'PROVISIONAL' (1898)
  '1/2 CENTAVO' on 1 c blue

1892 Stamps in smaller design, various arms

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  1 c green
  2 c red
  5 c blue
  10 c orange

1894 Head and arms

 

  2 P red
  3 P lilac

1895 Various designs

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom


(Reduced sizes)

  1 c olive (gaucho)
  1 c blue (1897)
  2 c blue (Solis Theatre in Montevideo)
  2 c lilac (1897)
  5 c red (locomotive)
  5 c green (1897, locomotive)
  5 c blue (1900, locomotive)
  7 c green (bull's head)
  7 c orange (1897)
  10 c brown
  10 c red (1897)
  10 c lilac (1900)
  20 c green and black (steamship)
  20 c red and black (1897)
  25 c brown and black (figure)
  25 c red and blue (1897)
  50 c blue and black (head of Mercury)
  50 c green and brown
  1 P brown and black (arms)
  1 P brown and blue (1897)
  2 P violet and green (fort of San Jose)
  2 P olive and red (1897)
  3 P red and blue (cathedral of Montevideo)
  3 P lilac and red (1897)

Peace issue, overprinted 'PAZ 1897'


(Inverted overprint on the 5 c)


(I've been told that these are overprint trials)

  1 c blue (overprint red)
  2 c lilac (overprint blue)
  5 c green (overprint blue)
  10 c red (overprint blue)

Overprinted 'PROVISIONAL' (1898)
  1/2 c (blue) on 1 c yellow
  1/2 c on 2 c blue
  1/2 c (red) on 7 c blue

The 'PAZ 1897' overprint has been forged by Fournier, examples of this overprint from a Fournier album:


(Reduced sizes)

The Paz overprint is quite rare: the following quantities were printed: 150000 of the 1c, 100000 of the 2c, 200000 of the 5c and 30000 of the 10c.

 

1896 Inauguration of the President Suarez memorial

  1 c lilac and black
  5 c blue and black
  10 c red and black

Overprinted 'PROVISORIO 1897' (red)
  5 c blue and black
  10 c red and black

Overprinted 'PROVISORIO 1897' and '1900'
  '5 CENTESIMOS' on 10 c red and black

Overprinted 'PROVISIONAL' (1898)
  1/2 c (red) on 1 c lilac and black
  1/2 c (red) on 5 c blue and black

1898 Head of freedom

  5 m red
  5 m violet

1900 Statue of Artigas

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  5 m blue
  5 m orange

1901 Various designs

1904 issue 1900 issue


(Reduced sizes)

  5 m orange (Artigas standing, 1904)
  1 c green (cows)
  1 c green (cows, 1904, design changed)
  2 c orange (angel)
  2 c orange (angel, 1904, design changed)
  5 c blue (face)
  5 c blue (cow, 1904)
  5 c blue (cow, 1906, larger size)
  7 c orange
  10 c violet
  10 c violet (1904, design changed)
  25 c brown
  50 c red
  1 P green

Overprinted 'PAZ 1904'
  1 c green (red overprint)
  2 c orange
  5 c blue (red overprint)

Surcharged with value and 'PROVISORIO'

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  8 c (red) on 10 c violet (1909)
  23 c on 25 c brown (1909)
  5 m on 1 c green (1910)
  5 c (blue) on 50 c red

Overprinted 'ARTIGAS 1811 1911'
  2 c on 7 c orange
  5 c on 7 c orange

Forgeries:


(I've been told that this is a forgery)

I think this is the postal forgery mentionned in 'Postal Forgeries of the World' by H.G. Leslie Fletcher. It is very poorly printed.

1906 New arms type


(Reduced size)

  5 c blue
  7 c orange
  50 c red

Surcharged with value and 'PROVISORIO'
  5 c (blue) on 50 c red

1908 83 years of independance, warships

  1 c red and green
  2 c green and green
  5 c orange and green

These stamps were only for sale for 3 days. Stamps with inverted center seem to exist.

The following information was kindly given to me by Jorge Gaj:

Two different kinds of forgeries of these stamps seems to be described in literature; The first one seems to have been made by Henri Goetz (Brussels, Belgium in 1919). The colour green in the genuine stamps is dark green, in these forgeries it is grey-green. Furthermore the impression is dull and the forward funnel is broken at the base. The water shows also different patterns from the genuine stamps.

A second forgery is also known in literature: the colour green is pale instead of dark green. The impression is dull and there are only four horizontal bands on the forward funnel (five in the genuine stamps). As in the previous forgery, the water shows a different pattern from the genuine stamps.

Personally, I have seen forgeries (all values in sheets of 6x3) of these stamps with cancel 'MONTEVIDEO 5 PM 8 MAR 1910 URUGUAY'. (I don't know if these are one of the two above forgeries).

 

1909 New harbor in Montevideo, harbor view

  2 c brown and black
  5 c red and black

 

1910 Centaurion with broken chains

  2 c red
  5 c blue

 

1910 Head of Artigas

1910 issue

  5 m violet
  5 m red (1914)
  5 m lilac
  1 c green
  2 c brown
  2 c red (1913)
  4 c yellow (1912)
  5 c blue
  8 c black
  8 c blue (1913)
  20 c brown

Overprinted 'CENTENARIO DE LAS INSTRUCCIONES DEL ANO XIII'
  2 c brown
  4 c yellow
  5 c blue

 

1910 Commerce and trade

  23 c blue
  50 c orange
  1 P red

 

1911 Angle

  5 c red and black

 

1918 Agriculture

  2 c green and red
  5 c brown and blue

 

1919 Peace issue, New York Freedom statue

  2 c red and brown
  4 c orange and brown
  5 c grey and brown
  8 c brown and blue
  20 c brown and black
  23 c green and black

 

1919 Harbor view of Montevideo


(reduced size)

  5 m violet and black
  1 c green and black
  2 c red and black
  4 c orange and black
  5 c blue and black
  8 c blue and brown
  20 c brown and black
  23 c green and brown
  50 c brown and blue
  1 P red and blue

 

1919 Writer Jose Enr. Rodo

  2 c red and black
  4 c orange and blue
  5 c blue and brown

Official stamps

1881 Postage stamps, overprinted 'OFICIAL'


(Reduced size)

Sorry, not yet implemented.


(Stamp of 1889 with 'OFICIAL' overprint)

1884 Postage stamp overprinted with 'FRANCO'

  1 c green

From 1901 onwards security holes were applied, examples:


(Reduced sizes)

These overprints have been forged by Fournier, examples of these forged overprints from a Fournier Album (probably used on genuine basic stamps):


(Reduced sizes)

1911 Stamp with inscription 'OFICIAL'


(Reduced sizes)

  2 c brown
  5 c blue
  8 c black
  20 c brown
  23 c lilac
  50 c orange
  1 P red

From 1915 onwards postage stamps were used again, with overprint 'Oficial' (in fancy letters).


Postage due stamps

1902 Inscription 'TASA'


(Reduced size)

  1 c green
  2 c red
  3 c brown (1922)
  4 c violet
  6 c brown (1913)
  10 c blue 
  20 c yellow

Overprinted 'PROVISORIO UN cent'mo' (1904)
  1 c on 10 c blue

These stamps were not sold to the public unused.


Parcel stamps

Issued from 1922 onwards, picture of Mercury.

The values 5 c black on yellow, 10 c black on blue, 20 c black on red, 30 c black on green, 50 c black on blue and 1 P black on orange exist both with inscription 'INTERIOR' and 'EXTERIOR'.

Later parcel post stamps, example of 1927:


Special delivery stamps

Special delivery stamps have the inscription 'MENSAJERIAS', the first stamp was issued in 1921, examples:


Postal Stationery

Examples:


(Reduced sizes)


Websites

Some nice reading material concerning Uruguay stamps can be found at: http://www.geocities.com/pdstampinfo/1911_01_28_issue.htm

http://www.uruguaystamps.com/mainframe.htm, with some articles and auctions.


Literature

The following literature has been recommended to me by Jorge Jay:

Hoffmann, Robert Estudio de las falsificaciones de los sellos postales del Uruguay / Montevideo, Uruguay : Club Filatelico del Uruguay de Montevideo, 1948. 115 p. Text in Spanish: Study of the forgeries of the postage stamps of Uruguay. Includes errata.

2) a second book which has a section on forgeries of Uruguayan stamps is Bynof-Smith, H. Forged postage stamps of the Americas, excluding British Empire : illustrated reference manual Sydney, Australia : H. Bynof-Smith, c1991 206 p. Bibliography: p. 205-206.  Pages 168 to 185 are dedicated to forgeries of Uruguayan stamps, including the 1908 warship forgery.


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