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VENEZUELA 1882-1920

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1882 Bolivar, inscription 'CORREOS DE VENEZUELA'

Rouletted 25 c brown, perforated Image obtained from Christer Bergstrom

  5 c blue
  10 c brown
  25 c brown
  50 c green
  1 B violet

These stamps exist with perforation 12. The value 25 c also was issued lithographed with perforation 11. All values (except 10 c) exist with rouletted perforation.

Value of the stamps

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

Perforation 12 (1882)

5 ccc 
10 cc* 
25 ccc 
50 cc* 
1 B** 
Perforation 11 (lithographed,1887 )
25 c****** 
Rouletted (1887)
5 c****** 
25 c*** 
50 c****** 
1 B****** 

Overprinted with thin lines and arms (1893)


(reduced size)

  5 c blue (overprint red)
  10 c brown
  25 c brown (overprint red, a misprint with overprint in black exists)
  50 c green (overprint red)
  1 B violet (overprint red)

Overprinted with circle and text: 'RESOLUCION DE OCTUBRE DE 1892' in violet
  25 c on 5 c blue 
  25 c on 10 c brown 
  1 B on 25 c brown
  1 B on 50 c green

Be careful, these overprints are extensively forged.

Value of the stamps

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

Overprinted with arms

5 cc* 
10 c*** 
25 cc*Black overprint: ?
50 c** 
1 B*** 
Overprint with circle and text
25 c on 5 cRRRR 
25 c on 10 c****** 
1 B on 25 c ****** 
1 B on 50 cR*** 

 

1893 Bolivar facing the right, inscription 'CORREOS', no country name

25 c lilac 1 B green

  5 c brown
  10 c blue
  25 c lilac
  50 c brown
  1 B green

These stamps are perforated 12.

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 cc* 
25 c*c 
50 cc* 
1 Bc* 

 

1893 Columbus, discovering America

  25 c lilac

This stamp has perforation 12.

Value of the stamps

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

 

1896 Map of Venezuela, inscription 'APOTEOSIS DE MIRANDA'


(genuine stamp)

  5 c green
  10 c blue
  25 c yellow
  50 c red
  1 B violet

These stamps are perforated 12.

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** 
25 cc* 
50 c** 
1 B** 

Two forgeries exist; for example Fournier offers these 5 stamps in tête-bêche for 1 Swiss Franc as first choice forgeries in his 1914 pricelist (however, they do not appear in 'the Fournier album of philatelic forgeries'). There are also reprint forgeries made in Spain (Barcelona), these were made from the genuine plates that were probably stolen, also with tête-bêche stamps. Any tête-bêche stamps are therefore highly suspicious.


(Tête-bêche pair, I suspect the above stamps to be forgeries)


(Forgeries)

A detailed guide to identify these stamps can be found on: http://www.mystamps.net/venezuela/identificacion/apoteosis.html.

 

1899 Bolivar facing the left, inscription 'CORREOS DE VENEZUELA'

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  5 c green
  10 c red
  25 c blue
  50 c black
  50 c yellow (1901)
  1 B green
  1 B black (1901)
  2 B yellow

These stamps have perforation 12.

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 cc* 
10 cc* 
25 ccc 
50 c black cc 
50 c yellowc* 
1 B green**** 
1 B blackRRRR 
2 BRRRR 

Overprinted 'RESELLADA' and 'RTM' (in fancy letters, 1900)

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom


(Reduced size)

  5 c green
  10 c red
  25 c blue
  50 c black
  1 B green
  2 B yellow

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 cc* 
10 cc* 
25 c** 
50 c c* 
1 B c* 
2 B** 
Overprinted '1900'

50 c orange

  25 c blue
  50 c orange
  1 B 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
25 cRRRR 
50 c ** 
1 B ** 
Overprinted '1900' and 'RESELLADA' and 'Castro' (in fancy letters)

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

  5 c green
  10 c red
  25 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
5 c*c 
10 c ** 
25 c*c 
Inscription 'CERTIFICADO' (registration stamp, 1899)


(Reduced size)

  25 c brown

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
25 cc*** 
Inscription 'CERTIFICADO' overprinted 'RESELLADA RTM' (registration stamp, 1900)


(Reduced size)

  25 c brown

Value of the stamps

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

 

1904 Fiscal stamp, overprinted 'CORREOS Vale B0.05 1904'


(Reduced size)

  0.05 on 50 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
0.05 on 50 cccExists with double overprint or 'Vele' instead of 'Vale': R

 

1904 Marshal Sucre, inscription 'CORREOS DE VENEZUELA'


(Reduced size)

  5 c green
  10 c red
  15 c violet (1910)
  25 c blue
  50 c lilac
  1 B lilac

These stamps have perforation 12.

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 ccc 
15 ccc 
25 c*c 
50 ccc 
1 Bc* 

 

1905 President Castro, inscription 'E.E.U.U. DE VENEZUELA'


(Reduced size)

  5 c red
  10 c blue
  25 c yellow

These stamps have perforation 11 1/2.

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**** 
25 c**** 

 

1910 Independence issue

  25 c blue

These stamps have perforation 12.

Value of the stamps

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

 

1911 Various persons, inscription 'VENEZUELA' in a straight label on top of the stamp


(Reduced sizes)

  5 c green
  10 c red
  15 c grey
  25 c blue
  50 c violet
  1 B yellow

These stamps have perforation 12.

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 ccc 
15 c** 
25 ccc 
50 c** 
1 B*** 

 

1915 Simon Bolivar (standing), inscription 'EE. UU. DE VENEZUELA'

  5 c green
  10 c red
  25 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
5 c*c 
10 c*c 
25 c**c 

 

1915-28 Simon Bolivar (smaller portrait), inscription 'EE. UU. DE VENEZUELA', various frames


(Reduced sizes)

  5 c green
  5 c brown
  7 1/2 c green
  10 c red
  10 c green
  15 c green
  15 c olive
  15 c brown
  25 c blue
  25 c red
  40 c green
  40 c blue
  50 c violet
  50 c blue
  75 c green
  1 B black
  3 B yellow
  5 B 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 green *c 
5 c browncc 
10 c red*cTwo shades of red were issued
10 c green*c 
15 c green*c 
15 c olive*c 
15 c brown*c 
25 c blue**cThree shades of blue were issued
25 c red*c 
40 c green***** 
40 c blue*c 
50 c violet**c 
50 c blue*cTwo shades of blue were issued
75 cR*** 
1 B*** 
3 B****** 
5 B****** 

Later issues

Some of the later issues were printed on so-called Winchester security paper. A pattern of circles becomes visible once the stamps have been in contact with water. The design of the stamp almost becomes invisible.


(Winchester security paper)


Books, websites

http://www.mystamps.net made by Williams Castillo.

Catalogo Especializado de Estampillas Venezuela by Aurelio Blanco, Caracas,


Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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