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'ESCUELAS'

The stamps with inscription 'ESCUELAS' were actually fiscal stamps, but they could be used for postage as well before July 1895.

1870 Bolivar, inscription 'ESCUELAS'


(I have been told that this is a forgery)

All these stamps are overprinted in very small caracters 'Decreto de 27 de Junio 1870' or 'Decreto de 27 de Abril 1870', imperforated, the following values exist: 1 c, 2 c, 3 c, 4 c, 5 c, 1 R, 2 R, 3 R, 5 R, 7 R, 9 R, 15 R, 20 R, 30 R, 50 R.

 

1879 Bolivar, inscription 'ESCUELAS'

5 V red
(Reduced size)

1 c yellow

overprinted in very small caracters 'Decreto de 27 de Junio 1870', imperforated

  1 c yellow
  2 c yellow
  10 c blue
  30 c blue
  50 c blue
  90 c blue
  1 V red
  3 V red
  5 V 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**** 
2 c**** 
10 c**** 
30 cR* 
50 cR*** 
90 cRR*** 
1 VRRRR 
3 VRRRR 
5 VRRRR 
Without overprint, perforated (1880)


(Reduced size)

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom 2 b blue

  5 c yellow
  10 c yellow
  25 c yellow
  50 c yellow
  1 B blue
  2 B blue
  5 B blue
  10 B red
  20 B red
  25 B red

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**** 
50 c**** 
1 BR* 
2 BR* 
5 BRR** 
10 BRR*** 
20 BRRRR 
25 BRRRRR 

 

1882 Inscription 'ESCUELAS', head of Bolivar, smaller size, various frames

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

5 c green 25 c orange
(Reduced sizes)

  5 c green
  10 c brown
  25 c orange
  50 c blue
  1 B red
  3 B violet (1887)
  10 B brown (1888)
  20 B red (1888)

These stamps have perforation 12 or 11 or are rouletted.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Perforated 12 (1882)
5 ccc 
10 ccc 
25 ccc 
50 c** 
1 Bcc 
3 Bc* 
10 B***** 
20 B***** 
Perforated 11 (1887, lithographed)
5 c** 
25 c**** 
50 c****** 
1 BR*** 
Rouletted (1887)
5 cc* 
25 ccc 
50 c**** 
3 B****** 

Overprinted with 'RESOLUCION DE 1 DE OCTOBRE DE 1892' in circle

  25 c on 5 c green
  25 c on 10 c brown
  1 B on 25 c orange
  1 B on 50 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
25 c on 5 cRR 
25 c on 10 cRR 
1 B on 25 cRRRR 
1 B on 50 cRRRR 

The above overprints are rare, forgeries exist. I'm not sure if the above stamps are genuine.

Overprinted with thin lines and arms (1893)


(Reduced sizes)

  5 c green (overprint red)
  10 c brown (overprint red)
  25 c orange (overprint red, a misprint with overprint in black exists)
  50 c blue (overprint red)
  1 B red
  3 B violet (overprint red)
  10 B brown (overprint red)
  20 B 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
5 ccc 
10 ccc 
25 ccc 
50 cc* 
1 B***** 
3 B***** 
10 BR*** 
20 B****** 

Bogus bisected stamps exist, example:


(Reduced size, 1/2 of a 10 c and 1/2 of a 25 c)

The surcharges '1 ctvo' and '1/2 real' are bogus issues.


'INSTRUCCION'

The stamps with inscription 'INSTRUCCION' were actually fiscal stamps, but they could be used for postage as well before July 1895.

1893 Bolivar in an ellipse, inscription 'INSTRUCCION'


(Reduced size)

  5 c grey
  5 c orange (1901)
  10 c green
  10 c red (1901)
  10 c blue (1901)
  25 c blue
  50 c orange
  50 c green (1901)
  1 B lilac
  1 B grey (1901)
  3 B red
  3 B brown (1901)
  10 B blue
  10 B red (1901)
  20 B brown
  20 B violet (1901)

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 c grey cc 
5 c orangevcc 
10 c green c* 
10 c redcc 
10 c blue***** 
25 ccc 
50 c orange *c 
50 c greencc 
1 B lilac *c 
1 B grey***** 
3 B red*c 
3 B brown** 
10 B blue****** 
10 B red** 
20 B brown****** 
20 B violet**** 

Overprinted 'RESELLADA RFM' in fancy pattern (1900)


(Reduced sizes)

  5 c grey
  10 c green
  25 c blue
  50 c orange
  1 B lilac
  3 B red
  10 B blue
  20 B 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
5 ccc 
10 ccc 
25 ccc 
50 ccc 
1 Bcc 
3 Bcc 
10 B** 
20 B** 
Overprinted '1900'


(Reduced size)

  5 c orange 
  10 c blue
  25 c brown
  50 c green 
  1 B grey
  3 B brown
  10 B red
  20 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** 
10 c** 
25 ccc 
50 c** 
1 B***c 
3 B**** 
10 BRR*** 
20 BRR*** 
Overprinted '1901'
  1 B 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 Bcc 
Surcharged


(Forged overprint)

  'VALE 2 BOL' on 5 c orange (1900)

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 B on 5 c?RR 

 

1904 Bolivar, inscription 'INSTRUCCION' on top


(Reduced sizes)

  5 c green
  10 c grey
  25 c red
  50 c yellow
  1 B lilac
  3 B blue
  10 B blue
  20 B red

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 cvcc 
10 cvcc 
25 ccc 
50 ccc 
1 B*c 
3 Bvcc 
10 Bc* 
20 Bc* 

Note: I have seen this issue and the next ones punched with a 'V' or an arrow. I presume this is some kind of cancellation.

 

1911 Various persons, inscription 'VENEZUELA' on top and 'INSTRUCCION' below in half circle


(Reduced sizes)

  5 c blue
  10 c yellow
  25 c grey
  50 c red
  1 B green
  2 B brown
  3 B violet
  10 B lilac
  20 B 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
5 c*c 
10 c*c 
25 c*c 
50 cc* 
1 Bc* 
2 B** 
3 Bc* 
10 B**** 
20 B**** 

 

1914 Inscription 'EE UU DE VENEZUELA' and 'INSTRUCCION'


(Reduced size)

  5 c lilac
  10 c green
  25 c brown
  50 c red
  1 B brown
  2 B brown
  3 B blue
  10 B brown
  20 B grey

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*** 
10 c**** 
25 c**** 
50 c**** 
1 B***** 
2 B****** 
3 BR*** 
10 BR*** 
20 BRR 


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