Queen Isabella II Covers






Scott #4 / Edifil #3

Issued to pay the charge for domestic mail between one ounce and one-and-a-half ounces, with an extra 5-Cuartos charged for every half ounce or part of half ounce thereafter. In addition, paid the charge for single weight overseas rate to Spain which came into effect from June 1, 1855.

5 Covers Recorded



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23 May 1854
Addressed to San Gabriel (Manila)

Mario Que Collection


7 July 1854
Cropped Cover Addressed to San Miguel (Manila)

Provenance: Maurice Burrus

Robson Lowe Ltd (Burrus) Auction - May 5, 1964 (Lot 301)

Antonio M Torres Auction - January 31, 1991 (Lot 86)

Soler y Llach Auctions - February 4, 1999 (Lot 77) [Starting Bid 7,500 Euros - Unsold]

Afinsa (Soler y Llach) Auctions - November 4, 1999 (Lot 1133) [Starting Bid 7,500 Euros]

Overseas Usage


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2 October 1856
Manila to Madrid, via Suez

Antonio Cuesta Collection

Afinsa (Soler y Llach) Auction - May 22, 2002 (Lot 2026) [Starting Bid 10,000 Euros]


10 December 1857
Manila to Cadiz, via Suez

Antonio Cuesta Collection

Philstamps Auction - November 19, 1995


2 September 1858
Manila to Madrid, via Suez
San Roque - Cadiz (20 Oct 58) and Madrid (4 Nov 58) Backstamps

Nigel Gooding Collection

Soler y Llach Auctions - March 6-7, 1990

Afinsa Auctions - October 30, 2001 (Lot 354)

Iberphil Auction - November 24, 2015 (Lot 89) [Price Realized 8,600 Euros]

Bogus or Doubtful Covers
(Excluded from the Count of Recorded Covers)


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12 February 1856
Addressed to San Gabriel (Manila)

Feldman Auction (Lot 40281)


Comment: The Circle of Dots cancellation tying the stamp seems irregular and not in line with the genuine cancellations. Most likely affixed on a Stampless Cover with a bogus cancellation applied.


March 1866
Namacpacan (La Union) to Manila
Stamp tied with Official Crown Cancellation and Manila (24 March 1866) Receiving CDS

Antonio Cuesta Collection

Galeria Filatelica de Barcelona Auction - February 17, 1992


Comment: Exceptionally late use for this issue. The Crown Cancel appears to have been tampered where the lettering on the stamp is clean, compared to other letters which appear smudged (commonly found on these cancellations). Appears original stamp has been removed and replaced with the 1-real 1854 issue, and the cancellation has been tampered. (Graus Certificate (N1/41-6) dated January 30, 1991 issued stating stamp, cancellations and cover are genuine).

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