Hong Kong B62 Cancellations

Until the Philippines joined the Universal Postal Union (UPU) on May 1, 1877, the use of Spanish-Philippine stamps was not accepted on mail to foreign countries outside the Spanish empire. Very few overseas covers from the 1850s through 1877 to countries outside the Spanish empire were sent through the Manila Post Office.

To enable correspondence to be sent to non-Spanish empire countries, stock of British Asian stamps from India, Straits Settlements and Hong Kong were maintained by local merchants for use on foreign mail. The British Asian stamps were applied to overseas covers, which were then hand-carried to a departing ship en-route to a British Port, where they entered into the postal system and were accordingly cancelled. The postal rates for the British Asian stamps applied in Manila were calculated from the British port to its final destination.

For letters travelling through the port of Hong Kong, the British Asian stamps were typically cancelled with a black, oval B62 cancel.

A number of Spanish-Philippine stamps issued between the 1870s and 1890s have been found with the Hong Kong 'B62' cancel, indicating that these stamps were used on overseas mail passing through the port of Hong Kong, and possibly received the 'B62' transit cancel which in some cases was applied directly on the stamps. It was decreed that all overseas correspondence from May 1, 1877, regardless of destination, were to be affixed with Spanish-Philippine stamps and cancelled at Philippine Post Offices. It is most likely that the stamps issued before May 1, 1877 were 'old stock' and postally used after May 1877 from which time letters were authorised to be sent to non-Spanish empire countries with the use of Philippine stamps.

List of Known Philippine Stamps with B62 Cancel

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King Alfonso XII Issues

Scott #

Value

Date of Issue

Notes

40

10c Green

March 1, 1871

 

49

25c Ultramarine

1874

 

52

2c Rose

August 1875

Note 1

55

10c Blue

August 1877

 

56

12c Lilac

January 1876

Note 1

62

25m Black

April 1878

 

67

100m Yellow Green

1879

 

73

8c on 100m Carmine

September 1879

 

73a

8c on 100m Carmine

September 1879

COREROS Error

76

2c Carmine

April 19, 1880

 

79

2-4/8c (First Retouch)

November 1883

 

83

8c Yellow-Brown

April 19, 1880

On Piece with #76

P1

1/8c Green

January 1, 1886

 

Note 1: Copies in the Gooding collection shows a partial Rhomboid cancel in addition to the B62 cancel, indicating that the cover was cancelled in the Philippines most probably after May 1, 1877.

 Surcharge Era Stamps

Scott #

Value

Date of Issue

98

1r on 5c Grey-Blue

February 22, 1883

101

1c on 2-4/8c Ultramarine

September 11, 1886

106

8c on 2-4/8c Ultramarine

December 3, 1887

116

8c on 2r Blue

April 1881

 

King Alfonso XIII

Scott #

Value

Date of Issue

144

2c Claret

1892

167

12-4/8c Yellow-Green

1890

 

References:

1)            Spanish Period Corner Hong Kong B62 Cancels on Early 1870s Philippine Stamps. Don Peterson, Philippine Philatelic Journal, Volume XXVIII, Number 3, Third Quarter 2006, Pages 23-24).

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 Last Update: 14.03.2018