Postmark with Inverted Date

Postmark devices were created with removable slugs so that the day, month and year could be changed (generic example of postmark device shown). Given the manual process of swapping slugs, this lead to the occasional error being made when the numerical or letter slugs were inserted, resulting in one or more of these being inserted upside down. In some instances, the whole date is inverted, whilst others exist with only one or two of the numeric or letter slugs being inverted (ie, Day, Month or Year).

A few stamps from the Spanish-Philippine period have been recorded with inverted date cancels in varying formats. Listed below are the postmark errors recorded to date.

 

‘Manila - Star’ Circular Date Stamp
Showing Correct Date Layout

 

Month Inverted - Day and Year Normal

Scott Cat No.

Description

Postmark Date

Stamp

52 & 56

2c Carmine & 12c Lilac

King Alfonso XII issues

Cover from Manila to Ronda, Spain

1 NOV ??

67

100m Yellow Green

King Alfonso XII issue

3 JUL 79

86

12-4/8c Bright Rose

King Alfonso XII issue

Cover from Manila to Ronda, Spain

18 ENE 81

96

10c on 2c Carmine

Surcharge Era Issue

23 DIC 86

 

Day, Month and Year Inverted

Scott Cat No.

Description

Postmark Date

Stamp

76

2c Carmine

King Alfonso XII issue

21 FEB 85

76

2c Carmine

King Alfonso XII issue

21 FEB 85

79

2-4/8c Ultramarine (First Retouch)

King Alfonso XII issue

Don Peterson Collection

?? FEB 88

 


 

‘Correos - Manila’ Circular Date Stamp
Showing Correct Date Layout

 

Month Inverted - Day and Year Normal

Scott Cat No.

Description

Postmark Date

Stamp

145

2c Violet

King Alfonso XIII issue

23 ENE 92

 

Day, Month and Year Inverted

Scott Cat No.

Description

Postmark Date

Stamp

76

2c Carmine

King Alfonso XII issue

-3 MAR 88

80

2-4/8c Ultramarine (Second Retouch)

King Alfonso XII issue

Don Peterson Collection

-6 ENE 88

80

2-4/8c Ultramarine (Second Retouch)

King Alfonso XII issue

21 ENE 88

80

2-4/8c Ultramarine (Second Retouch)

King Alfonso XII issue

21 ENE 88

80

2-4/8c Ultramarine (Second Retouch)

King Alfonso XII issue

25 ENE 88

80

2-4/8c Ultramarine (Second Retouch)

King Alfonso XII issue

6 MAR 88

 

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Last Update: 01.11.2014