Queen Isabella II
January 1, 1861
5-cuartos. Issued for domestic mail under half-an-ounce,
(single weight interior postal rate). A total of 10,000 stamps were issued in
shades of vermilion and dull scarlet. The stamps remained in use until August
1862, with later usage also known. (Scott #12; SG #17;
This issue is somewhat similar in design to that of the 1859 issue, but only issued in one type. All lettering is in sans-serif. The words "CORREOS INTERIOR" are close together, with a period between them. The "F" of "FRANCO" almost touches the frame of the lower label at the left. The bust is cut square below and quite a distance from the circle of pearls. The pearls in the circle are smaller, and the white outer circle is much less conspicuous. The whole impression has a darker and heavier appearance.
The stamps were lithographed by M. Perez y Hijo in
The design of the stamps is crude and inartistic, and the printing is poor and blurred; giving the impression of having been done in great haste and with little care. It is presumed that this issue was produced to overcome one of the frequent "out-of-stock" situations which were often met with throughout the Spanish era.
VARIETIES AND ERRORS
Minor varieties exist, which are caused by defective transferring or printing. Some stamps have parts of letters and/or parts of the outer frame lines surrounding each stamp missing. A couple of examples are shown below.
Top Frame Line Mostly Omitted with "CORR" of "CORREOS" Cut-into
Bottom Horizontal Frame Line on Top Two Stamps Omitted
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