Queen Isabella II
August 1, 1862
5-cuartos. Issued for domestic mail under half-an-ounce, (single weight interior postal rate). A total of about 10,000 stamps were issued in shades of red and reddish- brown. The stamps remained in use until January 1863, with later usage also known. (Scott #13; SG #18; Edifil #10 and #10a)
The general design of this stamp remains the same as the previous issues, but has been considerably modified. The inscriptions are in much smaller letters and in Roman capitals instead of sans-serif. There is a period between "CORREOS" and "INTERIOR". There is a period after "Cs" in the lower label, instead of under the "s" as in the previous issue. There is an inner frame to the inscribed labels. The end of the bust is pointed in front and almost touches the pearled circle. The central disc is smaller and does not touch either the upper and lower labels or the sides of the frame. The circle surrounding the effigy is out of the centre of the solid disc of colour, and there is an additional circular white outline at the left side. There are three complete ornaments and a portion of a fourth in each half of the sides of the frame. The pattern in the spandrels is comparatively coarse.
The stamps were lithographed by M. Perez y Hijo
5-cuartos Black. Reported by Hanciau (1905) to exist printed on white, wove paper.
VARIETIES AND ERRORS
Minor varieties exist, which are mainly due to imperfect transfers or to retouching of the stones. Some of the more noticeable varieties are as follows:
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