Queen Isabella II
January 1, 1864
According to an Act dated July 19, 1849
The stamps were typographed on tinted
paper by the Fabrica Nacional de Moneda
The design shows the left profile of Queen Isabella II, enclosed in an oval frame of pearls, and an elaborate diadem in the outer frame. The word "CORREOS" appears in the top label, with a white dot before and after it.
Four values were issued which correspond to the previous values of 5-cuartos, 10-cuartos, 1-real and 2-reales respectively. A Royal Order of December 5, 1864 authorised the use of the 3-1/8 and 6-2/8 centimos values on foreign correspondence whenever their value permitted, despite being originally intended for "interior" use.
3-1/8 centimos de peso fuerte. Issued in varying shades of black. Exists on buff paper (Scott #21; SG #26; Edifil #17) and cream paper (Edifil #17a).
6-2/8 centimos de peso fuerte. Issued in varying shades of green. Exists on white paper (Edifil #18) and rose paper (Scott #22; SG #27; Edifil #18a).
12-4/8 centimos de peso fuerte. Issued in varying shades of blue. Exists on salmon paper (Scott #23; Edifil #19), white paper (Edifil #19a) and flesh coloured paper (SG #28).
25 centimos de peso fuerte. Issued in varying shades of red. Exists on white paper (Scott #24; SG #30; Edifil #20) and rose paper (SG #29; Edifil #20a).
A Royal Order dated November 5, 1864, approved the decision of
the Superintendent at
VARIETIES AND ERRORS
The 3-1/8c stamp is known to exist with Double Impression on the value.
There are a number of varieties on these issues mainly caused by worn plates or under-inking on letters and numbers in the value tablet. As a result, there are various broken letter variations that can be found. In addition, the following varieties are known to exist on each of the four values:
With No Period under
"o" of "
With No Period under "e" of "Fe"
No Period under "o" of "
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