A number of Spanish-Philippine postage and telegraphic stamps are known with multiple impressions (double or triple), with the second or third impression applied either normally or inverted. These stamps are classified as Printers Waste.
Printers Waste generally refers to stamps that appear to be errors but are not, due to their origin. Most recognized errors are sold over the post office counter and are later sold to collectors or dealers. Printers Waste, however, is misprinted material, (either accidentally or intentionally), that was indented to be discarded. It is also possible that Printers Waste was produced as part of the cleaning process, where paper was run through the printing plates to clean off excess ink. Such material enters the philatelic market either through carelessness or theft.
This section focuses only on postage stamp Printers Waste. All known Spanish-Philippine Printers Waste were printed by the Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre in Madrid, Spain, and exist on stamps issued between 1872 and 1889. No Printers Waste has been reported on the 1890s King Alfonso XIII issues.
Majority of the Printers Waste is found imperforate. Examples are known perforated 14 or perforated 12, the latter is believed to have been privately perforated. The additional impression(s) are seen in varying degrees of mis-alignment (where the additional impressions do not necessarily line up with the base stamp).
List of Known Stamps
(Click on Underlined Scott #s
to view picture of stamps)
King Amadeo (1872)
Note: Printers Waste with both Scott
#44 (16c Blue) and #46 (62c Mauve) has been recorded:
King Alfonso XII (1875 – 1889)
Note: Scott #67 (100m Yellow-Green) has been
Imperforate, with Second Impression Inverted
This has not been seen to date.
Printers Waste with ‘Ultramar’
with values of 12c and 50c of the King Amadeo
stamps are known with the heading of ‘Ultramar’ instead of ‘Filipinas’. The
stamp values are not consistent with those issued for the
There is mention in early Philippine references of the existence of a 12c green Printers Waste. I have not come across this to date, and it may have been mistaken for the one listed below with the ‘Ultramar’ heading.
List of Known Stamps
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Last Update: 19.11.2022