Printers Waste

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)

Scott #

Value

Perforated or Imperforate

Description

43-P1

12c Rose-Carmine

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted

43-P2

12c Mauve

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted

44-P1

16c Blue

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted

44/46-P1

16c Blue and
62c Mauve

Perforated

One impression of each,
Both normal
[
Not Seen To Date]

46-P1

62c Mauve

Perforated
(Perf 14)

Double impression,
One inverted

46/47-P1

62c Mauve and
1p25c Brown

Perforated
(Perf 14)

One impression of each,
Both normal

46/47-P2

62c Mauve and
1p25c Brown

Imperforated

One impression of each,
Both normal

 

King Alfonso XII (1875 – 1889)

Scott #

Value

Perforated or Imperforate

Description

52-P1

2c Rose

Privately Perforated
(Perf 12)

Double impression,
One inverted

52-P2

2c Rose

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted

54-P1

6c Orange

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted

55-P1

10c Blue

Privately Perforated
(Perf 12)

Double impression,
One inverted

55-P2

10c Blue

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted

56-P1

12c Violet

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted

62-P1

25m Black and Cuban 1p Telegraph stamp in Blue

Imperforate

One impression of each,
Both normal (Known with Large Round Hole Cancels)

62-P2

25m Black and Cuban 1p Telegraph stamp in Blue

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted (Known with Large Round Hole Cancels)

62-P3

25m Black

Privately Perforated
(Perf 11˝ - 13)

Double impression,
One inverted

62/71-P1

25m Black and 250m Bistre

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted

65-P1

62.5m Grey

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted

67-P1

100m Yellow Green

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted
[
Not Seen To Date]

68-P1

125m Blue

Imperforate

Double impression,
Both normal

77-P1

2-1/2c Brown

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted

78-P1

2-4/8c Ultramarine
(Original State)

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted

80-P1

2-4/8c Ultramarine
(Second Retouch)

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted

82-P1

6-2/8c Green
(On Green Paper)

Perforated

Double impression,
One inverted

139-P1

6c Yellow Brown

Perforated

Double impression,
One inverted

88-P1

25c Dark Brown

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted (Known Used)

138a-P1

1c Carmine and Green

Perforated

Triple impression. First in carmine; Second in green (inverted); and Third in green (normal)

 



Printers Waste with ‘Ultramar’

Printers Waste 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 Philippines; instead they align with the values in use at the time in Cuba. Although no official Amadeo stamps of this series were issued in Cuba, these could have been intended for use but replaced with the stamps issued in 1873.

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

Reference

Value

Perforated or Imperforate

Description

PW-1

12c Green

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted

PW-2

50c Mauve

Perforated

Double impression,
One inverted

PW-3

50c Mauve

Imperforate

Double impression,
One inverted

 

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