Reintegro Markings

'Reintegro' markings, (translated as reinstate, refund or exchange), were applied to obsolete stamps returned to the Post Office in exchange for newer issues, most likely at the time when there was a monarchy change in Spain and when new stamps were received in Manila depicting the new monarch. Stamps are known with manuscript markings or overprinted in typeset. It is assumed that full sheets of 100 stamps were typeset overprinted, and any exchanged stamps occurring in less than a full sheet, or those being returned from rural post offices, were marked in manuscript.

The typeset overprint is only known on two stamps issued during the reign of King Alfonso XII: 2-4/8c Second Retouch issue of 1886 (Scott #80) and 25c issue of 1882 (Scott #88). They are printed diagonally in purple or violet from what appears to be a single die. Letters are 3.5mm tall and 20.2mm wide (varying slightly due to ink thickness). The angle of the overprint varies quite significantly across the sheet, ranging between 30 and 53. Based on large blocks examined, it appears that the angles vary from one stamp to the next on the die.

Block of 16 from the Collection of Don Peterson with Typeset overprint showing different angles between 30 and 47, as follows: Top row from left to right: 47, 47, 47, 45, 45, 40. 42 and 45; Bottom row from left to right: 32, 32, 30, 35, 40, 40, 38 and 38.

Manuscript Markings

 

Stamps Known with Reintegro in Manuscript:

Scott #

Period

Value

46

King Amadeo

62c Violet

52

King Alfonso XII

2c Rose

58

King Alfonso XII

25c Deep Green

80

King Alfonso XII

2-4/8c Ultramarine

86

King Alfonso XII

12-4/8c Bright Rose

88

King Alfonso XII

25c Dark Brown

 

Reintegro Typeset Overprint

Stamps Known with Typeset Overprint:

Scott #

Period

Value

80

King Alfonso XII

2-4/8c Ultramarine

88

King Alfonso XII

25c Dark Brown

 

References:

1)          Spanish Period Corner Reintegro Marking. Don Peterson, IPPS Newsletter, 3rd Quarter 1997.

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