The Era of Surcharges

1881 – 1888

Postage Stamps

Revenue Stamps

Telegraph Stamps


Scott #s 89 - 111

Scott #s 112 -131

Scott #s 132 - 136


Scott 89

Scott 91

Scott 92

Scott 93

Scott 94

Scott 94a

Scott 94b

Scott 95

Scott 95A

Scott 96

Scott 97

Scott 98

Scott 99

Scott 100

Scott 101

Scott 102

Scott 103

Scott 104

Scott 105

Scott 106

Scott 107

Scott 108

Scott 109

Scott 110

Scott 111




Scott # 93

October 1883

1r Black Surcharge on 2c Carmine

Surcharged on 2c carmine King Alfonso XII issue of April 19, 1880 (Scott #76)


Two Surcharge Types Known

#93 (XI)

#93 (XIII)


Description of Surcharge Types

#93 (XI)

Letters rather small
Top of ‘R’ of ‘REAL’ much narrower than base
Wide space between ‘L’ of ‘REAL’ and ‘S’ of ‘CORREOS’
 ‘IL’ of ‘HABILITADO’ is close together
No period under ‘P’ of ‘P

#93 (XIII)

Larger letters than Type XI
Narrow space between ‘L’ of ‘REAL’ and ‘S’ of ‘CORREOS’
‘IL’ of ‘HABILITADO’ is far apart
Period under ‘P’ of ‘P


Additional Comments

Bartels (1904) - Issued in October 1883, with surcharge Type XIII. Further stating that the very limited issue of these stamps was used on telegrams only, with all known examples showing punch cancellations.

Palmer (1912) - A total of 4,000 stamps were issued in October 1883, with surcharge Type XIII. He further stated “As practically all known copies of this issue are punched, it is believed the issue was intended for telegraphic use, and that few copies were used postally. Because of the small number in this issue, this stamp is quite rare in any condition.”


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