The Era of Surcharges

1881 – 1888

Postage Stamps

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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 # 94

June 4, 1883

2r Black Surcharge on 2-4/8c Ultramarine (Original State)

Surcharged on 2-4/8c ultramarine King Alfonso XII issue of February 1882 (Scott #78)


Four Surcharge Types Known

#94 (XVIII)

#94 (XIX)


#94 (XX)

#94 (XXII)




Description of Surcharge Types

#94 (XVIII)

The ‘H’ in ‘HABILITADO’ is Broad
The ‘D’ of ‘DOS’ is Small
The ‘S’ of ‘DOS’ is Inverted
The ‘
A’ of ‘PA’ is Broad

#94 (XIX)

The ‘H’ of ‘HABILITADO’ is narrow
The letter are taller than Type XVIII
The ‘
A’ of ‘PA’ is Narrow

#94 (XX)

There is a period after ‘RLES
The ‘H’ of ‘HABILITADO’ is Broader at the Top than the Bottom
The ‘D’ of ‘DOS’ resembles an ‘O’
The Top of ‘P’ of ‘P
A’ is Narrow

#94 (XXII)

The ‘R’ of ‘RLES’ resembles an ‘A’
Large ‘
L’ in ‘RLES
The ‘D’ and ‘O’ of ‘HABILITADO’ are Broad and Far Apart
Surcharge Measures 16mm horizontally (compared to others which are no more than 15mm)


Additional Comments

A total of 50,000 stamps were surcharged and issued on June 4, 1883. A further 25,000 stamps were issued on September 10, 1885. It is uncertain how these quantities were split across Scott #94, #94a and #94b.


Bartels also lists a Type XXI, indicating that this type only exists on Scott #94 and is rare. This type has not been included as no examples have been seen to date to ratify that this surcharge type exists.


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