The stamp Scott 82 consist in the 5 céntimos from the 1907 issue overprinted “Habilitado 1911”. It’s true there are plenty of varieties/errors in this issue, but there are just a few that really catch philatelist’s eye.
Scott 82a is one of those. Instead of reading “Habilitado 1911” it reads “Habilitada 1911″. It’s hard to think this is a common mistake since the “a” and the “o” used in this overprint don’t look alike. In my opinion, this is the result of someone’s will to mess with the plate or maybe, just maybe the printers ran out of “o”.
In the end -the philatelic end- it doesn’t matter. Why? Because it’s a really nice error!
In September 29th, 1907 a new stamp issue started circulating -with really similar designs as Costa Rica’s previous issue – generating what I like the most: possibilities of new varieties/errors.
The 10 centimos stamp depicting Braulio Carrillo has one of those beautiful errors: a clear double transfer where it reads “Braulio Carrillo”. For some people this error is often ignored, but for those who know a little of Costa Rica’s philatelic history, this is a must.
Located in the 58th position of a 100 stamps pane, this is considered one of the top errors in the 1907 issue.
Even nicer is to find this error on the Scott 83 stamp. Some of the 1907 issue values were overprinted to be used in 1911, being the 10 centimos one of those.
Below you can see a really nice example of this error…enjoy!