Costa Rica Stamps – First Issue: medio real (Scott 1) with broken plate…USED!

Quick trivia: How many medio real stamps were printed? R/5,750,000…yes, almost 6 million! Now, 3 million stamps are -or were- Scott 1 and 2.75 million of Scott 1a.

But why there are 2 types of medio real? the history says that because of the quantity of stamps being printed, the plate started cracking. at the beginning the crack was visible only on the position 1 of the plate, then it advanced to the position 11 and then to the 21st. At this point the government decided to order another plate. It had slight variances and that’s why we now have Scott 1a.

Returning to the broken plate, it’s usual to find unused copies, but once in a while, used copies come by. It’s right to say that used copies are not super rare, but they’re not easy neither.

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Costa Rica Stamps – First issue, medio real (Scott 1) double perforations

It is true that the stamp Scott 1 (medio real stamp)doesn’t have an error like the vertical pair imperforated horizontaly (Scott 1b), but we can find other interesting errors. For example double perforations. They’re not as difficult as the Scott 1b, but they’re very elusive.

What’s really interesting about this errors is that they’re human made -the first issue perforations were made manually- that (in my opinion) gives more authenticity to the piece.

 

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Costa Rica Stamps – Incredible cover with Scott 111k “VD” instead “UD” coffee promotion

For no reason the issues from the early 1920’s are hard to find used on cover. The most difficult to find on cover is Scott 111J which consist in an overprint for coffee promotion that reads “COMPRE UD. CAFE DE COSTA RICA”. There are only 13 covers known with that stamp.

Scott 111J has an error (position 72): instead of “UD” it reads “VD”. Some people say it was made on purpose some say that it’s a legit error -that will be addressed in another post-.

So, what are the chances that if only 13 covers are known, one of them has the stamp with this error? Low, very low.

The nice thing about the mentioned cover is that it doesn’t have 1 stamp, it has a block of 4! and if that wasn’t amazing enough, it also has the 20 Cts from the Jesus Jimenez issue!

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Costa Rica Stamps – Scott 94b a “hard to find-underated” stamp

The 1911 issue has many highlights, being Scott 94b one of them. Why, let’s do some math:

According to the decree #242 of December 6th, 1911 only 1,500 stamps of Scott 94 (including the 14×14 stamps) where issued. now, The inverted correos happens 2 times per pane (of 100). 1,500/100= 15×2= 30. The math doesn’t end there because at least 2 panes where 14×14. So, 4 stamps are 94c (correos inverted, but perforation 14×14). The final math would be 30 (correos inverted stamps) – 4 (correos inverted 14×14)= 26 stamps Scott 94b.

Even though, only 26 copies of Scott 94b were made -and there are no records how many remain- collectors tend to pass these rarities by. Maybe because 1911 is not “classic” material, or just maybe they don’t realize how difficult is this stamp.

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