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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Costa Rica Stamps – Scott 83: block of 25 with several varieties and errors

I will never get tired of saying that surcharges and overprints are my favorite. Why? Because there’s more chance there will be varieties and errors…and the 1911 issues are the living proof of it.

Here we have a block of 25 of Scott 83 consisting of positions 56-60, 66-70, 76-80, 86-90 and 96-100 of the base stamp pane and 6-10, 16-20, 26-30, 36-40 and 46-50 of the overprint plate.

The error/variety list is the following:

  1. First roman 1 (position 56 of the base stamp pane and position 6 of the overprint plate).
  2. Double transfer at bse stamp (position 58).
  3. Third roman 1 (position 69 of the base stamp pane and position 19 of the overprint plate).
  4. Second roman 1 (position 100 of the base stamp pane and position 50 of the overprint plate).

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Uprated Canalias postal card: a real gem!

In 1923 an agreement between Antonio Canalias and the Costa Rica government consisted in Canalias would surcharge postcards with a coffee allegory surcharge. Paying the government for each postal card sold.

There’s no need to say that these postal cards are really hard to find unused, very hard to find used and extremely hard to find uprated.

Here, we present you a real gem: consist of a picture PC of the Northern Railway station, but that’s not it. It’s uprated with Scott 112 (Jesus Jimenez’s 2 Cts) and Scott 120 (Correos’ building 5 Cts). A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!


Costa Rica Stamps – Scott 1b, the rarest Costa Rica stamp from the XIX century!

Let’s head back to 1875. By this time -and after several printings- the plate of the medio real cracked to the point that it wasn’t able to be used anymore. So, another plate was made to continue printing, but there were some differences in the plate -really easy to see- from the previous one…Scott 1a was born! For Unknown reasons -and thank God- the quality inspection process wasn’t that good and we’re fortunate to have one of the top 3 rarest stamps in Costa Rica’s philatelic history.

Yes, Scott 1b which consists in a vertical pair imperforated horizontaly. Only 36 of these have been reported to exist. And guess what? here you have it!

Costa Rica Stamps – Scott 47 Horizontal Marginal Pair Imperforated in Between

Once again a very rare piece of Costa Rica Philately appeared.

This time an horizontal marginal pair of Scott’s #47 (1901 Issue’s 5 cents stamp). The catalog only reports an used vertical pair. This one is a mint, NG horizontal pair -positions 41 and 42- out of a 100 stamp pane. How do i know the positions? Look a the bottom of the first stamp, you can see the perforation guides that are located between the 40’s and 50’s rows.

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After reviewing the pair, a blue line becomes very clear on the lower right corner of the second stamp.

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Philatelic Literature – El Filatelista #11: Cabotaje

It’s our pleasure to present you this extremely interesting publication about oxcart and ship mail in Costa Rica.

This 44 pages study presented by Jorge Beeche in the “El Filatelista” magazine from the Centro Filatelico de Moravia is filled with amazing images and facts about oxcart and ship mail that most of us didn’t know!

A must have, even if you are not a Costa Rica collector.

You can download it in .pdf format by clicking on the below image.

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Costa Rica Stamps – Scott C159 Train Stamp Specimen With Variety

One of the most common questions stamp collectors have regarding varieties and errors is: is it constant or just happened to a few stamps?

Well, what a better way to answer this than having a specimen or proof with the variety/error?!?!?!

Here you can see a specimen of Scott C159 with the variety of the hut over the “T” of Costa.

This error was first found by Enrique Bialikamien.

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Lets take a closer look…

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