When I try to think about the rarest Costa Rica stamps, a few come quickly to my mind: the 1901 2 Cts inverted center, the 1907 inverted centres and some Guanacaste overprints…wait! there’s another extremely rare, almost impossible to find (not fake) jewel: Scott 94c.
Let’s start fresh: the Scott 94 itself it’s not easy to find. It’s true you can go to eBay and find a lot of those…99.9% are fakes. Then finding a legit copy with the correos inverted will cost you $2000 according to catalog price. Now, add 14×14 perforation to the equation…are you nuts? No, not at all…it exist…i bought it 🙂
Can it get any better? yes, of course! It’s a beautiful pair!!!
How do i know it’s not a fake? Easy measures fit and the most important and easy characteristic: there’s an ink stain between the “o” and “r” of “Correos”.
It´s not that I consider I’ve seen it all, but there are some simple things that still amaze me.
I got today a standard 1923 postcard with 12 centimos franking consisting in the never-ending issue of 1910 (one of my less favourite if not the one I dislike the most). So why did it buy it? you may ask. Easy answer: because it has a cachet I have never seen before.
It consist in a triple ring cancel that reads: CAPITANIA DEL PUERTO DE LIMON *COSTA RICA*. Can this be considered official mail? I don’t think so, but it is still interesting.
From time to time it´s fun to grab a bunch of covers/postcards and start looking for rare cool places. For Costa Rica philately in the beginning of the XX century it’s really common to have correspondence with cancels from San José, Limón, Heredia, Puntarenas, Cartago and Alajuela.
Then, there are those places than I thought never would exist at that time…oh beautiful ignorance.
Montezuma – now a well known destination for tourists – located in Montes de Oro was known for the gold fever that took place in the late 1800’s – early 1900’s.
Here you can see a postcard sent to USA in 1909 with San José transit cancels…a real jewel.
We have written about this stamp before, but not for an impressive error as this one. It consists in a vertical pair imperforated horizontally. The most interesting fact is that this error passed two printing inspections without being noticed or just ignored…thank God!
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!