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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Scott C159 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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Double transfer on the first issue’s 4 reales

Every country’s first issue always attracts lots of attention from collectors. Well, Costa Rica’s first issue is not the exception. A really nice design and engraving makes this issue a real gem. It’s try that it’s easy -and relatively cheap – to get it, but the postal history is another story.

Also, there is the most known error in this issue: the double transfer on the 4 reales.

It’s easy to identify: located on the “Republica de Costa Rica” legend on the top. There are some traces of a double transfer on the stars and the “cuatro reales” legend.

If this jewel comes across your way…grab it while you can before someone else does it!

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1906 Postcard Sent to Siam

If Costa Rica is considered a small country now, just imagine in 1906! Costa Rica, what’s that!?!?!

So, now imagine how complicated was to have communication with other “rare” countries. For the early Costa Rican philately – postal history to be exact – the most common  destinations are the United States, England, Germany and some other European countries. Less common but not that hard to find are South and Central American countries. Now, countries from Africa, Oceania and Asia are incredibly hard to find as destinations for postal history.

Having this in mind look at this beautiful postcard sent to Siam (now Thailand) using stamps from the 1901 issue…amazing, right?


Scott 94c: One of the rarest Costa Rica Stamps

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”.

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“Capitania del Puerto de Limon” Cachet 1923

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.

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Correspondence From Montezuma

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.

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Scott 84c With Overprint on Selvage

Just when everything seems calm and you think there’s nothing that can make your day…a stamp like this appears. Surprise!

Let’s be fair, it’s not easy to find a Scott 84c (Perf. 14×14) new with gum. Now, add a shifted printing and by some kind of a miracle one overprint falls on the selvage…SCORE!

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