Costa Rica Stamps – 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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Costa Rica Stamps – 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?

Costa Rica Stamps – 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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Costa Rica Stamps – “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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Scott 82 Vertical Pair Imperforated Between

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!

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Scott 82a “Habilitada” instead of “Habilitado”

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!

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