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Puerto Rico.

National stamps.

1871 (January) On white wove paper. No watermark. Perf 14

Hiscocks H1a and H2a
Type 1 (H3a and H4a) from Wiki Commons.

Hisc. Type. 1871 Description Mint Used
H1 1 2p pale lilac 80.00 20.00
H1a           imperf. 120.00 -
H2 1 4p pale yellow-brown 80.00 20.00
H2a           imperf. 120.00 -

 

1872 (January) As above but dated 1872.

1872
1872 issue courtesy of Mª Carmen Marin Perez of filateliajmarin.es.
click image for listing.

Hisc. Type. 1872 Description Mint Used
H3 1 2p blue 47.50 12.50
H3a           imperf. 95.00 -
H4 1 4p myrtle green 40.00 12.50
H4a           imperf. 80.00 -

 

1873 (January) As above but dated 1873.

1873
1873 issue courtesy of Mª Carmen Marin Perez of filateliajmarin.es.
click image for listing.

Hisc. Type. 1873 Description Mint Used
H5 1 2p darkish blue 45.00 12.50
H5a           imperf. 15.00 -
H6 1 4p lilac-grey 85.00 12.50
H6a           imperf. 15.00 -
H7 1 4p greyish purple 85.00 12.50
H7a           imperf. 15.00 -

 

1874 (January) As above but dated 1874.

1874
1874 issue courtesy of Mª Carmen Marin Perez of filateliajmarin.es.
click image for listing.

Hisc. Type. 1874 Description Mint Used
H8 1 2p dark green 85.00 18.50
H8a           imperf. 130.00 -
H9 1 4p carmine 85.00 18.50
H9a           imperf. 130.00 -

 

1875 (January) New design. No date. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 14

H10
Type 2 (H10) notice the circular mark. This has been punched, but not right through.
It was described as "Puerto Rico Sueltos Telegrafos - 0009 o", the "o" apparently meaning punched.

Hisc. Type. 1875 Description Mint Used
H10 2 2p black 25.00 10.00
H10a           imperf. 60.00 -
H11 2 4p yellow-brown 75.00 10.00
H11a           imperf. 150.00 -

 

1876 (January) New design (Alfonso XII). Dated 1876. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 14

Hiscocks H12 Hiscocks H14
Type 3 - H12 Type 3 - H14

 

Hisc. Type. 1876 Description Mint Used
H12 3 2p blue 20.00 5.50
H12a           imperf. 45.00 -
H13 3 4p yellow (shades to dull orange) 20.00 5.50
H13a           imperf. 45.00 -
H14 3 4p dull carmine 15.00 5.50
H14a           imperf. 25.00 -

 

1876 (January) No. 12 overprinted with a large script initial (two types — 4 and 5) in black.

Hiscocks page 254 1873 overprint
Types 4 & 5 from Hiscocks page 254. H15 courtesy of Mª Carmen Marin Perez of filateliajmarin.es.
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Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H15 3, 4 2p blue 600.00 250.00
H16 3, 5 2p blue 600.00 250.00

At this point it may also be worth mentioning these.
1873 Ultramar overprint  1875 Ultramar overprint  1876 Ultramar overprint
These are mentioned by Scott (2, 6 and 9 for years 1873, 1875 and 1876) as having overprints a, b and c respectively.
They are all 50c Ultramar (overseas) stamps with two small punch holes each. The missing year, 1874, only had 25c stamps.
They also list a type d overprint that is like type c with type 4 above, on top.
The type d overprint was not used on 50c stamps though. Scott adds the note:
Varieties of overprint include inverted, double, partly omitted and sideways. Counterfeit overprints exist.

1877 Postage stamp  1878 Postage stamp
Puerto Rican postage stamps of 1887 and 1888 with similar punch holes.

 

1877 (January) New design incorporating date (1877) and country (PTO-RICO). Wove paper. No watermark. Perf 14

Hiscocks page 254
As Hiscocks page 254.

Hisc. Type. 1877 Description Mint Used
H17 6 2p green 47.00 10.00
H17a           imperf. 60.00 -
H18 6 4p light brown (shades) 47.00 10.00
H18a           imperf. 60.00 -

 

1878 (January) As above but shield altered and dated 1878.

18787 types
1878 Type 7 courtesy of Mª Carmen Marin Perez of filateliajmarin.es.
click image for listing.

 

Hisc. Type. 1878 Description Mint Used
H19 7 2p blue 20.00 6.00
H19a           imperf. 40.00 -
H20 7 4p light green 27.50 6.00
H20a           imperf. 50.00 -

 

1879 (January) As above but dated 1879.

1879
1879 issue courtesy of Mª Carmen Marin Perez of filateliajmarin.es.
click image for listing.

Hisc. Type. 1879 Description Mint Used
H21 7 2p pale scarlet 18.50 7.00
H21a           imperf. 37.00 -
H22 7 4p brownish grey 27.50 11.00
H22a           imperf. 45.00 -

 

1880 (January) As above but dated 1880.

1879
1880 issue courtesy of Mª Carmen Marin Perez of filateliajmarin.es.
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Hisc. Type. 1880 Description Mint Used
H23 7 2p brownish grey 18.50 5.50
H23a           imperf. 37.00 -
H24 7 4p brown-rose 27.50 5.50
H24a           imperf. 50.00 -

 

1881 (January) As above but dated 1881. Change of currency from pesetas to centavos and pesos.

Hisc. Type. 1881 Description Mint Used
H25 7 40c rose (shades) 30.00 7.00
H25a           imperf. 45.00 -
H26 7 80c brown-grey 37.50 8.50
H26a           imperf. 55.00 -

 

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Morley reported in 1900 the use as telegraph stamps of the 20c postage stamp of 1893-4 (rose) overprinted 'T' in a circle as shown in black, the 20c of 1896 (grey) overprinted 'T' in black and the same stamp overprinted 'T' in a circle in black, blue and violet. Since the use of telegraph stamps had been stopped in 1882 and the above must have been used between 1896 and 1900 when postage stamps were being used for telegraphic purposes it seems likely that these were actually 'TAX' or postage due stamps used in place of postage stamps, due perhaps to a temporary shortage, although 'Tax' stamps of this type do not seem to be listed.

On the right is the only example I have seen that could be interpreted as this, though it does not match the illustration very well. It also has a telegraph cancel. It is possible that the 'T' was meant to be on the Telegram rather than the stamp
                  Image courtesy of Paul and Les Bottomley.
Hiscocks page 255 Example

 

1882-96, Postage stamps were used with punch holes or recognisable telegraphic cancels.

1c value  5c value  20c value
1c, 5c and 20c examples.

 

Municipal stamps.

A 1886-1887 Type-set in various designs and printed on coloured papers as indicated. Imperf.

1) Cabo Rojo (1887)
Hiscocks book page 256
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 256.

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H27 8 1c black / bluish pink 60.00 50.00
H28 (8) 3c black / yellow 60.00 50.00
H29 (8) 20c black / green 60.00 50.00

 

2) Guayama (1887)
Hiscocks book page 256
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 256.

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H30 (9) 2c black / salmon 60.00 50.00
H31 (9) 3c black / blue-green 60.00 50.00
H32 (9) 9c black / lilac 60.00 50.00
H33 (9) 21c black / yellow 60.00 50.00
H34 9 40c black / pale buff 60.00 50.00

 

3) Juana Diaz (1886)
Hiscocks book page 256
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 256.

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H35 10 3c black / white 60.00 50.00

 

4) Salinas (1887)
Hiscocks book page 256
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 256.

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H36 11 3c green / white 60.00 50.00
H37 (11) 21c pale blue / white 60.00 50.00

 

5) Vega Baja (1886)

Hiscocks book page 257
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 257.

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H38 12 2c black / green 60.00 50.00
H39 (12) 3c black / buff 60.00 50.00
H40 13 6c black / yellow 60.00 50.00
H41 (13) 21c black / purple 60.00 50.00

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. The above are entirely arbitrary (and probably low) in that only one of these stamps has
                yet come my way at the time of writing and the only listings I have found gave no idea
                of relative scarcity. They are clearly rare however or I would have seen more.
Note 2. Cancellation is reported to be by pen stroke in most cases but No. 31 is reported
                cancelled with a black handstamp.

 

B 1888 Lithographed in two basic designs on variously coloured papers, as indicated by
the 'Boletin' office at San Juan. Perf. 12 between stamps — most copies reportedly have one or more straight edges so sheets were presumably small.
The Yauco stamps at least were in panes with 2 rows of 4 stamps.

Hiscocks book page 257 Hiscocks book page 258
Type 14 Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 257. Type 15 Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 258.


1) Adjuntas

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H42 (14) 3c red / yellow 50.00 40.00
H43 (14) 9c red / blue 50.00 40.00
H44 (14) 21c red / salmon 50.00 40.00
H44a           'Telegrafos' smaller (type 17 ?) 60.00 50.00
H45 (14) 30c red / cream 50.00 40.00

 

2) Añasco

Añasco 9c
H47 - Añasco 9c - courtesy of Estudi Filatelic

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H46 (14) 2c red / pale grey-green 50.00 40.00
H46A 14 3c red / yellow 50.00 40.00
H47 (14) 9c red / dark blue 50.00 40.00
H48 (14) 21c red / buff 50.00 40.00
H49 (14) 21c red / orange 50.00 40.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. No. 49 has the printer's name missing.

 

3) Bayamon

Bayamon 3c Bayamon 21c
Bayamon 3c - H50 Bayamon 21c - H51a stamped 'El Contratista M. Feliu.'
Inscribed 'El Alcalde' (The Mayor) fairly clear but not 'Boletin'.
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   click on image for listing.

 

Bayamon 3c Bayamon 21c
Bayamon 3c - imperf on 3 sides ? Bayamon 21c - stamped El Contratista M. Feliu.
*'Boletin' fairly clear and 'El Alcalde' removed. Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   click on image for listing.

*There are two types of these, with or without 'El Alcalde'.
Initially, like the others of this type, they were intended to be signed by the mayor and the bottom tablet was accordingly marked 'El Alcalde'.
In fact though they became stamped 'El Contratista' meaning 'The contractor' (M. Feliu) leading to the removal of 'El Alcalde' from the design
and apparently a strengthening of 'Lit. Boletin'. I have added H50a and H51b accordingly.

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H50 (14) 3c red / yellow 30.00 25.00
*H50a           without 'El Alcalde' - -
H51 (14) 21c red / orange 75.00 60.00
H51a           red / rose pink 75.00 60.00
*H51b           without 'El Alcalde' (red / rose pink) - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Nos. 51 and 51a are reported by different authors and may in fact be the same.

 

4) Cayey

Bayamon 21c
H53 - Cayey 21c

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H52 14 3c red / buff or yellow 50.00 40.00
H53 (14) 21c red / orange 50.00 40.00
H53a           red / yellow 50.00 40.00

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. The printer's mark is often partly or mostly missing on No. 53.
Note 2. Nos. 53 and 53a may be the same.

 

5) Guayanilla

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H54 14 3c red / yellow 50.00 40.00
H54a           brown / yellow 50.00 40.00
H55 (14) 21c red / salmon 40.00 32.00
H56 (14) 30c carmine / green 50.00 40.00
H56a           carmine / cream 50.00 40.00

 

6) Hato Grande

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H57 14 3c red / yellow 35.00 30.00
H58 (14) 21c red / orange or salmon 50.00 40.00

 

7) Juncos

Juncos 3c
H60 - Juncos 3c - courtesy of Estudi Filatelic

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H59 (14) 2c purple / green 50.00 40.00
H60 14 3c red / yellow 35.00 30.00
H61 (15) 3c red / yellow 50.00 40.00
H62 (15) 21c red / salmon 35.00 30.00

 

8) Lares

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H63 14 3c green / yellow 50.00 40.00
H64 14 3c red / yellow 40.00 32.00
H64a           red / buff 40.00 32.00
H65 14 21c red / pale rose 50.00 40.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Printer's mark is missing on No. 63.

 

9) Luquillo

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H66 14 3c red / yellow 35.00 30.00
H67 14 6c red / pale buff 35.00 30.00
H68 14 21c red / orange or salmon 50.00 40.00

 

10) Manati

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H69 (14) 2c red / lilac 50.00 40.00
H70 14 3c red / yellow 50.00 40.00
H71 (14) 21c red / salmon 50.00 40.00
H72 (14) 30c red / pale green 50.00 40.00
H72a           red / orange 50.00 40.00
H73 (14) 42c red / pale green 50.00 40.00

 

11) Naguabo

Naguabo 3c
H60 - Naguabo 3c - courtesy of Estudi Filatelic

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H74 14 3c red / green 35.00 30.00
H75 15 3c red / yellow 35.00 30.00
H76 (14) 21c red / pale rose 35.00 30.00
H77 (15) 21c red / salmon 35.00 30.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. No. 74 is listed as value 2c by Moens and by Morley (who probably took his listing from Moens).

 

12) San Lorenzo

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H78 14 3c red / yellow 50.00 40.00
H79 (14) 21c red / cream 50.00 40.00

 

13) San Sabastian

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H80 14 3c red / yellow 50.00 40.00

 

14) Vega Baja

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H81 14 3c red / yellow 50.00 40.00
H82 (14) 6c red / dark blue 50.00 40.00
H83 (14) 21c red / orange 50.00 40.00

 

15) Yabucoa

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H84 14 3c red / yellow 50.00 40.00

 

16) Yauco

Yauco 2c type 16 Yauco 10½c type 16 Yauco 40c type 16
Yauco 2c - H85 Yauco 10½c - H88 Yauco 40c - H90   mayor, J. Catalla
Type 16 (large 'TELÉGRAFOS') values seen   -   Courtesy of Eric Jackson   click on image for listing.

 

Yauco-type 16 Yauco-type 17
Yauco 3c - H86a signed 'Catala' (not all are signed) Yauco 21c - H89a used
Type 17 (small 'TELÉGRAFOS') values seen. These say 'Lit. Boletin P.R.' bottom-left and are about 3½% taller.
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   click on image for listing.

Pane of 8 stamps
This pane of 8 stamps shows that type 16 stamps were perforated all round (usually).
The type 17 stamps (inscribed 'Boletin') were only perforated between stamps.
Image courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click on image for listing).

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H85 (16) 2c lilac / green 75.00 60.00
H85a           'TELEGRAFOS' small (type 17) 75.00 60.00
H86 (16) 3c red / yellow 30.00 25.00
H86a           'TELEGRAFOS' small (type 17) 30.00 25.00
H87 (16) 3c orange / yellow 30.00 25.00
H87a           'TELEGRAFOS' small (type 17) 30.00 25.00
H88 (16) 10½c mauve / buff 35.00 30.00
H88a           'TELEGRAFOS' small (type 17) 35.00 30.00
*H88b           Imperf. between (large type 16) - -
H89 (16) 21c red / salmon (shades) 30.00 25.00
H89a           'TELEGRAFOS' small (type 17) 30.00 25.00
*H89b           Imperf. between (small type 17) - -
H90 16 40c brown / white 25.00 20.00
H90a           'TELEGRAFOS' small (type 17) 25.00 20.00
*H90b           Imperf. between (large type 16) - -

* I have added H88b, H89b and H90b because of the examples below (courtesy of Eric Jackson  click images for listing):
imperf-between H88b
Imperf-between 10½c(large) - H88b.

imperf-between H89b
Imperf-between 21c(small) - H89b.

imperf-between H90b
Imperf-between 42c(large) - H89b.

 

Hiscocks added the following note and 3 General notes:

Note. On No. 90 the name of the mayor, J. Catalla, appears in script in the bottom tablet.
General Note 1. Used copies are generally cancelled with pen strokes.
General Note 2. Prices are again somewhat arbitrary although they are in this case based
                on those of Forbin for relative values. The relative scarcities of the large and small
                'TELEGRAFOS' types of Yauco (Nos. 85-90a) are not known and they have
                been assumed to be equally rare.
General Note 3. Further towns have been reported as using telegraph stamps of this type but
                are unconfirmed. These include Arbonito, Caguas, Carolina, Coamo, Dorado,
                Gurabo, Hormigueror, Isabela, Jabucoa, Juana Diaz, Labana Grande, and Salinas.

My note: For each denomination I have only seen either type 16 or type 17 but not both.

 



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