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Dominican Republic

19th August 1865

Central America 4

DR1
DR2
  Dominican Republic Sc1 Sc2  
DR3
DR4
  Sc3 Sc4  

Imperforate, no watermark, typographed.
Printed by Garcia Bros., Santo Domingo

Description
Paper
Scott# SG# Mi# Y&T#
½ reale black, rose
wove
1 1   1
1r black, deep green
wove
2 2   2
½ reale black, pale green
laid
3 3   3
1r black, straw
laid
4 4   4

 

Mackay [1] describes the history of the Dominican Republic in the years before its first stamp as “chequered … with brief turbulent periods of independence interspersed by domination by the neighbouring republic of Haiti.” The Spanish, driven out in 1821, reconquered some of the island in 1861 and stamps of the Spanish colonial series intended for Cuba and Puerto Rico were used, identifiable only by postmark. The Spanish government was again overthrown in 1865 and the restored Republic issued stamps later that year.


DomRepG1
Insured Letter
1935 Sc-G1 SG-R339

Innovations

The Dominican Republic invented the Insured Letter in 1935, not to be confused with the Registered Letter initiated by Victoria in 1854. Wood [2, p.731] credits Mexico with this, also in 1935.