19th August 1865
Imperforate, no watermark, typographed.
Printed by Garcia Bros., Santo Domingo
|½ reale black, rose||
|1r black, deep green||
|½ reale black, pale green||
|1r black, straw||
Mackay  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.
|1935 Sc-G1 SG-R339|
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.