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Ecuador

Sunday, January 1, 1865

South America 8

Ecu2
  Ecuador Scott #2, pair  

Imperforate, no watermark, typographed
Printed by M. Rivadeneira in Quito.

Description Color Paper Scott SG Mi Y&T
January 1, 1865
½ real
Ultramarine
Wove
2
1    
1 real
Buff
Wove
3
2, 2b, 2c    
1 real
Yellow
Wove
4
2a    
1 real
Green
Wove
5
3    
1866
1 reales
Olive yellow
Wove
4a 2d    
4 reales
Red
Wove
6 4a    
4 reales
Red brown
Wove
6a 4b    
1867
½ real
Gray blue
Wove
2a 1b    
1870
½ real
Ultramarine
Batonné
2b 1b    
1872
½ real
Ultramarine
Blue
2c
1c    
1 real
Yellow
Quadrille
1
8f    

Colour matching between Scott and Gibbons is difficult in this case.

The green one real stamp was for inland mail only, the yellow was for mail to foreign countries.

Paper with the arms of Ecuador embossed was used for some sheets of Scott #2, 4, 5 and 6. Paper with the paper makers watermark is known on #2 ("Bath" and crown) and #4 ("Rolland Freres").

Scott #6, the 4 reales, is in a different design than #1 - 5. About one in five of Scott #6 have the oval of the design 15 to 15½ mm wide, making it almost a circle. The most common width is 13½ to 14 mm.

Stamps in the same design as #1 - 5, but in the values 2, 8 and 12 reales, are bogus.

The printer, M. Rivadeneira, apparently also was the master behind some of the existing forgeries.

Image from Stanley Gibbons marketplace.

FI ref: 120 Page credit: JA

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