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1st March 1871

Central America 7

  Guatemala Sc1 Sc2 Sc3 Sc4  

perf 14x13½, no wmk, typographed
Printed at the Government Mint, Paris

Description   Scott# SG# Mi# Y&T# Notes
1 centavo ocher   1 1   1  
5c light bister   2 2   2  
10c blue 3 3   3  
10c blue   3b 3b   3a Type II narrow left zero
20c rose   4 4   4  
20c blue 4b 4b   4a Colour error

Scott has numerous sub-categories for every stamp in the first set but only the Sc3b 10c Type II and the 4b 20c error oc colour are actual stamps: the others are imperforate stamps, imperforate pairs or téte bêche pairs. Scott warns of plentiful forgeries and forged cancellations.
Precisely the same comments can be made about the Gibbons listing.

Guatemala is bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, Honduras to the east and El Salvador to the southeast. With an estimated population of around 15.8 million, it is the most populous state in Central America. 
The territory of modern Guatemala once formed the core of the Mayan civilization, which extended across Mesoamerica. Most of the country was conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century, becoming part of the viceroyalty of New Spain. Guatemala attained independence in 1821 as part of the Federal Republic of Central America, which dissolved in 1841. [Wikipedia]