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Philippines

1st February 1854

  Spanish Colony 1
US Possession 2

Phil1
Phil
  Philippines Sc1, SG1 Sc2, SG3  

Imperforate, no watermark, engraved.
Printed in Manila

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T
5 cuartos orange   1 1, 2    
10c carmine   2 3    
1 real blue   4 5    
2r green   5 7    

There is no Scott #3, nor Gibbons #4 or #6.

Originally under Spanish Dominion, the early used examples are often obliterated by heavy cancellations. Thereafter, there are numerous events providing stamps showing changes of administration, first encountered on a lesser scale with British Guiana and Hawaii:

PhilScY2
PhilSc213
Revolutionary Issue
US administration
Commonwealth
1898 Sc-Y2 SG237 1899 Sc213 SG252 1935 Sc397 SG483
PhilJ1
Phil464
Japanese occupation
Commonwealth restored
1942 Sc-N1 SG-J1 1944Sc464 SG572
Phil625
Independence
1948 Sc500 SG625

Sources:
James Mackay, The World of Classic Stamps, 1972
Gibbons Pt.21, 4th edn., 2004
Scott Classic, 10th edn., 2003

Images from Mackay, David Olson and Nick Blackburn.

FI ref: 49 Page credit: NB

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