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Puerto Rico

1873

Spanish Colony 4
Caribbean 17

PuRi1
PuRi2 PuRi3
  Puerto Rico Sc1 Sc2 Sc3  

perf 14, no wmk
Printed at the Goverment Printing Works, Madrid.

Stamps of Cuba overprinted
Description Cuba Scott# SG# Mi# Y&T# Invert Double
1873 King Amadeo of Spain, 30th December 1870 to 12th February 1873, overprint 1
25 centimes gray Sc55 SG53 1 1   1
25c lilac Sc55b SG53a 1a 1a    
50c brown Sc56 SG54 2 3   2
1 peseta red-brown Sc57 SG55 3 4   3
1874 Spanish Republic, 12th February 1873 to 31st December 1874, overprint 2
25c deep ultramarine Sc59 SG57a 4 5   4
Sc4b
Sc4a
1875 King Alfonsa XII of Spain, 21st December 1874 to 25th November 1885, overprint 2
25c deep ultramarine Sc64 SG61 5 6   5
Sc5a
50c deep green Sc65 SG62 6 7   6
Sc6a, SG7a
1 peseta brown Sc66 SG63 7 8   7
1875 Overprint 3
25c deep grey-lilac Sc68b SG65a 8 9   8
50c deep ultramarine Sc69 SG66 9 10   9
SG10a
1p black Sc70 SG67 10 11   10
1876 Overprint 4
25c deep grey-lilac Sc68b SG65a 11 12   11
1p black Sc70 SG67 12 13   12

Numerous overprint errors are known such as inverts or double-prints. Some are numbered by the catalogues.

sq1
sq2
sq3
sq4
Overprint 1
o/p 2
o/p 3
o/p 4

A large island in the West Indies, Puerto Rico was a Spanish colony until the US occupation in 1899. From 1873 (date unknown) until 1876, Puerto Rico used Cuban stamps overprinted one of four squiggles, the the signatures of the governor and the minister of finance of Puerto Rico. Minkus [1] describes them as 'paraphs', "a fanciful pen-stroke following a signature" and names "Treasurer Antonio Belmonte and Governor Laurenzo Sanz".1877 saw the first issue inscribed PTO RICO.

PuRi1
PuRi2
PuRi3
o/p1
o/p1
o/p 1
o/p1
Sc1 Sc1a Sc2 Sc3
PRSc4
image
image
 
o/p 2
o/p2 double
o/p 2 invert
 
Sc4 Sc4a Sc4b  
PRSc5
PrSc6
PRSc7
 
o/p 2
o/p 2
o/p 2
 
Sc5 Sc6 Sc7  
image
image
image
 
o/p 3
o/p 3
o/p 3
 
Sc8 Sc9 Sc10  
 
PRSc11
PRSc12
 
 
o/p 4
o/p4
 
  Sc11 Sc12  
PR1877
Sc13-17

PR202
PuRi200
US Administration
 
1899 Sc210 SG202 1900 Sc215 SG

Changes of Administration

"Puerto Rico remained largely loyal to Spain during the Spanish-American liberation movement of the early 19th century. In the Spanish-American War, though, it welcomed the American invasion of July 1898 and was ceded to the US by Spain." [1]. The first overprint issue was misspelled, though this was corrected in 1900 and US stamps were used from later that year onwards.

Sources: Mink2 [1], ScC, SGP9, YTC.

Images from David Olson, colnect, SGP9, ebay.

FI ref: 170, 335 Page credit: NB

Page created 29 Mar 2016 Page updated 19-Aug-2017