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City in the north of Argentine

Head of Ceres, many forgeries exist

1856 With value

(reduced size)

  1 r black on blue

This stamp exists with the value surcharged (used as 3 centavos):

1861 With value erased

(Reduced sizes)

  (3 c) black on blue
  (3 c) black on green
  (3 c) black on yellow
  (3 c) black on lilac

Fiscal stamps:

Fiscal stamp

Eight different types exist of each of these stamps. A black on white stamp is a fiscal stamp (see picture). Reprints and forgeries also exist, which makes identifying these stamps quite complicated. From 1880 on Corrientes used the stamps of Argentine. Some of the above shown stamps could very well be forgeries too!

The stamps were printed in sheets where the blocks of eight types were repeated at some distance.

Either a genuine sheet or a reprint with the eight types.

(Type 1)

Type 2
(Type 2)

(Type 3)

(Type 4; the word 'CORRIENTES' is larger than in the other types)

Type 5 and 6
(Types 5 and 6)

(Type 6)

(Type 7)

(Type 8; lowest part of the left bottom ornamental vertical line is double)

Genuine! Genuine! Genuine! Genuine!
(Genuine stamps, reduced sizes)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 Real M C balck on blue RR RR  
Value surcharged RRR RR  
(3 c) black on blue R R  
(3 c) black on green RR RR  
(3 c) black on yellow R R  
(3 c) black on lilac R R  


The cancels that I've heard of are:
1) Ellipse with dots (2 types?)
2) 'CORRIENTES' written in a arc
3) Ellipse consisting of slanting parallel lines
4) Circle consisting of parallel lines
5) 'CORREOS DE CORRIENTES' written in a circular way
6) Circular town cancels with town name and date

'CORRIENTES' written in an arc

Ellipse cancel consisting of parallel lines

Two towncancels, the first one consisting of a single circle with a Maltese cross at the bottom. The second one has a double circle and a normal cross at the bottom.


Forgeries were made by Adrain Champion and Stich. Senf made some 'facsimiles' of these stamps.

Besides forgeries, private reprints were also made (with an altered inscription 'UN REAL M.C.'. At least five different reprints exist (the fifth one being issued in 1911 on yellowish pelure paper and no gum). If anybody posesses more information concerning these reprints, please contact me!


(Forgeries, reduced sizes)

Very clumsy forgery!

In the above two forgeries, the second 'E' of 'CORRIENTES' is connected to the horizontal line below it. There are also only two complete vertical lines in the upper right triangle.

A forgery in the wrong colour (red):

This appears to be a similar forgery as the red one shown above; on the backside a stamp of Guatamala is printed! Both sides are shown in the above scan.

Some forgeries with a very weird face, also very large crosses in the corners. Possibly made by Spiro, judging from the cancels.

So-called 'dogface' forgeries:

With forged cancel

Probably a forgery
Reduced size

It seems that these dogface forgeries were made in Hambrug, Germany (possibly by the Spiro brothers?). Besides the typical 'dogface', these forgeries can also be identified by the bottom part of the 'N' of 'CORRIENTES', which shows an extra line, such that it seems as if there is a small circle in the lower left corner of this letter.

A forgery made in 1911

Senf made a forgeries of all 8 types of these stamps. They were distributed with stamp journal the 'Illustrierten Briefmarken Journal' as an 'art supplement' or 'Kunstbeigabe'. These forgeries always bear the word 'FACSIMILE' at the bottom.

Another Senf forgery with 'FALSCH' written in the blue background at the bottom.

Forgery with red dotted cancel.

Forgeries cut from commemorative stamps of 1956.



'El Sello de Corrientes' by Dr. Leonardo Lowey (in Spanish), 136 pages.
'Corrientes Selecciones Filatelicas Tomo 17' by Sociedad Filatelica Argentina Asociacion Filatelica de la Republica Argentina Fusionados, 103 pages.


Corrientes Fiscal Stamps

1882 Various famous persons, inscription 'PROVINCIA DE CORRIENTES' or 'PROVINCIA CORRIENTES'

(Fiscal stamp, inscription 'PROVINCIA DE CORRIENTES')

In this and similar designs exist: 1 c, 2 c, 3 c, 5 c, 7 c, 9 c (all in the same design and color green, with person in ellipse), 10 c, 20 c, 30 c, 50 c, 70 c, 90 c (all in same design and color dark brown or red-brown with person in ellipse), 1 P, 2 P, 3 P, 5 P, 7 P and 9 P (all in same design and color red with person in circle). All stamps have a very wide margin.


1895 Famous persons, large sized stamps

In this design exist the values: 20 c violet, 25 c green, 50 c blue, 1 P red, 2 P brown, 3 P violet, 4 P green, 5 P blue, 6 P red, 7 P brown, 8 P green, 9 P blue and 10 P red. Some stamps were perforated 'c.95' as in the stamp above.

In 1897 and 1904 two new series of fiscal stamps were issued (sorry, no pictures available yet).



Entre-Rios only issued one telegraph stamp in 1898. The inscription reads: 'TELEGRAFO PROVINCIA DE ETNRE RIOS'.

  10 c brown

This stamp has perforation 11 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
10 c ** **  



  10 c red

This stamp was issued by Julius Popper, to transport letters from gold mining camps in Tierra del Fuego to Puntas Arenas in Chili. The letter 'P' on the stamp refers to Popper.

I've seen an 'essay' in black with a red circular cancel.

I've been told that reprints were made in 1890. If I'm well informed, they have better perforation than the genuine stamps.

If I'm well informed, used stamps are very rare; some cancels exist with 'COLONIA POPPER', 'CARMEN SYLVA', 'PARAMO' and 'SAN SEBASTIAN' (all four cancels are circular cancels with the date in the center). Since Popper's stamps were not recognized by the Argentine government, additional stamps from Argentine had to be added.

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