PORTO RICO (Puerto Rico), part 3

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1893 Columbus issue, discovery of America

Inscription '19 novembre 1493-1893 Puerto-Rico 3 Centavos de Peso'
  3 c green

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
3 c R ***  

A Fournier forgery in blue:

This forgery was probably not intended to deceive, but merely to illustrate Fournier's pricelists. When 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries' was made, impressions of all the dies were made and pasted in this album to warn collectors against the Fournier forgeries. This die was also included and the stamp printed in blue.


1898 King Alphonso XIII, inscription 'Pto RICO - 1898 y 99'

1 m brown 5 m brown 3 c brown 20 c red 2 P blue

  1 m brown
  2 m brown
  3 m brown
  4 m brown
  5 m brown
  1 c violet
  2 c green
  3 c brown
  4 c orange
  5 c red
  6 c blue
  8 c brown
  10 c red
  15 c olive-green
  20 c lilac
  40 c violet
  60 c black
  80 c brown
  1 p green
  2 p blue

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 m c *  
2 m c *  
3 m c *  
4 m ** **  
5 m c *  
1 c c *  
2 c c *  
3 c c c  
4 c *** ***  
5 c c *  
6 c c *  
8 c * *  
10 c * *  
15 c * *  
20 c * **  
40 c * **  
60 c ** ***  
80 c ** ***  
1 P *** R  
2 P R R  

Stamps in a similar design were issued for the Elobey, Annobon and and Corisco; Fernando Poo; Philippines; Puerto Rico; Spanish Guinea and Rio de Oro.

Bogus overprints, example:

(reduced size, overprint 'Habilitado 4 ctvs.' in violet on 5 m)

Forged imperforate stamps (made in 1910?):


(Left crude forgeries, right genuine 60 c stamp)

Another crude 1 P forgery and a pair of 60 c forgeries.

Fournier also made forgeries of these stamps. I have seen them uncancelled, imperforate and with cancels 'PLAYA DE MAYAGUEZ 10 NOV.98 (PTE RICO)' and 'SAN GERMAN 10 OCT.98 (PTO RICO)'. If anybody has a picture of a Fournier forgery, please contact me!

The two forged Fournier cancels as found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries', reduced sizes.

Page of a Fournier Album with forged stamps, cancels and overprints.

Fournier forgery with forged Fournier cancel.


Other bogus overprints on earlier issues:

(overprint '1898 PROVISIONAL 1899')

These bogus overprints are discussed in Album Weeds. The overprints are '1898 PROVISIONAL 1899', 'HABILITADO 17 OCTOBRE 1898' on the babyface issue and 'Habilitado 4 ctvs' on the 1898 issue.

October 1898 provisionals

'HABILITADO 17 OCTOBRE 1898' overprint

The status of these overprints is quite dubious. The next image shows an envelope kindly set at my disposal by Sebastien Lafitte, which has one stamp with overprint 'HABILITADO 17 OCTOBRE 1898' and a cancel 'CERTIFICADO 17 OCT 98 S.JUAN DE PTE RICO', which appears to have been used genuinly:

Zoom-in of the stamps on the envelope


Typical cancel, ellipse with stars.

I've been told that this cancel is from Puerto Rico, it could be a forged cancel:

Fiscal Stamps

Examples, revenue stamps with inscription 'RECIBOS Y CUENTAS PUERTO-RICO' with red 'US' overprint:


I've seen a 'GIRO' fiscal stamp (tall format, similar to those issued in Spain), with inscription 'ISLA DE PTO RICO'; 5 c green, 15 c red (other values might exist):

A municipal local revenue.

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