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1892-1901 White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 11½
Values in black, colour of main design given first.
Anyone know who printed these? They are very well designed and produced.

Paraguay-H1 Paraguay-H2 Paraguay-H3
2 Cent   -   H1 4 Cent   -   H2 - Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht. 30 Cent  -   H3 - Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

Paraguay-H4 Paraguay-H5 Paraguay-H6
40 Cent   -   H4 50 Cent  -   H5 - Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht. 1 Peso   -   H6

Paraguay-H7 Paraguay-H8 Paraguay-H9
2 Pesos   -   H7 10 Pesos   -   H8 20 Pesos   -   H9


Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 2c red- brown, pale grey-blue and black. 70.00 -
H2 4c orange, pale grey-blue and black. 80.00 -
H3 30c deep blue-green, pale grey-brown and black. 100.00 -
H4 40c red, pale grey-brown and black. 50.00 *
H5 50c violet, pale grey-blue and black. 200.00 -
H6 1p olive-brown, brown-ochre and black. 30.00 -
H7 2p rose, pale grey and black. 30.00 *
H8 10p blue, pale grey and black. 70.00 -
H9 20p green, pale grey and black. 50.00 -

Paraguay-H8 block of 4
A scarce block of 4 x 10 Pesos Fuertes, courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. No. 4 was used postally in 1900. I have not seen any values telegraphically used which suggests
                that used copies did not come into the public's hands. Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5 were variously
                overprinted for postal use in 1896 and 1900.


Postal use

*H4 postally used is mentioned in the 2007 Scott catalogue and priced at $5. When available though, asking prices are typically more like H4 mint.
The Yvert et Tellier catalogue gives a more complete listing of the postal use varieties below.

Paraguay-H4 used San Bernadino 1   Paraguay-H4 used San Bernadino 2
Two postally used in San Bernadino on 6 May, year unknown, courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

Paraguay-H4 used   Paraguay-H4 used   Paraguay-H7 used
Two of my H4 postally used and a previously unlisted, but similarly coloured H7 used, courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.


The rare example on cover below comes courtesy of Alejandro, (etradegoods on eBay, click image for listing.)

Paraguay-H4 cover - front
Paraguay-H4 cover - back

Paraguay - Asuncion cancel   Paraguay - Berlin cancel

It was mailed 11 February 1901 from Asunción, Paraguay to Berlin, Germany, arriving 16 March 1901.


Paraguay-Postal overprints
These are listed in the Scott catalogue as postage stamps (47, 48, 50A and 50B). They are not catalogued highly, 40c to $2.50 used.

Some varieties of these courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

Paraguay-Scott 48a Paraguay-Scott 50A variety Paraguay-Scott 50B variety
5c inverted on 4c   -  Y & T 44a (also exists with 5c on 2c) 5c + 5c inverted on 30c  -  Y & T 47b (also exists with 10c on 50c) Additional 10c in red   -  Y & T 48A



Columbus Anniversary   Columbus Anniversary   Columbus Anniversary
The stamp in the middle was advertised as telegraphically used. Paraguayan telegraph stamps are unknown telegraphically used, so this got my attention.
It turns out that this set was issued on October 12, 1892, the 400th Anniversary of Columbus arriving in America.
On that day, 6 stamps of this set were issued, but the 10c was issued with a special hand-stamp as shown on the left.
The violet hand-stamp reads 1492 / 12 DE OCTUBRE / 1892 and they were only sold with this on the first day of issue.
10c stamps sold subsequent to this were sold punched to prevent fraudulent overprinting. In 1896 another 10c was issued in a different shade.
So not everything punched is telegraphic.



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