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Revisado Revolutionary Government Telegraphic Usage.



1874 (January) White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 14

Hiscocks book page 242

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H1 1 1.25P lilac-grey 100.00 20.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Up to about 1880 the normal cancellation was a roughly circular hole of about 5mm diameter.
                Handstamped cancellations of black bars, etc. are also found.


1876-1882 Alfonso XII, white wove paper. No watermark. Perf 14

Hiscocks book page 242 Hiscocks book page 242
Type 2 - H2 Type 2 - H3
Courtesy of Paul & Les Bottomley


Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H2 2 250m light brown 15.00 4.00
H2a           imperf. 25.00 -
H3 2 250m deep ultramarine 30.00 4.00
H3a           dull violet-blue 30.00 4.00


1880-1881 Alfonso XII (new design), white wove paper. No watermark. Perf 14

Hiscocks H4 Hiscocks H5 Hiscocks H6 Hiscocks H7 Hiscocks H8
Type 3 (H4) Type 3 (H5) Type 3 (H6) Type 3 (H7)
See also note 5 below H22.
Type 3 (H8)
See also note 5 below H22.


Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H4 3 25c blue-grey 20.00 3.00
H5 3 1p brown 12.00 2.00
H6 3 2p dull blue-green 12.00 2.00
H7 3 5p pale grey 20.00 2.00
H8 3 10p lake 50.00 4.00


1881 - Revenue stamp of 1878 (Forbin No. 13 of Judicial) overprinted as type 5 in black. No watermark. Perf 14
It is unclear why this was done since the face vale of 2 Reales is equivalent to the 25c stamp above.
According to Wiki the Real was replaced in 1852 and went out of circulation in 1864,
so perhaps they wanted to make use of these rather than printing more 25c.
But that does not explain why the Forbin No. 13 was produced with values in Reales in 1878 (when the Real went out of use in 1852)
and not replaced with values in Pesos until 1882. I suspect the Wiki is wrong with its dates.

Steve Hiscocks quoted July 1881 for this, but the only example I have seen is on a form dated 8 April 1881 (shown near the bottom).

Hiscocks Type 5 Hiscocks H9
Type 5 H9

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H9 4, 5 2 reals (25c) blue 60.00 10.00


My note: many of the following use fractions with a denominator of 8 (pieces of eight ?) — i.e 2/8 or 4/8.
This is probably because 1 Peso = 8 Reales. Since I cannot easily represent such fractions on the computer screen,
I have replaced them with the normally used arithmetic equivalent of ¼ or ½.


1885(?) Postage stamp of 1880-82 (SG 95) overprinted as type 7 or 8 in red. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 14
The example of type 6 shows that they were being used telegraphically before the overprint was added.

Hiscocks Type 6 Hiscocks Type 7 Hiscocks Type 8
Type 6 Type 7 Type 8

Hiscocks Type 9 Hiscocks Type 10
Type 9 Type 10


Hiscocks H11 Hiscocks H11a
Type H11 Type H11a


Hisc. Type. 1885 Description Mint Used
H10 6, 7, 9 1p on 2½c dull ultramarine (shades) 20.00 1.00
H10a 6, 8, 9         overprint similar but smaller (2mm letters at top) 20.00 1.00
H11 6, 7, 10 on stamp of second type (see note below) 20.00 1.00
H11a 6, 8, 10         as No. 11 but smaller overprint 20.00 1.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. SG 95 exists in several forms, two of which were overprinted for telegraphic use.
                In one the hair line at the temple is pointed and highlighted with a white strip:
                in the other the hairline is more rounded and the white strip is absent.
                See illustrations 9 and 10.


1885-1887 Postage stamps of 1880-82 (SG 95 and, in one case SG 94) overprinted and surcharged in various types and colours as indicated below.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 14

Hiscocks book page 244
Types 11-18 from Hiscocks book page 244

Hiscocks H13 Hiscocks H14 Hiscocks H15 Hiscocks H15a
Type H13 Type H14 Type H15 Type *H15a


Hiscocks H17a Hiscocks H18a Hiscocks H20 Hiscocks H20a
Type *H17a Type *H18a Type H20 Type *H20a


Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H12 6, 9, 11 1c on 2½c dull ultramarine in violet 2.00 1.00
H13 6, 9, 12 1c on 2½c dull ultramarine in black (Jan. 1887) 20.00 8.00
H14 6, 10, 12 1c on 2½c dull ultramarine in black (Jan. 1887) 2.00 1.00
H15 6, 9, 13 2½c on 2½c dull ultramarine in carmine (7.3.86) 2.00 1.00
*H15a 6, 9, 14         overprint in black 4.00 2.00
H16 6, 10, 14 2½c on 2½c dull ultramarine in blue (7.3.86) 2.00 1.20
H16a           overprint in black 4.00 2.00
H17 6, 9, (13) 5c on 2½c dull ultramarine in carmine (7.3.86) 2.40 1.00
*H17a           overprint in brown-yellow - -
H18 6, 10, (13) 5c on 2½c dull ultramarine in brown-yellow (Jan. 1887) 3.00 1.00
*H18a           overprint in carmine - -
H19 6, 9, 16 20c on 2½c dull ultramarine in black (7.3.86) 4.00 2.00
H20 6, 10, 16 20c on 2½c dull ultramarine in vermilion (Jan. 1887) 4.00 2.00
*H20a           overprint in black - -
H21 6, 9, (18) 25c on 2½c dull ultramarine in carmine (10.3.85) 20.00 4.00
H22 17, 18 25c on 25c brown (SG94) in green (10.3.85) 15.00 2.00

* Added due to examples shown above.
I have 3 examples of H17a but none of H18, perhaps H18 is a mistake. H17 may also be a mistake.
It is also possible that H16a should have been H15a and H19 should have been H20a.


Hiscocks added the following 5 notes:

Note 1. Where a type number is in brackets, the particular overprint
                is not illustrated but is similar to that indicated.
Note 2. No. 16 is listed in all catalogues as having a blue overprint
                but my copy has a black overprint which I have shown
                as a variety (No. 16a) pending clarification.
Note 3. The dates of this series are uncertain. Morley gives 1885
                while others give 1882-88. The specific dates given
                above are taken from W. C. Stones listing in
                'The American Philatelist' 1891.
Note 4. There are reported to be many variants on the above
                overprints — double printings, inverteds, etc.
                These would command a premium of x5-x10 but have
                not been listed separately for lack of specific information.
Note 5. Punched cancellations had apparently been abandoned in
                the 1880-85 period and the provisionals are normally
                cancelled with a special oval office stamp with a
                'burst of thunderbolts' motif in the centre — black or,
                less often, blue. Pen cancels are also commonly found
                as is a blue handstamp with a large 'T' in thick wavy
                style and smaller letters 'Y' and 'G' on either side,
                thus YTG .

For examples of the YTG cancel in note 5, see H7, H8 & H11a above.
Nigel Gooding provides the following useful information:
"This is actually YTC (fancy C). It stands for Ynternational Telegraph Company
(Y being used during the spanish period). This company was known in
Manila from 1881 through early 1890s. Believed to be a private firm
under contract to the Spanish Government to operate the telegraph
service in Manila during the 1880s. They sometimes overprinted the
stamps affixed to the telegraphs with the YTC cancel (with or without
application of the telegraph punch hole)."


1886 Type similar to that of 1880 (Alfonso XII) in new colours and values. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 14

Hiscocks H23 Hiscocks H24 Hiscocks Type 19 Hiscocks H26
Type 19 (H23)
Courtesy of Paul & Les Bottomley
Type 19 (H24)
Courtesy of Paul & Les Bottomley
Type 19 (H25) Type 19 (H26)
Courtesy of Paul & Les Bottomley


Hisc. Type. 1886 Description Mint Used
H23 19 25c bronze-green 3.00 1.50
H24 19 2p sepia 20.00 2.00
H25 19 5p blue green 40.00 2.00
H26 19 10p dark blue 40.00 2.00


1888 As above. New values and colours.

Hiscocks H29 Hiscocks H30 Hiscocks H32 Hiscocks H34 Hiscocks H37
Type 19 (H29) Type 19 (H30) Type 19 (H32) Type 19 (H34)
Courtesy of Paul & Les Bottomley
Type 19 (H37)


Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H27 19 1c olive-sepia 2.00 1.00
H27a           pale olive-sepia 2.50 1.00
H28 19 2c carmine 50.00 12.00
H29 19 2½c brown 1.00 0.80
H29a           dark brown 6.00 4.00
H30 19 5c blue 1.00 0.80
H31 19 10c yellow-green 80.00 20.00
H32 19 10c lilac 2.00 0.80
H32a           deep lilac 15.00 4.00
H33 19 10c brown 4.00 0.80
*H33a           imperf. - -
H34 19 20c pale dull lilac 2.00 0.80
H34a           deep dull lilac 8.00 4.00
H35 19 1p rose 60.00 8.00
H36 19 2p carmine 8.00 2.00
H37 19 5p yellow-green 40.00 1.20
H38 19 10p dark brown 40.00 8.00

*Added due to example seen.

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. No. 31 is said to have been for 'Postal Union' use.

Hiscocks also gave this general note:

General Note. A shortage of telegraph stamps in 1889 led to a decree of
                30 March 1889 authorizing the use of telegraph stamps overprinted
                "Recargo de Consumes. Habilitado" in an oval containing the value in
                black — i.e. returning telegraph stamps which had been converted
                to fiscals to their original use.
                The values authorized were 5, 7½, and 10 cents on No. 34 (20c lilac)
                (Forbin 30-32) which are known, together with 11¼c (Forbin 33) on
                No. 34 and 17½, 25, 40 and 75c and 1 and 1.25 pesos, unlisted by
                Forbin, not seen, but possibly also on No. 34. It seems unlikely that
                those above 10c were used.
                They were withdrawn from telegraph use on 10 August 1889.
                They have not been listed since they are effectively undifferentiated
                fiscal stamps and were presumably mainly used for that purpose.
  Hiscocks book page 245

For ease of reference, this is (my interpretation of) the list of Fiscal stamps authorized for use as Telegraph stamps, as in the General Note above.

My Ref. No. Forbin No. Description Authorized Seen by Hiscocks
- 23 2½c on 1c olive-sepia (H27) No ?
- 24 2½c on 2c carmine (H28) No ?
- 25 2½c on 2½c brown (H29) No ?
- 26 2½c on 5c blue (H30) No Yes
- 27 2½c on 10c yellow-green (H31) No ?
- 28 2½c on 10c lilac (H32) No ?
- 29 2½c on 20c lilac (H34) No ?
F1 30 5c on 20c lilac (H34) Yes Yes
F2 31 7½c on 20c lilac (H34) Yes Yes
F3 32 10c on 20c lilac (H34) Yes Yes
F4 33 11¼c on 20c lilac (H34) Yes No
- - 17½c on 20c lilac (H34) Yes No
- - 25c on 20c lilac (H34) Yes No
- - 40c on 20c lilac (H34) Yes No
- - 75c on 20c lilac (H34) Yes No
- - 1p on 20c lilac (H34) Yes No
- - 1.25p on 20c lilac (H34) Yes No


This imples that other values such as these 2½c on various values:
Were NOT authorized for Telegraphic use, and remained Fiscal stamps (the last is Forbin 17).


Having said all that, usage of stamps for telegraphic purposes in the Pilippines (and many other places)
was not always constrained by what was authorized.

F25 with Telegraph cancel
Here is an example of F25 with a Telegraph cancel.
The image is supplied by Harry Patsalos who tells me that he has about half a dozen like this, all with gum.
The cancel is of Tanduay, famous for its Rum Distillery.
There are plenty of examples that show telegraphic use of stamps intended for other puposes. I also know that in busy offices using stamps,
many of them pre-cancelled stamps to save time at peak periods.
My feeling is that these were pre-cancelled for telegraph use, regardless of authorization.
I would welcome further similar examples, with or without gum.



1889 (1 January or perhaps earlier) Revisado (Revised) Handstamp.
Revisado Handstamp
According to Nigel Gooding though this looks like a manuscript cancel, it is a handstamp that was intended to be applied
to surcharged stamps on telegraph receipts to return the value to what it was without the surcharge.
This is thought to have been due to a shortage of low-value telegraph stamps at the time.
The handstamp was of a size that fitted across two stamps:
Revisado Handstamp
As in this example, not all stamps on telegraph receipts were telegraph stamps.
Over-enthusiastic application results in the handstamp being found on non-surcharged stamps also.
The handstamp was more likely to have been used on stamps with a high-value surcharge, but in principle could be applied to anything available.
Dated known examples are mostly in the range of January to April 1889, with a few later. My example of H11 above has this, I have also seen it on H23.
My thanks to Nigel Gooding for this information and images.



1890 (January) New design. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 14

Hiscocks Type 3 - H40 Hiscocks Type 3 - H42
Type 20 (H40) Type 20 (H42)


Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H39 20 1c dull blue-green 1.60 1.20
H40 20 2½c sepia 1.60 1.20
H41 20 5c rose 8.00 4.00
H42 20 10c brown 8.00 4.00
H43 20 12½c carmine 6.00 4.00
H44 20 20c deep blue 6.00 4.00
H45 20 25c brown 10.00 4.00
H46 20 1p olive-grey 3.00 2.00
H47 20 2p yellow-brown 20.00 8.00
H48 20 5p yellow-green 8.00 4.00
H49 20 10p brown-violet 20.00 6.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. No. 48 is known forged to defraud the authorities — used condition only. Price about £10.


1891 As above but new colours. See note below.

Hiscocks H54
Type 20 (H54)


Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H50 20 1c carmine 50.00 10.00
H51 20 5c olive-grey 50.00 10.00
H52 20 12½c dark brown 50.00 10.00
H53 20 25c green 50.00 10.00
H54 20 5p ultramarine 40.00 8.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The status of Nos. 50-53 seems to be in some doubt since they are listed by Galves (1934) but not by other, later catalogues.
                They could perhaps be colour trials. No. 54 is not in doubt and is listed in all catalogues from Morley onwards.


1892 As above but inscribed "FILIPAS-TELEGRAPHOS".

Hiscocks H55 Hiscocks H56 Hiscocks H57
Type 21 (H55) Type 21 (H56) Type 21 (H57)


Hiscocks H58 Hiscocks H59 Hiscocks H61 Hiscocks H62
Type 21 (H58) Type 21 (H59) Type 21 (H61) Type 21 (H62)


Hiscocks H63 Hiscocks H64 Hiscocks H65
Type 21 (H63) Type 21 (H64) Type 21 (H65)


Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H55 21 1c rose 2.00 1.00
H56 21 2½c blue 3.00 1.00
H57 21 5c olive-grey 6.00 2.00
H58 21 10c green 3.00 2.00
H59 21 12½c brown-lilac 3.00 1.50
H60 21 20c yellow-brown 15.00 2.50
H61 21 25c blue-green 3.00 1.50
H62 21 1p orange 6.00 1.50
H63 21 2p brown 8.00 1.50
H64 21 5p brown-violet 8.00 2.00
H65 21 10p vermilion 25.00 6.00


1894-1895 As above but with changed colours.

Hiscocks H66 Hiscocks H67 Hiscocks H68 Hiscocks H69
Type 21 (H66) Type 21 (H67) Type 21 (H68) Type 21 (H69)


Hiscocks H70 Hiscocks H70a? Hiscocks H70b?
Type 21 (H70/70a)
I'm not good at guessing shades, here are 3 shades scanned together.


Hiscocks H72 Hiscocks H73 Hiscocks H74 Overprint and cancel selection
Type 21 (H72) Type 21 (H73) Type 21 (H74) H76 Courtesy of
Victor Gugliano (victorgg)


Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H66 21 1c sepia 3.00 1.50
H67 21 2½c red-brown 2.50 1.50
H68 21 5c orange-red 2.50 1.50
H69 21 10c dark-blue 2.50 1.50
H70 21 12½c greyish green (1895) 2.50 1.20
H70a           olive (1895) 40.00 1.50
H71 21 20c violet (1895) 15.00 1.50
H72 21 25c carmine 8.00 1.50
H73 21 1p violet-black (1895) 8.00 1.50
H74 21 2p pale ultramarine (1895) 15.00 1.50
H75 21 5p yellow green 20.00 1.50
H76 21 10p brown violet 25.00 5.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Morley separates Nos. 66-77 (SIC) into those of 1894 and 1895 but does not list Nos. 75 & 76 at all.
                The year of issue of Nos. 75 and 76 is therefore uncertain.


1896 As above but with changed colours.

Hiscocks H78 Hiscocks H79 Hiscocks H80 Hiscocks H81
Type 21 (H78) Type 21 (H79) Type 21 (H80) Type 21 (H81)


Hiscocks H82 Hiscocks H83 Hiscocks H84 Hiscocks H85
Type 21 (H82) Type 21 (H83) Type 21 (H84) Type 21 (H85)


Hiscocks H86 Hiscocks H87
Type 21 (H86)
Image courtesy of ibredguy.co.uk.
Type 21 (H87)
Image courtesy of ibredguy.co.uk.


Overprint and cancel selection
Telegraph cancel on H71,
courtesy of Dr Joe on ebay.
Hisc. Type. 1896 Description Mint Used
H77 21 1c olive-grey 2.50 2.00
H77a           imperf. 40.00 -
H78 21 2½c dull green 2.50 2.00
H78a           imperf. 40.00 -
H79 21 5c brown 2.50 2.00
H79a           imperf. 40.00 -
H80 21 10c rose 8.00 2.00
H80a           imperf. 40.00 -
H81 21 12½c red-brown 2.00 1.50
H81a           imperf. 60.00 -
H82 21 20c orange 8.00 2.00
H82a           imperf. 60.00 -
H83 21 25c violet 8.00 2.00
H83a           imperf. 60.00 -
H84 21 1p blue 8.00 2.00
H84a           imperf. 80.00 -
H85 21 2p reddish orange 15.00 2.00
H85a           imperf. 80.00 -
H86 21 5p carmine 30.00 2.00
H86a           imperf. 80.00 -
H87 21 10p steel-blue 40.00 2.00
H87a           imperf. 80.00 -


1897 No. 71 above overprinted as indicated in black.

Hiscocks Type 22 overprint
Type 22 overprint


Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H88 21, 22 20c violet 6.00 1.50


1898 Stamps of the Revolutionary Government of General Emilio Aguinaldo. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 11½
Sheets of 192 stamps, 16 rows of 12, lithographed by the Lithographia del Gomes in Santa Cruz, Manila.

Hiscocks type 23 Hiscocks type 24
Type 23,   2c.   H89 Type 24,   50c.   H90

Used pair
A used pair.

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H89 23 2c violet (shades to lilac) (Type I) 2.50 6.00
H89a           Type II - -
H90 21 50c blue (Type I) 2.00 10.00
H89a           Type II - -

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. Background information on these stamps is given in the introduction to this section.
Note 2. The two types of each of the above were reported by Morley in his Journal in 1902.
                The differences in Type II noted (relative to Type I, thought to be earlier in each case) were:-

                2c Thicker paper, larger stars in the angles of the triangle, and fewer, more distinct rays to the sun.
                50c Thicker paper, letters of 'PESO' to the right of the triangle malformed — tail missing on 'P'
                making it a small 'D', 'E' broken such as to resemble an 'F' and 'S' reversed.

My notes: Hiscocks pricing suggests that the two types are equally scarce.
However I have only ever seen Type I.
Morley reported a lot of things that nobody else has seen since !

The 'KKK' appearing on these stamps is an abbreviation for "Kataas-taasang, Kagalang-galang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan",
meaning "Soveriegn Worshipful Association of the Sons of the Country".


Yefim Rozenshteyn has drawn my attention to a passage in the Scott catalogue that says regarding the Revolutionary stamps:
"Owing to the fact that stamps for the different purposes were not always available, together with a lack of proper instructions,
any of the adhesives were permitted to be used in the place of the other."

I will therefore list the ones in question on the understanding that this is for telegraphic usage.
As always, it is for the collector to decide what to collect.


Scott A1 Scott A2 Scott A3
2c.   HR-1   Postage 2c.   HR-2   Postage 2c.   HR-3   Posts & Telegraphs
Courtesy of Nigel Gooding. Substitute telegraph stamps,  courtesy of Yefim Rozenshteyn.

Inscribed '1898 1899'

Scott N1 Scott RS1 Receipt Stamp
1m.   HR-4   Newspaper stamp 8c.   HR-5   Registration stamp 10c.   HR-6   Receipt stamp
Substitute telegraph stamps,  courtesy of Yefim Rozenshteyn.


Hisc. Type. Description Used
Hr1 HR-1 2c red -
Hr2 HR-2 2c red -
Hr3 HR-3 2c carmine -
Hr4 HR-4 1m black -
Hr4a           imperf. -
Hr5 HR-5 8c green -
Hr6 HR-6 10c brown -

My note:

Note 1. Type HR-3 would be valid for telegraphs anyway, but not specific to telegraphs.


Further information on these stamps can be found at Aguinaldo Issues.




I have seen a number of examples of forms like this offered for sale. (front and back at 75dpi. Manila, dated 8 April 1881)
I bought this for the 2 Reales stamp at the top. The form is still intact, I digitally reconstructed the perforations for my H9 illustration.
Form 1-a   Form 1-b
At the top, rather than a word like Telégrafos or Telegrama, it has 'Importe Del P. Espedido Núm. or 'Amount of P. Required No.'
I don't know what the 'P.' stands for though perhaps Pago for Payment, or exactly what this form is, though it clearly has something to do with telegraphy
since it says 24 words at the top (11 Pesos 81 Cmos), and has a handstamp at the bottom with 'TELEGRAFOS' around the top.
It may be a receipt for sending a telegram to Hong Kong, but I would have expected to see the word 'Recibo' on it somewhere.

The back appears to have a (rather confused) description of the stamps, though I don't see the green or violet ones listed.
The back was in pencil, but on the front someone has happily used red ballpoint to note a few catalogue numbers !

Assuming this to be telegraphic usage, how was the 11 Pesos 81 Centimos made up?
Form 1-c
For the 11 Pesos, two 5p Derechos de Firma (1865, Forbin 4) plus a 1p (H5) Telegraph stamp were used. The 81c is made up from H9 (25c), two 250mil (25c) postage stamps,
and three 2c on 2½c postage stamps. All have been punch-cancelled. Clearly little attention was given to the intended purpose of the stamps used.
One wonders why so much trouble was taken to overprint stamps for a change of purpose.



If anyone can provide scans to help with this, I am happy to give appropriate credit.



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