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  I have brought these prices up to date and added currency selection.  
 The International Society of Guatemala Collectors (ISGC) published in 1993
a 24 page booklet entitled 'Guatemalan Telegraph Stamps & Stationery'.
This contains valuable additional information that I have incorporated.
ISBN 1-880721-01-5 - (may be available from here).
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Guatemala.

1898 Postage stamps of 1897 (SG63-73) overprinted and in some cases surcharged in black or red (Types 2 and 3 respectively).
Postage stamps printed by the American Bank Note Co.N.Y. in black on thick wove paper,
surface coloured in highly variable shades. Sheets of 10 x 10. No watermark. Perf 12

 

Guatemala H1 Guatemala H2c Guatemala H3
H1 H2c H3

Guatemala H4a Guatemala H5 Guatemala H6
H4a H5 H6

Guatemala H7 Guatemala H8 Guatemala H9
H7 H8 H9

Guatemala H10b Guatemala H11 Guatemala H12a
H10b H11 H12a

Guatemala H13
H13

 

The first issue is all about overprints. Here are the types.

Black Telegrafos
Black 25 cts.
Red Telegrafos
Red 25 Centavos.
Black overprints - Type 2. Red overprints - Type 3.

The distance between '25' and 'cts.' on the black overprint is variable. this may have some bearing on type H7b.

Black Telegrafos Red Telegrafos
'T' top serifs slanted out on type 3a. 'T' top serifs slanted out and raised accent on 'é' (type 3b).

For Type 3, each sheet of a 100 contained 70 normal, 24 of type 3a and 6 of type 3b.

 

Red overprint types
This interesting triple shown at Wikimedia Commons illustrates:
Type 1 The basic stamp.
Type 3 The basic Red overprint on the bottom stamp,
Type 5 The type of '25c' overprint on H9.
'T' top serifs slanted out is shown on the top two stamps.
The raised accent on 'é' is shown on the top stamp.

On the red overprints, the slanted 'T' occurs on 30% of the stamps.
One fith of those additionally have the raised accent on 'é'
The red overprints can vary in shade as can be seen on this strip of stamps.
Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H1 1, 2 2c black/greenish to yellowish grey (Black) 2.00 4.50
H1a           overprint inverted 50.00 75.00
H1b           overprint double — one Black, one Red 125.00 100.00
H2 1, 3 2c black/greenish to yellowish grey (Red) (120,000) 2.00 4.00
H2a           'T' top serifs slanted out 4.00 8.00
H2b           as No.2a but with raised accent on 'é' 6.00 12.00
H2c           overprint in bright orange-red 17.50 20.00
H3 1, 2 6c black/brownish orange (Black) 2.50 5.00
H4 1, 3 6c black/brownish orange (Red) (30,000) 2.50 5.00
H4a           'T' top serifs slanted out 5.00 10.00
H4b           as No.4a but with raised accent on 'é' 7.50 15.00
H5 1, 2 10c black/greyish blue (Black) 5.00 2.00
H5a           overprint inverted 50.00 75.00
H6 1, 3 10c black/greyish blue (Red) (50, 000) 2.00 4.00
H6a           'T' top serifs slanted out 4.00 8.00
H6b           as No.6a but with raised accent on 'é' 6.00 12.00
H7 1, 4 25c on 12c black/dull rose (Black) 2.00 4.00
H7a           overprint inverted 75.00 100.00
H7b           value inverted in overprint - -
H8 1, 5 25c on 18c black/pale grey (Red) (81,800) 3.00 3.00
H8a           'T' top serifs slanted out 6.00 6.00
H8b           as No.8a but with raised accent on 'é' 9.00 9.00
H9 1, 5 25c on 75c black/grey (Red) (96,700) 1.50 3.00
H9a           'T' top serifs slanted out 3.00 6.00
H9b           as No.9a but with raised accent on 'é' 4.50 9.00
H9c           overprint in bright orange-red 15.00 17.50
H10 1, 5 25c on 150c black/brownish pink (Red) (97,600) 1.50 2.50
H10a           'T' top serifs slanted out 3.00 5.00
H10b           as No.10a but with raised accent on 'é' 4.50 7.50
H10c           overprint inverted 125.00 150.00
H11 1, 2 50c black/reddish brown (Black) 12.00 8.00
H12 1, 3 50c black/reddish brown (Red) (6,000) 12.00 12.00
H12a           'T' top serifs slanted out 24.00 24.00
H12b           as No.12a but with raised accent on 'é' 36.00 36.00
H13 1, 2 100c black/sage green (Black) 20.00 40.00
H13a           with accent on second 'é' (Type 3) 40.00 50.00
H14 1, 3 100c black/sage green (Red) (1,000) 50.00 60.00
H14a           'T' top serifs slanted out 100.00 120.00
H14b           as No.14a but with raised accent on 'é' 150.00 160.00

Hiscocks added the following 5 notes:

Note 1. As stated above the surface colouring of these stamps is highly variable
                with many gradations of shade which can in some cases be seen to be
                due to fading. Marginal edges are sometimes imperforate.
Note 2. I have not seen a copy of No. 1(b) and do not know whether the red
                overprint is of type 2 or 3. If it is of type 3 then the usual varieties
                should also occur.
Note 3. The raised accent in No. 2(b) etc. is quite marked being about 1.5mm
                above the 'e' compared with about 0.25mm on the normal.
Note 4. There is considerable and gradual variation in the shades of the normal
                red overprints but the bright orange-red of Nos. 2(c) and 9(c) is quite
                distinct. The 'T' and 'é' varients presumably occur.
Note 5. Again, I have not seen a copy of No. 13(a) and do not know whether
                it is an accidental use of type 3 in black (in which case the 'T' and
                accent varients will occur) or an error of type 2 in which case it is not
                apparent why it is not found on other values.

 

My notes:

Note 1. The ISGC indicate that forged overprints are known, these have been
                used to fake inverted overprints and bogus stamps when applied
                to values that were not normally overprinted.   The type reported is
                type 2, seeminly with the value separate to allow inversion.
                it is known in black, red and other colours, as well as on values that
                were not normally overprinted.
                The cross-bar of the 'T' is very thick.   Buyer beware.
Note 2. H13a is actually the Type 3 (red) overprint applied in black.
                It can therefore exist with the two varieties associated with the red
                should overprints.
Note 3. The 18c, 75c and 150c are catalogued much more highly as postage
                stamps without the overprint. Some examples of H8, H9 and H10
                have subsequently had the overprint removed (or partially removed)
                a result. My thanks to docnik for bringing this to my attention.
Note 4. An example of H10 with white(ish) paper instead of 'salmon', without
                gum, is shown below. Possibly an attempt to remove the overprint
                using bleach.

 

used example used example Guatemala H10b
A used example of H8 with a special Telegraphic cancel. A bleached example of H10 ? A normal example of H10b

 

Guatemala H2a softened
The ISGC point out that attempted removal of the red overprint
also softens the black ink used to print the stamp so that it can
be smeared or stick to things. That seems to be the case here.

 

 

1919 New design. Recess engraved by Waterlow & Sons (London) on white wove paper. Sheets of 10 x 10. No watermark. Perf 14
The "Timbre de Reconstruccion" on the stamp, reflects the fact that this was for a tax on telegrams and cablegrams to help pay for
the reconstruction of the main Post Office in Guatemala City damaged by earthquake in 1917. A similar tax on mail used a 12½c stamp.

Guatemala type 6
Hiscocks Type 6

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H15 6 25c green 7.50 10.00

 

1930 Unissued telegraph stamps of 1924, printed by Waterlow & Sons (London) on white wove paper.
and subsequently surcharged in new currency as indicated in black. Sheets of 10 x 10. No watermark. Perf 12.4

Guatemala type 7 Guatemala type 7
Hiscocks Type 7 , H16 and H17.

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H16 7 5c on 5p green 10.00 20.00
H17 7 10c on 1p carmine 10.00 50.00
H18 7 50c on 10p orange 50.00 60.00

 

 

Stationery.

I have seen these with values of 2c, 6c, 10c and 12c.

Stationery - 2c
2c value courtesy of Jim Forte

Stationery - 10c
Half-size 10 Cent value.

Stationery - 12c
A similar 12c value, courtesy of Auktionshaus Christoph Gärtner.

 

 

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