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Peru.

At times (or locations ?) when special Telegraph stamps were not in use, payments for Telegraph services appear to have been made with normal postage stamps that received the 'Bullseye' cancel as in Costa Rica.
Many of these same stamps were later overprinted for telegraphic use, though with a new special cancel.

Peru 1886-5c Peru 1886-50c Peru 1886-1s
1886 - 5c 1886 - 50c 1886 - 1s

 

Peru 1897-2c Peru 1897-5c Peru 1899-5c
1897 - 2c 1897 - 5c 1899 - 5c

Note: This type of cancel is often seen on fake Pacific Steam Navigation Company (PSNC) stamps, it is not known on genuine examples.
For an overview of the PSNC reprints and fakes, see this writeup.

 

 

1876 Engraved by the American Bank Note Co. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12.

Peru H1 Peru H2 Peru H3 Peru H3 used
H1 H2 H3 H3 - used with rather odd cancel.

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H1 1 5c chalky blue 2.50 5.00
H1a           imperf. 25.00 -
H2 2 20c deep blue-green 4.00 10.00
H2a           imperf. 25.00 -
H2b           bisected on piece. - 50.00
H3 3 50c deep brown 1.50 5.00
H3a           imperf. 25.00 -

 

1896-1898 Postage stamps of 1866 (10c & 20c) and 1874-95 overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS' as type 4.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12.

Peru H4 Peru H4 Peru H5 Peru H6
Type 4 H4 H5 H6

 

Peru H7 Peru H8 Peru H9
H7 H8 H9

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H4 5, 4 1c vermilion (SG24) 3.50 3.00
H5 6, 4 2c lake (SG25) 4.00 2.50
H6 7, 4 10c orange (SG18) 3.00 2.00
H7 8, 4 20c blue (SG282) 10.00 7.50
H8 9, 4 50c dull vermilion (SG283) 20.00 10.00
H9 10, 4 1s grey-brown (SG284) 40.00 25.00
H9a           overprint double 250.00 -

The un-overprinted stamps of this series included extra values and in some cases the same values in different colours. These comprise:
1c dull violet(later vermilion), 2c green(later dark ultramarine), 5c orange, 10c slate, 20c blue, 50c red and 1s brown.

The top two of these (without overprint), I have seen used with the bullseye cancel that in some places at least (i.e. Costa Rica) is associated with Telegraphic usage.
Most of the Peruvian stamps that I have seen with a bullseye cancel have been 5c stamps (3 different ones) which makes it rather strange that no 5c stamps were overprinted.
That is interesting since the overprinted stamps almost always have the 'PERU' over town name cancel, as can be seen above.
Additionally I have never seen that two line cancel on a postally used stamp.


Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The postally used version of the 2c value on which No. 5 is based is reddish violet.
                The lake variety was not issued without overprint.

 

1874-1879 Postage due stamps of 1874-9 (SG D31 and D34) overprinted as before.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12.

Peru H10 Peru H11 Forgery Forgery
Type 11 (H10) Type 12 (H11) Forged Overprints
Courtesy of Paul & Les Bottomley.

Forged Overprints The ones illustrated are a bit blatant since the genuine overprint is unknown on these stamps.
The same collection has this overprint also on H8, H9 and H10, so be very careful before parting with a lot of money.
This forged overprint has wider, slimmer letters. The 'A' is particularly different.
Another give-away on the 5c is the postal cancellation.

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H10 11, 4 1c light brown (SG D31) 5.00 4.50
H11 12, 4 20c blue (SG D34) 15.00 7.50

 

1897 New designs. Engraved by the American Bank Note Co. on white wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12.

Peru H11

Hiscocks type 13
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Peru H3
H12 Hiscocks types for these (page 240) - Images needed

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H12 13 4c dark blue 3.50 2.50
H12a           overprinted with an anchor as type 16 (1898) 15.00 10.00
H12b           Imperf. on card (proof ?) 15.00 -
H13 14 40c rose 20.00 10.00
H13a           overprinted as type 16 (1898) 40.00 30.00
H13b           Imperf. (proof ?) 40.00 -
H14 15 1s green 75.00 50.00
H14a           overprinted as type 16 (1898) 150.00 100.00
H14b           Imperf. (proof ?) 150.00 -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. A Peruvian catalogue of 1957 claims to have found no evidence for the existance
                of the anchor overprints and wonders whether they were actually a cancellation.
                I have, however, an example of No. 12(a) which appears to be genuine.
                The illustration above has been altered slightly to discourage forgery.

On the Right is a 4 cent stamp with an Anchor. It is from the same collection as the forgeries described above.
However the same collection also contains many genuine rarities. I do not know if this is genuine.
H12a or Forgery ?

 

1904 As above but overprinted 'TELEGRAFO' as type 17 in black.

Overprint 17 Peru H15 Peru H16 Peru H17
Overprint 17 4c   -   H15 40c   -   H16 1s   -   H17

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H15 13, 17 4c dark blue 4.50 3.00
H16 14, 17 40c rose 3.50 2.50
H17 15, 17 1s green 100.00 70.00

 

More images can be seen at stampsperu.com.

 

 

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