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Further information, together with later fiscal and other uses of overprinted telegraph stamps can be found in a
catalogue of stamps of Costa Rica, produced by Dr. Hector R. Mena and available from the Socorico website.


Costa Rica .

1889, 1892 and 1901 issues of normal 'Correos y Telégrafos' stamps were used and can be recognised by their concentric circle cancels.
I understand that after 1895 this cancel was also used as a postal cancellation.

postage stamp 1889
5c Postage stamp of 1889 series.
10 similar designs showing President Soto Alfaro.


1c postage stamp of 1892 2c postage stamp of 1892 5c postage stamp of 1892 10c postage stamp of 1892
20c postage stamp of 1892 50c postage stamp of 1892 10P postage stamp of 1892
Postage stamps of 1892 series used telegraphically.


1892 'Correos y Telégrafos' stamps of 1892 (SG34a - 37) overprinted (by roller) 'TELEGRAFO' in blue-black.
Thick white wove paper. No watermark. Perf 15

unlisted 2c Hiscocks H1 Hiscocks H2 Hiscocks H3
*Hiscocks type 0 (unlisted) Hiscocks type 1 Hiscocks type 2 Hiscocks type 3


Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
*H0 1 2c yellow (shades) - 20.00
H1 1 5c violet (SG34a) - 7.00
H2 2 10c green (SG35) - 4.00
H3 3 20c indian red (SG 36) - 2.00
H4 (4) 50c blue (SG37) - 50.00

* I added this due to the example shown and another.
There are two shades of the 5c, red-lilac and a scarcer violet.

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. The overprint was apparently applied manually with a roller. One therefore obtains specimens
                with the overprint at all conceivable orientations, doubles and, very commonly, beginnings or
                ends of the next 'TELEGRAFO' on the roller.
                These have not been listed separately since they would seem to have little philatelic significance.
Note 2. Used copies of the above and all later issues up to 1927 are cancelled with a black 'target' of
                four concentric rings the largest of which is about 2cm in diameter.
Note 3. Mint copies do not seem to be known — I have certainly never seen an uncancelled copy
                with gum — and some authorities believe that the 'TELEGRAFO' is a cancellation rather than
                an overprint. The fact remains that the normal 'target' cancellation was also used which makes
                this explanation less likely. Confirmation one way or the other is needed.


I understand that after 1895 this cancel was also used as a postal cancellation.

1c postage stamp 1901 2c postage stamp 1901 5c postage stamp 1901 10c postage stamp 1901 25c postage stamp 1903
'Correos y Telégrafos' stamps of 1901 and 1903 (and later) with telegraphic cancels, may have been used postally.


1907 (28 September). Telégrafos stamps engraved by Ronald A. Harrison of Waterlow Brothers & Layton in London on thin to medium white wove paper.
Sheet watermark. Perf 14 x 11 or 14 as indicated. Panes of 100 stamps.

Costa Rica H5 Costa Rica H6b Costa Rica H7b
5c   -   H5 10c   -   H6b 25c   -   H7b


Costa Rica H8a Costa Rica H12a
50c   -   H8a 10C   -   H12a

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Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H5 5 5c yellow-brown (perf. 14) 3.00 1.50
H5a           brownish orange (perf. 14) 3.00 1.50
H6 5 10c deep blue (perf. 14) 7.50 2.00
H6a           blue (perf. 14) 10.00 2.50
H6b           deep blue (perf. 14 x 11) 3.80 1.20
H7 5 25c slate-violet (perf. 14) 15.00 3.50
H7a           yellow brown (error) (perf. 14) 150.00 125.00
H7b           slate-violet (perf. 14 x 11) 10.00 2.00
H8 5 50c carmine-red (perf. 14) 75.00 10.00
H8a           perf. 14 x 11 4.00 3.50
H9 5 1C brown (perf. 14) 10.00 2.50
H9a           perf. 14 x 11 40.00 15.00
H10 5 2C carmine (perf. 14) 10.00 1.50
H10a           perf. 14 x 11 40.00 12.00
H11 5 5C green (perf. 14) 75.00 60.00
H11a           perf. 14 x 11 35.00 2.50
*H11b           perf. 11 (no gum) - -
H12 5 10C brown-lake (perf. 14) 100.00 75.00
H12a           perf. 14 x 11 75.00 3.00

* I added this due to the HR Mena specialized catalogue.

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. No. 7 tends to discolour with exposure and take on a more reddish hue.
Note 2. See also Nos. 20 to 25 which are of the same design.


1910 (15 February). Engraved on white wove paper by the American Bank Note Co. No watermark. Perf 12. Panes of 100.
These stamps were discontinued for telegraphic purposes on October 10, 1910. Remaining stocks of these and the 1907 issue, were overprinted for other uses.

Costa Rica H13 Costa Rica H14 Costa Rica H15
5c   -   H13 10c   -   H14 25c   -   H15


Costa Rica H16 Costa Rica H17 Costa Rica H18 specimen Costa Rica H6
50c   -   H16 1C   -   H17 5C   -   H18 specimen 10C   -   H19 courtesy of Victor Gugliano (victorgg)

Specimens of the set were prepared overprinted in red and with a punch hole.
There were two printings of the 5c and 25c specimens, but I do not know how to tell the difference between them.

I also have a set of these imperf and another set of pairs imperf, all unused..
In each case, the low values up to 25c are on white, ungummed paper and the high values of 1p to 10p are on white ungummed card.


Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H13 6 5c orange (shades) 3.80 2.00
H14 6 10c dark blue 5.00 2.00
H15 6 25c deep lilac 5.00 2.00
H16 6 50c brown lake 10.00 10.00
H17 6 1C brown 10.00 2.50
H18 6 5C scarlet 25.00 3.00
H19 6 10C deep brown 40.00 3.80

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Nos. 5, 6 and 8 to 19 were surcharged with new values and used as provisional postage stamps
                in 1911-12 (SG94-108). The use of these provisionals for telegraphic purposes is not known.


1927 (30 January). Design of 1907 engraved on white wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12½
Discontinued sometime before 1930.

Costa Rica H21 Costa Rica H22
10c   -   H21 40c   -   H22


Costa Rica H23 Costa Rica H24 Costa Rica H25
50c   -   H23 1C   -   H24 2C   -   H25


Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H20 5 5c brown-lilac 5.00 2.50
H21 5 10c dark brown 2.50 1.50
H22 5 40c green 3.80 2.00
H23 5 50c blue 3.80 3.80
H24 5 1C orange 7.50 7.50
H25 5 2C carmine 15.00 15.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Nos. 21 to 24 were overprinted 'CORREO AERO' and used for airmail
                postage in 1930-32 and again in 1945-46 (SG 182-5, 193, 402-4).


Telegraph Seals.

A range of different seals were used on telegrams of Costa Rica.

This half sized image shows a sample of them.
Costa Rican Seals

Steve Hiscocks made a start on cataloguing seals of the world in a book he published in 2007.
It was his hope to update it later, but unfortunately that was not to be.
His original book can be viewed at Telegraph Seals: A World Catalogue. There are links from the pages to my updates.

Alternatively you can view the latest page for Cost Rica.



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