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  I have brought these prices up to date and added currency selection.  
  I have now re-numbered, but in line with what I have done with other  
countries, I am using RH numbers (Revised Hiscocks) for my
numbering and also showing the original Hiscocks numbers.
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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. According to the Scott Catalog, the 5 highest values, 50c, 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p "normally were used on telegrams
and most copies were removed from the forms and sold by the government". I have seen several 5c with telegraphic cancels, but no others.
But if those values of the 1889 series were mostly telegraphically used, then the same may be true of the following series, but mostly the low values are seen.

 

1c postage stamp of 1892 2c postage stamp of 1892 5c postage stamp of 1892 5c violet postage stamp of 1892
10c postage stamp of 1892 20c postage stamp of 1892 50c postage stamp of 1892 10P postage stamp of 1892
Correos y Telégrafos stamps of 1892 series (probably) used telegraphically. These stamps were used until 1901,
but the concentric circles cancellations started to be used postally from 1895.

 

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
*RH1  -  2c. RH2  -  5c. RH3  -  10c.

 

Hiscocks H3 Hiscocks H2
RH4  -  20c. RH5  -  50c. Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

 

RH # Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
*RH1 - 1 2c yellow (shades) - 20.00
RH2 - 1 5c red lilac(SG34 ?) - 3.00
RH2a H1           violet (SG34a) - 7.00
RH3 H2 2 10c green (SG35) - 4.00
RH4 H3 3 20c indian red (SG 36) - 2.00
RH5 H4 (4) 50c blue (SG37) - 50.00
RH6 - (4) 1p green - -
RH7 - (4) 2p brown - -
RH8 - (4) 5p dark blue - -
RH9 - (4) 10p brown - -

* I added the 2c value due to the example shown and another. There may
I have added RH6-9 since the higher values are likely to have been used
telegraphically, even though examples with this overprint are not reported.
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 20c postage stamp 1901
50c postage stamp 1901 1C postage stamp 1901 2C postage stamp 1901 5C postage stamp 1901 10C postage stamp 1901
'Correos y Telégrafos' stamps of 1901 with concentric-ring cancels, may have been used postally, but 50c and up are more likely to be telegraphic (20c and above, courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht).


4c postage stamp 1903 6c postage stamp 1903 25c postage stamp 1903
'Correos y Telégrafos' stamps of 1903 with concentric-ring cancels, were probably mostly used postally (4c and 6c courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht).

 

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 Costa Rica H8a
5c   -   RH10 10c   -   RH11b 25c   -   RH12b 50c   -   RH13a

 

Costa Rica RH14a Costa Rica RH15a Costa Rica RH16a Costa Rica RH17a
1C   -   RH14a   -   Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht. 2C   -   RH15a   -   Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht. 5C   -   RH16a   -   Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht. 10C   -   RH17a   -   Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

More images available at paperheritage.co.uk

 

RH # Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
RH10 H5 5 5c yellow-brown (perf. 14) 3.00 1.50
RH10a H5a           brownish orange (perf. 14) 3.00 1.50
RH11 H6 5 10c deep blue (perf. 14) 7.50 2.00
RH11a H6a           blue (perf. 14) 10.00 2.50
RH11b H6b           deep blue (perf. 14 x 11) 3.80 1.20
RH12 H7 5 25c slate-violet (perf. 14) 15.00 3.50
RH12a H7a           yellow brown (error) (perf. 14) 150.00 125.00
RH12b H7b           slate-violet (perf. 14 x 11) 10.00 2.00
RH13 H8 5 50c carmine-red (perf. 14) 75.00 10.00
RH13a H8a           perf. 14 x 11 4.00 3.50
RH14 H9 5 1C brown (perf. 14) 10.00 2.50
RH14a H9a           perf. 14 x 11 40.00 15.00
RH15 H10 5 2C carmine (perf. 14) 10.00 1.50
RH15a H10a           perf. 14 x 11 40.00 12.00
RH16 H11 5 5C green (perf. 14) 75.00 60.00
RH16a H11a           perf. 14 x 11 35.00 2.50
*RH16b -           perf. 11 (no gum) - -
RH17 H12 5 10C brown-lake (perf. 14) 100.00 75.00
RH17a 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   -   RH18 10c   -   RH19 specimen
Only 5c, 10c and 25c like this.
25c   -   RH20

 

Costa Rica H16 Costa Rica H17 Costa Rica H18 specimen Costa Rica RH24
50c   -   RH21 1C   -   RH22 5C   -   RH23 specimen
All values except 10c like this.
10C   -   RH24   -   Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

Specimens of the set were prepared overprinted in red and with a punch hole.
There were two formats of the specimens, one with the hole above 'SPECIMEN', known for the 5c, 10c and 25c, the other with the hole below, for all the rest except the 10c.
There are thus two types of 5c and 25c, but one type of each of the other values.


Costa Rica RH18 imperf proof
I also have a set of these imperf and another set of pairs imperf, all unused (no gum).
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.

 

RH # Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
RH18 H13 6 5c orange (shades) 3.80 2.00
RH19 H14 6 10c dark blue 5.00 2.00
RH20 H15 6 25c deep lilac 5.00 2.00
RH21 H16 6 50c brown lake 10.00 10.00
RH22 H17 6 1C brown 10.00 2.50
RH23 H18 6 5C scarlet 25.00 3.00
RH24 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 RH25 Costa Rica RH26 Costa Rica RH27
5c   -   RH25   -   Courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht. 10c   -   RH26 40c   -   RH27

 

Costa Rica H23 Costa Rica H24 Costa Rica H25
50c   -   RH28 1C   -   RH29 2C   -   RH30

 

RH # Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
RH25 H20 5 5c brown-lilac 5.00 2.50
RH26 H21 5 10c dark brown 2.50 1.50
RH27 H22 5 40c green 3.80 2.00
RH28 H23 5 50c blue 3.80 3.80
RH29 H24 5 1C orange 7.50 7.50
RH30 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).

Sometime in the lifespan of this series a new cancel started to be used:
Costa Rica RH26 Costa Rica RH27 Costa Rica RH28
The cancel takes the form of pale dull-green streaks across the stamp whis are not always very visible.
These stamps were discontinued for telegraphic purposes around 1930 and many were overprinted for other purposes such as Air Post.
Perhaps these were also used for some other purpose without overprinting. Parcel Post for example. (50c courtesy of Ralph Lamprecht)
Anyone know the purpose of this style of cancel ?

 

For The Telegrams used, see the section on Telegram Seals.

Telegram 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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