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I have had to add a few to the National issues, and have made
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Steve Hiscocks wrote in 1982:
The telegraph stamps of Spain cover a period of some 88 years from 1864 to 1952 — the greatest span of any one issuing authority. Their issue
was not continuous however. In 1870 and until 1878 a series of unified postage and telegraph stamps — the various "Comunicaciones" types — were
issued. From 1879 to 1889 two series specifically inscribed "Correos y Telegs" were issued and from 1889 to 1899 a further series of "Comunicaciones".
These bore the same relationship to telegraph stamps as the 'Postage and Revenue' stamps of, for example, Great Britain and India did to revenue stamps:
that is they were used for telegraphic purposes but were mainly intended for postal use and mainly so used. I have not included these stamps as telegraph
stamps and they may be found listed in any postage stamp catalogue. Their telegraphic use can, however, easily be recognised by the punched cancellations
and their inclusion in collections is of course optional. Otherwise the national telegraph stamps of Spain are quite well behaved. Many of them can also be
found overprinted for use in (Spanish) Morocco (q.v.).

There are numerous charity stamps of Spain which might easily be confused with telegraph stamps in that they bear the words "Huérfanos de Telégrafos" or
"Hogar Telégrafico" meaning 'orphans' and 'home' respectively. These are pure charity stamps intended to raise money for orphans of telegraph workers and,
since their use was optional, they do not fall within my terms of reference. The single stamp of Valencia might be thought to fall within the same category in
that it was intended to raise money for a bridge but in this case its use was compulsory and it is thus analogous of those of Portugal and the federal tax stamps
of the USA. The 'telegraph' stamps of Villada and of Barcelona would seem to fall into the same category.

Background information on the railway telegraph stamps is sparse. A reference of 1893 gives dates of issue (which differ from those usually quoted) and states
that they were for public use but not on sale to the public. Instead the clerk stuck one on the despatch form and another on the receipt or counterfoil — that is the
sending of a message costing, e.g., one pesata involved the use of two 1 peseta stamps one of which should presumably have then remained with the customer.

My notes:
The yellow highlighted part is perhaps a little disingenuous. It is certainly misleading. Though the low face-value stamps may have been intended and so used,
for postal purposes. It is very likely that, as with other countries (e.g. Britain) when using postage stamps for dual purpose, the higher values were mainly used
for telegraphic purposes (As Hiscocks acknowledged for the Edwardian High values of India). Anyway, I have now added a section for them.

For the pink highlighted part, 1952 may be the official date of cessation for telegraphic use, but they were used until at least 1955 on Hoja de Reintegro which
may have been to pay telephone bills ? — There is also now a Spanish Telephone stamp known.

According to Luis Enrique (PDF, page 17), Spain had been using an optical telegraph network for a long time before the first practical electric telegraph
network began to be created by a decree of 1852, which also set up a school for telegraphy starting with 48 students mostly recruited from former optical telegraph workers.
The first connection was from Madrid to Irún in the north, near the French border. It passed through the provinces of Zaragoza, Navarra and Guipúzcoa.
The telegraph construction was under the control of the Ministry of the Interior until 1857 when it became the responsibility of the Telegraph Corps.
The next connections were to Extremadura on the border with Portugal, and Catalonia in the northeast. These allowed Madrid to connect to its neighbouring countries.
Alsasua, Vitoria and Bilbao were the next to be connected.

Some useful information can be found at la-telegrafia-electrica-en-espana. According to that:
"The initial telegraphic network of 1855 had a radial configuration, with center in Madrid and
in the following years it was closed in the form of a polygon with transversal lines.
The radial structure responded to the centralist character of the construction of the liberal state in Spain.

Towards 1857 the structure of the Spanish telegraphic network was reconfigured, understanding
as such the necessary means to join any two points of the peninsula.

The basic network was already very complete by 1864, when it had a length of more than 10,000 km
of lines, 194 telegraphic offices and almost one million telegrams were processed per year.
The network included all the capitals of the province and main cities of the peninsular territory,
the Balearic Islands and Ceuta, leaving Melilla and the Canary Islands outside without submarine
telegraphic communication until the 1880s.

Lines of telegraphic wires formed part of the landscape of roads and railways and transformed it.
However, one of the problems of aerial telegraph lines apart from the meteorological phenomena,
was the theft of wires, as still happens today, as well as other materials in certain networks.

When the century ended, in 1900, the Telegraphs was a fully consolidated and complex entity and the telegraph was the only means of communication that covered all social needs. The staff that attended it exceeded 4,000 employees in 1,491 offices and the national telegrams had increased to 3,779,000.

Year 1864 10,000 kms   194 Offices
Year 1900 29,030 kms 1,491 Offices
Year 1910 42,934 kms 1,902 Offices
Year 1920 53,714 kms 2,904 Offices
Year 1930 53,135 kms 2,902 Offices

Statistics of the General Post and Telegraph Office.
Between 1860 and 1900 one can speak of a process of socialization of the telegraph due to a policy of cheaper tariffs and the effects derived from the extension of the Spanish telegraph network. In 1861 the tariffs were unified, a telegram of 10 words sent to any office of the Peninsula cost 5 reales and three years later it was lowered to 4 reales, this price remained until 1900.

With time, the telegraph that began its journey being used by the Administration, was later introduced in the business world and in the middle classes, and the first third of the 20th century, were used by the popular classes. The increase in the number of telegrams led to higher revenues for the State, which in turn added technical improvements to the telegraph network.

From 1875 to 1924, can be considered the golden age of the telegraph, since it was the only means of communication that broadly covered the needs of society. The traffic of telegrams had gone from about 2 million, in 1877, to more than 15 million, in 1922, having tripled in the last fifteen years.

However, in Spain around 1878, the first telephones appeared, a means of communication that, over time, would have a great social impact. The telephony depended as a communications service of the General Directorate of Telegraphs and it was until 1924 when the Telephone Company was created, even though the first promotions of Telecommunications engineers trained in the Higher School of Telegraphy presented several National Telephony plans. so that the telephony will be managed from telegraphs."

This goes on to give later details and many images.

Spain — National Telegraph Stamps.

The Galvez catalogue indicates values for punched Telegraph stamps from 1864 to 1869 at 50% of un-punched used prices.
The used prices here are for punched examples. Un-punched used are thus worth a premium. Beware of stamps with incomplete punching or re-filled holes.

1864 (1 July) Typographed on white wove paper. No watermark, Imperf.

Spain-H1 Spain-H2 Spain-H3 Spain-H4
H1 courtesy of Paul & Les Bottomley H2, 4 Reales H3 courtesy of Laurens at Dutchstamp H4, 20 Reales


Hisc. 1864 Description Mint Used
H1 1r brown 70.00 18.00
H1a         red-brown 70.00 15.00
H2 4r rose 70.00 18.00
H2a         pale rose 70.00 15.00
H3 16r green 80.00 18.00
H3a         dark green 80.00 15.00
H4 20r black 100.00 30.00

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. Used stamps of 1864 to 1868 or 9 are normally cancelled with a rough punched hole of 3-4mm diameter.
Note 2. My copy of Morley's catalogue has a pencilled notation covering Nos. 1-4 (or possibly 1-3)
                "were rare but 1 sheet of each was found" !

My note: I understand that there are 'replicas' of these around.
Anyone know how to recognise them ?


1865 (1 January) Typographed on tinted wove paper. No watermark, Imperf.

Spain-H5 Spain-H6 Spain-H7 Spain-H8
1r - H5 4r - H6 16r - H7 20r - H8
A couple of mine. H7 courtesy of Les Bottomley. H8 courtesy of Gerardo de Villegas
(Gdev02 on delcampe, click for listing).


Hisc. 1865 Description Mint Used
H5 1r blue/rose 90.00 15.00
H5a         dark blue/rose 110.00 18.00
H6 4r black/green 100.00 15.00
H7 16r carmine/yellow 250.00 35.00
H8 20r rose/pale rose 400.00 35.00


1865 (1 September) As above but on white paper and Perf. 14

Spain-H10 Spain-H11 Spain-H11
20Rs - H10 16Rs - H11 20Rs - H12
H10 and H12 are courtesy of egv auction on ebay)


Hisc. 1865 Description Mint Used
H9 1r violet 120.00 12.00
H9a         deep violet 150.00 15.00
H10 4r blue 120.00 12.00
H10a         imperf. 180.00 -
H10b         imperf. between horizontal pair 320.00 -
H10c         dark blue 150.00 15.00
H11 16r green 150.00 15.00
H11a         yellow green 160.00 16.00
H12 20r rose 250.00 25.00
H12a         rose-carmine 250.00 25.00


1866 (1 January) As above but dated 1866.
New currency — 100cents = 1 Escudo.

Spain-H13 Spain-H14 Spain-H15 Spain-H16
10c - H13 40c - H14, courtesy of
egv auction on ebay (click for listing).
1E60c - H15 2E - H16

Note the (unsuccessful) closed punch cancel on H13 and H15 above. These are often described as mint, be careful.
The Galvez catalogue prices stamps like this approximately twice the value of the punched stamp without the part still attached.

Hisc. 1866 Description Mint Used
H13 10c deep rose lilac (shades) 60.00 5.00
H14 40c blue 60.00 5.00
H14a         darker blue 80.00 6.00
H15 1.60 E green 120.00 5.00
H15a         yellow green 140.00 6.00
H16 2E rose 300.00 25.00
H16a         deep rose 300.00 30.00


1867 (1 January) As above but dated 1867.

Spain-H17 Spain-H18 Spain-H19
10c - H17, courtesy of
jtwvrm on ebay (click for listing).
40c - H18
Note the filled punch-hole.
1.60E - H19, courtesy of
egv auction on ebay.


Hisc. 1867 Description Mint Used
H17 10c grey-lilac (shades) 50.00 5.00
H18 40c blue 40.00 5.00
H18a         darker blue 40.00 5.00
H19 1.60 E green 80.00 5.00
H19a         yellow green 80.00 5.00
H20 2E rose 200.00 18.00
H20a         deeper rose 200.00 18.00


1868 (1 January) As above but dated 1868.
New currency — 1000 mils = 1 Escudo.

Spain-H22 Spain-H23 Spain-H24 Spain-H25
1868, 400m - H22. 1868, 800m - H23. 1868, 1.600E - H24. 1868, 2E - H25.
A couple of mine, both with filled punch-holes. Images courtesy of egv auction on ebay.

Spain-H21 Spain-H23
1868, 400m - H21 with rectangular punch. 1868, 800m - H23 with triangular punch.
A couple from Les Bottomley showing different punch-holes.


Hisc. 1868 Description Mint Used
H21 100m dull purple(shades) 60.00 8.00
H22 400m blue 60.00 5.00
H22a         darker blue 60.00 5.00
H23 800m reddish brown 60.00 5.00
H23a         dark reddish brown 60.00 5.00
H24 1.600E myrtle green 80.00 5.00
H24a         yellow green 80.00 5.00
H25 2E rose 150.00 15.00
H25a        deep rose 150.00 15.00


1869 (1 January) As above but dated 1869. (new colours)

Spain-H26 Spain-H27 Spain-H28 Spain-H28
1869, 100m - H26. 1869, 800m - H27. 1869, 1.600E - H28. 1869, 2E - H29.
Images courtesy of egv auction on ebay.


Hisc. 1869 Description Mint Used
H26 100m blue 40.00 5.00
H26a         pale blue 50.00 5.00
H27 800m rose 50.00 5.00
H27a         rose-carmine 60.00 5.00
H28 1.600E yellow brown 50.00 5.00
H28a         orange-brown 60.00 5.00
H29 2E green 300.00 18.00
H29a        dark green 300.00 20.00


1869 New design (arms) dated 1869. Other details as above.

Spain H30


Hisc. 1869 Description Mint Used
H30 400m violet (shades) 110.00 6.00

Hiscocks added the following note on page 267:

Note. Following this issue postage stamps were used for telegraphic purposes until 1901. Their telegraphic use
                is recognised by punched cancellations.

My note: These stamps were inscribed "COMUNICACIONES" to indicate that they were valid for both postal and telegraphic communications.
This was changed to "CORREOS Y TELGRAFOS" (Posts & Telegraphs) for the 1879-89 issues, possibly to prevent their use to pay for telephone calls ?
The use of punches appears to have been phased out as the cost of telegraphy dropped and potential re-use was less of a problem.

I have put some tentative prices in, but these are postally used prices in US$ as of 2007. Telegraphically used will be much less, but this might give relative scarcity.
There is a Spanish catalog by Manuel Gálvez Rodríguez (Catálogo : pruebas y ensayos de España 1960) that gave prices for punched stamps. It would be more appropriate for this.
If anyone has a copy and can provide this information, I will happily update the prices and include them in this listing.

P20 P22 P23 P24 P26
Type 1Type 2Type 3Type 4Type 5
RH# 1870 Description Mint Post Tele
C1 1m brown-lilac/buff 6.50 6.50 0.65
C2 2m black/pinkish 7.75 8.00 -
C3 2m black/buff 8.75 9.00 -
C4 4m bister-brown 15.00 13.50 -
C5 10m rose 17.00 6.00 -
C6 10m carmine 21.00 7.50 -
C7 25m lilac 52.50 6.50 -
C8 25m aniline violet 85.00 8.25 -
C9 50m ultramarine 10.00 0.35 -
C10 100m red-brown 29.00 5.25 1.25
C11 100m claret 30.00 6.25 1.45
C12 100m orange-brown 30.00 5.50 1.30
C13 200m pale brown 26.00 5.25 1.05
C14 400m green 250.00 22.50 1.50
C15 1e600m dull lilac 1350.00 850.00 125.00
C16 2e blue 1100.00 525.00 87.50
C17 12c red-brown 225.00 6.50 -
C18 19c yellow-green 300.00 160.00 -
RH# 1872 Description Mint Post Tele
C19 2c grey-lilac 17.50 7.75 -
C20 2c violet 27.50 17.00 -
C21 5c green 125.00 60.00 5.00





Type 1 "España" during regency.
Type 2 Kingdom
Type 3 King Amadeo 1870-72
Type 4 King Amadeo 1870-72
Type 5 "España" First Republic
RH# 1872 Description Mint Post Tele
C22 5c rose 17.50 5.50 -
C23 6c blue 110.00 35.00 -
C24 10c brown 350.00 225.00 -
C25 10c ultramarine 7.50 0.50 0.10
C26 12c grey 17.50 2.10 0.60
C27 20c grey-violet 140.00 82.50 -
C28 25c brown 62.50 10.00 0.80
C29 50c deep green 100.00 10.50 0.75
RH# 1872 Description Mint Post Tele
C30 1p lilac 100.00 52.50 2.00
C31 4p red-brown 625.00 600.00 18.50
C32 10p deep green 2200.00 2300.00 138.00
RH# 1873 Description Mint Post Tele
C33 2c orange 13.00 6.00 -
C34 5c claret 29.00 6.00 -
C35 10c green 6.50 0.35 -
C36 20c black 80.00 22.50 -
C37 25c deep brown 30.00 6.00 0.72
C38 40c brown-violet 32.50 6.00 0.72
C39 50c ultramarine 15.00 6.00 0.36
C40 1p lilac 47.50 27.50 1.10
C41 4p red-brown 575.00 475.00 14.25
C42 10p violet-brown 1750.00 1750.00 43.75


P27 P28 P29 P30 P31
Type 6 Type 7Type 8Type 9Type 10
RH# 1874 Description Mint Post Tele
C43 2c yellow 17.50 8.00 -
C44 5c violet 30.00 9.50 -
C45 10c ultramarine 9.75 0.35 0.16
C46 20c dark green 140.00 42.50 3.00
C47 25c red-brown 30.00 6.50 0.45
C48 40c violet 300.00 7.50 0.75
C49 50c yellow 87.50 7.00 1.00
C50 1p yellow-green 75.00 32.50 2.45
C51 1p emerald 85.00 45.00 3.40
C52 4p rose 625.00 390.00 6.90
C53 4p carmine 725.00 575.00 10.15
C54 10p black 2750.00 1800.00 24.00
RH# 1874 Description Mint Post Tele
C55 10c red-brown 22.50 0.65 0.50
C56 10c brown 37.50 3.25 1.20


Type 6 "Justice"
Type 7 Coat of Arms
Type 8 King Alfonso XII 1874-85
Type 9 King Alfonso XII
Type 10 King Alfonso XII
RH# 1875 Description Mint Post Tele
C57 2c orange-brown 22.50 11.00 0.92
C58 2c chocolate brown 30.00 15.00 1.25
C59 5c lilac 77.50 13.00 -
C60 10c blue 9.25 0.40 0.20
C61 20c brown-orange 275.00 125.00 -
C62 25c rose 65.00 8.00 0.67
C63 40c deep brown 125.00 42.50 -
C64 50c grey-lilac 190.00 42.50 2.00
C65 1p black 190.00 80.00 9.00
C66 4p dark green 475.00 525.00 48.00
C67 10p ultramarine 1500.00 1750.00 106.00
RH# 1876 Description Mint Post Tele
C68 5c yellow-brown 14.00 3.75 0.75
C69 10c blue 3.75 0.45 0.25
C70 20c bronze green 17.50 13.00 -
C71 25c brown 7.75 5.50 0.55
C72 40c black-brown 75.00 100.00 24.24
C73 50c green 15.00 7.50 0.83
C74 1p deep blue 20.00 9.00 0.68
C75 1p ultramarine 27.50 13.00 0.98
C76 4p brown-violet 47.50 55.00 4.58
C77 10p vermilion 125.00 125.00 16.00
RH# 1878 Description Mint Post Tele
C78 2c mauve 32.50 11.00 -
C79 5c orange 40.00 14.00 -
C80 10c brown 7.75 0.50 -
C81 20c black 160.00 125.00 -
C82 25c olive-bister 22.50 2.75 -
C83 40c red-brown 150.00 140.00 -
C84 50c blue-green 87.50 11.00 1.10
C85 1p grey 72.50 21.00 1.05
C86 4p violet 190.00 125.00 10.70
C87 10p blue 375.00 350.00 44.00


P32 P33 P34 P35
Type 11Type 12Type 13Type 14
RH# 1879 Description Mint Post Tele
C88 2c black 8.25 4.50 -
C89 5c grey-green 14.00 1.10 0.60
C90 10c rose 13.00 0.45 0.40
C91 20c red-brown 110.00 15.00 1.07
C92 25c bluish grey 14.00 0.45 0.40
C93 40c brown 26.00 5.50 0.44
C94 50c dull buff 100.00 5.00 0.90
C95 50c yellow 190.00 7.00 1.27
C96 1p bright rose 125.00 2.25 1.25
C97 4p lilac-grey 600.00 32.50 3.25
C98 10p olive-bister 1850.00 190.00 18.24
RH# 1882 Description Mint Post Tele
C99 15c salmon 7.75 0.20 -
C100 15c reddish orange 27.50 0.45 0.40
C101 30c red-lilac 325.00 5.25 0.47
C102 75c grey-lilac 225.00 4.75 0.76


Type 11 King Alfonso XII
Type 12 King Alfonso XII 1874-85
Type 13 King Alfonso XIII Age 3
Type 14 King Alfonso XIII 1886-1931
RH# 1889 Description Mint Post Tele
C103 2c blue-green 6.00 0.45 -
C104 2c black 35.00 7.25 -
C105 5c blue 11.00 0.20 0.07
C106 5c blue-green 125.00 1.40 -
C107 10c yellow-brown 13.00 0.20 0.05
C108 10c red 225.00 4.50 -
C109 15c violet-brown 4.75 0.20 0.15
C110 20c yellow-green 45.00 4.75 0.26
C110a 20c orange 36.00 72.00 -
C111 25c blue 17.50 0.20 0.12
C112 30c olive-grey 72.50 5.25 0.58
C113 40c brown 72.50 3.00 0.50
C114 50c plum 72.50 2.10 0.10
C115 75c orange 225.00 4.25 0.50
C116 1p dark violet 55.00 0.45 0.10
C117 1p carmine-rose - 350.00 -
C118 4p carmine-rose 650.00 47.50 1.90
C119 10p orange-red 1050.00 110.00 1.60

RH# 1900 Description Mint Post Tele
C120 2c bister-brown 3.25 0.20 -
C121 5c dark green 5.75 0.20 -
C122 10c rose-red 8.00 0.20 -
C123 15c blue-black 14.00 0.20 0.10
C124 15c dull lilac(1902) 10.50 0.20 0.10
C125 15c purple(1905) 5.75 0.20 -
C126 20c greenish black 32.50 2.75 -
C127 25c blue 5.25 0.20 -
C128 30c deep green 37.50 0.35 -
C129 40c olive-bister 125.00 5.00 -
C130 40c rose(1905) 300.00 4.50 -
C131 50c slate-blue 32.50/td> 0.55 -
C132 1p lake 30.00 0.60 -
C133 4p dark violet 250.00 22.50 -
C134 10p brown-orange 225.00 72.50 9.00

My notes: 1) Even though stamps for specifically telegraphic use were again available in 1901, this last type of stamp,
    though not inscribed "COMUNICACIONES" were still apparently being telegraphically used until at least 1905.
  2) I have obtained a 1951 copy of the Galvez Catalogue and have used it to estimate current values for telegraphically used stamps.
  3) The Scott catalogue does not list the 20c orange Type 13 listed by Galvez(1951) as issued in 1899. Nor does the Michel
    Catalogue. The Galvez catalogue does not list the 1p carmine-rose (C117) listed by Scott, but it does list a 10p dark red.


For the specialist, Type 7 shown above exists in 3 variations of the value tablet at the bottom.
Galvez provides a hand-drawn illustration of these, but it leaves a bit to be desired. I can now provide an 1800dpi updated illustration:
Type 7 variations
This has Galvez type I at the top and type III at the bottom. The top and bottom are mine and were scanned together. The middle is from Rolf Lamprecht and was originally at 300dpi.
I have added vertical green lines to show relative alignments.
Galvez described the differences as follows:

I. — Cifras "10" grandes y unidas, impresión muy esmerada en el sin dentar y ordinaria en los dentados.
        "10" Figures large and together, very fine impression on perforate and imperforate stamps.
II. — Cifras "10" pequeñas y separadas.
        "10" figures small and separate.
50.00 10.00
III. — Cifras "10" muy grueso y pequeñas.
        "10" figures very thick and small.
300.00 50.00

The last 2 columns are his prices in 1951 Pesetas for mint and used. He does not list any of these as being punched, but prices type II as 1.00 with remainder cancel (see below).
His description of type I "unidas", does not match the stamp, though it does match his illustration of it.
Type III has "10" closest together. It makes me wonder whether perhaps his illustrations were made, rather poorly
(though better than I could do by hand), by someone else and he was simply describing those illustrations.
My identification of the top image as type I is guided by the fact that it is the most common type.
He lists only type I as existing imperforate, pricing it at 1,000.00 mint and 1,500.00 used (clearly not punched).

1898 proof P34 Tel. cancel Bar cancel

King Alfonso XII died before his son was born. His son was therefore King from birth and his mother Maria Christina Henriette Desideria Felicitas Raineria (of Austria),
the Queen of Spain was regent from the death of her husband until 1902 when her son took over at 16. There are proofs with her head and a similar frame to Type 13.
I have seen them in 8 different colours, also matching colours of Type 13. All have the value 30c. My example seems strangely small and I am not sure if it is genuine.
The last is known as a bar cancel. There is a similar one with two thin lines. These are not telegraphic, they are remainders found on stamps from 1854 to 1882.

So what of these ?

C9 with punch and Bar cancels C25 with punch and Bar cancels C38 with punch and Bar cancels C48 with punch and Bar cancels
C9 punched remainder. C25 punched remainder. C38 punched remainder. C48 punched remainder.

Why would a remaindered stamp have a telegraphic punch cancel ?
The only reason I can think of is that either the cancel or the punch hole is fake.
I don't see how punching a hole in a stamp can increase its value, though I suppose that if you want to collect the whole set telegraphically used,
sacrificing a stamp with little value to create a space-filler may appeal to some, or may create a saleable commodity to those that do not recognize the remaindered cancel.
I would think that all values of these sets would see some telegraphic use, at least in times of shortage of the denominations more commonly used in telegraphy,
but some may be rare telegraphically used. Galvez does not price C9 punched. He also does not price C48 remaindered.
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.


War Tax was levied on an obligatory basis on mail and telegrams during the wars of 1874-6 and 1898-1900.
At least some of these have the familiar punch holes, but not all, particularly in the second period.
My 1951 Galvez catalogue does not list prices for punches war-tax stamps, but does list prices for fiscally used
Anyone have a later Galvez Catalogue? For now, I will use the fiscal pricing as a guide to telegraphic usage.

Type 15Type 16Type 17Type 18
RH# 1874 Description Mint Post Tele
C135 5c black 8.25 0.95 0.42
C136 10c blue 10.50 1.60 0.42

Type 15 Coat of Arms
Type 16 Coat of Arms
Type 17 King Alfonso XII
Type 18 King Alfonso XII
RH# 1875 Description Mint Post Tele
C137 5c green 5.25 0.60 0.24
C137a blue - 0.60 0.24
C138 10c lilac 11.00 2.75 0.30

I think the blue 5c examples must be colour
changelings, since nobody lists them.
RH# 1876 Description Mint Post Tele
C139 5c blue-green 6.25 1.00 0.60
C140 5c blue - 125.00 -
C141 10c blue 6.25 1.00 0.60
C142 25c black 50.00 17.00 4.25
C143 1p lilac 475.00 110.00 13.20
C144 5p rose 775.00 300.00 67.50
RH# 1877 Description Mint Post Tele
C145 15c claret 27.50 1.00 0.60
C146 50c yellow 775.00 110.00 28.60


Similar to Type 11 - Not issued Type 19Type 20Type 21
RH# 1879 - not issued Mint Post Tele
- 5c blue 37.50 - -
- 10c rose 22.50 - -
- 15c violet 13.50 - -
- 25c brown 22.50 - -
- 50c olive green 14.00 - -
- 1p bistre 22.50 - -
- 5p grey 82.50 - -
RH# 1897 A 1898 Desc. Mint Post Tele
C147 5c green 3.00 1.90 0.29
C148 10c green 3.00 1.90 0.57
C149 15c green 400.00 175.00 46.67
C150 20c green 7.50 3.00 0.50
RH# 1898-99 Desc. Mint Post Tele
C151 5c black 2.25 1.75 0.53
C152 10c black 2.25 1.75 0.53
C153 15c black 50.00 9.50 1.35
C154 20c black 3.50 3.00 1.33
RH# 1898 Description Mint Post Tele
C155 5c black 7.50 0.60 0.40


Type 19 1897 - 1898
Type 20 1898 - 1899
Type 21 King Alfonso XIII 1886-1931

Other values and colours are known of the 'numeral' stamps of 1897-99
For "1897 A 1898" Michel says that there are values of 30-90c in blue-green and 1-10p in rose - I have most of the greens and the 1p rose.
Also they list for the "1898 - 99." series 30-90c in black and 1-40p in blue - I have seen 30c, 40c, 50c, 60c, 70c, 90c, 1p, 1p20c, 1p80c, 2p, 2p50c, 3p50c, 5p and 10p.
They do not list these as they say that they were not for postal use. I do not know if they were all for fiscal use, or if some had telegraphic use.

More information is needed.



1901 Lithographed on white wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 14
Control number in blue on reverse of stamp. Currency — 100 centavos = 1 peseta.

H31 H32 H33 H34
H31 H32 H33 H34


H35 H36 H37 H38
H35 H36 H37 H38 (punched)


Hisc. 1901 Description Mint Used
H31 5c grey-black 4.00 1.00
H31a         imperf. 8.00 -
H31b         without controls. 30.00 -
H32 10c prussian blue 4.00 1.00
H32a         imperf. 8.00 -
H32b         without controls. 35.00 -
H33 15c orange 5.00 3.00
H33a         imperf. 10.00 -
H33b         without controls. 40.00 -
H34 30c grey violet 7.50 2.20
H34a         imperf. 10.00 -
H34b         without controls. 45.00 -
H35 50c red orange 7.50 2.50
H35b         without controls. 50.00 -
H36 1p deep blue grey 10.00 1.50
H36a         imperf. 15.00 -
H36b         without controls. 70.00 -
H37 4p carmine 30.00 2.50
H37a         imperf. 35.00 -
H37b         without controls. 80.00 -
H38 10p dark green 40.00 3.00
H38a         imperf. 50.00 -
H38b         without controls. 100.00 -

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. Control numbers are typically of 6 figures starting with '0' (apparently a numeral rather than letter).
                The ink used was not fast and, on used copies, the control number is often faint and sometimes difficult
                to detect at all. Missing controls are thus not priced in used condition.
Note 2. The use of punched cancellations ceased before 1901 and this and subsequent issues were cancelled
                with (usually) a line of handstamped type, often smudged, in black or purple together with, in many cases,
                a pen cancellation — usually the date.
Note 3. The 50c value (No. 35) has been implicitly reported imperf. in that the whole set is priced in that state,
                but the most authoritative source (in my view) excludes this value imperf.

The used stamps above show that Hiscocks note 2 is not entirely correct.


1905 New design (Alfonso XIII). White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 14
Control number in blue on reverse of stamp.

H39 H40 H41 H42
H39 H40 H41 H42

H43 H44 H45 H46
H43 H44b ? H45 H46

H41 used H41a used H44 used
H41, H41a and H44 used courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.


Hisc. Description Mint Used
H39 5c venetian red 7.00 2.00
H39a         imperf. 14.00 -
H40 10c ultramarine 7.00 2.00
H40a         imperf. 14.00 -
H41 15c deep purple 8.00 2.50
H41a         imperf. 16.00 -
H42 30c deep mauve 9.00 2.50
H42a         imperf. 18.00 -
H43 50c red 10.00 3.00
H43a         imperf. 20.00 -
H44 1p yellow 20.00 6.00
H44a         imperf. 25.00 -
H44b         brownish yellow 25.00 7.00
H45 4p lake 60.00 10.00
H45a         imperf. 60.00 -
H46 10p deep violet blue 80.00 15.00
H46a         imperf. 70.00 -
H46b         violet 80.00 15.00


Note. Several different forgeries are known of Nos. 44, 46 and 46(a).
         No. 44(b) was issued in Barcelona to combat a local forgery of No. 44.


1912 New design (Alfonso XIII). White wove paper (tendency to toning). No watermark. Perf. 12¾ to 14 (mixed)
Control number in blue on reverse preceded by large letter 'A'.

Spain - H47 Spain - H47c Spain - H48 Spain - H48b
H47 - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht H47c - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht H48 - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht H48b - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht

Spain - H49 Spain - H50 Spain - H51 Spain - H51b
H49 H50 H51 - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht H51b

Spain - H52 Spain - H53 Spain - H54 Spain - H54b
H52 H53 - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht H54 - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht H54b - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht


Hisc. Description Mint Used
H47 5c olive-green 3.00 0.80
H47a         imperf. 6.00 -
H47b         light olive 3.75 1.00
H47c         bronze-green 6.00 1.60
H48 10c deep dull blue 3.00 0.80
H48a         imperf. 6.00 -
H48b         deep blue 4.50 1.20
H49 15c deep lavender 3.00 0.80
H49a         imperf. 6.00 -
H50 30c lilac 3.00 1.00
H50a         imperf. 6.00 -
H50b         grey-violet 3.75 1.20
H51 50c deep rose red 3.00 1.20
H51a         imperf. 4.00 -
H51b         carmine 3.75 1.50
H52 1p deep grey green 10.00 1.00
H52a         imperf. 15.00 -
H52b         deep green 12.50 1.25
H53 4p dull violet-blue 25.00 3.50
H53a         imperf. 35.00 -
H54 10p rose-carmine 40.00 8.00
H54a         imperf. 60.00 -
H54b         deep carmine 80.00 16.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Perforations vary within the range given. Further research is required to determine
                the varieties corresponding to each value.


1921 Design as 1901 in different colours. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 13½ x 12¾
Control number in blue on reverse preceded by letter 'A'.

H55 H56 H57
H55 H56 H57b


RH58 - used RH58b - used RH58b RH58d
RH58 used (1920 ?)
courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht
RH58b used (1924)
courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht
RH58b *RH58d

* I have added RH58d due to the example shown and the fact it is listed in the Galvez catalog (#86).
Galvez described it as being from a worn plate. He described the other Perf. 11½ x 11¼ stamps as being on glossy paper.

RH59 RH59b H60
courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht
H59b H60

RH61b H61 H62
courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht
H61b H62


RH # Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH55 H55 5c rose-lilac 0.75 0.75
RH55a H55a         pale lilac (perf. 11½ x 11¼) (1930-1) 0.75 0.60
RH55b H55b         malformed '5' in H55a 3.00 1.50
RH55c H55c         violet 0.75 0.75
RH56 H56 10c black 0.75 0.75
RH56a H56a         perf. 11½ x 11¼ (1930-1) 1.00 0.60
RH56b H56b         intense black 0.75 0.75
RH57 H57 15c greenish blue 1.50 0.75
RH57a H57a         sky blue (perf. 11½ x 11¼) (1930-1) 1.75 0.75
RH57b H57b         sky blue (Perf. 13½ x 12¾) 1.50 0.75
RH57c H57c         imperf. between vertical pair 12.00 -
RH58 H58 30c pale orange 2.25 0.75
RH58a H58a         red-orange (perf. 11½ x 11¼) (1930-1) 2.00 0.80
RH58b H58b         deep orange (Perf. 13½ x 12¾, 1932 ?) 2.25 0.75
RH58c H58c         imperf. (orange) 9.00 -
*RH58d -         yellow-orange (perf. 11½ x 11¼) (1931) 1.70 0.80
RH59 H59 50c deep rose 2.25 1.00
RH59a H59a         rose-carmine (perf. 11½ x 11¼) (1930-1) 2.50 1.25
RH59b H59b         deep carmine 2.25 1.00
RH60 H60 1p green 5.00 1.50
RH60a H60a         light green(perf. 11½ x 11¼) (1930-1) 5.00 1.50
RH60b H60b         pale green-blue 5.00 1.50
RH60c H60c         imperf. (green-blue) 12.50 -
RH61 H61 4p blue 20.00 4.50
RH61a H61a         pale blue (perf. 11½ x 11¼) (1930-1) 25.00 3.50
RH61b H61b         pale blue 22.00 5.00
RH62 H62 10p brown 30.00 4.00
RH62a H62a         light brown (perf. 11½ x 11¼) (1930-1) 40.00 5.00
RH62b H62b         sepia brown 35.00 6.00


1931-33 As above but perf. 11½ x 11¼ and overprinted "República Española in black or red.
Control numbers as before.

Spain-H63 Spain-H64 Spain-H64a Spain-H65
H63 H64 H64a ? - I am suspicious of the overprint
There is no dot after 'Españiola'.


Spain-H66 Spain-H66 Spain-H67 Spain-H67
H66 H67


Hisc. Description Mint Used
H63 5c lilac (black) 7.50 4.00
H63a         malformed '5' 15.00 10.00
H64 10c black (red) 7.50 3.00
H65 15c sky blue (black) 12.50 3.00
H66 30c orange (black) 42.00 8.00
H67 1p green (black) 80.00 8.00
H67a         perf. 14 80.00 8.00


Having bought a mounted mint set of these, sold as genuine for €75, I started looking closely at these after scanning.
Some of them look rather suspicious. According to Filatelia Digital, Spain has the dubious honor of being the first country
in which a stamp was falsified, and has been continuing with this tradition for 150 years.
Generally forgers concentrate on postage stamps, but stamps for telegraphic use can be relatively high denominations.
I know there are forgeries of the 1905 1p and 10p.

Spain-1P comparison
At the top is a 1921 one peseta stamp and at the bottom an overprinted one peseta stamp. Though the overprint looks like it could be genuine,
the actual stamp looks more like a typo example than a litho example. The perforations look reasonable, but the printing looks fuzzy and poor quality.
It seems unlikely though, that there would be a genuine overprint on a fake stamp !
Does anyone have information about fake Spanish Telegraph stamps?
¿Alguien tiene información sobre falsos sellos telegráficos españoles?


1932-36 New design. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 11¼
Control number in black on reverse and preceded by large letter 'A'.

H68 H69 H69 used H70 H70b
H68 (black A063,952) H69 (feint black A163,150) H69 used (feint A082,154) H70 (black A058,512) H70b
—   Scanned together   —

H71 - A185,585 H72 - A138,533 H72 - A140,715
H71 (black A185,585) H72 (black A138,533) H72 (feint black A140,715)
—   Scanned together   —

H68a - blue control H71a - blue control H72a - blue control H73a - blue control H74 - black control
H68a (blue control) H71a (blue control) H72a (blue control) H73a (blue control) H74 used (black control)
—   Courtesy of  Rolf Lamprecht  - scanned together   —

H73 - A264,269 H73 - A271,776 H73 - A243,798 H73b
H73 (feint black A264,269) H73 (black A271,776) H73 (black A243,798) H73b
—   Scanned together   —

H74 - A030,511 H74b H75 - A046,178 H75b
H74 (black A030,511) H74b H75 (black A046,178) H75b
—   Scanned together   —


Hisc. Description Mint Used
H68 5c reddish purple (1935-6) 0.60 0.50
H68a         controls in blue (1935-6) 0.75 0.60
H68b         without controls (1932-4) 1.00 0.50
H68c         as No. 68(b) but imperf. 2.00 -
H69 10c black (1935-6) 0.60 0.50
H69a         controls in blue (1935-6) 0.75 0.60
H69b         without controls (1932-4) 1.00 0.50
H69c         as No. 69(b) but imperf. 2.00 -
H70 15c blue (1935-6) 0.60 0.50
H70a         controls in blue (1935-6) 1.00 0.60
H70b         sky blue, without controls (1932-4) 0.80 0.50
H70c         as No. 70(b) but imperf. 1.20 -
H71 30c orange (1935-6) 0.60 0.50
H71a         yellow-orange, controls in blue (1935-6) 1.00 0.60
H71b         orange, without controls (1932-4) 1.00 0.50
H71c         as No. 71(b) but imperf. 1.50 -
H71d         as No. 71 but bisected on piece - 20.00
H72 50c carmine (1935-6) 0.60 0.50
H72a         pale carmine, controls in blue (1935-6) 1.50 0.60
H72b         carmine, without controls (1932-4) 1.50 0.60
H72c         as No. 72(b) but imperf. 2.50 -
H72d         as No. 72(b) but with impression of No. 68 on reverse (error)   20.00 -
H73 1p deep green (1935-6) 1.00 0.50
H73a         light green, controls in blue (1935-6) 2.50 1.00
H73b         green, without controls (1932-4) 3.20 0.50
H73c         as No. 73(b) but imperf. 5.00 -
H74 4p blue (1935-6) 2.50 0.50
H74a         controls in blue (1935-6) 12.00 8.00
H74b         without controls (1932-4) 8.00 1.50
H74c         as No. 74(b) but imperf. 12.00 -
H74d         as No. 74 but imperf. 24.00 -
H75 10p chestnut (1935-6) 4.00 0.50
H75a         brown-orange, controls in blue (1935-6) 24.00 12.00
H75b         brown, without controls (1932-4) 15.00 2.00
H75c         as No. 75(b) but imperf. 24.00 -

Though Hiscocks quotes Galvez in many instances, his sequence in this list contradicts him. According to Galvez,
The first issue of 1932 had blue controls on the back, followed in 1933-4 by an issue without controls, then in 1935-6 the issue with black controls.
Anyone have clearly dated examples with blue or black controls ?


1937, 1st anniversary of the National Uprising of 1936. Black controls or none.
This overprint was applied (in Seville) to these 1936 stamps, a number of then-current postage stamps, and an urgent correspondence stamp.
The Galvez Catalogue lists these on page 139 of the 1951 edition. As far as I know it did not affect the value or usage of the stamps.

5c, Galvez 53 10c, Galvez 55 15c, Galvez 54 30c, Galvez 56
H74 (black A030,511) H74b H75 (black A046,178) H75b
—   Courtesy of  Rolf Lamprecht  - scanned together   —

RH # Hisc. Description Mint Used
NU1 - 5c reddish purple (no control) 2.00 2.50
NU2 - 10c black (red) 5.00 6.00
NU3 - 15c sky blue (red, no control) 5.00 6.00
NU4 - 30c orange 6.50 8.00


1940-42 Lithographed on white wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 11¼ to 11¾
Control number in black on reverse.

Spain 1940-42 series
Spain 1940-42 series
Spain 1940-42   The 5c, 1P and 10P are from the 1949 series, the rest are from the 1940 series.


Hisc. Description Mint Used
H76 5c bluish grey (shades) (perf. 11¼ x 11¾) 0.60 0.40
H76a         perf. 11½ x 11¾ 0.60 0.40
H77 10c lightish brown (shades) (perf. 11¼ x 11¾) 0.60 0.40
H77a         perf. 11½ x 11¾ 0.60 0.40
H78 15c rose (shades) (perf. 11¼ x 11¾) 0.80 0.40
H78a         perf. 11½ x 11¾ 0.80 0.40
H78b         perf. 11½ 1.20 0.60
H79 30c grey-green (shades) (perf. 11¼ x 11¾) 0.80 0.40
H79a         perf. 11½ x 11¾ 0.80 0.40
H79b         perf. 11½ 0.80 0.40
H80 50c ultramarine (perf. 11¼ x 11¾) 2.00 0.60
H80a         perf. 11½ 2.00 0.80
H81 50c scarlet (shades) (1942) (perf. 11¼ x 11¾) 1.00 0.40
H81a         perf. 11½ x 11¾ 1.00 0.40
H82 1p violet (shades) (perf. 11¼ x 11¾) 2.50 0.40
H82a         perf. 11½ x 11¾ 2.50 0.40
H82b         perf. 11½ 2.50 0.50
H82c         perf. 11¼ x 11½ 2.50 0.40
H83 4p chocolate (shades) (perf. 11¼ x 11¾) 7.75 0.40
H83a         perf. 11½ x 11¾ 7.75 0.40
H84 10p blue to steel blue (perf. 11¼ x 11¾) 20.00 0.50
H84a         perf. 11½ x 11¾ 20.00 0.50
H84b         perf. 11¼ x 11½ 20.00 0.50

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. The controls on the reverse can be completely removed by soaking and are thus usually absent in used copies.
Note 2. The listing of perforation varieties above is taken from my own very limited collection and is no doubt far from
                complete. Further information is required.


H79 strip of proofs
30c grey proof or colour trial courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.


1949 As above but perf. 13½   or   13½ x 13¼.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H85 5c pale blue-grey 0.80 0.30
H85a         perf. 13½ x 13¼ 0.80 0.30
H86 10c lightish brown 0.80 0.30
H86a         perf. 13½ x 13¼ 0.80 0.30
H86b         imperf. 5.00 -
H87 15c rose 0.80 0.30
H87a         perf. 13½ x 13¼ 0.80 0.30
H87b         imperf. 5.00 -
H88 30c grey-green (shades) 0.80 0.30
H88a         perf. 13½ x 13¼ 0.80 0.30
H88b         imperf. 5.00 -
H89 50c scarlet 1.00 0.30
H89a         perf. 13½ x 13¼ 1.00 0.30
H90 1p violet 1.25 0.25
H90a         perf. 13½ x 13¼ 1.25 0.25
H90b         imperf. 5.00 -
H91 4p chocolate 3.00 0.40
H91a         perf. 13½ x 13¼ 3.00 0.40
H91b         imperf. 10.00 -
H92 10p blue 4.50 0.50
H92a         perf. 13½ x 13¼ 4.50 0.50
H92b         imperf. 15.00 -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. All of the used copies I have examined have been perf. 13½ and this is how this set
                has always been catalogued in the past. I do however have a mint set where all
                values are perf. 13½ x 13¼ and have therefore listed this variety.



C85 H35 C82 Bar cancel
An unusual cancel on C85
courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.
An ornate cancel on H35 Postal cancels on C82
courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.
Remainder cancel on C13

Fairly ornate telegraphic cancels were used with or without an additional punch hole.
Postal cancels may also be found on telegraph stamps since the wrong cancel was sometimes applied and since telegraph stamps were sometimes accepted for postage.
From 1854 to 1882, bar cancels were applied to remainders. These are typically worth about 10% of postally used examples.
Pen strokes were also used and there are also fake cancellations.

Hiscocks says (page 265): In 1870 and until 1878 a series of unified postage and telegraph stamps - the various "Comunicaciones" types - were issued.
From 1879 to 1889 two series specifically inscribed "Correos y Telegs" were issued and from 1889 to 1899 a further series of "Comunicaciones".
These bore the same relationship to telegraph stamps as the 'Postage and Revenue' stamps of, for example, Great Britain and India did to revenue stamps:
that is, they were used for telegraphic purposes but were mainly intended for postal use and mainly so used.

Hiscocks does not include them for that reason, but I will.

Hiscocks goes on to say: Their telegraphic use can, however, easily be recognised by the punched cancellations and their inclusion in collections is of course optional.

The following images are courtesy of Jeff Turnbull.

Spain punch-cancels 1
Spain punch-cancels 2
Spain punch-cancels 3
These are the standard type of punched cancels, with the first being by far the most common.

Below are T.1. to T.6. that appear to be telegraphic cancels.

Spain T.1. perfin Spain T.2. perfin Spain T.3. perfin
Spain T.1. perfin Spain T.2. perfin Spain T.3. perfin


Spain T.4. perfin Spain T.5. perfin Spain T.6. perfin
Spain T.4. perfin Spain T.5. perfin Spain T.6. perfin


These are also known on stamps already perfined with company perfins. In this case 'C.L.' for Credit Lyonnais, Madrid (c 1880s).

Spain T.1. with C.L. perfins Spain T.2. with C.L. perfins Spain T.3. with C.L. perfins Spain T.4. with C.L. perfins


Spain F.M.C. perfin aSpain F.M.C. perfin b
Another private perfin, F.M.C. user unknown, courtesy of Jeff Turnbull.


Spain with place and date perfin Spain with place and date perfin

Another type has the place and what appears
to be the date covering two stamps.

These have also been seen starting with 'PORT' and 'PLA',
and also ending with 'EN'. These could be:
Porto De Santa Maria, Plasencia and Mulhasen respectively.
Spain with place and date perfin


Spain with Sevilla perfin Spain with Sevilla perfin



Spain with Madrid and date perfin 1-4-1936 Spain with Madrid and date perfin 1-4-1936 die


with a date of first of April 1936

The one below is dated fifth of February.
It would be interesting to see the mechanics
of the machine used for this.

Spain with Madrid and date perfin 5-2-1936

Spain with Madrid and date perfin 5-2-1936 die


Spain with Barcelona perfin
Spain with Barcelona perfin
BARCELONA courtesy of Jeff Turnbull.



Scans of more examples are invited and welcome.



Local issues.



1930 Postage stamps overprinted and surcharged as shown. No watermark. Perf. 11.
Control number in black on reverse. This was an obligatory tax.



RH # Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH93 H93 10c on 5c red and yellow (ovpt in black) 2.00 0.50
RH93a H93a         imperf. 4.00 -
RH93b H93b         perf. 14 10.00 6.00
RH93c H93c         horizontal pair - imperf. between, perf. 11 - -
RH93d H93d         horizontal pair - imperf. between, perf. 14 - -
RH93e H93e         horizontal strip of three - imperf. between, perf. 11 - -
RH93f H93f         horizontal strip of three - imperf. between, perf. 14 - -
RH93g H93g         vertical pair - imperf. between, perf. 11 - -
RH93h H93h         vertical pair - imperf. between, perf. 14 - -
RH94 H94 20c on 5c red and yellow (ovpt in green) 15.00 1.80
RH94a H94a         imperf. 30.00 -
RH94b H94b         perf. 14 12.00 8.00
RH94c H94c         horizontal pair - imperf. between, perf. 11 - -
RH94d H94d         horizontal pair - imperf. between, perf. 14 - -
RH94e H94e         horizontal strip of three - imperf. between, perf. 11 - -
RH94f H94f         horizontal strip of three - imperf. between, perf. 14 - -
RH94g H94g         vertical pair - imperf. between, perf. 11 - -
RH94h H94h         vertical pair - imperf. between, perf. 14 - -
RH95 H95 30c on 5c red and yellow (ovpt in red) 24.00 2.00
RH95a H95a         imperf. 48.00 -
RH95b H95b         without overprint 30.00 27.50
RH95c H95c         without overprint and imperf. 48.00 -


1934 Postage stamps of 1932-34, overprinted and surcharged as shown. White wove paper, no watermark. Perf. 11.
"Series 3a"   Control number in black on reverse.

Spain-Barcelona-1934 Spain-Barcelona-1934 Spain-Barcelona-1934
RH96 RH97 RH98


Spain-Barcelona-1934 Spain-Barcelona-1934
RH99 RH100


RH # Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH96 H96 10c on 5c sepia and orange 45.00 5.00
RH97 H97 20c on 5c sepia and orange 40.00 5.00
RH98 H98 30c on 5c sepia and orange 10.00 8.00
RH99 H99 1p on 5c sepia and orange 10.00 6.00
RH100 H100 5p on 5c sepia and orange 4.00 3.00


One way these stamps were used was on receipts.
The back of this says:
Fomentad los Servicios del Estado
(Encourage State Services)
Al utilazar el telegrafo facilitais
(by using the telegraph facilities)
Recursos al tesoro y haceis obra Nacional
(You add Treasury resources and do National work)
Or something like that.


The cancel is not all legible, but includes:
SHP.(?) ARCO TRIUNFO - BARCELONA at the bottom
and in the middle the date of 3 April 1936 with TELEGRAFOS below.


1936 Postage stamps of 1936, overprinted and surcharged as before. White wove paper, no watermark. Perf. 16.
"Series 5a - Y "  or "Series 5a - Z " in red and control number in black on reverse.

Spain-Barcelona-1936   Spain-Barcelona-1936 back

RH # Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH101 H101 10c on 5c red-brown and blue 45.00 15.00
RH101a H101a         imperf. 80.00 -



1936 to 1938 As the 1934 series, but "Series 4a", no watermark. Perf. 11.
Control number in black on reverse.

H102 H103 H103b H104
RH102 RH103 RH103b RH104

RH # Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH102 H102 10c on 5c green and dark brown 1.50 1.50
RH103 H103 20c on 5c orange and brown 8.00 4.00
RH103a H103a         perf. 14 18.00 5.00
RH103b -         Imperf, no gum, no control. 12.00 -
RH103c -         Imperf between horizontal pair. Perf.16 25.00 -
RH104 H104 20c on 5c green and dark brown 1.50 1.50

I can't help thinking that my example of RH103c on the left looks
rather dubious, however the back has control numbers and gum.
The image is part of a block of four.


1941 New design. White wove paper, no watermark. Perforations in the range of  9½ to 11½ horizontally and vertically, independently.
Control numbers on reverse.

Spain-Barcelona-1941 - 10c Spain-Barcelona-1941 - 20c Spain-Barcelona-1941 - 20c
Hiscocks Type 19 - RH105  (Perf. 11½) Hiscocks Type 19 - RH106  (Perf. 11½x9½) Hiscocks Type 19 - RH106  (Perf. 10¾)


Spain-Barcelona-1941 - 30c Spain-Barcelona-1941 - 1p Spain-Barcelona-1941 - 1p
Hiscocks Type 19 - RH107  (Perf. 10¾x11½) Hiscocks Type 19 - RH108 Hiscocks Type 19 - RH108  (Perf. 11½)


RH # Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH105 H105 10c brown 1.50 0.50
RH105a H105a         imperf. 8.00 -
RH105b H105b         perf. 16 7.50 -
RH106 H106 20c black 1.50 0.50
RH106a H106a         imperf. 8.00 -
RH106b H106b         perf. 16 7.50 -
RH107 H107 30c blue 2.00 0.80
RH107a H107a         imperf. 10.00 -
RH108 H108 1p violet 3.00 2.50
RH108a H108a         imperf. 15.00 -

John Barefoot illustrates a perf.16 stamp(H105b).
The perforations are a bit irregular, it is possible to measure 10½ at the top, but nearer to 11 at the bottom.


1942-1945 Stock Exchange tax stamp and the types above, overprinted in black as shown.
White wove paper, no watermark. H109 is Perf.11, the others as described above.   Control numbers on reverse.

Stock Exchange Tax stamp Telegraph Surcharge stamp Telegraph Surcharge stamp Telegraph Surcharge stamp
Type 20 - RH109   Perf.11 Type 19A - RH111   Perf.10¾ Type 19A - RH112 Type 19A - RH113   Perf.10½x11

Michel 21a
Type 19A - RH114a  courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht


RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH109 H109 T20 10c on 11.25c violet 12.00 2.50
RH109a H109a           imperf. 10.00 -
?RH109b -           imperf. - overprint inverted - -
?RH110 - T19A 10c on 20c black - -
RH111 H110 T19A 10c on 30c blue 35.00 10.00
RH111a H110a           imperf. 63.00 -
RH111b H110b           error - overprint in red 70.00 -
?RH111c -           imperf. error - overprint in red - -
?RH111d -           imperf. error - overprint inverted - -
RH112 H111 T19A 20c on 1p violet 70.00 10.00
RH112a H111a           imperf. 100.00 -
RH113 H112 T19A 30c on 10c brown 150.00 15.00
RH113a H112a           imperf. 140.00 -
RH113b H112b           Perf. 16 100.00 10.00
?RH113c -           error - overprint inverted - -
?RH113d -           error - overprint in red - -
?RH113e -           imperf. error - overprint in red - -
RH114 - T19A 30c on 20c black - -
RH114a -           imperf. - -
?RH115 - T19A 40c on 20c black - imperf. overprint in red-orange - -
?RH116 - T19A 50c on 20c black - imperf. overprint in carmine - -

These are apparently listed in the Specialised Michel Catalogue as numbers 21 and 21a - see image above.

? These have been added due to items listed on Delcampe by Phildom_domfil. They all have certificates issued by Francisco Graus of Barcelona.
I cannot help wondering about the status of these.

There were other values of Type 20, variously overprinted, but apparently they were not issued.
Stock Exchange Tax stamp unissued 1 Stock Exchange Tax stamp unissued 2 Stock Exchange Tax stamp unissued 3
Three examples courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.


1945 New Stock Exchange stamps (Type 21) overprinted and surcharged as Type 22.
White wove paper, no watermark. Perf. 11 x 11½.   Control numbers on reverse in black.

Type 22 overprint RH116 RH118
Type 22 overprint RH117 RH119


RH119 RH120 RH121 RH122
RH120 RH121 RH122 RH123


RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH117 H113 T21, 22 10c on 25c orange 15.00 -
*RH118 - T21, 22 10c on 1P50c red and pale blue - -
RH119 H114 T21, 22 10c on 37P50c blue and yellow 15.00 -
RH120 H115 T21, 22 20c on 25c orange 15.00 -
RH121 H116 T21, 22 20c on 37P50c blue and yellow 15.00 -
RH122 H117 T21, 22 30c on 25c orange 15.00 -
RH123 H118 T21, 22 30c on 37P50c blue and yellow 15.00 -

*John Barefoot also lists a 10c on 1P50c red on pale blue for the same price, but I have not seen this. Hiscocks left H119 vacant.
Since I am re-numbering, I will reserve a space for it. Anyone have a scan.





1963 Thick white wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 13¼. No control numbers. Sheets of 100 (10 x 10).
Imprint of F.N.M.T. - This stands for Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre, the Spanish Mint.
A compulsory surcharge to raise money for diverting the river Turia, obligatory on certain days.

Valencia stamp
Hiscocks Type 23

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH124 H120 T23 50c reddish brown 1.00 0.50


Villada (Palencia)


1901 Lithographed on white wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 11½.
Sheets of 4 x 5, imperf around outer edges so that only 6 stamps per sheet (30%) are fully perforated. These are thus worth a small premium.

Valencia stamp
Hiscocks Type 24

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH125 H121 T24 5c black 10.00 10.00
RH126 H122 T24 10c blue 25.00 25.00
RH127 H123 T24 50c red 10.00 10.00
RH127a H123a T24         dark red 12.50 12.50
RH128 H124 T24 1p brown-lilac 25.00 25.00
RH128a H124a T24         lilac red 25.00 25.00
RH128b H124b T24         brown-violet 25.00 25.00


Three 1p stamps scanned together.

H124 H124 H124
described as 'CASTAÑO LILA' (brown-lilac)
H128a ?
described as 'CASTAÑO' (brown)
H128b ?
described as 'CASTAÑO OSCURO' (dark brown)

There is also some variability of the numerals on these.



Andalucia Railway Telegraph Stamps.

Ferro Carril Andaluces.


1883 Typographed on white wove paper. No watermark. Imperf.
Thin border lines on all sides.

Andalucia-H1 Andalucia-H2 Andalucia-H2a
RH1 - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht. RH2
(Núm with accent pointing up to right)
RH2a (Nùm for Núm, accent points up to left)
courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.


RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH1 H1 T1 10c blue 30.00 20.00
RH2 H2 T1 1p brown-red 40.00 30.00
RH2a -          Nùm for Núm - -


1886 As above but perf. 13½

Andalucia-H3a Andalucia-H3b Andalucia-H4
RH3a - courtesy of Estudi Filatelic RH3b (Nùm for Núm) - Lost in post RH4


RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH3 H3 T1 10c blue-black 50.00 30.00
RH3a H3a           pale blue 150.00 80.00
RH3b -          Nùm for Núm - -
RH4 H4 T1 1p red 60.00 15.00


1892(?) As above but with thick lines on right and lower sides.


RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH5 H5 T1 10c black 100.00 60.00
RH6 H6 T1 1p brown-red 200.00 120.00


1894(?) As above but with thick lines on all sides. Perf. 13¼

Andalucia-H7 Andalucia-H8 Andalucia-H8a Andalucia-H8b
RH7 (accent of ú in público
normally pointing up to the right)
RH8 RH8a (pùblico for público)
(accent pointing up to left)
RH8b - courtesy of Estudi Filatelic
(no dot after Núm)


RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH7 H7 T1 10c dark blue 20.00 15.00
RH8 H8 T1 10c ultramarine 30.00 20.00
RH8a -           pùblico for público - -
RH8b -           no dot after Núm - -
RH9 - T1 1p brown-red 100.00 80.00


Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note. 1 These stamps were numbered from 1 to 100 in the sheet.
Note. 2 These stamps are variable in detail - missing accents.
                punctuation etc.



Ferro Carril de Baeza a Algeciras.


1883 As above but "F.C. de B. á A". Perf. 11½.
Anyone have a scan ?

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH10 H9 (T1) 5c black 250.00 -
RH11 H10 (T1) 10c yellow-green 250.00 -
RH12 H11 (T1) 50c sky blue 250.00 -
RH13 H12 (T1) 1p dark red-brown 250.00 -

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note. 1 Notes 1 and 2 above apply.
Note. 2 The issue dates of Nos. 3-12 are in doubt.
                Modern Spanish catalogues give 1883 for all issues
                but a reference of 1893 gives 1883 for the imperf.
                and 1886 for the perforated and refers to the thick
                line type (Nos. 5 and 6) as a recent innovation.



plazas de soberanía

("places of sovereignty")

I have only recently become aware of these, analogous to the British enclave of Gibraltar, Spain had its' own enclaves from early days on the North African coast.
Like Gibraltar, they were very defensible. I really do not know if they ever used telegraph stamps, but I do know that Ceuta and Melilla had wireless telegraph sets by 1906.


If they used stamps at all, they would probably have been from the Spanish mainland rather than from Morocco and may or may not have been identifiable by cancellation.
Worth looking out for, but probably very rare to non-existant.



1900 Hoja Telegrafica

This appears to be a combination of a telegraph version of a 1900-05 King Afonso XIII postage stamp (Scott 284),
with a replacement for the 1898 War Tax stamp (Scott MR27).
Spain 1900 essay ?
There was also a 50c + 5c version in grey for sale on Delcampe recently listed as a proof.
Richard Ballhagen tells me that it is listed in an old Galvez catalogue of 1946, along with the 50c + 5c type and was apparently on telegraph stationery.

Spain RH-S1  Spain RH-S1
Here are two examples used in Alicante. The 1P is significantly darker than the one above, so perhaps that is a proof.

Two more examples courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.
Spain RH-S1 unused  Spain RH-S1 used half


RH# Hisc. Description Entire Sheet Cutouts
Mint Used Mint Used
RH-S1 - 50c + 5c blue 125.00 - 15.00 7.50
RH-S2 - 1P + 5c carmine 100.00 - 15.00 7.50



Hoja de Reintegro (Repayment sheet).

1950? Litho. White wove paper with security lines on the front.
Space for additional adhesives on the back.

These were perhaps used for repayment of telegram or telephone bills. the impressed stamp on the front is the same size and design as the adhesive stamps.
These appear to have been sold in the form of large sheets having at least 9 'Fraccions' that were subsequently cut from it, completed and signed to repay the cost of telegrams.
Up to 8 additional stamps can be added on the back of one out of a batch. Each was intended for part or whole of a month and I have seen used ones from 1951 to 1955.
They are embossed with a circular 'TELECOMUNICACION' seal in a similar design to the Telegraph stamp.
These seem to be ideally suited for paying telephone bills also, but they have a field labelled "Núm. de telegramas".
An imprint at the bottom of the front reads "FCA. NAL. DE MONEDA Y TIMBRE".

50p front  50p back
Front and back of the 50p value at 75dpi. This is dated October 1951 and was one of two cards used to pay 164Pt50 for 102 telegrams.
I am not sure of the significance of the 'Fraccion del pliego', but this is 9A, as marked on the back as well as on the front. I have also seen 1A, 4A, 6A and 7A.

100p front  Telecomunicacion seal
Front of a 100p value dated November 1951 at 75dpi and a closeup (300dpi) of the Telecomunicacion 'seal' that each of these bear (courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht).
This was used for part of the payment of 132897Pt80 that required a total of 137 cards to pay.

Some helpful translations:
Fraccion del pliego = Fraction of sheet
Hoja de Reintegro. = Repayment sheet
A dicha carpeta se unen. = Joined in folder
(they seemed to have been stapled in batches for a particular bill)
hojas con el siguiente detalle: = sheets detailed below
Sellos adheridos al dorso de la Hoja no 1 = Stamps attached to the back of sheet 1
Lugar para los timbres complementarios = Place for supplementary stamps

50p stamp  10p stamp  500p stamp  1000p stamp
50p to 1000p values of impressed stamps at 300dpi.

RH# Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH-R1 - T1 50p green and dark green on pink security lines - 10.00
RH-R2 - T1 100p blue and grey-blue on yellow security lines - 12.00
RH-R3 - T1 500p red and scarlet on mauve security lines - 15.00
RH-R4 - T1 1000p brown and sepia on slate security lines - 20.00

500p back

The back of a 500p sheet (at 150dpi) with 48p10 worth of the standard adhesives, cancelled with a fairly distinctive mark for Oviedo dated 31 March 1955.
John Barefoot states that the perforated stamps were withdrawn 1st January 1952, but they clearly still had a use after that.


Aguilas cancel   Aguilas cancel - red channel

The only examples I have with stamps added to the back were used in Oviedo, but I think this was used similarly in Aguilas with the date of 6/9/51 written by hand in blue underneath.
I could be wrong of course. Image courtesy of Bob Bidner, I have added the red-channel image as it may make the date clearer.


'Huérfanos de Telégrafos' and 'Hogar Telégrafico' stamps.

These mean 'Telegraph Orphan' and 'Telegraph Home' respectively and were charity stamps intended
to raise money for dependents of deceased telegraph workers.
According to Hiscocks, these were optional and he therefore did not list them.
It should perhaps be pointed out though that failure to pay would be a little like
failing to tip at a resaurant. It may affect your service next time.

Huérfanos example Hogar exampleHogar example - Perfin cancel
Huérfanos de Telégrafos example on Telegram receipt
courtesy of Rolf Lambrecht.
Hogar Telégrafico example. When these were used on telegraph forms, they could be perfin cancelled along with the telegraph stamp.
This at Bilbao.   Images courtesy of Jeff Turnbull.



Telephone stamps.

In 1884 A royal decree establishes a state monopoly over all telephone services.
In 1886 the take-over of phone service by private companies is authorized due to lack of interest on the part of the Spanish government.
20 April 1896 An intercity telephone line between Barcelona, Saragossa and Madrid is inaugurated.


National Intercity Northeast Telephone Network.

1898? Photo. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 11¾. Red control number in front bottom right.

Telephone stamp
Head of King Alfonso XIII ?

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH-T1 - T1 3 Minutes yellow brown - -

There is no mention of Telephone stamps in the Galvez Catalogue.
I am also told by Formafil Club Filatelia that the Edifil Catalogue does not list it.

This is line-perforated and gummed, so is unlikely to be a proof, I find it strange that I can find no other references to it.
Perhaps it was prepared for use but not issued, but then I would not expect a control number to be on it.
This is the only example I know of. There may be other values and/or colours.
Anyone have further information on these ?


I have added links at the top for the following countries.

Current status of this section:
Spain (this page) Fairly complete. Price update done.
Argentina Fairly complete. Price update done.
Bolivia Fairly complete. Price update done.
Chile Fairly complete. Price update done.
Colombia Some images still needed. Price update done.
Costa Rica Fairly complete. Price update done.
Cuba Fairly complete. Price update done.
Dominican Rep. Images needed. Price update done.
Ecuador A few images still needed. Price update done.
El Salvador Fairly complete. Price update done.
Guatemala Fairly complete. Price update done.
Honduras Images needed. Price update done.
Mexico Newly added due to Telegram cards. Pricing done.
Morocco Fairly complete. Price update done.
Nicaragua Images needed. Price update done.
Panama Fairly complete. Price update done.
Paraguay Virtually complete. Price update done.
Peru Fairly complete. Price update done.
Philippines Fairly complete. Price update done.
Puerto Rico Many Municipal images needed. Price update done.
Uruguay Fairly complete. Price update done.
Venezuela Images needed. Price update done.

For Puerto Rico I am having particular difficulty finding examples of all the stamps that Hiscocks lists.
For Dominican Republic and Honduras, whole sets are surmised on the basis of one or two examples.
For Honduras, there are probably sets missing. For Venezuela, the first, traditionally expensive set are fairly plentiful,
but the later, traditionally cheap stamps are impossible to find. Information from local collectors would be very helpful.

I have gradually been expanding on the work done ny Steve Hiscocks. To that end, I have gradually been adding information on the 'Correos y Telegrafos' stamps.
Here is a table to show the status of that work. I have included Portugal and Brazil in this.

Current status of Correos y Telegrafos for this section:
Spain (this page) Done.
Argentina Done
Bolivia None known
Chile None known
Colombia None known
Costa Rica Done
Cuba Done
Dominican Rep. None known
Ecuador Only Seebeck known, which were
coloured and overprinted accordingly
El Salvador None known
Guatemala None known
Portugal Done
Honduras None known
Mexico None known
Spanish Guinea / Fernando Poo Done but needs checkilist
Spanish Morocco None known
Nicaragua Done.
Panama None known
Paraguay + Peru None known
Philippines Done.
Puerto Rico Done.
Uruguay None known
Venezuela None known
Brazil None known

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


Comments, criticisms, information or suggestions are always welcome.

Contact:     Emale

Please include the word 'Telegraphs' in the subject.


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