The stamps varied on printing quality, they were imperforated and engraved. The 5c brown red stamp was first printed on blue paper and watermarked with a number 5. The first deep blue 10c stamp was watermarked with a number 10 and printed on white paper. Re-prints were made from 1954, and they differ from the original in colour, paper, watermark or type of printing.
By law, Chile only had Columbus on its stamps until 1910. The decision of featuring Columbus was most likely taken due to the politics driven by president Manuel Montt, the navigator was a good representation for a period where economics focused on higher productivity and exports – crossing the country’s borders. (F. Piniella, 2014)
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Source: F. Piniella (2014). ¿Por qué los primeros sellos de Chile fueron temáticos?. La Lupa - Blog de Filatelia Tematica. [Online] Accessed on 23 of August of 2015. Available at http://filatelia-tematica.blogspot.ch/2014/10/los-primeros-sellos-de-colon-chile-1853.html