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The first issue of Chile features an effigy of Christopher Columbus (Cristóvan Colón, in Spanish), the Italian navigator who discovered the New World. It was printed in England by Perkins, Bacon & Co. In sheets of 240 stamps printed very close together, and issued on the first of July of 1853.
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)
Catalogue Value: Unused ***, Used **
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
* 0.1 - 49 USD
** 50 - 99 USD
*** 100 - 499 USD
**** 500 - 999 USD
***** 1'000 - 9'999 USD
****** + 10'0000 USD
The First Issues Blog is a place to discuss about the stamp number 1 of each country, territory, district, etc. Each additional item to my new collection shall receive a small description about the item, its history and curiosities.
Note that I may add more than 1 'number one' stamp to a place. This happens as I judge that in the case of independence or any other political issue that changed the postal history or when I deemed interesting to do so. This will be noted on the posts when it happens.