Logo & 5cuartos Queen Isabella of 1854 Issue
Logo & 10cuartos Queen Isabella of 1854 Issue
Logo & 1 Real Queen Isabella of 1854 Issue
Logo & 2 Reales Queen Isabella of 1854 Issue
Miniature Sheets of 16
22p Souvenir Sheets of One (10,000)
margin shows the unissued 10-cuartos black stamp 1-real "CORROS"
instead of 'CORREOS" error stamp)
48p Souvenir Sheets of 8 Limited Collectors' Edition -
Priced at 100p per sheet (5,000)
(Features all four stamps of 6p each, in Blocks of
Four, Imperforate & Perforate)
David U. Dujunco
Design Coordinator: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak, Pio Rodriguez
First Day Covers: Manila
FIRST PHILIPPINE POSTAGE STAMPS - 150th
Featuring the 1854 Queen Isabella Stamp
The Philippines was
the first country in Asia to issue postage stamps. The first
set of 4 stamps were issued on February 1, 1854. It
resulted from a Royal Decree of Queen Isabella II, issued in Madrid,
Spain, dated January 12, 1853 and acted upon in Manila by Captain
General Antonio Orbiztondo on December 7, 1853. The Decree
instructed the Captain General to print and put on sale stamps for
use within the Philippines. The designs copied those issued by
Spain in 1853 showing the bust of Queen Isabella II, with changes
made in the year (reading "1854 y 1855`) and the currency values (20
cuartos equal to 1 real de plata).
The stamps were
intended for interior use only. They were engraved in Manila in
plates of 40 subjects (5 x 8), producing 40 different types. They
were printed by Plana, Jorba y Lia, Plaza de Binondo, Manila, and
The 5-cuartos stamps
were for mails under half-an-ounce (single weight interior rate).
Only 1 plate was used, but it underwent several re-touchings and
re-engravings during printing. Only 5,000 stamps were printed
in shades of orange, brown-orange and red-orange.
The 10-cuartos stamps
were for mails between half-an-ounce and one ounce (double interior
postage rate). Three plates were used to print this value. A total
of 5,000 stamps were printed in shades of carmine, crimson and rose.
A 10-cuartos stamp in black was printed also, but was never issued.
The 1-real stamps were
for mails between one ounce and one-and-a-half ounces (extra
10-cuartos fee for every half ounce or part of half ounce
thereafter). Some say 2,000 were issued while others reported
it to be 3,000 stamps, in shades of slate blue and ultramarine.
On position 26 of each sheet is the much-sought-after error, wherein
"CORREOS" was misspelled "CORROS'.
The 2-reales de plata
stamp was for registration fee. Quantity issued also
differ, either 2,000 or 3,000, in shades of green,
emerald-green and yellow green.
It is believed that
there were second printings of all values, most probably from
redrawn or re-touched plates. On these issues the groundwork around
the Queen's head consists of much coarser lines, contrasting with
the lighter, finer linework on the original printings.
limited-edition collectors' souvenir for the 150th anniversary of
the first Philippine stamps issue is the first of its kind - a
philatelic item with premium over the face values of the stamps. The
proceeds from the sale are earmarked for the Philpost Philatelic
Trust. The fund is intended to provide financial support for
the promotion of Philippine philately, and it is hoped that the
funds will eventually be enough to finance Philpost's participation
in international philatelic exhibitions again. It will
initially be used to provide additional supplies and materials
needed by the Stamp Designing Unit, including graphic computers.
The funds will also be
used to finance: 1) more stamp exhibitions in Metro Manila and the
provinces, stamp lectures in schools and preparation of folders and
other promotional items; 2) the purchase of Philippine stamps that
the Philatelic Library needs for Philpost to have a respectable
collection in exhibitions and research; and 3) other projects geared
towards the promotion of Philippine philately.
souvenir is also valid for postage use, although its postage value
is only P48, as compared to its P100 selling price.