80c issue

1897 80c claret


Cliché Type V, Gum Type D.

Sheets of 100 (10 x10) inscribed CORREOS ? 10,000 from 100 sheets ?  issued ~April 1897

The colour of the stamp has generally been described as “lake”, “carmine” or “claret”. Bartels et al (1904) suggested shades of “lake” and "deep lake” occurred. 

#MP51 80c claret

This is the only 80c stamp issued for the Philippines. When the director general of the post in Manila was advised that a newly designed stamp would shortly replace the Baby Head series he was advised to only order those absolutely necessary to cover the period between 1897 and 1898. The 80c value was one of the three issues he requested.

Bartels et al (1904) and Palmer (1912) report that the 80c claret stamp was issued in 1897 although the month and quantities are unknown. Palmer reports that it was supposedly issued for internal postage but that this is not definitely known as no full sheets at that time had been seen.

The London Philatelist (in July 1897) recorded that similar to the new 40c and 80c issues received by Cuba, that the two values had also been supplied to the Philippines. Peterson (PPJ 2006-4) reported the discovery of a 40c stamp with a postmark dated 26 April 1897 and suggested that the 80c issue was also issued on or before this date.

Harradine (1987) provides details of the number of stamps issued as 10,000, although it is not clear where details of these quantities were sourced.

The clichés for this printing appear to have been created from a new or altered die resulting in clichés with a marked break in the oval frame between the 12 o’clock and 1 o‘clock positions (i.e. cliché type V).

Characteristic detail of cliche type V

Shade varieties of the 80c claret

Colour variant! - possibly a changeling or faded


Edifil:   #130 carmine ‘carmin’ (1897)

Scott:  #180 claret (1897)

SG:      #206 carmine-lake (1897)   


Anon, 1897. New Issues. London Philatelist vol 6 no 67 (July), p225.

Peterson, D. 2006. Earliest Reported Postmark for the 1897 Issues. Philippine Philatelic Journal, vol 28, no. 4, pp 18.

Palmer, M. 2015. Cliché types in the Babyhead Issues. Philippine Philatelic Journal, vol 37 no. 1, pp 32-34.


Postal Usage - very few examples are known

Registration "Certificado" cancel (Peterson Type 6) on 80c claret and Correos Circular Manila Date Stamp [23 June 1897]




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