Postage stamps and postal history of Costa Rica
First issue (Reales)
Costa Rica has produced its own stamps since 1863.
In 1883, following the change in currency from Reales to the new Pesos and Centavos, the issue of 1863 was surcharged with new values for postal use: 1 Centavos, 2 Centavos, 5 Centavos (all over the Medio Real stamp), 10 Centavos (over Dos Reales) and 20 Centavos (over Cuatro Reales). The 5, 10 and 20 Centavos were also surcharged "U.P.U."
Guanacaste Province overprints
First Colón currency issue
The first issue in the new Colón currency was dated 1900 and put into circulation in 1901. It consists of ten stamps with values ranging from 1 Céntimo up to 10 Colones. The Colón currency had been introduced in 1896, but stamps with the old currency were still in use, and continued to be used after 1901 for several years.
High value and rare stamps
- 1863 Cuatro Reales stamp, Green, surcharged "20 cts. U.P.U."
- 1901 Juan Mora Fernández stamp, Red and Black, face value 2 Céntimos, center inverted.
- Society of Costa Rica Collectors
- Correos de Costa Rica
- Edificio de Correos and Philatelic Museum
- List of people on stamps of Costa Rica
- O´Neill, Frederik Gomez. Costa Rica - Centenario de su Primera Emision Postal. 2003. Awarded the Alvaro Bonilla Lara Medal in 2004 by the FIAF.
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