1905-10 Lion Issues

A long series of stamps were issued between 1905 and 1910 although all were dated 1904.

The values run from 1 centavo to 20 Pesos. They were engraved by the South American Bank Note Company in Buenos Aires and exist in three perforation varieties - 11 1/2, 11 1/2 x 12, and 12, although not all values exist in all these varieties.

I have no record of any essays for this issue, but a fair number of proofs are known. I shall list those I have seen or which have been recorded by Kneitschel (K).

1c

Die Proof in various colors (K) Plate proofs on card in dark blue, carmine, blue green, green, and dark green.

2c

Die Proof in various colors (K) - black, blue

Plate proof in deep green on card

5c

Die Proof in various colors (K)

Plate proof in 4 colors on card (K) - blue, brown, gray Plate proof on thick paper in dark blue

10c

Die Proof in various colors (K)

Plate Proof on card in 3 colors (K) - violet, dark green, rose Plate Proof on thick paper in dark blue

20c

Die Proof in various colors (K) - carmine, olive

Plate Proof on card in 4 colors (K) - orange, red brown
Plate Proof on thick paper in dark blue

30c

Die Proof in various colors (K) - deep blue

Plate Proof on card in 3 colors (K) - vermilion, dark blue, deep green, light green
Plate Proof on thick paper in dark blue

60c

Die Proof in various colors (K) - gray, blue gray

Plate Proof on card in 3 colors (K) - carmine, vermilion, orange, yellow.
Plate Proof on thick paper in dark blue

1 Peso

Plate Proof on card or glossy card in 16 combinations of colors (K)

On card

yellow & black
sage green & black
orange yellow & black
dark green & black
carmine & black
dark blue & black
red brown & black
brown & black
orange brown & black
magenta & black
brown & orange
gray green & red orange
dark green & rose
red brown & orange
magenta & slate blue

On glossy card

dark green & black
sage green & black
dark blue & black
magenta & black
vermilion & black
orange yellow & black
brown & black
orange brown & black
yellow & black
red brown & green
yellow & green
dark blue & brown
magenta & green
sage green & brown
deep green & orange

2 Pesos

Die Proof in green

Plate Proof on card in 2 combinations of colors (K)

dark blue & brown
slate & black
magenta & orange
dark blue & orange
magenta & black
orange & black
Orange & slate
deep green & dark blue
vermilion & black
sage green & black
dark blue & black
red brown & black

Plate Proof on stamp paper, perf 11 1/2 in 9 combinations of colors. (K) (May be reprints)

deep blue & brown
magenta & green
red violet & green
rose & black
slate & carmine
green & black
green & red violet
red brown & deep blue

5 Pesos

Plate Proof on card in 2 combinations of colors (K)

slate & black
violet & black
ornage brown & black
red brown & black

10 Pesos

Plate Proof on card in 2 combinations of colors (K)

orange brown & black
brown & black
violet & black
green & black

20 Pesos

Plate Proofs on card in 2 combinations of colors (K)

green & black
violet & black
dark blue & black
red orange & black

Because this was a time of turmoil it generally is not possible to assign a date of issue beyond the year. Frequently a particular stamp was noted in the philatelic press as having been issued and then a year or more later, it was remarked that it had not been issued before, but was issued now.

The quantities issued are known for some values, but there is no breakdown as to the quantity of each color. The following are the numbers I have found reported.

1c - 5,000,000 2c - 1,000,000
5c - 5,000,000 10c - 1,000,000
20c - 1,000,000 30c - 1,500,000
60c - 1,000,000 1 P - 200,000
2 P - ? 5 P - 100,000
10P - 100,000 20P - ?

Blocks of 4 are know of all values although very scarce for the 2c olive green.

Because covers of this issued are not uncommon, I record only those of the Peso values.

1c orange

Issued on 22 March 1905. Known perf 11 1/2 & perf 11 1/2 x 12. An imperf pair is the only variety. Plate #881 was used
to print this stamp.

1c Vermilion

Issued in August 1906. Known in perf 11 1/2 and 11 1/2 x 12. No varieties are known

1c Greenish blue

Issued on 25 Jan 1908 (or in 1907 according to some) and known in perf 11 1/2 as well as 11 1/2 x 12. An imperf pair is the only variety.

2c vermilion

Issued on 22 March 1905 or in June 1906 (according to Gibbons). Perf 11 1/2 has a variety - imperf pair while perf 11 1/2 x
12 is known in a pair without horizontal perfs. In September 1908 this stamp was vertically perfed through the center and issued as a 1c provisional. Both perf 11 1/2 (scarce) and perf 11 1/2 x 12 are known for this provisional.

2c Oliver green

Issued in September 1907 in perf 11 1/2 only. An imperf pair is known. This stamp isquite scarce since most of them were used to produce the provisionals of 1907-08.

2c Carmine rose

Issued on 11 May 1908. Known in perf 11 1/2 and 11 1/2 x 12. Of the former an imperf pair is known. In August 1908 with stamp was vertically perfed and issued as a 1c provisional. THis provisional is known in both perf 11 1/2 (scarce) and 11 1/2 x 12.

5c dark blue

This was the first stamp of the set issued and it was on 21 February 1905. When first issued it was reported in the IBJ as being perf 11 1/2 x 12 (May 1905). It is known in perf 11 1/2, of which an imperf pair is known, perf 11 1/2 x 12, and perf 12 (scarce).

5c slate blue

Issued in February 1906. Known in perf 11 1/2 and 11 1/2 x 12. An imperf pair of the perf 11 1/2 is the only known variety.

5c yellow or yellow orange

Issued on 8 October 1906. Perf 11 1/2 has an imperf pair as a variety, and perf 11 1/2 x 12 (no variety known)

10c bistre

Issued in February 1906. Exists in perf 11 1/2 and 11 1/2 x 12. Imperf pair of the perf 11 1/2 known.

10c emerald

Issued in May 1907. The perf 11 1/2 is known in an imperf pair, but no varieties are known of the perf 11 1/2 x 12.

10c pale ultramarine and deep ultramarine

Issued on 27 May 1908. An imperf pair for the perf 11 1/2 is known. No varieties of the perf 11 1/2 x 12.

20c violet or lilac

Issued in September 1906, the perf 11 1/2 x 12 was first noted. It exists in perf 11 1/2 and an imperf pair is reported

20c bistre

Issued on 20 January 1907 or in March 1907 according to Gibbons. It exists only in the 11 1/2 perforation. No varieties known.

20c apple green

Issued in September 1907. Perf 11 1/2 and perf 11 1/2 x 12 known. Imperf pair is the only variety.

30c turquoise blue

Issued in June 1906. Both perf 11 1/2 & perf 11 1/2 x 12 exist. Only variety is an imperf pair.

30c blue gray or gray

Issued in August 1906 according to Gibbons or on 20 January 1907. Perf 11 1/2 and perf 11 1/2 x 12 exists. Imperf pair is the only variety.

30c dull lilac

Issued on 14 March 1908. Imperf pair is only variety. Perf 11 1/2 and 11 1/2 x 12 known.

60c chocolate or brown

Issued in May 1907. Plate #899 used to print this value. Only perf 11 1/2 known. Imperf pair only variety.

60c orange brown

Issued in October 1907. Perf 11 1/2 and perf 11 1/2 x 12 known. Imperf pair only variety.

60c salmon pink

Issued in May 1910. Only perf 11 1/2 knwon. Imperf pair only variety.

1 Peso bright rose & black

Issued in September (Gibbons) or October 1906. Known in perf 11 1/2 and perf 12. A sheet in perf 12 exists. Frame plate #884 and center plates #886 and #902 used to print this stamp.

1 Perso brown Orange & black

Issued in May 1907. Known in perf 11 1/2 of which an imperf pair is the only variety. Also known in perf 12 of which a sheet of 25 exists. Frame plate #904 and center plate #886 used to print this stamp.

I record a BLock of 15, Block 4 (2) and pair on a piece from a package which was sent Registered to Buenos Aires on 13 Aug 1907.
I record two covers:
1P + 20c and 5con2c from Asuncion on 30 Dec 1907 on registered cover to Italy.
Pair on Registered cover from Asuncion on 17 August 1907 to Buenos Aires.

1 Peso olive gray & black

Issued in December 1907. Exists in perf 11 1/2 and perf 12 of which a sheet of 25 exists. Center plate #886 and frame plate #904 used to print this stamp.

2 Peso turquoise and black

Issued on 19 August 1907. Exists in perf 11 1/2 and perf 12 of which the latter exists in a sheet of 25.

I record no varieties of this stamp.

I record a cover with this value, a 10c blue of this issue, a 60c of the second 1903 issue and a 5con1c provisional. This is a registered cover sent from Asuncion on 29 August 1908 to the U.S.

Frame plate #836 and #900 along with center plates #877, 886, and #902 were used to print this value.

2 Peso lake and black

Issued in March 1909. Known in perf 11 1/2 as well as perf 12 of which a sheet of 25 in this perforation exists.

I do not record any varieties of this stamp. Frame #900 and center #902 used to print this stamp.

I record a Registered cover from Villa RIca in June 1910 to Austria.

2 Peso brown orange and black

Issued in October 1910. Exists in perf 11 1/2 - sheet of 25 known - and perf 12.

I know of no varieties. Frame #900 and center #902 used to print this stamp.

I record a Registered cover with this stamp and well as the 20c & 30c used from Luque on 21 Oct 1907 to the U.S.

5 Pesos red and black

Issued on 19 August 1907 or in Septmber (Gibbons) and is known in perf 11 1/2 as well as 12.

I know of no varieties. Fram #901 and center #886 & #902 were used to print this stamp.

I record a piece of a package wrapper with the 5P and 20P olive used from Asuncion on 5 Feb 1908 to Buenos Aires.

5 Pesos olive green and black

Issued in May 1910. Exists in perf 11 1/2 and perf 12 - of which a sheet of 25 exists.

I know of no varieties. Center plate #886 and frame #902 were used to print this stamp.

5 Pesos dull blue and black

Issued in May 1910. A sheet of 25 of the perf 12 exists. This stamp also exists in perf 11 1/2.

I know of no varieties. Frame #901 and center #902 were used to print this stamp.

10 Pesos brown orange and black

Issued on 19 August 1907 or according to Gibbons in September 1907. A sheet of 25 of the perf 11 1/2 exists. The stamp also exists in perf 12.

I know fo no varieties. Frame #906 and center #886 were used to print this value.

10 Pesos deep blue and black

Issued in May 1910. Perf 11 1/2 and perf 12 (sheet of 25 exists).

I know of no varieties. Frame #906 and center #902 used to print this value.

10 Pesos chocolate and black

Issued on 20 September 1907 or in May 1910 according to Gibbons. Perf 11 1/2 (sheet of 25 exists) and perf 12.

Frame #906 and center #902 used to print this stamp. I know of no varieties.

20 Pesos olive green and black

Issued on 19 August 1907 (or in September according to Gibbons).

A sheet of 25 for the perf 11 1/2 exists. This stamp also exists in perf 12.

Frame #907 and center #886 used to print this stamp. I know of no varieties.

I record a single on cover from Asuncion to Buenos Aires on 29 November 1907. It is obviously a philatelic item.

20 Pesos violet and black

Issued in May 1910. A sheet of 25 of the perf 11 1/2 is known. The stamp also exists in perf 12.

I know of no varieties. Frame #907 and center #886 were used to print this stamp.

20 Pesos yellow and black

Issued in May 1910. Exists in perf 11 1/2 and perf 12 of which a sheet of 25 exists.

Frame #907 and center #886 were used to print this stamp. I know of no varieties.

1