Stamps of PANAMA
1st Panama overprint on
2nd Map Issue 1892-95
1c November 9, 1903
2c November 9, 1903
5c November 9, 1903
10c November 9, 1903
20c November 9, 1903
50c November 9, 1903
1p November 9, 1903
* The 1st official day of issue goes as follow:
Issued in the City of Panama
These stamps were printed with "REPUBLICA DE PANAMA" overprinted in Rose and Blue Black handstamp. Overprinted from November 16, 1903.
This cover is dated December 14th, 1903, which is indicated by the cancellation of the regular postage stamps on that day. The AR stamps, however, were cancelled on December 19th. Two different handstamps were used to create the 10 cent surcharge. The shorter handstamp measures 4.5mm in width, and the '1' measures 2.5mm in height, while the '0' measures 3.0mm. Both rose-red and blue-black inking pads were used, with the latter being less common, as seen on this cover. The taller handstamp has the same width, but the numerals are of equal height, measuring between 3.0mm and 3.3mm. This example has a period after the '10,' which may not be visible due to light inking or application. In later use, the period disappeared due to wear.
1903 November 29 cds Panama to Colon with Scott 53. Interior usage.
1903 November 16 cds Panama to New York with Scott 55.
1903 December 21 cds Panama to New York with Scott 54.
1903 December 14 cds to Panama. "Angelo Lupi" covers are Philatelic.
.November 11th, 1903, a cover bearing the Colombian H3 stamp was used in Panama, marking the earliest known usage of this stamp in the country after its independence day on November 3rd, 1903. The cover, numbered 7633, was also the second earliest known registered cover from the newly formed Republic of Panama, and was sent just eight days after Independence. A rubber handstamp featuring the words "REPUBLICA DE PANAMA " in rose-red color was first used on November 9th, two days prior to this cover's use. Registration stamps from Colombia were available at various locations in Panama, including Panama City, Colon, and Bocas del Toro. It is believed that the 1902 20c Colombia F14 stamp was not used on the Isthmus before Independence, and was subsequently overprinted at each of the three cities. The stamp shown in this cover is the Panama F7, which bears the same rubber handstamp used to prepare the rose-red and blue-black 1st provisional issue overprints. After Independence, the same registration numbering machine was used, and the numbering continued to advance until the end of the year.