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The Stamps and Postal History of Mexico

Mexico’s first stamp was issued on 1st August 1856 depicting Miquel Hidalgo y Costilla a Mexican Roman Catholic priest and a leader of the Mexican War of Independence. These first stamps of Mexico are generally referred to as the ‘Hidalgos’. As Mexico was divided into numerous postal districts each with a main post office and a varying number of sub-offices. In those early years Mexico’s posts were often disrupted by bandits and anti-government factions so these early stamps were printed and distributed from Mexico City to the main district PO’s with a so-called “DISTRICT OVERPRINTS” as a security measure. Such overprints with the districts name and/or number might occur before despatch or upon arrival but proved to be a useful anti-theft device, the 1856 and 1861 were all overprinted prior to despatch.

Mexico’s rarest comes from this time, a primitive provisional stamp from Tlacotalpan of which two exist; the example on cover dated 20th October 1856 is one of the most valuable items of Mexican philately. The 1864 “Juarez”, 1864–1866 “Eagles” and 1866–1867 Maximilian issues all bear district overprints and specialised collectors recognise the wide range of stamps and different overprint combinations, some of which are rare or even unknown. The catalogues by Stanley Gibbons and Scott price these stamps as having the most common district overprint.

One of the most complex and rewarding areas of the South and Central Americas with its civil war stamps and local overprints plus stunning 20th and 21st Century issues we recommend that any serious stamp collector or postal history enthusiast join the Mexico Elmhurst Philatelic Society International, better known as MEPSI.

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  • Lot 791 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    MEXICO - STAMP pictorial embossed postcard (Zieher, c.1905), unused.
  • Lot 792 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    MEXICO - STAMPS PICTURED on philatelic postcard (Zieher, c.1905), unused.
  • Lot 2717 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £80 - £100

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    MEXICO - 1940 AIR Inauguration of President Camacho 1p bright violet blue and rose (as Scott C116, SG 670), never hinged mint lower marginal showing dramatic printing error of the rose colour.
  • Lot 2718 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £130 - £150

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    MEXICO - OFFICIAL 1927-29 5p black and claret (SG O486, Scott O195), fine mint.
  • Lot 2719 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £200 - £225

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    MEXICO - POSTAL STATIONERY 1882-1914 UNUSED COLLECTION of cards, envelopes, and wrappers nicely presented on album pages, includes 1882 5c+10c+10c embossed envelope with control number and 'MAZATLA...
  • Lot 2720 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £100 - £120

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    MEXICO - TOBACCO REVENUE STAMPS mostly late 19th/ early 20th century mint and used, including some pairs and strips. See scans (88 stamps)
  • Lot 6794 (Sandafayre #5334)

    Tuesday 7th June 2022, 16:30

    Est. £250 - £280

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    MEXICO - 1856-1970's COLLECTION on stock book pages mint and used, with much mint material never hinged. Includes 1856 ½r blue used (3, one without district handstamp) and 4r red used; good later 1...
  • Lot 6795 (Sandafayre #5334)

    Tuesday 7th June 2022, 16:30

    Est. £300 - £350

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    MEXICO - 1914 1c deep blue Victory of Torreon overprint (Scott 362, SG CT10), very fine used horizontal STRIP of 5 on piece tied by 'Ciudad Juarez' duplex cancels. Very fresh & rare multiple. (5 st...
  • Lot 6796 (Sandafayre #5334)

    Tuesday 7th June 2022, 16:30

    Est. £200 - £225

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    MEXICO - POSTAL STATIONERY 1900-192 USED COLLECTION  neatly presented on sleeved pages that includes an 1899 3c card to Hamburg, 1899-1903 used cards to France or Germany (x4),1909 picture postcard...

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