Tuesday, December 22, 2015

1946 Proclamation of Independence

The first issue of the present republic was issued on July 4, 1946, for the Proclamation of Independence.

2 centavos carmine, quantity (5,142,000)
6c green (3,072,000)
12c blue (1,023,000)

Printing method: Engraved (recess)
Printers: US Bureau of Engraving and Printing 
Perforation: 11

The stamps are common.

Varieties to look for: Possible color shades in all 3 values.

For the first day cover, the Manila Post Office used a handstamped circular cachet (top photo), but collectors were allowed their own designs (middle and bottom photos) in addition to its first day cachet.

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