Guatemala Airmail Stamp with Inverted Overprint

16 Apr 2020  Thu

The market for Latin American stamps is very active, and it can be said that the market for Latin American error varieties, even relatively common ones, is hot.

Wedged between Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador, the Central American country of Guatemala has a short coastline on the Caribbean Sea and a long Pacific coastline. Guatemala issued its first postage stamps in 1871 and its first airmail stamps in 1929. It is one of the few countries that has issued more airmail stamps than it has regular postage stamps.

In 1931 Guatemala overprinted the 1929 6-centavo rose-red Airplane and Mount Agua airmail stamp which is known for the inverted overprint error. This 6 centavo stamp depicts Airplane and Mount Agua has been overprinted with “Exterior – 1931” which is inverted. The stamp is also a coffee topical stamp as the inscription in English at the bottom of the design reads “Guatemala Produces the Best Coffee in the World.”

Although relatively common, this error variety is in strong demand and is a good buy at USD10 to USD12 in unused hinged condition. Stamps in mint never-hinged condition are a good buy at USD15 to USD20.

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