Cuba 1870 - Scott 46 - (EDIFIL Ant. 21M) - MUESTRA (SPECIMEN) overprint.
The 1870, 40 c de escudo stamp, surcharged with MINISTERIO DE ULTRAMAR - MUESTRA handstamp applied in blue. These overprints were done using a large handstamp that would span three to four stamps, depending on the angle at which it was applied and consequently, only few letters from the surcharge will appear on any given stamp. This stamp appears to have full original but dull gum and has a small hinge remnant. There is some light toning on the front, that we actually only noticed after doing the 700 dpi scan that appears below. We used a red background for this scan, since using a black backbround made the perforation tips with some blue ink look as if they were missing.
This MUESTRA overprint is listed by EDIFIL as Ant. 21M and it is unpriced, undoubtly because of the lack of any recent market history. AN EXTREMELY RARE ITEM. EDIFIL also lists the 1873 Amadeo 1 Peseta MUESTRA stamp, as Ant. 27M and prices them at € 625.- (US $ 813.00)
OF THE AMADEO 1 PESETA STAMPS WE HAVE SEEN THREE IN 60 YEARS OF LOOKING. OF THIS 1870 STAMP, THIS IS THE ONLY ONE WE HAVE EVER SEEN!