Baja California

Baja California, dos reales.
Pen cancel Sz40AB
Image courtesy Doug Stout.

Baja California is located in the state of Baja California Sur. It was the 54th largest postal district, based on the number of stamps used, and 51st by total value of all stamps used. The average cost of the stamps used was 1.80 reales. La Paz had perhaps only 500 inhabitants around 1856!

Baja California had 2 sub-offices: San Antonio and San Ignacio. Both towns were very small, probably having less than 500 inhabitants each.

The following consignments were made according to Chapman:
  Day Month Year Invoice # Medio Un Dos Cuatro Ocho
Sent 30 8 1856 12 360 240 120 120 60
Total sent       1 360 240 120 120 60
Total Used 900 1 360 240 120 120 60
Distribution         40.00% 26.67% 13.33% 13.33% 6.67%
Distribution vs. all stamps         0.05% 0.02% 0.01% 0.08% 0.06%

The consignment consisted entirely of stamps from the small 60 subject plates. The only known color of the dos reales from Baja California is emerald.

Only a few of the un and dos reales stamps are known to exist today. None of the other denominations have been found.

Baja California may have overprinted only some of their stamps.

On average, the stamps have normal margins for the issue.

Forgeries from Baja California exist. A MEPSI certificate is recommended.


Visit the MEPSI website for more information.

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