Arago: 1-cent Balboa

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1-cent Balboa

The 1-cent stamp of the Panama-Pacific Exposition Issue was produced in two varieties — the first, issued in 1913, has perforations 12. The second, issued in 1914, has perforations 10. The first denomination of the Issue features a portrait of Vasco Nunez de Balboa (1475–1517), the Spanish explorer who, at the age of thirty-eight, 'discovered' the Pacific Ocean and claimed it for Spain. He called the ocean 'Mar del Sur'. Balboa, accused of numerous crimes by his competitor Pedro Arias D├ívila, suffered a tragic death by beheading.

The 1-cent Balboa paid the one-cent card rate. Patrons also commonly combined it with other denominations to fulfill large weight and foreign destination rates. An estimated total of over 330 million 1-cent stamps were printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and issued to the public.


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  • 1c Balboa single
  • 1c Balboa single
  • 1c Panama-Pacific Exposition left plate block of six
  • 1c Panama-Pacific Exposition right plate block of six
  • 1c Panama-Pacific Exposition top plate block of six
  • 1c Panama-Pacific Exposition top plate block of six
  • 1c Vasco Nunez de Balboa block of six
  • 1c Vasco Nunez de Balboa block of six
  • 1c Panama-Pacific Exposition Panama-Pacific small die proof
  • 1c Vasco Nunez de Balboa plate proof
  • 1c Vasco Nunez de Balboa plate proof
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