Argentina Stamps are postage stamps that have been issued in the country of Argentina.
Argentine postal history begins with the first postage stamp in 1858. This was a lithographed seal of the Confederation and was released in the Corrientes province. Corrientes continued to its own stamps until 1880 as did districts Cordoba, in the years from 1859 to 1862 and Buenes Aires from 1858 to 1859.
Stamps which represented Argentina as a country (as opposed to individual districts) were first released in 1862 by the National Postal Service with the first commemorative stamps issue in 1892. These were heavily influenced by Art Nouveau styles and mostly portrayed important people from the country's military and political history.
Stamps are produced at the country's National Mint which also prints stamps and currency for nations of Latin America including Bolivia. Because of the quality of the printing and design Argentina have won many awards for their philately including the Best Postage Stamp of the Americas (presented by Timbres magazine for the 'Winemaking' series in 2000) . They were placed at two Stamp Worlds Cups; coming in at 5th in 2001 and 4th in 2003.
Guide for collectors
Argentina is a country which has been quite prolific in the issue of stamps with a current release of 25 yearly and almost 2500 released overall. They have covered a variety of themes related to the country's history and culture including it's leaders, industry and wildlife!
Early issue stamps are considered expensive for collectors with many being difficult to source – there are several that sell for a few thousand dollars apiece and a complete regular issue collection can sell for in excess of $30,000 (mint) or $16,000 (used.) There are however many options for anyone wanting to collect on a more specialised level with different categories such as airmail issue stamp or semi-postals.
Items can be purchased at a variety of online Philately specialist sites including:
- Herrick Stamp Company
- Sandafayre Online
- County Stamp Center
- Jay Smith & Associates
June 2008, Auctioned by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries. An 1859 tête-bêche pair of 1p stamps from the Barquitos issue. (7d) Thought to be the only surviving pair. Sold for $575,000.
April 2010. Auctioned by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries: An 1862 unaccented 15c blue. (7a) Sold for $1,100. Six folded covers/letters from 1864-1867 (11, 11B, 12) – sold for $170. Covers of 1867 5c carmine (17) – sold for $130.
June 2010. Auctioned by Michael Rogers Inc. 1935 Yellow Brown Moreno, two sheets of 80. (SC 427 var.) Sold for $1,050. Two 1939 $2 Booklets red and blue on green containing five panes of eight 5c Yellow Brown Moreno (SC 427b) – sold for $650 and $550 respectively. Two similar booklets but in purple and green sold for $450 and $500 with the blue and yellow reaching $450. Two 1939 $1 booklets black and yellow on purple (SC 427c) sold for $350 and $300.
November 2011. Auctioned by Cherrystone Philatelic Auctioneers. An Argentine cover comprising of an 1867 Rivadavia, (imperf. and without watermark) a 5c rose red, a 10c green and a 15c blue sold for $37,500.