King Alfonso XIII of Spain stamps

Quezon City , Philippines

Collecting stamps and other collectible items are like collecting  little pieces and bits of history .  Bargain hunting , haggling is always part of the exciting hunt.  Collecting Spanish -Philippines era stamps can be quite expensive as very few items are up for sale and sometimes, there are even forgeries that even experience stamp collectors ( philatelists ) cannot easily distinguished.

different kinds of stamps issued during the Spanish colonial era 

I happen to chance upon a small lot in a local bourse/ auction several weeks ago which contained an array of unused ( without gums)  and some in mint condition King Alfonso XIII of Spain. Most of the 10 piece stamp set were issued  in 1889 , 1890, 1896 , 1897 and 1898 and it is between 107 to 126 years old.  Many stamp collectors would think it was a bit pricey to own this set. Luckily , I was able to get the entire stamp set for just under Php 100 or $ US 2.25 dollars ! It was not really that CHEAP for i know a stamp collector was able to buy a stamp collection for just under Php 250.00 with a lots of Spanish- Philippines issues and comes with a stamp album, Now that is the real bargain hunter.

Biography: Alfonso was born in Madrid, Spain on 17 May 1886. He was the posthumous son of   King Alfonso XII, who had died in November 1885, and became King of Spain upon his birth. The French newspaper Le Figaro described the young king as “the happiest and best-loved of all the rulers of the earth”. His mother, Maria Christina of Austria , served as his regent until his 16th birthday. During the regency, in 1898, Spain lost its colonial rule over Cuba , Puerto Rico , Spanish East Indies which includes Guam, Marianas , Palau and The Philippines . Spanish: Alfonso León Fernando María Jaime Isidro Pascual Antonio de Borbón y Habsburgo-Lorena; English: Alphonse Leon Ferdinand Mary James Isidor Pascal Anthony of Bourbon

References:

Spanish -Cuban stamps: http://www.stampworld.com/en/stamps/Spanish-Cuba/Postage%20stamps/?year=1880

King Alfonso XIII: http://www.catawiki.com/catalog/stamps/depicted-persons-individuals/1012477-alfonso-xiii-of-spain-1886-1941

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