FIRST ISSUE of 1854
first issued on February 1, 1854 and intended for interior use only.
in Manila in plates of 40 subjects (5 x 8), producing 40 different types.
one plate used for 5 Cuartos but underwent several re-touching
re-engraving during printing.
plates were used for the 10 Cuartos value.
used for the First Issue extremely brittle. Flaws expected on blocks.
these flaws are generally tears rather than thinning.
expected because of the quality of the ink used
the conditions that the stamps have been exposed to.