Patagonian Regionals

The Aberystwyth books of Malcolm Pryce have brought the true stories of the war between the Welsh settlers of Patagonia in their land of Y Wladfa and the Spanish speaking rebels. These few stamps span the years of that war.

In 1958 the Wilding portrait British Regional Definitives for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales were issued. There was a fourth less well known set for Welsh Patagonia, with the portrait replaced by that of a sacred llama; sacred because of the double-L of course. There were 3D, 6D and 18D values.

When the rebels over-ran the territory they defaced these stamps with slogan overprints. These are numerous and each has many variations. The commonest examples only are list here.

Subsequently the rebels acquired a printing press and other equipment and introduced their own stamps featuring, in true dictator fashion, General Sanchez. A short series of definitives in various colours was issued, but it is the 1c that attracts most attention. Because of a design fault some plates used for this value showed him cross-eyed. So a direct comparison with a normal stamp couldn’t be made Sanchez ordered that the normal and the faulty should be printed and issued only in tete-beche pairs and that they should never be separated. He was not one of life’s great thinkers! And because this portrait was missing his famous big hat he ordered production of a larger 1 peso stamp complete with his trademark titfer.

138 204 141 204ob 142 204od

139 205 143 205oa 144 205oc

140 206 145 207p 146 209

147 212

SK NoTypeDescription
2041383D Llama regional purple
204f3D Llama regional leaky leek flaw
204oa3D Llama regional overprinted LIBRE large vertically
204ob3D Llama regional overprinted LIBRE small twice vertically
204oc3D Llama regional overprinted VIVA LA REVóLUCION
204od3D Llama regional overprinted VIVA LA REVOLUCION
2051396D Llama regional pink
205oa6D Llama regional overprinted LIBRE large
205ob6D Llama regional overprinted LIBRE small twice vertically
205oc6D Llama regional overprinted VIVA LA REVóLUCION
205od6D Llama regional overprinted VIVA LA REVOLUCION
205oe6D Llama regional overprinted VIVA LA REVOLUCION twice
20614018D Llama regional green
2071411c Sanchez blue
207d1c Sanchez cross-eyed
207p1c Sanchez tete-beche pair
2082c Sanchez gold
2095c Sanchez purple
21010c Sanchez lime green
21119c Sanchez claret
2121421 peso Sanchez and hat blue
212d1 peso diabolo

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