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Argentina was discovered in 1515 and was annexed by Spain in 1534. The name Argentina comes from the Latin word for silver - argentum. The search for silver was main reason for the first Spanish settlers in Argentina.

The Viceroy of La Plata, who ruled Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia, was deposed on 25 May 1810. Some of the provinces broke away and it took till 1862 for a reunion to be finally agreed.

The province of Buenos Aires seceded from the Argentine Confederation on 11 September 1852. Following the Battle of Cepeda of 23 October 1859, Buenos Aires was forced back into the Confederation.

Postal History

The earliest known postal markings are from about 1770 from Buenos Aires.

A British monthly packet from Falmouth to Buenos Aires commenced in 1824. Stamps of Great Britain were used from 1860 to 1873 at Buenos Aires, postmarked B32.

A French packet from Bordeaux commenced in 1860. French stamps were used in Buenos Aires from 1860 to 1878.

Argentina first issue 5c The province of Corrientes, in north-east Argentina, issued postage stamps from 1856 till 1878, which were used for postage within the province.

Cordoba, a province in central Argentina, issued stamps from 1858 to 1865.

Buenos Aires issued stamps from April 1858 till January 1859. Buenos Aires stamps are known used as late as November 1859 (after it was forced back into the Confederation).

The first stamp of Argentina as a nation was issued on 11 January 1858,

In 1891, a Rumanian mining engineer, Julius Popper prepared postage stamps to cover the cost of postage from the scattered mining camps of Tierra del Fuego to the closest post offices in Argentina or Chile. The Popper locals were not recognized by the governments of Argentina or Chile. Appropriate post office stamps had to be added once letters from the Popper mining camps entered the Argentine or Chilean postal system.

During the Falklands War of 1982, stamps of Argentina were used in the Falkland Islands postmarked with the wording "Islas Malvinas".

New Issues of Argentina stamps

Argentine Postal Service
in Spanish

Postal Stationery Newspaper Wrappers

The Argentina first newspaper wrapper to be issued was in November 1878 and the last was sometime in the mid-1940s. During this period a total of 103 different newspaper wrappers are known to have been issued. The earlier wrappers are plentiful and easy to acquire, they were printed and used in very large quantities. The later ones are much more difficult to obtain, usage of newspaper wrapper has decreased to a small fraction of what it was in the 1880s and 1890s. The demand had dropped to such a level that the supply of newspaper wrappers was discontinued, as it had been in many other parts of the world.

Argentina Newspaper Wrapper 1917 to Denmark
This newspaper wrapper was posted in March 1917 to Denmark. It has an additional postmark F.S. / W.I. in circle, which I believe was applied in London. The F.S. postmark was commonly used, in London, on printed paper being sent abroad. This is the only instance that I have seen this particular postmark. Perhaps someone can provide more information?

Argentina Newspaper Wrappers
Argentina first issued newspaper wrappers in November 1878

Private Overprints on Argentina Newspaper Wrappers
Argentina postal stationery wrappers which have been privately overprinted are not very common and some are extremely rare.

Selected pages on Argentina Stamps and Argentina Postal History

Postage stamps and postal history of Argentina
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Falmouth Packet Sailings to South America 1824-1832
- pdf file download by John Olenkiewicz
Details of Packet Sailings between Falmouth and Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and Rio de Janeiro

Argentina Postal History during the 1982 Falklands War
from - Postage Stamp Chat Board & Stamp Bulletin Board Forum

Argentina 1935-51 Definitive Stamps - detailed study thread
from - Postage Stamp Chat Board & Stamp Bulletin Board Forum

List of people on postage stamps of Argentina
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article lists people who have been featured on Argentine postage stamps.

Revenue stamps of Argentina
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Argentina has been one of the most prolific issuers of revenue stamps. Stamps have been issued by both the Argentine Republic and individual Argentine provinces and covered a wide range of duties from taxes on documents to hat taxes

Telegraph stamps of the World - Argentina
by Steve Panting
I started with just British Private Telegraph stamps, but I have decided to attempt to update more of Hiscocks' book.

Notable Sales of Argentina Stamps

The "In Peso" tÍte-bÍche pair; Buenos Aires, January 1859, Barquitos issue.
Believed to be the only tÍte-bÍche pair still in existence.
Auctioned by Robert A Siegel Auction Galleries, June 2008.
Sold for $575,000.
Robert Siegel Auction, Catalogue 957, June 2008 (pdf file download)

Books on Argentina Stamps and Argentina Postal History

Sellos Postales Argentinos con Historia Sellos Postales Argentinos con Historia : Argentine Postage Stamps and History
by Walter B L Bose & Julio C SŠenz
published by Manrique Zago, 1981, 192pp, bilingual text in English & Spanish, illustrations in colour

Argentine Maritime Postal History
by Mario D Kurchan, self published, Buenos Aires, 1994, 440pp, bilingual text in English & Spanish

Corrientes - The issues from 1856-80
by Louis Stich, published by Collectors Club, 1957, 88pp

Historia Postal del Rio de la Plata: El Archivo M Y G Martinez ... The River Plate Postal History: The Martinez Correspondence
by Mario D Kurchan and Hugo M FernŠndez, published Buenos Aires, 1995, 40 pages, bilingual text in Spanish and English, ISBN 950-43-6264-8
Postal History study of a correspondence between Argentina and Uruguay, classifying and illustrating the various maritime and agents' marks. Chronological list of 26 letters from Buenos Aires to Montevideo. All but three were carried outside the post and bear seven different Maritime Agents cachets which are illustrated.

Historia postal del RŪo de la Plata hacia la ťpoca de las invasiones inglesas - River Plate postal history period : 1800-1810 by Mario D Kurchan, published Buenos Aires, 1992, 72 pages, bilingual text in Spanish and English

The Falklands war : postal history and stamps of the Argentine occupation
by J D Davis, self published, 1983

Historia postal del RŪo de la Plata The Postage Stamps of Buenos Aires
by F J Peplow, self published, London, 1925

Rivadavia Stamps of the Argentine Republic and their Obliterations
by W J Cochrane and H A Spowart, published by Plumridge & Co, 1923, 97pp

Matasellos Argentinos 1862 - 1880
by Juan Carlos Pedret, published circa 1975, 85 pages, Mainly in Spanish
A study on the postmark of the classic issues of Argentina postal history with detailed illustrations.

Estafetas Postales Ambulantes Argentinas 1865-1965
by Walter B L Bose & Rolf Korth, published Buenos Aires, 1974, 38 pages, text in Spanish with an introduction in English and German
Excellent study of the TPO cancellations of Argentina. Well illustrated.

Matasellos Utilizados En Estafetas Ambulantes Ferroviarias 1855-1892 ... Postmarks used in Railway Ambulant Post Offices 1855-1892
by Juan Alberto Ceriani and Rudopho Kneitschel, published 1987 in Buenos Aires, 51 pages