Chile issued it's first official seal in 1885, making it one of the world's earliest. Twenty-six different seals have been recorded to date, almost none of them known on cover.

Catalog: Drummond OSC1.29

Date issued: Unknown, EKU August 20, 1913

Printing: Blue and red

Perforation: Die cut

Inscription: "CORREOS DE CHILE" with "SANTIAGO" in center

Control Number: none

Description: Registered 1913 cover from St. Pierre & Miquelon to Santiago, Chile opened for inspection in transit at New York (and closed along right edge with three USA official seals) and inspected once again upon arrival in Chile, where the envelope was resealed using three "Santiago" sawtooth customs seals. Usage of seals from multiple countries on the same cover is extremely scarce. This is the only recorded example of this Chilean seal used on a cover of foreign origin.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.

Catalog: Drummond OS16, Yvert and Tellier 12

Date issued: 1902

Printing: Red

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: "CORREOS DE CHILE / CIERRO OFICIAL" ("RECEIVED IN BAD CONDITION / Office / Employee signature")

Control Number: none

Description: Two Chilean "Liberty" seals used to repair a damaged incoming 1906 cover from Brussels, Belgium to the President of Chile (Pedro Montt). A blue seal of the same design was intended for use in Santiago. The red version was for use throughout the country. Only known example of this seal used on cover.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.

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