Yet the first stamps aren't too difficult to find and not too expensive either.
The country, litteraly on the equator, issued 4 stamps between 1865 and 1872, showing the coat of arms of this South American republic.
Michel-catalogues point out the 1/2 real as the first stamp.
Yvert states, as Michel did, the blue 1/2 real as the first stamp (1865).
It's quite possible that Yvert took over the information mentionned in Michel.
Scott however starts with Yvert's number 3, the yellowish 1 real , but mention a later date of issue (1872), than its own n° 2, 4 and 6 (1866 and 1867).
So the 1/2 real wins the "who's first" competition...
|Ecuador n° 1 - used|
Among all 1st issues, (and certainly among the ones of the 19th century) certainly not an expensive stamp.