The first stamp of Panama issued by the
Sovereign State of Panama Under Colombian Dominion in 1878
features a design that based on the coat of arms of Panama at the
time. It has been described as "a Panama that never existed."
The dramatic curve up and then back down on the left side of the
design does nnot exist, nor does the bay created by those curves. On
the right side of the design the coast should tend to the lower corner
of the stamp. A
comparison with any map of the isthmus will verify the
Stamps with a different but similar design were
also issued in 1878. The map in this design is not correct either.