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DANISH WEST INDIES

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1855 Arms of Denmark, value in 'cents'

3 c red, perforated 4 c blue

  3 c red (imperforated)
  3 c red (perforated)
  4 c blue (perforated)

Forgeries exist, example:


(Forgery)

1873 Number

1 c green and red 3 c blue and red 4 c brown and blue 5 c green and grey 10 c blue and brown

  1 c green and red
  3 c blue and red
  4 c brown and blue
  5 c green and grey
  7 c lilac and yellow
  10 c blue and brown
  12 c lilac and green
  14 c lilac and green
  50 c violet

Surcharged

  '1 CENT' on 7 c lilac and yellow

  '10 CENTS 1895' on 50 c violet

  '2 CENTS 1902' on 3 c blue and red
  '2 Cents 1902' on 3 c blue and red
  '8 CENTS 1902' on 10 c blue and brown
  '8 Cents 1902' on 10 c blue and brown

Surcharged in new currency (bit)

  '5 BIT 1905' on 4 c brown and blue

In 1903 the 4 c could be used bisected diagonally, to be used as a 2 c stamp:

Bisected stamp, used in 1903

Postcards in the same design with value 2 c blue and 3 c red exist.

There exist forgeries of this serie, but they can be easily identified: there is no '-' between 'DANSK' and 'VESTINDISKE', they also differ in many other aspects (for example the cancel). So far I've seen the following values 1 c, 3 c, 4 c, 7 c and 14 c. The forged cancels are 6 lines (the middlest ones longer) or a New South Wales look-alike cancel. The real cancels can be seen above. Examples of these forgeries:

Genuine copy Fake!
(Genuine left, forgery right)

Forgery! (Thanks to Bill Claghorn)
(Forgeries)

More information on these forgeries can be found on the Forgeries idenfication site of Bill Claghorn. I have seen full sheets (5 x 5 stamps) of the 3 c and 14 c values of these forgeries. Most likely they were made by Spiro.

 

1900 As arms type of Denmark, inscription 'DANSK VESTINDIEN'

  1 c green
  2 c red (1903)
  5 c blue
  8 c brown (1903)

Surcharged in new currency (bit)

'5 BIT 1905' on 8 c brown

  '5 BIT 1905' on 5 c blue
  '5 BIT 1905' on 8 c brown

1905 King Christian IX, new currency

25 b blue

  5 b green
  10 b red
  20 b green and blue
  25 b blue
  40 b red and grey
  50 b yellow and grey

1905 Sailship

  1 F green and blue
  2 F red and brown
  5 F yellow and brown

1908 King Frederick VIII

  5 b green
  10 b red
  15 b lilac and brown
  20 b green and blue
  25 b blue (2 shades)
  30 b brown and black
  40 b orange and grey
  50 b yellow and brown

1915 King Christian X facing the right


(Reduced sizes)

  5 b green
  10 b red
  15 b lilac and brown
  20 b green and blue
  25 b blue (2 shades)
  30 b brown and black
  40 b orange and grey
  50 b yellow and brown

Postage due stamps

1902 Crown, inscription 'CR PORTOMAERKE'

  1 c blue
  4 c blue
  5 c blue
  10 c blue

1905 Number, inscription 'EFTERPORTO'

  5 b red and grey
  20 b red and grey
  30 b red and grey
  50 b red and grey

Postal Stationery

ENVELOPES

1877 Number in ellipse

  2 c blue
  3 c red 

Fiscal Stamps

Inscription 'DEDANSK VESTINDISKE OER STEMPELMAERKE'

I have seen the values 10 b red and green and 50 b green. Similar stamps exist for the Virgin Islands (US), the crown has been replaced by the US eagle, the inscription now reads 'INTERNAL REVENUE OF THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS'.


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