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FINLAND 1860-1874 issues

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1860-1866 Arms with lion in a rectangle, roulated

Value in 'KOP' (Kopecks, 1860)

  5 Kopecks blue on blue
  10 Kopecks red on red

Value in 'PEN' (1866)

5 pen brown on grey 8 pen black on green 10 p black on brown 20 p blue 40 p red

  5 Pen brown on grey
  8 Pen black on green
  10 Pen black on brown
  20 Pen blue on blue
  40 Pen red on red
  1 Mark brown

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
5 k R ***  
10 k R ***  
5 p R *** A misprint 5 p black exists: RRR
8 p R ***  
10 p R *** A misprint 10 p brown exists: RRR
20 p *** **  
40 p *** **  
Reprints (exist of all values) * to *** -  

The above stamps were printed on colored paper. This was to avoid people from cutting out impressions from postal stationery and reusing them again. Since these stationaries were printed on white paper, colored paper was used for the stamps. For more info see: http://posthorn.scc-online.org/volume_37-1.pdf. These stamps are not really perforated but cut, therefore most of these stamps are damaged:

Two stamps, note the typical perforation:

(Overinked 40 p stamp)

The two misprints: 5 p black and 10 p brown (inverted colours)

Postcards in the same design:

I have seen the values: 5 k blue (at least two types, differering in the bottom '5 KOP' part), 10 k red, 8 p green, 10 p lilac, 10 p brown, 20 p blue and 40 p red.


Besides 'normal' cancels, I have seen the kopeck values with a "ANK' in a rectangle cancel (for an example see the 1875 issue). I've also seen a cancel "FR.KO" in a rectangle with oblique corners.

"FR.KO" cancel


Could very well be a genuine stamp.
(I've been told that these are reprints)

1893 reprint

Reprints were made in 1893 (or 1892?), I have no further information. Does anybody have any information about these reprints?


Forgery with the ornaments besides both '10.PEN' and '40 PEN' in the wrong direction. I've seen the 40 p forgery cancelled with a pattern of dots.

Some primitive forgeries, no perforation, reduced sizes. Next to it the same 5 k forgery, but now perforated and cancelled.

Imperforate 10 k forgery and perforated 40 p forgery. Note the "FRANCO" cancel which I don't think exists on genuine stamps. The same "FRANCO" cancel can be found on forgeries of La Guaira and Rumania. See also the next set of forgeries.

Perforated 40 p forgery with 'FRANCO' cancel (I've seen the same forged cancel on stamps of Rumania and La Guaira). The cross on the crown is very badly done. The lettering is also very bad. Next to it two imperforate forgeries (5 p and 10 p) made by the same forger. On http://www.fakebase.dk/showitem.asp?item=732 a similar forgery of the 20 p (uncancelled and imperforate) can be found. I've also seen the 20 p forgery with part of a concentric circles cancel (similar to the one on the 5 p).

Note, that the ornament right to the star in the lower left corner is upside down in these forgeries.

Other forgery.

(Another primitive forgery)

Dubious 5 Kop item with the '5' placed too far to the right. Does this stamp have a "ZEITUNGS" cancel?

Scan from a Gray catalogue Scan from a de Torres catalogue
Very primitive forgery of the 10 k value in blue color and imperforate. This forgery is identical to the image provided in the John Edward Gray 'The Illustrated Catalogue of Postage Stamps' of 1870 on page 49 (see image above). The same forgery design can also be found in the catalogue of Placido Ramon de Torres "Album Illustrado para Sellos de Correo" of 1879 (information passed to me thanks to Gerhard Lang, 2016) on page 60.

Two forgeries with 'printed' perforation, the 1 M has the wrong colour: yellow. These are probably candywrappers with stamp images printed on it. Next to it a 'Fazer candy-wrapper' of the 1 M value with a similar cancel as the second forgery (image found at http://fakebase.dk).

Fournier has made forgeries of the 1 M stamp. He offers them in his 1914 pricelist as 1st choice forgeries for 2 Swiss Francs each. Most of them can be easily recognized by the forged cancel 'Helsingfors 27 I 1868' with diameter 28 mm. Also there is a small line hanging from the lowest pearl on the right hand side of the crown, according to the Serrane guide. Also, the cross on top of the crown is hollow (it is solid in the genuine stamps).

Most likely a Fournier forgery
(Fournier forgeries)

(Fournier forged cancels, "HELSINGFORS 18 27 I 68" in a single circel, "KUOPIO", "NYSLOTT" and "WIBORG" with unreadable date, reduced size)

I presume this is a genuine stamp with a genuine "NYSLOTT" cancel.

Other cancels exist on these Fournier forgeries, for example a "KUOPIO" cancel or a "NYSLOTT 21 5 1971" cancel (see images above).

Page from a Fournier Album.

Sperati has also made a forgery of the 1 M stamp. A picture of such a forgery can be found on http://www.seymourfamily.com/rfrajola/Sperati/speratiindex.htm:

Sperati forgery, first image obtained from the above mentioned website.

Sperati used a genuine stamp of lower value, on which he printed the forged 1 M design. The cancels on this stamp (if present) are thus genuine. Due to the reproduction process (photo lithography), the thin vertical lines at the outer left and right border are smudged and joined at many places. In the lower left corner, a diagonal line connects the outer and inner frames.

(10 k cut from a postal stationery, the design is slightly different from the stamps)

This stamp (cut?) has very wideline wavy lines in the background. I've seen others with larger margins, they might be forgeries.



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