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Envelopes

1845 Inscription Porto Stempel 10 Kopek or 20 Kopek


Image obtained from http://stamp.uuu.ru/myweb8/gl_2.htm


(Probably forgeries, reduced sizes)

These envelopes were ONLY issued in the colours: 10 k black and 20 k red. These envelopes are very rare. Ferdinand Elb, a forger in Dresden, Germany, made forgeries in the reverse colours: 10 k red and 20 k black. He then sold them for £50 or more each! (see: Album Weeds by Earee or Philatelic Forgers, their lives and works by Varro E. Tyler). The confusion thus created was so good that official reprints were in 1862 of all 4 values! By 1872 a second reprint was ordered, this time only of the two genuine stamps.

Forgeries in the wrong colours:


(Forgeries in the wrong colours)

A Senf forgery exists of the 20 k envelope

This stamp was distributed with the journal the 'Illustrierten Briefmarken Journal', No 23 (3 December 1887). It always bears the overprint 'Facsimile' in black.

Commemorative stamp in the same design
Commemorative stamp in the same design


Mourning label

Arms of Finland, black, red and yellow, no value. Issued to commemorate the Russian occupation of Finland:


Postcards

With 'PENNIA' at the top:


(reduced sizes)

  10 p red
  10 p orange
  10 p blue
  16 p brown
  20 p blue
  20 p orange
  25 p blue
(Other values might exist)

  10 p red
  20 p orange
  25 p blue

 


Angbatsbolag or Angbats Post

Wanajavesi Angbatsbolag

I don't know much about this stamp, except that it is a stamp of a steamship company issued in 1867. A picture of a similar stamp is shown in 'The world of Classic Stamps' by James A. Mackay p 183 (value 25 penni red, the illustration is in black). I have also seen the same stamp in the value of 20 p red. I've never seen any cancelled copies.

Other 'Angbats Post Aktie Bolaget' stamps:


(reduced sizes)


Fiscal stamps

In 1865 the first fiscal stamps were issued in Finland (design similar to the 1866 issue, sorry, no picture available yet). The arms of Finland are at the upper side of the stamp, a seal in the bottom and the value in the center. The following values were issued: 20 p, 30 p, 40 p, 50 p, 60 p, 70 p, 80 p, 1 M, 1 1/2 M, 2 M, 3 M, 4 M, 5 M, 6 M, 7 M, 8 M, 10 M, 15 M, 20 M, 25 M, 30 M, 40 M and 50 M. The penni values are in the colour brown, the Mark values in blue.

 

1866 New design, red seal at the bottom

The following values were issued: 10 p, 20 p, 25 p, 30 p, 40 p, 50 p, 60 p, 80 p, 1 M, 1 1/2 M, 2 M, 3 M, 4 M, 5 M, 6 M, 7 M, 8 M, 10 M, 15 M, 20 M, 25 M, 30 M, 40 M, 50 M, 60 M, 80 M, 100 M, 150 M, 200 M and 500 M. The penni values are in the colour brown, the Mark values in blue.

 

1883 New design, arms in top part, red seal at the bottom

The following values were issued: 5 p, 10 p, 20 p, 25 p, 30 p, 50 p, 1 M, 1 1/2 M, 2 M, 3 M, 4 M, 5 M, 6 M, 7 M, 8 M, 10 M, 15 M, 20 M, 25 M, 30 M, 40 M, 50 M, 60 M, 80 M, 100 M, 150 M, 200 M and 500 M. The penni values are in the colour brown, the Mark values in blue.

 

1892 Inscription 'STAMPELMARKE LEIMAMERKKI', value in red


(Inscription 'STAMPELMARKE LEIMAMERKKI', reduced size)

The following values were issued: 5 p, 10 p, 20 p, 25 p, 40 p, 50 p, 1 M, 1 1/2 M, 2 M, 3 M, 4 M, 5 M, 10 M, 15 M, 20 M, 25 M, 30 M, 40 M, 50 M, 100 M, 200 M and 500 M. The penni values are in the colour brown, the Mark values in blue. Also a larger 10000 M in red was issued (rare).

 


(Fiscal stamp issued around 1910)


Railway Stamp

Inscription 'STATSJERNVAGARNE I FINLAND FOR PAKET':


Literature

'Forgeries of Finnish Postage Stamps' by Mikka Ossa (both in Finnish and English)

'Finnland Fruhe Ortstempel' by Rolf Gummeson 96 pages.


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