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There seems to be a lot of forged cancels and stamps cancelled to order of this country. I have no further information at this moment.

1873 Value

Value in 'skilling' inscription 'POSTFRIM'

2 s blue 3 s grey 4 s red 8 s brown 16 sk yellow

  2 sk blue
  3 sk grey
  4 sk red
  8 sk brown
  16 sk yellow

These stamps have watermark Crown and perforation 14 x 13 1/2 or 12 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 skRRRROnly exists with perforation 14 x 13 1/2.
3 skRRRROnly exists with perforation 12 1/2.
4 sk***R 
8 skRRROnly exists with perforation 14 x 13 1/2.
16 skRRR 

Inscription 'pJON' (Official stamps)

4 Sk green

  4 sk green
  8 sk lilac

These stamps have watermark 'Crown'.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
4 sk******Perforation 12 1/2 or 13 1/2 x 14
8 skRRRRPerforation 13 1/2 x 14

Value in 'Aur' (1875)
 

3 a orange 5 a blue 6 a grey 16 a brown 20 a violet 20 a blue 40 a green 100 a brown and lilac

  3 a orange
  4 a red and grey
  5 a blue
  5 a green
  6 a grey
  10 a red
  16 a brown
  20 a violet
  20 a blue
  25 a brown and blue
  40 a green
  40 a lilac
  50 a blue and red
  100 a brown and lilac


(The two types of the 3 a, note the fatter inscriptions in the second stamp)

These stamps have watermark 'Crown'. The perforation is 14 x 13 1/2 or 12 1/2. Some rare stamps with larger watermark 'Crown' exist (send to the UPU in Bern).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
3 a**1882 Two types; see above.
Second type issued in 1900(?).
4 a ****1900?
5 a blueRRRR 
5 a green***1882
6 a**** 
10 a**** 
16 a****** 
20 a violet***** 
20 a blue*****1882
25 a******1900?
40 a green ***R 
40 a lilac******1882
50 a******1882
100 aRR1882

Surcharged 'Prir'


(Picture obtained from http://www.sandafayre.com)

  '3' on 5 a green ('3' in red, 'prir' in black)

The 'Prir' overprint exists in two types.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
3 on 5 aRRRR 

Overprinted '1 GILDI '02-'03'

50 a blue and red 100 a brown and lilac

  3 a yellow
  4 a red and grey
  5 a green
  6 a grey
  10 a red
  16 a brown
  20 a blue
  25 a brown and bleu
  40 a lilac
  50 a blue and red
  100 a brown and lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
3 a**On first type: ***
4 a ****** 
5 a**Overprint usually in red, black overprint: RR
6 a**Overprint usually in red, black overprint: RR
10 a** 
16 a****** 
20 a***Overprint usually in red, black overprint: RR
25 a****Overprint usually in red, black overprint: RRR
40 a**** 
50 a***** 
100 a****** 
Forgeries:

In the genuine stamps, the dot over the 'I' of 'ISLAND' should be wedge-shaped and placed a little to the right (according to Album Weeds). The 'A' of 'ISLAND' should be cut off square (and not rounded, pointed, or cut off obliquely). More forgeries of Iceland can be found at: http://www.pherber.com/stamps/iceland/iceforg/index.html. The overprints have also been forged (sorry, no further information available right now). Examples of forgeries:

Spiro forgery(?):

Note the special cancel, often used on Spiro forgeries. Spiro forgeries exist of the Skilling values and the 5 aur blue stamp.

Fournier forgeries(?):


(Forgeries)

I think the above forgeries are Fournier forgeries. Fournier offers these forgeries for 1 Swiss Franc (5 values) in his 1914 pricelist as second choice forgeries. Note that there is no date inside the cancel in these forgeries.

 

1902 King Christian IX of Denmark

  3 a orange
  4 a grey and red
  5 a green
  6 a brown
  10 a red
  16 a brown
  20 a blue
  25 a brown and green
  40 a lilac
  50 a grey and green
  1 Kr blue and brown
  2 Kr brown and blue
  5 Kr brown and grey

These stamps have watermark 'Crown' and perforation 12 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
3 a** 
4 a*c 
5 a*c 
6 a** 
10 a** 
16 a** 
20 a** 
25 a** 
40 a*** 
50 a**** 
1 K****** 
2 K****** 
5 KRR 

The value 16 a exists with '5 aur.' surcharge, the 20 a with '20 aur' surcharge and the 40 a with '20 aur.' surcharge.

 

1907 Kings Christian IX and Frederic VIII

10 a red

  1 a (=1 EYR) green and red
  3 a brown
  4 a grey and red
  5 a dark green and light green
  6 a grey and brown
  10 a red
  15 a red and green
  16 a brown
  20 a blue
  25 a brown and green
  40 a red and brown
  50 a grey and lilac
  1 Kr blue and brown
  2 Kr brown and green
  5 Kr brown and blue

These stamps have either watermark 'Crown' and perforation 12 1/2 (1907) or watermark 'Crosses' and perforation 14 x 14 1/2 (1915).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks

Watermark 'Crown' and perforation 12 1/2 (1907)

1 ecc 
3 a*c 
4 a*c 
5 a*c 
6 a** 
10 a*c 
15 a*c 
16 a** 
20 a** 
25 a** 
40 a*** 
50 a*** 
1 K****** 
2 K****** 
5 KRR 
Watermark 'Crosses' and perforation 14 x 14 1/2 (1915)
1 ecc 
3 acc 
4 a*c 
5 a*c 
6 a** 
10 a*c 
20 a** 

The value 16 a exists with '5 aur.' surcharge, the 20 a with '20 aur' surcharge and the 40 a with '20 aur.' surcharge. The values 50 a and 5 K were surcharged with '30 aur.' and '50 aur.' respectively in 1925.

Example of a special cancel:


(Numeral cancel '47' in a circle, reduced size)

 

1911 Head of Jon Sigurdson (writer)

  1 a (=1 EYR) green
  3 a brown
  4 a blue
  6 a grey
  15 a violet
  25 a orange

These stamps have watermark 'Crown' and perforation 12 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 ecc 
3 a** 
4 a*c 
6 a** 
15 a*c 
25 a** 


(Note the special 'Tollur' cancel; this cancel was used on parcels abroad)

The value 25 a exists with surcharge '2 Kronur'.

 

1912 Head of king Frederic VIII of Denmark

50 a red

  5 a green
  10 a red
  20 a blue
  50 a red
  1 Kr yellow
  2 Kr red
  5 Kr brown

These stamps have watermark 'Crown' and perforation 12 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 a** 
10 a** 
20 a** 
50 a**** 
1 Kr****** 
2 Kr****** 
5 KrRR 

The values 50 a and 1 K exist with 'Kr.10' surcharge.

The value 2 Kr and 5 Kr exist with 'Pjonusta' overprint (official stamps).

 

1920 King Christian X of Denmark

  1 e green and red
  3 a brown
  4 a grey and red
  5 a green
  6 a grey
  7 a green 
  8 a brown
  10 a red
  10 a green (1922)
  10 a brown (1932)
  15 a violet
  20 a blue
  20 a brown (1922)
  25 a brown and green
  25 a red (1922)
  30 a red and green
  40 a lilac
  40 a blue (1922)
  50 a grey and lilac
  1 K blue and brown
  2 K brown and green
  5 K brown and blue
  10 K green and grey

These stamps were first issued in 1920 with watermark 'Crosses' and perforation 14 x 14 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 ecc 
3 acc 
4 acc 
5 a*c 
8 acc 
10 a red*c 
15 a *c 
20 a blue ** 
25 a brown and green *** 
30 a** 
40 a lilac***** 
50 a*** 
1 K**** 
2 K****** 
5 KR*** 

In 1922 the 5 a was surcharged with '10 aur.'. The value 40 a blue exist with red 'EIN KRONA' surcharge (1926).

The value 10 a red exists with overprint 'Pjonusta' and additional surcharge of 20 a.

The 30 a also exists with overprint 'Zeppelin 1931'.


OFFICIAL STAMPS

1876 inscription 'PJONUSTU POSTFRIM'

10 a blue

  3 a yellow
  4 a grey
  5 a brown
  10 a brown
  16 a red
  20 a green
  50 a red

Overprinted '1 GILDI '02-'03'

  3 a yellow
  4 a grey
  5 a brown
  10 a brown
  16 a red
  20 a green
  50 a red

1902 King Christian IX, inscription 'PJONUSTA'

  3 a yellow and black
  4 a green and black
  10 a blue and black
  16 a red and black
  20 a green and black
  50 a violet and black

1907 Kings Christain IX and Frederic VIII, inscription 'PJONUSTU FRIMERKI'

  3 a yellow and grey
  4 a green and grey
  5 a brown and grey
  10 a blue and grey
  15 a blue and grey
  16 a red and grey
  20 a green and grey
  50 a violet and grey

 

1920 As postage stamps of 1920, but with inscription 'PJONUSTU'

  3 a orange and grey
  4 a green and grey
  5 a orange and grey
  10 a blue and grey
  15 a blue and grey
  20 a green and grey
  50 a violet and grey
  1 K red and grey

Miscellaneous

1928 Air mail, examples

 


Fiscal Stamps

Stamps with inscription 'Stimpilmerki' are fiscal stamps.


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