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The stamps of Sweden were perforated right from the first issue in 1855.

1855 Arms of Sweden, value in 'Skill' or 'Ore' (1858)

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com 4 s blue 6 s grey 8 s orange 24 Sk red, certified genuine

  3 s green
  4 s blue
  6 s grey to brown
  8 s orange
  24 s red

These stamps are perforated 14.

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 sRRRRR 
4 sRR*** 
6 sRRRR 
8 sRRR 
24 sRRRRR 

value in 'Ore'

12 o blue 50 o red 50 o red

  5 (fem) o green
  9 (nio) o lilac
  12 (tolf) o blue
  24 (Tjugufyra) o yellow
  30 (Trettio) o brown
  50 (Femtio) o red

These stamps have perforation 14.

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 o***** 
9 o****** 
12 oRc 
24 o****** 
30 oR*** 
50 oR*** 

Great rarity, the 9 Sk in yellow colour instead of green:

Genuine stamp
(reduced size)

A forgery of this rarity!
(Forgery)

Normally issued in green, a yellow variety of this stamp it was found in 1885 by Georg Wilhelm Backman on a letter during a visit to his grandmother. There is only one specimen known of this variety. It was printed with the wrong color meant for the 8 sk! In 1886 a stamp dealer bought the stamp for 7 swedish krones. Ferrary, a well-known stampcollector, bought the stamp in 1894. Lately, in 1996 the stamp was sold for 2.5 million Swiss Franken (= $us 2.27 million). More information about the history of this stamp can be found on the site www.treskillingyellow.com. I have seen many forgeries of this stamp, but since only one specimen is known, they can easily be recognised (note that even the cancellation has been copied very carefully on the above forgeries).

Cancels:


(Typical cancels, reduced sizes)

The first cancel is the most common cancel; a townname in a single circle with the date in the center. The second rectangular cancel is much rare and was frequently used on letters before stamps were introduced in Sweden. But it also continued to be used in many towns during the first years after stamps were introduced, but were subsequently replaced by round cancels (information and images obtained thanks to Lasse Hult).

Reprints:

Official reprints were made from the 'Skilling' values in 1868, 1871 and 1885, example:

Official reprint of 1868! 1885 reprint

These reprints are very difficult to distinguish from the genuine stamps. Some of them have perforation 13 instead of 14.

Forgeries:

Sperati forgeries (I have no further information concerning these forgeries):

Sperati forgery!

Other forgery:

The letters are different in the above forgery.

I think the next stamps are forgeries made by Peter Winter in the 1980's:


(Peter Winter forgeries)


(Winter forgery of the misprint 3 sk yellow)

Peter Winter offered forgeries of the following values: 3 sk green, 4 sk blue, 6 sk grey-brown, 6 sk grey, 8 sk yellow and 24 sk red. Of course, he also made a forgery of the misprint 3 sk yellow, even a 3 sk yellow and 8 sk yellow printed together. As with all his forgeries, they have a very modern appearance, the paper is very white. I have also seen these Peter Winter forgeries with cancels; for example: 'STOCKHOLM 18/5 18 56' on the 3 sk, 'STOCKHOLM 11 7 18 57' on the 6 sk and 24 sk, or a three ring cancel with '1' in the center on the 8 sk value.

Some modern computer generated forgeries were made by the so-called Hialeah forger. These forgeries are very badly executed, examples:


(Hialeah forgery)


(Hialeah forgery, reduced size)

 

Some local stamps with inscription 'FRIMARKE FOR LOKALBREF' were issued in 1856, click here for more information.

 

1862 Lion and arms with value, various frames

  3 o brown
  17 o grey to lilac
  20 o red

These stamps are perforated 14.

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 o**** 
17 oR*** 
20 o***** 

Reprints exists of these stamps, they were made in 1885.

 

1872 Value, inscription 'SVERIGE FRIMARKE', with or without posthorn in blue on backside of the stamp

4 o grey 5 o green 20 o red 24 o orange 30 o brown 50 o red

  2 o orange
  3 o brown
  4 o grey
  5 o green
  6 o lilac
  12 o blue
  20 o red
  24 o yellow
  30 o brown
  50 o red

These stamps are peforated 13 to 14.

Frontside Backside with blue posthorn

In 1886 a blue posthorn was applied on the backside of certain values of these stamps (4 o, 5 o, 20 o, 30 o and 50 o). In 1887 a 2 o and in 1888 a 6 o was issued with the same posthorn. The value 2 o only exists with posthorn on the back

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
With no posthorn on the back, perforated 13 to 14
3 o*c 
4 o***vc 
5 o***vc 
6 o**c 
12 o*vc 
20 o***vc 
24 o*** 
30 o***c 
50 o***c 
With posthorn on the backside (1886), perforated 13
2 oc* 
3 o** 
4 o*c 
5 o*vc 
6 o** 
20 o*c 
30 o***c 
50 o ***c 

Surcharged with 3 crowns (1889)

10 o on 12 o blue

  '10 TIO ORE' on 12 o blue
  '10 TIO ORE' on 24 o yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 o on 12 occ 
10 o on 24 o**** 
Overprinted in blue 'FRIMARKE LANDSTORMEN FRIMARKE' (War issue, 1916)

  5 o + 5 o on 2 o orange
  5 o + 5 o on 3 o brown
  5 o + 5 o on 4 o grey
  5 o + 5 o on 5 o green
  5 o + 5 o on 6 o violet
  10 o + 10 o on 12 o blue
  10 o + 10 o on 20 o red
  10 o + 10 o on 24 o yellow
  10 o + 10 o on 30 o brown
  10 o + 10 o on 50 o red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All values** 
Overprinted in blue 'FRIMARKE LANDSTORMEN FRIMARKE' (War issue, 1916),
further surcharged

(Sorry, no picture available yet, if anybody posesses a picture, please contact me!)

  7 + 3 on 5 o + 5 o on 2 o orange
  7 + 3 on 5 o + 5 o on 3 o brown
  7 + 3 on 5 o + 5 o on 4 o grey
  7 + 3 on 5 o + 5 o on 5 o green
  7 + 3 on 5 o + 5 o on 6 o violet
  12 + 8 on 10 o + 10 o on 12 o blue
  12 + 8 on 10 o + 10 o on 20 o red
  12 + 8 on 10 o + 10 o on 24 o yellow
  12 + 8 on 10 o + 10 o on 30 o brown
  12 + 8 on 10 o + 10 o on 50 o red

Value of the stamps

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

 

1872 Three crowns

  1 Riksdaler brown and blue
  1 Krone brown and blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
With no posthorn on the back, perforated 13 to 14
1 RR*** 
1 K****Perforated 13

With posthorn on the back (1886), perforated 13

1 K**c 

 

For stamps of Sweden issued from 1885 to 1920 click here.


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