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SWITZERLAND

Return To Catalogue - Types of the 1850 issue, part 1 - Types of the 1850 issue, part 2 - Issues form 1854-1881 - Issues from 1882-1906 - Issues from 1907-1920
- Cantonal issues: Basel - Geneva - Neuchatel - Vaud - Winterthur - Zurich -
Fiscal Stamps - Miscellaneous; railway, due, Campione etc. - Cancels on first federal issues - Pro Juventute (Chilrens welfare stamps) - Hotel Labels

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The stamps of Switzerland often bear the name 'Helvetia'. Several Cantons (provinces) issued their own stamps before the government issue of 1850. Many stamps of the first issued and cantonal stamps can be found on the website http://www.ghonegger.ch/ (with many beautiful pictures of the rarities of this country). A very nice website can be found on: http://www.timbressuisses.ch/cadre.htm.


SWITZERLAND Federal issues from 1850-1853

1850 Swiss cross, imperforated

Genuine Poste locale, genuine

5 Rp black and red on blue 5 rp blue and red, certified genuine! 5 Rp blue and red

Rayon II 10 Rp yellow, red and black 10 Rp black and red on yellow "Genuine" Rayon II, genuine

Large '15' genuine Small '15' genuine Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

inscription 'POSTE LOCALE' (=local post in french)
  2 1/2 Rp black and red

Inscription 'ORTS-POST' (=local post in german)
  2 1/2 Rp black and red

Inscription 'RAYON I'
  5 Rp black and red on blue
  5 Rp blue and red

Inscription 'RAYON II'
  10 Rp black and red on yellow

Inscription 'RAYON III'
  15 Rp red (large value)
  15 Rp red (small value)
  15 Cts 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
2 1/2 r Poste Locale RRRRRR 
2 1/2 r OrtspostRRRRRwithout cross outline: RRR
5 r black and red on blue RRRwith cross outline: RR
5 r blue and redR***with cross outline: RRR
10 rR***with cross outline: RRR
15 r (large value)RR*** 
15 r (small value)RRRRR 
15 cRRRRR 

The 'Ortspost', 'Poste Locale', 'Rayon I' and 'Rayon II' exist in 40 types each. The 'Rayon III' stamps exist in 10 different types each. Click here for more information on the types of the 1850 issue, part 1: 'Orts-Post', 'Poste Locale', 'Rayon I' or part 2: 'Rayon II' and 'Rayon III'. Furthermore specialists distinguish stamps with a black outline of the cross and stamps without this outline (framed central cross or 'Kreuzeinfassung' in german or 'croix encadree' in french). Examples of these crosses:


5 rp 'Rayon I', black and red on blue with black outline around cross (left) and without (right)

The 'Ortspost', 'Poste Locale', 'Rayon I' and 'Rayon II' exist with or without these crosses. The 'Ortspost' and 'Poste Locale' are more common with outline, the 'Rayon I' (both colours) and the 'Rayon II' are more common without outline. The 'Rayon II' is extremely rare with outline(be aware of forgeries where a cross is added!). The 'Poste Locale' without outline is also very rare.

The 2 1/2 rp stamps were issued first in 1850 and could only be used for local letters (heavier letters needed more stamps). For letters to be send outside the local area the 'Rayon' stamps were issued later.

For typical cancels on first federal issues click here.

Stamp:

Date of issue:

2 1/2 r Orts-Post18th May 1850
2 1/2 r Poste Locale 1st October 1850
5 r Rayon I black and red on blue 1st October 1850
10 r Rayon II1st October 1850
5 r Rayon I blue and red2nd Mars 1851
15 r (small) Rayon III1st January 1852
15 cts Rayon III1st January 1852
15 r (large) Rayon IIIApril 1852

All these stamps were valid for use upto 30th September 1854.

Forgeries:

Many forgeries exists, they are often hard to distinguish from genuine stamps because many types of the genuine stamps exist as well. Examples of forged stamps can be found here and here (some of the above shown stamps could very well be forgeries too!).


Catalogues etc.

The most famous catalogue of Switzerland is the Zumstein catalogue (in German).


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