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SWITZERLAND 1882-1906

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1882 Numeral, Inscription 'Helvetia franco'

12 c blue

  2 c brown
  3 c grey
  5 c brown
  5 c green
  10 c red
  12 c blue
  15 c yellow
  15 c brown

As the stamps of the previous issue, these stamps have an impressed watermark 'Cross in an ellipse', or 'Cross' (1907):


(watermark 'Cross in an ellipse' seen from the backside of a 15 c yellow stamp)

These stamps exist issued on paper with small silk threads, example:


(paper with silk threads)

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 'Cross in an ellipse', perforated 11 1/2, normal paper (1882)
2 c RRR 
5 c brownRR*** 
10 cRR*** 
12 cR*** 
15 c yellowRRR 
Watermark 'Cross in an ellipse', perforated 11 1/2, paper with silk threads (1882)
2 c*vc 
3 c ** 
5 c brown*c 
5 c green*vc 
10 c *vc 
12 c **c 
15 c yellow ***** 
15 c brown**c 
Watermark 'Cross', paper with silk threads (1907)
2 c*c 
3 c** 
5 c green *c 
10 c*c 
12 c*c 
15 c brown**** 

 

1882 Standing Helvetia, inscription 'Helvetia franco'

Type 1 Type 2 50 c blue 50 c green 1 F red

  20 c orange
  25 c green
  25 c blue
  30 c brown
  40 c grey (2 types,'40' different)
  50 c blue
  50 c green
  1 F red-lilac
  1 F red (1903)
  3 F brown

As the numeral issue of 1882, this issue exists on paper with small silk threads (see there for an example).

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 'Cross in an ellipse', normal paper (1882)
Perforation ranging from 9 1/2 to 12
20 c ***c 
25 c green***c 
25 c blue***c 
30 c***c 
40 c ***c2 types, '40' different (see above), second type: **
50 c blue**** 
50 c green**** 
1 F red-lilac***c 
1 F red**** 
3 FR* 
Watermark 'Cross', normal paper (1905)
20 c **cSpecialists distinguish between original and retouched stamps
25 c blue****Specialists distinguish between original and retouched stamps
30 c**c 
40 c***csecond type
50 c green**** 
1 F red**** 
3 FRR**Specialists distinguish between original and retouched stamps
Watermark 'Cross', paper with silk threads (1907)
20 c*** 
25 c blue***c 
30 c *** 
40 c ****second type
50 c green**** 
1 F red**** 
3 FRR** 

 

1900 Jubilee of the UPU, inscription 'JUBILE DE L'UNION POSTALE UNIVERSELLE 1875-1900', no country name

 

  5 c green
  10 c red
  25 c blue

I have seen postcards in the above design in the values: 5 c green and 10 c red. These stamps have perforation 11 1/2, the watermark is 'Cross in an ellipse'. Specialists distinguish between normal printed stamps and finely engraved stamps.

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 c *c 
10 c *c 
25 c ***** 

 

Switzerland issues from 1907-1920


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