Dios, Patria, Libertad (God, Homeland, Liberty) – Dominican Republic

 

When you collect stamps, you learn interesting things that otherwise you would have no occasion to ever know. Today, for me, it was the motto of the Dominican Republic: “Dios, Patria, Libertad” which, in English, means “God, Homeland, Liberty”. In this case, the motto appeared on a tiny un-identified stamp (unfortunately damaged) that I was […]

Albania – 1914 Valona Postcard with Fantasy Issue and Italian Offices Stamp

 

From 1909 through 1916, Italy issued stamps overprinted “Valona” for their offices in Valona during their occupation of Albania.  These were legit stamps used during that period. I acquired a cover bearing the 1st issue of this series (10pa on 5c green) affixed to a postcard sent to Rome.   The postcard also features the […]

Denmark 1977 Water Lily’s Stamp – Color / Printing Varieties

 

Always on the lookout for color varieties, I came across some variation in the Denmark 1977 Water Lily’s stamp from the Protection of the Environment set. The color difference appears seems to show missing or underinked green coloring on the lily’s as well as the posthorn. My copy of the correct color stamp is a bit […]

Denmark Definitives Part 5 – Small National Coat of Arms – Varieties and Types

 

The small national coat of arms series (Scott refers to it as Small State Seal) began in 1946 and continues through at least 2010. There is not a ton of varieties in this issue, but I do note a few interesting things with them. For starters, these stamps were printed on 2 different paper varieties, […]

Denmark Definitives Part 4 – “Caravel?” Ship Series

 

In 1927 and continuing through 1940, Denmark issued a set of stamps featuring a ship called a “Caravel” according to both Scott and Michel.  The Facit catalog just refers to it as “Skepp” (or “Ship”). Here is the thing though…I don’t think this ship is a Caravel.  The Caravel was a Portuguese ship, however, this […]

Denmark Definitives Part 3 – The Wavy Lines Numeral Issue 1905 – 2010

 

The Denmark Wavy Lines Numeral series is one of the longest running series of same-design definitive stamps from any country other than Norway (who holds the record with their Posthorn series which began in 1872 and continues through today!) The Denmark series first began in 1905, and the latest issues on record are (I believe) […]

Denmark Definitives Part 2 – Arms 2 Numeral Issue of 1882 – 1907

 

In 1882 Denmark issued a new series of definitive stamps featuring 2 numerals centered by the coat of arms. This issue exists in a number of varieties and values. The first issue in 1882 of 5o Green and 20o Blue are the high catalog value stamps ($70 to $100 each).   These stamps are distinguished […]

Denmark Definitives Part 1 – Bi-Color Numeral Issues of 1870 – 1904

 

My collection of Denmark Definitives begins with the Bi-Color Numeral Issues from 1870 through 1904. These stamps come in a number of challenging varieties, especially the “Inverted Frame” variety that exists on most of the stamps.  This variety is poorly illustrated in all 3 of my catalogs (Scott, Michel and Facit) The stamps come in […]

Canada Odds and Ends – Meters, Revenues, Postcards, Slogan Cancels and More

 

I have a habit of saving most everything that comes my way.   The key is that I am able to identify and catalog it in some way. For items that are not listed in regular catalogs, this is where specialized catalogs come in handy.  And, in many cases, online resources that contain listings for […]

Canada 1982 Scott #973 – Repellex Error – Orange Color in Background

 

Sometimes, us simple worldwide collectors get lucky.   We all hope to find that big dollar stamp variety lurking in a lot of off paper stamps, and every once in a while, we get a little taste. Not a million dollars worth of course – But in this case, I suppose about $100. The 1982 […]

Canada – 1968 – 479 – Red over Blue Variety

 

Another example of Unitrade providing additional minor number varieties for Canadian Stamps. This Meteorology stamp, issued in 1968, is Scott (Unitrade) number 479.   Printed in 4 colors, dark blue, light blue, yellow and red. The variety, according to Unitrade is called “Red Over Blue” where the red edge of the dish appears to be […]

Canada 1964 – 429A – Deformed Maple Leaf Varieties

 

This stamp, issued in 1964, is the last in a series of 14 stamps featuring provincial flowers and coats of arms.  This final stamp features the Canada Maple Leaf along with the national Canada coat of arms. The Unitrade catalog lists a variety of this stamp called the “Deformed Maple Leaf” variety and gives it […]

1927-1928 Barranquilla Local Labels and Paquebot Covers

 

I came across 2 Colombia Barranquilla stamps that are unlisted and appear to be some sort of local label or local charity / tax stamp of some kind. Both are denominated 1/2c and share a common center design with different inscriptions. Issue #1 : Barranquilla Defense Board This first stamp is inscribed “Junta de Defensa de […]

Czechoslovakia Currency Reform of 1953 Stamps and Rates

 

On June 1st, 1953, Czechoslovakia declared a surprise drastic currency reform that devalued the current Koruna by a factor of 50:1.   Known as the “Third Koruna”, this was the the 2nd reform in less than a decade, (the first being in 1945 when the 2nd Koruna was established at par value with the Bohemian/Moravian […]

Bohemia and Moravia – Varieties of the 1939 4K Iron Works Stamp (Michel 34, Scott 36)

 

  Although the Scott Catalog does not list any varieties for this issue, according to the Deutschland Specialized Catalog for Bohemia and Moravia, this stamp comes in 3 varieties (Michel #34) 34a – schwarzlichgraublau (blackish gray blue) 34b – schwarzlichgrauturkis (blackish gray turquoise) 34c – schwarzblau (black blue) Now these colors seem close, but here is another […]

Czechoslovak Legion Post in Siberia – Holding off the Red Army

 

This is an example of why I love these little pieces of paper. This stamp was in my pile of Czechoslovakia stamps, and although I think it may be a forgery, it still led me to the pretty kick-ass story of the Czechoslovak Legion. This was a force of (eventually) over 60,000 troops, mainly Czech’s […]