Denmark Definitives Part 6 – 4 Kings and a Queen

4Kingsand1QueenDenmark began issuing stamps in 1851 during the reign of King Frederick VII who was king from 1848 – 1863.  However, it wasn’t until 1904, during the end of the reign of Christian IX that a monarch first appeared on the stamps of Denmark.

Why wasn’t Frederick VII on a stamp? – well, it is hard to say, but according to this discussion on Stampboards he did appear on an Essay that was never put into production (and then later, he finally appeared on a souv sheet in 1976 showing the Essay).

The Danes like their numeral stamps I guess.

Christian IX : 1863 – 1906

Christian IX finally appears 2 years before he dies in the first series to feature a Monarch in 1904.

Christian IX
Christian IX

Facit does list a number of varieties for each stamp in this series, including shades and inverted watermarks.   There is a distinction between 2 types of these (listed separately in Scott) according to the image below.

Christian IX Types I and II
Christian IX Types I and II

The easiest way to tell the difference is in the background and that Type II is missing a medallion on his chest.

Frederik VIII : 1906 – 1912

In 1907, a similar looking set of stamps with the new monarch Frederik VIII were produced.

Frederik VIII
Frederik VIII

Facit has a few varieties listed including color shades and inverted watermarks, along with a number of high catalog value flaws.

Here are few shades from my collection.

FrederikVIII-10o FrederikVIII-5o

If you look closely at the left “5” in the 5o green you will notice a bit of extra white color on the left side compared to the right side.

Christian X : 1912 – 1947

With Christian X and is 35 year rule, we get a number of different issues bearing his portrait.

1913-1928 Series – Christian Facing Right.

Christian X 20o 1913-1928 Series
Christian X 20o 1913-1928 Series

ChristianX-1k

And some color varieties

ChristianX-15o ChristianX-20oBlue

 

1934-1941 Series – Christian Facing Left

Christian X - 50o 1934-1941 Series
Christian X – 50o 1934-1941 Series

Christian’s 60th Birthday – 1930

Christian X 1930 60th Birthday
Christian X 1930 60th Birthday

Last Issue featuring Christian X : 1942 – 1946

Christian X - Last Issue
Christian X – Last Issue

Christian 10o Shades
Christian 10o Shades

 

Frederik IX : 1947 – 1972

The first series featuring Frederik IX began in 1948 and ran through 1968 with the following design:

Frederik IX 15o First Series
Frederik IX 15o First Series

There are a number of varieties of this design listed in Facit, Scott and Michel as well as some varieties only listed in Facit.

First the types.  There are 3 types to this design which can be distinguished by looking at the background lines and looking at the lines on his uniform.

Type I : Background of horizontal lines

Type II : Square patterned or hatched background lines.  Uniform lines are undivided.

Type III : Same as Type II but with uniform lines in a divided line pattern.

Frederik IX Types
Frederik IX Types

The 15o Green Exists Type II and II, 20o Brown Red exists Type I and III, 30o Orange Type II and III.

There is also a “Damaged Name” variety that exists on the 30o Brown Red.   Fairly easy to spot – and fairly common, see the image below:

Damaged Name Variety
Damaged Name Variety

Overprint Varieties

There are also Type I and Type II over the overprints on these stamps as well.  They are distinguished by looking at if the bars are even with the surcharge

Frederik IX Type I and II Overprints
Frederik IX Type I and II Overprints

 

Frederik IX – Second Series

The second series ran from 1961 – 1967 with no interesting varieties that I am aware.

Frederik IX Second Series
Frederik IX Second Series

 

Margrethe II – 1972 – Present

Finally, Margrethe II, who has so far appeared on 6 different series of stamps.   She was quite a looker in her early years I might add.

 

MargretheIIAllSeries

 

 

And that wraps up the series on Denmark Definitives.

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