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.

Denmark Scott #38 5o Green Large Corner Numerals
Denmark Scott #38 5o Green Large Corner Numerals

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 from the later stamps with smaller corner numerals and differences in shading around the crown as well as spacing between the bottom oval and the frame.

The differences are very hard to distinguish, but there is a thread on StampCommunity that details the differences well so I won’t go into them here.

Overall the stamps can be broken out into the following groups:

  • A – Small Corner Numerals 5o, 10o (wrong cliche on plate in3 positions), 20o
  • B – Large Corner Numerals – Perf 14×13.5 – 5o, 10o, 20o
  • C – Large Corner Numerals – Perf 13, Scott Wmk. 112 – 5o, 10o, 20o
  • D – Large Corner Numerals – Perf 13, Scott Wmk. 113 – 1o, 5o, 10o, 15o, 20o

You will also find slight shade differences in most of the values.

1884 Scott #40, 20o Shades
1884 Scott #40, 20o Shades


Aside from the Small Numeral Issue, all of these stamps have catalog values less than $10 and are fairly easy to obtain.



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