Stamp rarities in Postmuseum, Stockholm
Finland - 5 kopek 1856, unused block of four
Finland used postal stationery - "frankokuvert"
- as early as 1845 but the first stamps were issued much
later, in March 1856. The early Finnish stamps were hand-stamped
one by one in a lever press. They were manufactured in small
sheets with two horizontal rows in tête-bêche
and 9-11 stamps in each row.
This unused block of four of the 1856 5 kopek value (small
pearls) is a great rarity and one of a handful still in existence.
Donated by Hans Lagerlöf, 1924
Norway - Coat-of-Arms 1863, 98 skilling on a letter to
This letter was sent from Levanger on December 11, 1864 to
Wisconsin, USA. It is franked with twelve copies of 8 skilling
Coat-of-Arms stamps and one copy of 2 skilling Oscar I. The
double rate from Norway to USA was 106 skilling, so the letter
was insufficently paid, as 8 skilling is missing.
Donated by Hans Lagerlöf, 1930
Bulgaria - 5 stotinki 1882, colour error
The Principality of Bulgaria got its first stamps in 1879.
These and the following issues were printed in St. Petersburg,
This registered letter was sent from Varna to Hanover in
Germany in 1888. Among the four stamps is a sample of the
colour error 5 stotinki in rose instead of green - as well
as this value in the correct colour.
Donated by Hans Lagerlöf, 1946
Great Britain - 1 penny black 1840 on domestic letter
The first stamp in the world, the British one penny black on a letter
cancelled on the day of issue, May 6, 1840.
Donated by Friends of Postmuseum, 1963