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ID
Year
M
D
Cat # Name
Scott
Set range
Perforation
Watermark
Description
1
1840
5
6
Eur 1 Great Britain
1
1 - 2
Imperforate
18
White paper. Engraved
2
1842
2
1
USent 1 City Despatch Post
40L1
Imperforate
Grayish paper
3
1843
3
1
SwCan 1 Canton Zurich
1L1
1L1 - 1L2
Imperforate
None
Red vertical lines. Lithographed.
4
1843
8
1
SAm 1 Brazil
1
1 - 3
Imperforate
None
 
5
1843
9
30
SwCan 2 Canton Geneva
2L1
Imperforate
None
Lithographed.
6
1845
7
1
SwCan 3 Canton Basel
3L1
Imperforate
None
Embossed. Typographed.
7
1847
7
1
CNA 1 United States of America
1
1 - 2
Imperforate
None
 
8
1847
9
21
GBCol 1 Mauritius
1
1 - 2
Imperforate
None
Engraved.
9
1849
1
1
Eur 2 France
3
3, 8
Imperforate
None
Typographed
10
1849
7
1
Eur 3 Belgium
1
1 - 2
Imperforate
Two L's framed
 
11
1849
11
1
GeSta 1 Bavaria
1
1 - 3
Imperforate
None
Typographed.
12
1850
1
1
OzSta 1 New South Wales
3a
1, 3a, 9a
Imperforate
None
Engraved.
13
1850
1
1
Eur 4 Spain
1
1 - 5
Imperforate
None
Lithographed
14
1850
1
3
OzSta 2 Victoria
1
1 - 12
Imperforate
None
Lithographed
15
1850
4
7
Eur 5 Switzerland
4
1 - 4
Imperforate
None
Without frame around cross. Lithographed.
16
1850
6
1
Eur 6 Austria
1
1 - 5
Imperforate
None
Handmade paper. Typographed
17
1850
6
1
AuSta 1 Lombardy-Venetia
1
1 - 6
Imperforate
None
Handmade paper. Typographed
18
1850
6
29
GeSta 2 Saxony
1
Imperforate
None
Typographed
19
1850
7
1
GBCol 2 British Guiana
2
2 - 5
Imperforate
None
#1: 1851. Typeset
20
1850
11
15
GeSta 3 Prussia
2
2 - 5
Imperforate
162
Engraved. Background of crossed lines. #1: 1856
21
1850
11
15
GeSta 4 Schleswig-Holstein
1
1 - 2
Imperforate
None
Typographed, arms embossed. With silkthreads.
22
1850
12
1
GeSta 5 Hanover
1
Imperforate
Square frame
Rose gum. Typographed
23
1851
1
1
ItSta 1 Sardinia
1
1 - 3
Imperforate
None
Lithographed.
24
1851
4
1
Eur 7 Denmark
2
Imperforate
111
Yellow brown burelage.Typographed. #1: May 1 (local)
25
1851
4
1
ItSta 2 Tuscany
2
2 - 3, 5 - 7
Imperforate
185
Blue, grayish blue or gray paper. Typographed. #1: 1852
26
1851
4
23
CaPro 1 Canada, Province
1
1 - 3
Imperforate
None
Laid paper. Engraved. #4: Wove paper 1852
27
1851
5
1
GeSta 6 Baden
1a
1a - 4a
Imperforate
None
Typographed, thin paper, first printing
28
1851
8
14
GBCol 3 Trinidad
2
2 - 3
Imperforate
None
Blued paper. Engraved.
29
1851
9
1
CanPr 2 Nova Scotia
2
2 - 5
Imperforate
None
Blue paper. Engraved.
30
1851
9
6
CanPr 3 New Brunswick
1
1 - 4
Imperforate
None
Blue paper. Engraved.
31
1851
10
1
USPos 2 Hawaii
1
Imperforate
None
Typeset
32
1851
10
15
GeSta 7 Württemberg
1
1 - 2, 4 - 5
Imperforate
None
Typographed. No Scott #3. #6: July 1852
33
1852
1
1
GeSta 8 Brunswick
1
Imperforate
None
Typographed
34
1852
1
1
Eur 8 Netherlands
1
Imperforate
Posthorn
Engraved
35
1852
1
1
ItSta 3 Roman States
1a, 1c
Imperforate
None
Typographed
36
1852
1
5
GeSta 9 Oldenburg
1
Imperforate
None
Lithographed
37
1852
1
16
FrCol 1 RĂ©union
1
Imperforate
None
Typographed
38
1852
1
29
GeSta 10 Thurn & Taxis, Northern district
3
Imperforate
None
Typographed
39
1852
1
29
GeSta 11 Thurn & Taxis, Southern district
42
Imperforate
None
Typographed
40
1852
4
15
GBCol 4 Barbados
1
1 - 3a
Imperforate
None
Blued paper. Engraved
41
1852
6
1
ItSta 4 Modena
1
Imperforate
None
No period after figure of value. Typographed
42
1852
6
1
ItSta 5 Parma
1
Imperforate
None
Typographed
43
1852
7
1
InSta - Scinde, India
A3
A3, A1, A2
Imperforate
None
Embossed
44
1852
9
15
Eur 9 Luxembourg
1
1 - 2
Imperforate
149
Engraved.
45
1853
7
1
SAm 2 Chile
1
Imperforate
b
Blued paper. Engraved.
46
1853
7
1
Eur 10 Portugal
1
1 - 4
Imperforate
None
Typographed & embossed.
47
1853
9
1
SASta 1 Cape of Good Hope
1
1 - 2
Imperforate
15
Blued paper. Engraved.
48
1853
11
1
OzSta 3 Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land)
1
1 - 2
Imperforate
None
Engraved.
49
1854
2
1
SpCol 1 Philippines
1
Imperforate
None
Engraved.
50
1854
7
26
GBCol 5 India, East India Company
2
2, 4
Imperforate
37
Lithographed
51
1854
8
1
OzSta 4 Western Australia
1
Imperforate
82
Engraved
52
1855
1
1
Eur 11 Norway
1
Imperforate
159
Typographed.
53
1855
1
1
OzSta 5 South Australia
1
1, 3
Imperforate
6
Engraved. #2: November 1, 1855
54
1855
4
10
GeSta 12 Bremen
1
1, 1a
Imperforate
None
Horizontally laid paper. Lithographed
55
1855
4
24
SpCol 2 Cuba
1
1 - 4
Imperforate
104
Typographed
56
1855
7
1
Eur 12 Sweden
1
1 - 5
14
None
Typographed.
57
1855
7
18
GBCol 6 New Zealand
1
1 - 3
Imperforate
6
White paper. Engraved.
58
1856
1
1
GBCol 7 Saint Helena
1
Imperforate
Star
Engraved.
59
1856
3
1
Eur 13 Finland
1
1 - 2
Imperforate
None
Small perls, wove paper. Typographed.
60
1856
4
1
DACol 1 Danish West Indies
1
Imperforate
111
Typographed
61
1856
7
1
GeSta 13 Mecklenburg-Schwerin
1
1 - 3
Imperforate
None
Typographed
62
1856
8
1
CNA 3 Mexico
1
1 - 5
Imperforate
None
Engraved.
63
1856
8
21
ArPro 1 Corrientes
1
Imperforate
None
 
64
1856
10
1
SAm 3 Uruguay, Carrier
1
1 - 3
Imperforate
None
Lithographed
65
1857
1
1
CanPr 4 Newfoundland
1
1, 3 - 9
Imperforate
None
Thick porous paper with mesh. Engraved.
66
1857
4
1
GBCol 8 Ceylon
2
Imperforate
6
Blued paper. Engraved.
67
1857
5
26
SASta 2 Natal
1
Imperforate
None
Colorless embossing.
68
1857
12
1
SAm 4 Peru
1
Imperforate
None
Engraved. #3: 1858/3/1
69
1858
1
1
Eur 14 Russia
1
Imperforate
166
Typographed
70
1858
1
1
ItSta 6 Naples
1
1 - 7
Imperforate
186
Engraved.
71
1858
4
29
ArPro 2 Buenos Aires
2
2 - 5
Imperforate
None
#1: October 26
72
1858
5
1
SAm 5 Argentina, Confederation
1
1 - 3
Imperforate
None
Lithographed.
73
1858
7
15
Eur 15 Moldavia (Romania)
1
1 - 4
Imperforate
None
Handstamped
74
1858
10
28
ArPro 3 Cordoba
1
1 - 2
Imperforate
None
Laid paper. Lithographed.
75
1859
1
1
GeSta 14 Hamburg
1
Imperforate
128
Typographed
76
1859
1
1
GeSta 15 Lübeck
1
Imperforate
148
Lithographed
77
1859
1
1
ItSta 7 Sicily
10
10 - 18
Imperforate
None
Engraved
78
1859
1
1
SAm 6 Venezuela
1
Imperforate
None
Lithographed
79
1859
5
15
GBCol 9 Ionian Islands
1
1 - 3
Imperforate
None
Engraved.
80
1859
6
1
FrCol 2 French Colonies
3
3, 5
Imperforate
None
Typographed
81
1859
6
10
GBCol 10 Bahamas
1
Imperforate
None
Typographed.
82
1859
6
26
SAm 3a Uruguay, Government
7
7 - 12
Imperforate
None
Thin numerals.
83
1859
8
4
FrCol 3 New Caledonia
1
Imperforate
None
Lithographed. No gum. Counterfeits abound.
84
1859
8
31
SAm 7 Colombia, Grenadine confederation
1
Imperforate
None
Wove paper. Lithographed
85
1859
9
1
ItSta 8 Romagna
1
1 - 9
Imperforate
None
Typographed
86
1859
9
21
GBCol 11 Sierra Leone
1a
14
None
Typographed. 1a: 1859. 1b: 1865. 1: 1874


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