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Iceland

Wednesday, January 1, 1873

Europe 22

Ice1
Watermark Small Crown
  Iceland #1 Watermark Small Crown  

Designed and engraved by Phillip C. Batz. Printed in typography by H. H. Thiele, Copenhagen.
Watermark small crown. Comb perforation 14 x 13½ or line perforation 12½.

Description Perforation # issued AFA Facit Scott Stanley Gibbons Michel
Jan. 1, 1873
2 Skilling ultramarine
14 x 13½
40,000 1 1 1 1 1A
4 Skilling rose
14 x 13½
80,000 2 2 2 2 3A
4 Skilling rose
12½
20,000 2B 6 6 6 4B
8 Skilling brown
14 x 13½
40,000 3 3 3 3 4A
16 Skilling yellow
14 x 13½
10,000 4 4 4 4 5A
16 Skilling yellow
12½
30,000 4B 7 7 7 5B
Mar. 22, 1873
3 Skilling gray
12½
25,000 5 5 5 5 2B

All issue quantities are approximate.

These stamps were valid until July 31, 1876. Favor (CTO) and fake cancels abound.
Imperforate stamps are proofs. Or, as Vigfus Palsson put it: " Ótökkað eintök af 2 skildingum. Það er ekki vitað hvernig þessi eintök komust í umferð, en það er talið að þau hafi aldrei verið notuð sem póstburðargjöld. "
NOTE: this link appear to not work anymore.

A good place to start looking for more information is Paul Herber's site.

A German site, Die Island Seite, covers forged and genuine cancels among other things.

IceC3
IceC3block
First real airmail
Block
1930 Sc-C3 SG173  

Iceland's first dedicated (rather than overprinted) airmail is a striking stamp and interestingly tessellated.

Images from David Olson, ebay.

FI ref: 171 Page credit: JA/NB

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