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Netherlands

Thursday, January 1, 1852

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Neth1
  Netherlands #1  

Imperforate, watermark 158 (posthorn), engraved.

Description Plates # issued Scott # SG Mi Y&T
5 cents blue
6 20,875,000 1 1    
10 cents lake
11 17,044,100 2 2    
15 cents orange yellow
1 2,382,500 3 3    

While Scott's initial listing is restricted to the 1852 issue and three shades of the Sc1, Gibbons, rather excessively, lists all colour and plate variations from 1852 to 1863 together resulting in 12 sub-categories (a through l) for both the SG1 and SG2.

All issue quantities are approximate.

Plate numbers.
Description Plate number Date
5 cents blue
1
January 1852
5 cents blue
2
November 1853
5 cents blue
3
December 1854
5 cents blue
4
December 1858
5 cents blue
5
May 1861
5 cents blue
6
February 1863
10 cents lake
1
January 1852
10 cents lake
1A
April / November 1852
10 cents lake
2
September 1853
10 cents lake
3
September 1854
10 cents lake
4
January 1856
10 cents lake
5
February 1857
10 cents lake
6
September 1860
10 cents lake
7
June 1861
10 cents lake
8
July 1862
10 cents lake
9
January 1862
10 cents lake
10
November 1862
15 cents orange yellow
1
January 1852

All issue quantities are approximate.

There [was] plenty more detailed information at The first stamps of The Netherlands (dead link, site not found).


NethGY1
Floating Safe / Marine Insurance
1921 Sc-GY1 SG-M238

Innovations

Floating Safe stamps
These (also, more prosaically referred to as Marine Insurance stamps) were issued by the Netherlands and Netherlands Indies, for mail shipped between the two countries. Mail with this additional stamp was carried in a special safe designed to float and be recovered if the ship sank. The service was introduced in 1921 and discontinued in 1923 through lack of interest.

Sources: ScSC, SGP4.

Image from David Olson.

FI ref: 34 Page credit: JA/NB

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