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The bi-coloured issue of Denmark and DWI 1870-1905.
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you will get an enlarged image!
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The bi-colored stamps of Denmark and the Danish West-Indies (DWI) are among the most
beautiful stamps in the world. They always show two nicely matching colors. The center
is called the oval and the frame consists of very detailed ornaments. This design were used
for danish stamps for more than 30 years. Through these 30 years many different settings and printings were
produced. As an example the 4 and 8 øre values can be found in more than 120 different
The frames can be found in the normal position as well as in the inverted position.
Both orientations of the frames are common in general; but this is not
the case in each particular printing! In some printing all 100 or 200 frame cliches are oriented in the same direction
(normal or inverted), but in many printings one or two cliches are oriented in the opposite
direction compared to the rest of the 100 or 200 cliches. Finding and recognizing these
isolated cliches is the art of collecting bi-colours. Illustrated here, you se a pair
containing such an isolated cliche (12 øre, 29th printing, position 51).
I am a member of one of the two leading study groups on the bi-colored stamps of
Denmark (and DWI). We work mainly on plate reconstructions and some postal history of this
period. Our results are usually published in the leading journal of classical
Danish philately: Nordisk Filatelistisk
You can get an introduction to the Danish Bi-coloured stamps by
clicking here, where you can see the first
8 pages of my traditional exhibit. All printings of the skilling
stamps are prenseted here. You can also take a look at some
of the beauties and gems of my collection.
On this page you see some of the most beautiful stamps of
my collection and one of the most interesting letters.
The letter is the only known letter send from Denmark to Burma before year 1900.
The letter shows the 30 øre rate for letters to overseas destinations.
The letter is a double rate registered letter. Thus the rate was 30+30+16 øre, 76 øre.
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