Some years ago, Norway Post calculated that over 5 billion posthorn stamps had been produced in this, the world’s longest-running series of stamps. Over 960 million of the 5 and 10 øre stamps (NK 99 and 100) from 1909-1910 were printed! So perhaps it’s not surprising that collecting posthorn stamps is for many people the purest form of philately.
In 1982 a Dane called Svend Wiegand Hansen released a book called \”Om at samle norske posthornmærker\” (\”Collecting Norwegian posthorn stamps\”). The book offers a detailed, simple introduction to an area of collecting that can be as easy or difficult as you want. You can build a collection using the numbers in the Norgeskatalogen Catalogue of Stamps and then expand it to include different variants. Over 500,000 10 øre carmine stamps were printed in 1910, and Norgeskatalogen lists up to 11 different variants. Differences between variants may be due to printing errors, while type and plate differences can be distinguished by tagging, watermark and design differences. Distinguishing between two almost identical stamps can be crucial.
The most important tools for a posthorn stamp collection are a good magnifying glass, Norgeskatalogen, a stamp book for sorted stamps, a watermark detector, tag measurer and, ideally, a colour palette for philatelists. To look for differences, you need a enough of stamps to choose from. You will be slow at the start, and often unsure. Use a stamp book you can annotate to make it easy to figure things out next time you open the book. After a while, you’ll notice sorting stamps gets easier. A stamp collection doesn’t need big goals and international glory; this is your private hobby. This year’s 70 kroner stamp could be the start of an enjoyable hobby!
Issue Date: 12.09.2014 Designer: Enzo Finger and Sverre Morken Printer: Joh. Enschedé Security Print Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Values: NOK 70
5th Anniversary of UNPA Geneva
On 12 September 2014, UNPA will issue a new personalized stamp sheet to commemorate the 45th Anniversary of UNPA Geneva. The “Greetings from Geneva” sheet was designed by Rorie Katz (United Nations) and will be available for personalization at the UNPA Geneva Personalized Stamp Shop soon!
The sheet features 10 different stamps in the denomination of CHF 1,30 with images of the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The Palace of Nations was built between 1929 and 1936 to serve as the headquarters of the League of Nations. It has served as the home of the United Nations Office at Geneva since 1946, although Switzerland did not become a member of the UN until 2002.The background design of the stamp sheet features a night view of the 46-hectare Ariana Park with the Palais des Nations and the Armillary sphere. The Ariana Park is one of the biggest and most prestigious parks in Geneva with an outstanding view of Lake Geneva and is home to a number of beautiful peacocks, featured on the tabs next to the stamps.
The City of Geneva has made the park available to the UN for its offices for as long as the UN exists. The park was originally owned by the Revilliod de Rive family whose last descendant bequeathed it to the City of Geneva. One of the bequest’s conditions was that peacocks should roam there freely and it is not unusual to see peacocks dancing in full splendor in the Palais grounds.
Issue Date: 12.09.2014 Colours: 4 colours