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Particularly attractive and scarce stamps that will make a wonderful addition to your collection. Most of these issues are not often offered! Unless otherwise stated, Scott Catalog numbers have been used. Mint stamps will have full original gum unless otherwise mentioned. All items are available for viewing on approval.
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1 DOUBLE FOOT [1855 4 sk Lion, position D40: doubling of right foot of lion (on our left)] Used Fine with four clear margins. Close margin on left near bottom, but it does not touch; otherwise small margins all around. Extremely light circular town cancellation, so light that at first glance you might think it is an uncanceled stamp. The stamp color is a lighter-than-typical blue. The impression is extremely crisp and clear. There are no defects or repairs. Accompanied by a Roger Calves (well-known French / worldwide expert) 1992 photo certificate and by a 2018 Jay Smith photo color certificate with lifetime guarantee. Lightly canceled examples of Norway #1 are quite unusual; I have never before seen such a lightly canceled example of the Double Foot variety. While one would certainly wish for larger margins, the small margins are more than made up for by the clarity of the impression and the lightness of the postmark which allows the variety to be perfectly visible. This major variety is one of the touchstones of Norwegian philately; the stamp that every young Norwegian collector hopes to someday own. Facit 2018 value "from SEK 20,000".
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Postal Card (Double) #21 Used VF from BERGEN 11 September 1885 to København with 15 Sept receivers (address was corrected). Intact double card correctly used in-period for the correct Nordic (except Sweden) rate to Denmark. The reply card was addressed by the sender, but the recipient never used the reply portion. After postal card #1, this is one of the scarcest used Norwegian postal cards (on par with the similar 6 øre brown double card). Seldom offered, especially not in nice quality used in the proper period. From the Norman Gary collection and previously from a 1984 Danam auction. It might be another 30 years before I can offer such an example!
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900.00

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1, 2-5, 15 [1855 Number One, 1856-57 Oscars, 1867 8 Skill 8 Coat of Arms] The COMPLETE SET of six 1924 OFFICIAL REPRINTS. Mint VF still affixed to the original 1924 Handbook page, as they were all issued. These 1924 reprints have color shades different from the even scarcer 1914 reprints. The 1924 #1 is Deep Blackish Blue (instead of Dark Greenish Blue). The 1924 Oscar colors are: Dull Yellowish Orange (instead of Dark/Bright Orange); Dark Silvery Gray (instead of Greenish Light Gray); Blackish Blue (instead of slightly greenish Dark Blue); Dark Brownish Red (instead of Light Brownish Red). The 1924 #15 is slightly orangish Red (instead of Carmine). In total, I have only had four or five complete sets of these (not all members of the sets at the same time) in 41 years. This is certainly among the nicest looking that I have had.
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237391
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2-5 [1856-1857 Oscars] The set of the four 1924 OFFICIAL REPRINTS of the Oscars. Mint VF with partial/disturbed gum still present as a result of extremely careful removal from their page in the 1924 handbook (examples with full, undisturbed gum should not exist in private hands). These 1924 reprints have color shades different from the scarcer 1914 reprints; these 1924 colors are: Dull Yellowish Orange (instead of Dark/Bright Orange); Dark Silvery Gray (instead of Greenish Light Gray); Blackish Blue (instead of slightly greenish Dark Blue); Dark Brownish Red (instead of Light Brownish Red). I have only had three or four sets of these in 40 years and this must be the nicest looking set that I have had, and probably the only one with any gum remaining.
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515/516 ORIGINAL ARTWORK [1968 Aasmund Olavssund VINJE] The original 1967 artwork of the K. Løkke-Sørensen design for this important 1968 stamp issue commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Aasmund Olavssund Vinje. A beautiful 100 x 135 mm painting, in shades of brown, on illustrator board (115 x 145 mm). The design is almost identical to the issued stamps except that the denomination is 90 and is on the left instead of right. There is also a design error in the painting (corrected on the issued stamp) -- the artist used the initials OA instead of AO. Signed by the artist at lower left and dated "67". Vinje was a proponent of the use of the Nynorsk [New Norwegian] (Landsmål) language. This is the first Norwegian stamp issue to use the Nynorsk "NOREG" country name! Provenance: This was in the William Benfield collection (so marked on the reverse). Benfield bought it from auctioneer and stamp dealer Irwin Heiman (Metro Stamp Company), February 24, 1973 (see note on back of the Benfield album page; the reference to Memphis was because Benfield lived there at the time). I purchased it from Benfield in the late 1980s (?) as part of the Benfield non-Danish essay-proof collection. I sold it to a member of the Vinje family located in the U.S. (early 1990s?). That family later sold it to a western U.S. stamp dealer who noticed that the description was from me and the dealer sold it to me in July 2014. I then sold it again to collector MXZ in September 2014 and repurchased it from MXZ in September 2017 with other parts of his collection.
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104-110 [1 April 1925 complete set of Polar Bear and Airplane; Roald Amundsen Polar Exploration fundraising issue] Wonderful FIRST DAY COVER with BERGEN 1 IV 25 cancellations. Each stamp is clearly and individually FD canceled, but naturally it is easiest to see on the orange 3 øre stamp. This is a RARE first day cover, in date order only the third FDC listed by Facit. One does see complete sets on later-canceled covers, but FDC are very rare. The 5 øre is Fine, with the rest either F-VF or VF; none have any defects. The cover has a vertical fold to the right of center, but it does not affect any stamps. This stamp issue is very important for polar philately -- and it helped fund polar exploration at a critical time -- but the design also has great topical appeal for the polar bear and the airplane. The 2018 Facit value is SEK 7500, however, classic Norwegian FDC auction realizations regularly outstrip the catalog values. To the best of my recollection this is the only FDC of this issue that I have been able to offer in 45 years.
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132-5 [20 March 1928 Henrik Ibsen] Wonderful registered FIRST DAY COVER bearing TWO COMPLETE SETS IN VERTICAL PAIRS with OSLO 20 III 28 cancellations. All stamps VF. The cancellations are clearly struck; a receiving cancellation applied to the reverse the following day. Vertical fold well away from the stamps. Remarkably, the FDC contained the registered mail receipt showing the matching registry number and with an "OSLO BKO:" thimble postmark -- finding these thimble postmarks on covers and forms/documents (their most prevalent use) is quite unusual. This is a RARE first day cover; the 2018 Facit value is SEK 3800 -- which I believe is much too low for this issue -- however, classic Norwegian FDC auction realizations regularly outstrip the catalog values. To the best of my recollection this is only the second FDC of this issue that I have been able to offer in 45 years.
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750.00

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145-8 [6 April 1929 Niels Henrik Abel] Excellent registered FIRST DAY COVER of complete set, with OSLO 6 IV 29 somewhat faint OSLO machine cancellation and then additionally canceled with OSLO hand cancellations. All stamps F-VF or VF. The 6th was a Saturday, thus delivered on Monday, with a receiving postmark applied to the reverse. Horizontal fold near the bottom, well away from the stamps. This is a RARE first day cover; the 2018 Facit value is SEK 5500, however classic Norwegian FDC auction realizations regularly outstrip the catalog values. To the best of my recollection this is the first FDC of this issue that I have been able to offer in 45 years.
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900.00

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150-3 [1 April 1930 Saint Olav] Wonderful registered FIRST DAY COVER of complete set with "OSLO Br." 1 IV 30 very clear OSLO machine cancellation. #150 is F-VF, the others are VF. Unusually fresh and nice. This is a RARE first day cover; the 2018 Facit value is SEK 7000, which is probably already on the low side compared to the scarcity and demand of other issues, however classic Norwegian FDC auction realizations regularly outstrip the catalog values. To the best of my recollection this is the first FDC of this issue that I have been able to offer in 45 years.
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1150.00

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C1a [13 Jun 1927 Airmail Type I (first issue; indistinct frame line] Wonderful FIRST DAY COVER with "OSLO ULLEVÅL HAVEBY" 13 VI 27 sub-office cancellations. Transit canceled the next day with "OSLO BR. I" and then sent to England, with 16 June receiver on reverse. The stamp is VF. A yellow and black airmail label (not sure if this is also FD use of the label) is affixed; it was torn before application, but looks nice. This is a RARE first day cover. The 2018 Facit value is SEK 6000, however, classic Norwegian FDC auction realizations regularly outstrip the catalog values. To the best of my recollection this is only the second FDC of this issue that I have been able to offer in 45 years.
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1000.00

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Norwegian WWII Air Drop Propaganda Stamps: Orange (third) design showing Norwegian sailor plucking up Nazi soldiers, commemorating the British/Norwegian 4 March 1941 naval raid on Lofoten. Dropped by the British Royal Air Force during night-time flights over Norwegian coastal cities, usually during bad weather (to avoid being spot-lighted), such leaflets/stamps often fell into the water and/or were otherwise destroyed. If a Norwegian was discovered by the Nazis to possess one of these leaflets/stamps, the consequences could be very serious indeed. As a result, the few existing examples are almost always without gum and almost always have at least minor defects. This example is the full, intact orange sheet with the large design and three stamps. Without gum, with only minor perforation separations, and with only minor defects. It must be the nicest looking example of one of these that I have had in 35 years. Seldom offered; spectacular appearance!
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1983 Edvard Grieg Europa Test Stamp design printed in 1986 by Norges Bank Seddeltrykkeri (Norwegian Banknote Printing Company) as a test and demonstration of new printing equipment. The design was apparently not first "discovered" by philatelists until 1997 and I had not recorded this color/type until around 2010. These are true test stamps, intended for internal purposes and were never officially made available to the public. These test stamps are rare and of interest to collectors of test stamps, composers and music, and Europa. The engraved design is taken from the 1983 EUROPA issue and pictures composer Edvard Grieg; with the country name, text, and denomination cut out. Grieg portrait with full background of musical score. Printed in single color. SET OF TWO, IMPERFORATE SINGLES, in DARK ULTRAMARINE and in DARK BROWNISH CARMINE. Payments can be arranged.
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575.00

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1983 Edvard Grieg Europa Test Stamp design printed in 1986 by Norges Bank Seddeltrykkeri (Norwegian Banknote Printing Company) as a test and demonstration of new printing equipment. The design was apparently not first "discovered" by philatelists until 1997 and I had not recorded this color/type until around 2010. These are true test stamps, intended for internal purposes and were never officially made available to the public. These test stamps are rare and of interest to collectors of test stamps, composers and music, and Europa. The engraved design is taken from the 1983 EUROPA issue and pictures composer Edvard Grieg; with the country name, text, and denomination cut out. Grieg portrait in Dark Ultramarine with full background of musical score in Carmine Red. SET OF TWO, one each IMPERFORATE and PERFORATED SINGLES. Payments can be arranged.
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575.00

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1983 Edvard Grieg Europa Test Stamp design printed in 1986 by Norges Bank Seddeltrykkeri (Norwegian Banknote Printing Company) as a test and demonstration of new printing equipment. The design was apparently not first "discovered" by philatelists until 1997 and I had not recorded this color/type until around 2010. These are true test stamps, intended for internal purposes and were never officially made available to the public. These test stamps are rare and of interest to collectors of test stamps, composers and music, and Europa. The engraved design is taken from the 1983 EUROPA issue and pictures composer Edvard Grieg; with the country name, text, and denomination cut out. Grieg portrait ONLY, in Dark Ultramarine. The engraved background is present, but is albino (uninked). SET OF TWO, one each IMPERFORATE and PERFORATED SINGLES. Payments can be arranged.
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575.00

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1983 Edvard Grieg Europa Test Stamp design printed in 1986 by Norges Bank Seddeltrykkeri (Norwegian Banknote Printing Company) as a test and demonstration of new printing equipment. The design was apparently not first "discovered" by philatelists until 1997 and I had not recorded this color/type until around 2010. These are true test stamps, intended for internal purposes and were never officially made available to the public. These test stamps are rare and of interest to collectors of test stamps, composers and music, and Europa. The engraved design is taken from the 1983 EUROPA issue and pictures composer Edvard Grieg; with the country name, text, and denomination cut out. Grieg portrait ONLY, in Dark Ultramarine. The engraved background is present, but is albino (uninked). Lower right corner margin 6-block (3x2) with counting number in right margin. Left stamps fully perforated, center stamps partially perforated, right stamps fully imperforate. Payments can be arranged.
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1983 Edvard Grieg Europa Test Stamp design printed in 1986 by Norges Bank Seddeltrykkeri (Norwegian Banknote Printing Company) as a test and demonstration of new printing equipment. The design was apparently not first "discovered" by philatelists until 1997 and I had not recorded this color/type until around 2010. These are true test stamps, intended for internal purposes and were never officially made available to the public. These test stamps are rare and of interest to collectors of test stamps, composers and music, and Europa. The engraved design is taken from the 1983 EUROPA issue and pictures composer Edvard Grieg; with the country name, text, and denomination cut out. Grieg portrait in Dark Ultramarine with full background of musical score in Carmine Red. Lower right corner margin 6-block (3x2) with counting number in right margin. Left stamps fully perforated, center stamps partially perforated, right stamps fully imperforate. Payments can be arranged.
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1675.00

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