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Common but generally unrecognized varieties on Polish definitive stamps

Common but generally unrecognized varieties on Polish definitive stamps

This year Poland is one of my attractions. Though Poland is one of the largest countries in Europe, there doesn’t seem to be as widespread philatelic interest towards its stamps. Possibly the most worrying result of this are the contradicting and lacking details of major variants in general catalogs such as Michel and Scott. Fortunately I’ve got a specialized Polish stamp catalog to rely on, and with this entry I’ll share tidbits about some of the common varieties that are either missing or falsely listed on major general catalogs. On large parts this entry is about perforation varieties, but I’ll share  few others constant variants as well.

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Interesting variety on 1922 Belgian Houyoux / Albert III stamp

Interesting variety on 1922 Belgian Houyoux / Albert III stamp

During the holidays I spent couple of days going through a largish pile of Belgian definitive stamps that had been sitting on my table for some months. All in all it seemed there was nothing of greater interest until I spotted an interesting looking variety on 5 cent stamp from the 1922 series generally known as Houyoux-series (after engraver Leon Houyoux).

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The low values of Greek Landscapes series of 1927 – separating different (re-engraved) prints from each other

The low values of Greek Landscapes series of 1927 – separating different (re-engraved) prints from each other

Many of the most common Greek postage stamps of all time come from the 1927/1935 definitives series commonly known as “Landscapes”. In total, the series is made of 14 face different stamps with face values from 5 lepta up to 25 drachmas in addition of which there’s one never issued design. Additionally, some values were overprinted for postal tax usage (to raise funds for Social Welfare Fund or for Postal Workers Anti-Tuberculosis fund). What makes this series philatelically challenging is the fact that six values were re-engraved/re-issued between 1931/35, some not just once but twice by various parties. This entry focuses on the the low values, and how to separate re-issues from the original release.

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