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Types and varieties of Swiss postage stamps: 25th anniversary of Universal Postal Union (UPU)


 

1. Types

 

Types of all values

5 c., gray green
10 c., carmine rose
25 c., blue

Types I, II and III:
Switzerland, UPU anniversary 1900 postage stamp types 5c
Switzerland, UPU anniversary 1900 postage stamp types 10c

First plate (2.7.1900):

  • height of the stamp (including perforation) is 22 mm,
  • perforated line (between 11½ – 12 : 11½ – 11¾).

Second plate (5 c. and 10 c. stamps 12.7.1900, 25 c. stamp: 12.7.1900):

  • height of the stamp (including perforation) is 23 mm,
  • comb perforation 11¾.

Third plate (5 c. stamp: 1.8.1900, 10 c. stamp 17.10.1900, 25 c. stamp: 14.12.1900):

  • height of the stamp (including perforation) 23 mm,
  • comb perforation 11¾,
  • paper thicker,
  • dash line between year marks 1875 and 1900 straight,
  • value figures lined.

 

2. Constant varieties

 

A. FIRST PLATE
5 c., gray green Field number
I Switzerland, postage stamp plate error spot on nose Big green spot on woman’s nose. 64
II Switzerland, postage stamp plate error: spot on nose retouched Spot on woman’s nose retouched. 64
10 c., carmine rose Field number
I Switzerland, postage stamp plate error: white spot below elbow Big white spot on woman’s waist just below her elbow. ?
25 c., blue Field number
I Switzerland, postage stamp plate error: denomination plate damaged Plate with denomination in the upper right corner opened (big white spot). ?
B. SECOND PLATE
5 c., gray green Field number
I Switzerland, postage stamp plate error: curved line on woman's face Long curved line from woman’s eye to lower right corner of her neck. ?
II Switzerland, postage stamp plate error: FLORIAN missing Inscription FLORIAN missing. ?
10 c., carmine rose Field number
I Switzerland, postage stamp plate error: spots Splatter like spots on the globe and denomination. ?
II Switzerland, postage stamp plate error E in UNIVERSELLE Thick line on the last letter E in UNIVERSELLE, hair retouched. ?
III Switzerland, postage stamp plate error Swiss flag engraving Lines above Helvetian cross on the left engraved more apart. ?
IV Switzerland postage stamp plate flaw Upper right corner damaged. ?

 

3. Possible constant varieties (not mentioned in literature)

 

A. FIRST PLATE
5 c., gray green
1 Switzerland, postage stamp error: green dot next to 5 Green dot next to numeral 5 to the left.
2 Switzerland UPU anniversary postage stamp error Green spot on letter L in L’UNION.
10 c., carmine rose
1 Switzerland, postage stamp error dot on woman's palm Red dot on woman’s palm.
2 Switzerland, postage stamp error color spots Colored spots on woman’s scarf and in front of her face.
3 Switzerland, postage stamp error G in GRASSET missing Letter G in GRASSET missing.
4 Switzerland UPU anniversary postage stamp error Colored dot next to numeral 1 in denomination.
5 Switzerland UPU anniversary postage stamp error Colored dot on the flag pole.
6 Switzerland UPU stamp error Small indentation in top frame.
25 c., blue
1 Switzerland 25 cents UPU anniversary postage stamp error White scratch in front of woman’s nose.
B. SECOND PLATE
5 c., gray green
1 Switzerland, postage stamp error vertical line Vertical line in front of UNIVERSELLE.
2 Switzerland, postage stamp error line on dress Thin line on woman’s dress, just above numeral 7 in 1875.
3 Switzerland, postage stamp error white spot White spot in the upper right corner.
4 Switzerland, postage stamp error vertical line Vertical white line trough denomination numeral.
5 Switzerland, postage stamp error 5 with shade Denomination numeral with shade.
6 Switzerland, postage stamp error lower frame damaged Lower frame line damaged.
7 Switzerland UPU 5 rappen postage stamp flaw Vertical line between numerals 8 and 7 in 1875.
8 Switzerland postage stamp error Green dot next to numeral 5.
10 c., carmine rose
1 Switzerland, postage stamp error color spots Multiple colored spots.
2 Switzerland, postage stamp error thin line Thin vertical line over denomination and woman’s dress.
3 Switzerland, postage stamp error white circle on borderline White circle on the left border line, below the plate with denomination.
4 Switzerland, postage stamp error circle on shoulder Colored circle on woman’s shoulder.
5 Switzerland, postage stamp error colored lines Thick colored lines below the Swiss flag on the right.
6 Switzerland, postage stamp error red line above 1875 Horizontal red line above numeral 7 in 1875.
7 Switzerland, postage stamp error thin diagonal line Thin diagonal line in the lower right corner.
8 Switzerland, postage stamp error color spot Colored spot above denomination.
9 Switzerland, postage stamp error upper borderline damaged Upper frame above letter U in L’UNION damaged.
10 Switzerland, postage stamp error line above 8 Thin oval line over numeral 8 in year mark 1875.
25 c., blue
1 Switzerland, Letters R and S in UNIVERSELLE damaged.
C. THIRD PLATE
5 c., gray green
1 Switzerland, postage stamp error two crossing lines Two crossing thin lines in denomination area.
2 Switzerland, postage stamp error colored spot Colored spot on letter U in UNIVERSELLE.
3 Switzerland, postage stamp error additional thin line Thin line in the lower left part over denomination value.

 

4. Coincidental varieties

 

A. FIRST PLATE
5 c., gray green
A Paper fold. Switzerland, postage stamp error: paper fold
10 c., carmine rose
A Offset. Switzerland, postage stamp error offset
B Shifted perforation. Switzerland postage stamp perforation error
B. SECOND PLATE
5 c., gray green
A Green spot above letter D in DE L’UNION. Switzerland, postage stamp error green spot on D
10 c., carmine rose
A Offset. Switzerland, postage stamp error offset
C. THIRD PLATE
5 c., gray green
A Offset. Switzerland, postage stamp error offset 5 cents
B Light perforation shift. Switzerland, postage stamp error shifted perforation

 

Bibliography


  1. Michel Schweiz/Liechtenstein-Spezial 2003/2004, Schwaneberger Verlag, GMBH, München. ISBN 3-87858-365-6