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Types and varieties of Swiss Postage Stamps: Definitive Issues.


 

1908. Definitive issue, kneeling Helvetia. Printed in sheets of 100 (10X10).

TYPES
Switzerland, postage stamp types, Helvetia L’EPLATTENIER Type I: inscription L’EPLATTENIER in the lower left corner.

Type II: initials CL (standing for Charles L’Eplattenier).
(both types printed in sheets and in rolls)

 

Possible constant varieties (not mentioned in literature)
40 c., red violet and yellow
1 Broken sword. Kneeling Helvetia stamp 40 cents error broken sword
50 c., dark green and pale green
1 Circle above numeral 5 in denomination to the right. Swiss stamp Helvetia error

 

1909-1911. Definitive issue, William Tell’s son. Printed in sheets of 100 (10X10), rolls and stamp booklets.

TYPES

2 c. bister

Switzerland, postage stamp types, Tell's son, 2
Types I, II and III

3 c. dark violet

Switzerland, postage stamp types, Tell's son, 3
Types I and II (type III doesn’t exist)

5 c. green

Switzerland, postage stamp types, Tell's son, 5
Types I, II and III

7,5 c. gray

Switzerland, postage stamp types, Tell's son, 7,5
Types II and III (type I doesn’t exist)
(Also on overprinted stamps of 1921)

Type I:

    • bow-string in front of the stock.

Type II:

        • bow-string at the back of the stock,
        • cocking stirrup thin.

Type III:

      • bow string at the back of the stock,
      • cocking stirrup thick and even,
      • the height of the second stair lower.

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 White dot above the right limb, below the second letter E in HELVETIA. Switzerland, postage stamp error, Tell's son

 

1914-1918. Definitive issue, William Tell. Printed in sheets of 100 (10X10) and stamp sheets.

Possible constant varieties (not mentioned in literature)
1 Tell’s eye retouched. Switzerland William Tell postage stamp retouching

 

1914 and 1928. Definitive issue, mountainous scenery. Printed in sheets of 25 (5X5).

TYPES
Switzerland, postage stamp types, 5 fr, Vierwaldstätter See mit Rüli Type I: engraver’s name A. BURKHARD in the lower right corner (issue of 1914).

Type II: engraver’s name J. SPRENGER (issue of 1928).

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 White slopping line in front of the numeral 3. Switzerland, postage stamp error: Die Mythen mountain
2 Retouching in front of the numeral 3. Switzerland, postage stamp retouching: Die Mythen

 

26 January 1915. Definitive issue, Tell’s son, Tell and Helvetia. Letterpress. Printed in sheets of 100 (10X10), rolls and stamp booklets.

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 cent on 2 cents, bister
1 The second line in overprint broken Switzerland, postage overprint error: broken line
2 The first line in overprint damaged to the left. Switzerland, postage overprint error: damaged line
3 The first line in overprint thin. Switzerland, postage overprint error: thin line
4 All three lines in overprint thin. Switzerland, postage overprint error: three thin lines
13 cents on 12 cents, brown
1 The first line in overprint damaged to the left. Switzerland, postage stamp error: first line damaged

 

January 1921. Definitive issue, William Tell, Tell’s son and kneeling Helvetia overprinted with new values. Printed letterpress in sheets of 100 (10X10) and stamp booklets.

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 White circle below numeral 5 in denomination to the left. Switzerland, postage stamp error: white circle Helvetia

 

1921-1934. Definitive issue, Tell’s son, Tell and kneeling Helvetia. Printed in letterpress in sheets of 100 (10X10), rolls in sheets of 200 (10X20) and stamp booklets.

Possible constant varieties (not mentioned in literature)
20 cents, dark lilac
1 White circle below zero in denomination. William Tell stamp error
25 cents, vermilion
1 White circle in the upper left corner. Switzerland, William Tell 25 cents postage stamp error
70 cents, violet and buff
1 White circle in the field next to Helvetia’s hand to the left. Switzerland, Helvetia postage stamp error
2 Heart-like spot next to the right denomination value to the left. Switzerland postage stamp, Helvetia, error

 

1924-1940. Definitive issue, coat of arms. Printed in letterpress in sheets of 100 (10X10).

CONSTANT VARIETIES Field number
I Switzerland, postage stamp plate error: HFLVETIA The first letter E in HELVETIA damaged at the bottom (HFLVETIA) ?

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 White circle inside the Swiss cross. Switzerland, postage stamp error: white circle on Swiss cross

 

1924-1933. Definitive issue, Tell’s son, Tell and kneeling Helvetia. Printed in letterpress in sheets of 100 (10X10), rolls in sheets of 200 (10X20) and stamp booklets.

Possible constant varieties (not mentioned in literature)
10 cents, violet
1 Double lower left frame. Switzerland Tell stamp error
2 Small white dot on numeral 1 in denomination. Swiss postage stamp error Tell

 

2 November 1936. Definitive issue, Swiss scenery. Printed in line engraving in sheets of 50 (10X5), rolls and stamp booklets.

TYPES
Switzerland, postage stamp types: Chillon castle on Geneva lake Type I: two vertical lines in zero.

Type II: two vertical lines crossed by two sloping lines.

Type III (1939-1942 issue): only one sloping line, brown color.

Switzerland, postage stamp types: Gotthard railway Type II: heavier shading, roadside stones thicker and larger.

 

CONSTANT VARIETIES Field number
I Switzerland, postage stamp plate error: Gotthard railway thin line Long thin red line above the railways. 11
II Switzerland, postage stamp error Gotthard railway, missing lines Missing lines on the bridge and on the river (“white bridge”).

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
20 cents, carmine
1 Colored dot below letter V in HELVETIA. Switzerland: postage stamp error, Gotthard railway, colored dot
25 cents, light brown
1 Colored smudge below letters ELVE in HELVETIA. Switzerland: postage stamp error, Via-Mala-Schlucht, colored smudge
30 cents, ultramarine
1 Colored smudge above the upper frame. Switzerland: postage stamp error, Rheinfall Schaffhausen Switzerland: postage stamp error, Rheinfall Schaffhausen colored spots

 

5 September 1937 – 6 July 1946. Definitive issue, Post Bus. Printed in line engraving in sheets of 50 (10X5), rolls and stamp booklets.

TYPES
Switzerland, postage stamp types Post Bus Type I (1937):

  • mountain peak close to the upper border,
  • image height 37,4 X 20,8 mm,
  • inscription BERNH. REBER shorter (4,5 mm long).

Type II (1946):

  • greater distance between the mountain peak and top border;
  • image height 38 X 22,6 mm,
  • inscription BERNH. REBER longer (6 mm).

 

17 September 1938. Swiss scenery. Printed in line engraving in sheets of 50 (10X5).

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Colored spots below the lower frame. Switzerland, postage stamp error, Church Castagnola in Tessin

 

21 March 1942. Collect scrap materials. Printed in photogravure in sheets of 25 (5X5).

CONSTANT VARIETIES Field number
I Switzerland, postage stamp plate error, scrap materials, white line White line below inscription Durchhalten. 9
II Switzerland, postage stamp plate error scrap materials Letter m in zum broken on top. 1
I Switzerland, postage stamp plate error scrap materials Letter E in PER damaged on top. 4

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 White circle near perforation on the bottom, below letters T and I in HELVETIA. Switzerland, postage stamp error scrap materials white circle
2 White spot in red area of coat of arms. Switzerland, postage stamp error scrap materials coat of arms
1 Two horizontal lines below letters E and C in VECCHIA. Switzerland, postage stamp error scrap materials,

 

1960 – 1968 Definitive issue: motives from postal history and buildings. Printed in photogravure in sheets of 50 (5X10), rolls and stamp booklets.

CONSTANT VARIETIES Field number
I Switzerland, postage stamp error, colored spot on chin Colored spot on chin. ?

 

 

Bibliography


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