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Even though Norway was united with Sweden and answered to the Swedish crown during most part of the 1800s, it still kept a constitution and its institutions, including the postal authority, were independent. The first stamp of Norway was introduced in 1855 featuring the country’s coat of arms in blue. It was typographed, imperforated, and carried a watermark of a lion holding a flag. Its full margins are 1 ¾ mm wide. The denomination of 4 Skillings is written bellow the coat of arms – denominations of the period being in Norwegian Speciedalers (composed of 120 Skillings), the currency used before the Krone was introduced.
The Scott Catalogue notes few unused versions exist and that many have had hand cancels chemically removed from them. This issue was reprinted in 1914 unwatermarked. Rouletted reprints were also later issued.
Catalogue Value: Unused *****, Used ***
* 0.1 - 49 USD
** 50 - 99 USD
*** 100 - 499 USD
**** 500 - 999 USD
***** 1'000 - 9'999 USD
****** + 10'0000 USD
The First Issues Blog is a place to discuss about the stamp number 1 of each country, territory, district, etc. Each additional item to my new collection shall receive a small description about the item, its history and curiosities.
Note that I may add more than 1 'number one' stamp to a place. This happens as I judge that in the case of independence or any other political issue that changed the postal history or when I deemed interesting to do so. This will be noted on the posts when it happens.