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Iceland Stamps

Definitives of 1902-1918

The definitive Iceland stamps of 1902 to 1918 feature portrait issues for two monarchs and a rather extensive group of provisional overprints.

WMK 112
Crown
(1902-1903)

WMK 113
Crown
(1902-1912)

WMK 114
Crosses
(1915-1918)

Three paper watermarks were used for the stamps of Iceland between 1902 and 1918, and they are all shown above.  They will be referred to by their WMK numbers in the text descriptions below.



The thirteen portrait definitive Iceland stamps shown above were issued between 1902 and 1904.  The stamps are printed on paper with WMK 113, and they are perforated 13.

The designs feature the right-facing portrait of the eighty-three year old King Christian IX of Denmark.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 03 A.  (1902 - Sc. #34) - Orange.
  • 04 A.  (1902 - Sc. #35) - Gray & Rose.
  • 05 A.  (1902 - Sc. #36) - Yellow Green.
  • 06 A.  (1902 - Sc. #37) - Gray Brown.
  • 10 A.  (1902 - Sc. #38) - Carmine Rose.
  • 16 A.  (1902 - Sc. #39) - Chocolate.
  • 20 A.  (1902 - Sc. #40) - Deep Blue.
  • 25 A.  (1902 - Sc. #41) - Brown & Green.
  • 40 A.  (1902 - Sc. #42) - Violet.
  • 50 A.  (1902 - Sc. #43) - Gray & Bluish Black.
  • 01 K.  (1902 - Sc. #44) - Slate Blue & Yellow Brown.
  • 02 K.  (1904 - Sc. #44A) - Olive Brown & Bright Blue.
  • 05 K.  (1904 - Sc. #44B) - Orange Brown & Slate Blue.



The sixteen major-type Crowned Numeral Iceland stamps shown above were overprinted and re-issued in 1902 and 1903.  They are all printed on paper with WMK 112.

Overprinted Crowned Numeral Iceland stamps that are printed on paper with WMK113 and that are perforated 13 are reprints, produced in 1904.

With the issue of the King Christian IX portrait definitive stamps just beginning in 1902, there was a shortage of available definitive postage stamps.  The Crowned Numeral type stamps had been retired, and they were no longer valid for postal use.  To rectify this, various denominations of the Crowned Numeral stamps were overprinted "Í  GÍLDI / '02 -- '03" meaning "VALID / 1902 -- 1903".

The catalog attributes, for stamps that are overprinted in red and that are perforated 13, are as follows:

  • 05 A.  (1902 - Sc. #45) - Green.
  • 06 A.  (1902 - Sc. #46) - Gray.
  • 20 A.  (1902 - Sc. #47) - Dull Blue.
  • 25 A.  (1902 - Sc. #48) - Yellow Brown & Blue.

The catalog attributes, for stamps that are overprinted in black and that are perforated 13, are as follows:

  • 03 A.  (1902 - Sc. #49) - Orange.
  • 03 A.  (1902 - Sc. #50) - Yellow.
  • 04 A.  (1902 - Sc. #51) - Rose & Gray.
  • 05 A.  (1902 - Sc. #52) - Green.
  • 06 A.  (1902 - Sc. #53) - Gray.
  • 10 A.  (1902 - Sc. #54) - Carmine.
  • 16 A.  (1902 - Sc. #55) - Brown.
  • 20 A.  (1902 - Sc. #56) - Dull Blue.
  • 25 A.  (1902 - Sc. #57) - Yellow Brown & Blue.
  • 40 A.  (1902 - Sc. #58) - Red Violet.
  • 50 A.  (1902 - Sc. #59) - Blue & Carmine.

The catalog attributes, for stamps that are overprinted in red and that are perforated 14 x 13 1/2, are as follows:

  • 05 A.  (1902 - Sc. #60) - Green.
  • 06 A.  (1902 - Sc. #61) - Gray.
  • 20 A.  (1902 - Sc. #62) - Dull Blue.

The catalog attributes, for stamps that are overprinted in black and that are perforated 14 x 13 1/2, are as follows:

  • 03 A.  (1902 - Sc. #63) - Orange.
  • 10 A.  (1902 - Sc. #64) - Carmine.
  • 16 A.  (1902 - Sc. #65) - Brown.
  • 20 A.  (1902 - Sc. #65C) - Dull Blue.
  • 40 A.  (1902 - Sc. #66) - Red Violet.
  • 50 A.  (1902 - Sc. #67) - Blue & Carmine.
  • 100 A.  (1902 - Sc. #68) - Brown & Violet.

There are MANY ERRORS on these overprinted stamps.  For further details, please refer to the major catalogs.



The fifteen major-type portrait definitive Iceland stamps shown above were issued between 1907 and 1918.

The common design features right-facing conjoined portraits of King Christian IX of Denmark and King Frederik VIII of DenmarkThese new definitive stamps were actually issued as a memorial to King Christian IX, who died in 1906, and to honor the new king, Frederik VIII.

The catalog attributes, for stamps printed on paper with WMK 113 and that are perforated 13, are as follows:

  • 01 E.  (1908 - Sc. #71) - Yellow Green & Red.
  • 03 A.  (1907 - Sc. #72) - Yellow Brown & Ocher.
  • 04 A.  (1907 - Sc. #73) - Gray & Red.
  • 05 A.  (1907 - Sc. #74) - Green.
  • 06 A.  (1907 - Sc. #75) - Gray & Gray Brown.
  • 10 A.  (1907 - Sc. #76) - Scarlet.
  • 15 A.  (1908 - Sc. #77) - Red & Green.
  • 16 A.  (1907 - Sc. #78) - Brown.
  • 20 A.  (1907 - Sc. #79) - Blue.
  • 25 A.  (1907 - Sc. #80) - Bister Brown & Green.
  • 40 A.  (1907 - Sc. #81) - Claret & Violet.
  • 50 A.  (1907 - Sc. #82) - Gray & Violet.
  • 01 K.  (1907 - Sc. #83) - Blue & Brown.
  • 02 K.  (1907 - Sc. #84) - Dark Brown & Dark Green.
  • 05 K.  (1907 - Sc. #85) - Brown & Slate.

The catalog attributes, for stamps printed on paper with WMK 114 and that are perforated 14 x 14 1/2, are as follows:

  • 01 E.  (1917 - Sc. #99) - Yellow Green & Red.
  • 03 A.  (1915 - Sc. #100) - Yellow Brown & Ocher.
  • 04 A.  (1917 - Sc. #101) - Gray & Red.
  • 05 A.  (1915 - Sc. #102) - Green.
  • 06 A.  (1918 - Sc. #103) - Gray & Gray Brown.
  • 10 A.  (1916 - Sc. #104) - Scarlet.
  • 20 A.  (1918 - Sc. #105) - Blue.



The seven portrait definitive Iceland stamps shown above were issued on February 17, 1912.

The common design features an embossed, left-facing portrait of King Frederik VIII of Denmark.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 05 A.  (1912 - Sc. #92) - Green.
  • 10 A.  (1912 - Sc. #93) - Red.
  • 20 A.  (1912 - Sc. #94) - Pale Blue.
  • 50 A.  (1912 - Sc. #95) - Claret.
  • 01 K.  (1912 - Sc. #96) - Yellow.
  • 02 K.  (1912 - Sc. #97) - Rose.
  • 05 K.  (1912 - Sc. #98) - Brown.





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