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Luxembourg Stamps

Definitives of 1882-1926

The definitive Luxembourg stamps of 1882 to 1926 feature new, more modernistic designs and two different sets of portrait stamps,  necessitated by the accession to the throne of TWO new Grand Dukes.


The twelve definitive Luxembourg stamps shown above were issued in December 1882.  These new stamps were typographed on unwatermarked paper, and most of them come in various perforation gauges.

The common design features an allegorical representation of Industry and Commerce.  These new designs were very similar to the contemporary Peace and Commerce definitive postage stamps of France.

The catalog attributes for stamps that are perforated 12 are as follows:

  • 01 C.  (1882 - Sc. #48) - Gray Lilac.
  • 02 C.  (1882 - Sc. #49) - Olive Gray, Olive Brown.
  • 04 C.  (1882 - Sc. #50a) - Olive Bister.
  • 05 C.  (1882 - Sc. #51) - Light Green.
  • 10 C.  (1882 - Sc. #52) - Rose.
  • 12 1/2 C.  (1882 - Sc. #53) - Slate.
  • 20 C.  (1882 - Sc. #54) - Orange
  • 25 C.  (1882 - Sc. #55) - Ultramarine.
  • 50 C.  (1859 - Sc. #57) - Bister Brown, Gray Brown.

The catalog attributes for stamps that are perforated 12 1/2 x 12 are as follows:

  • 01 C.  (1882 - Sc. #48a) - Gray Lilac.
  • 02 C.  (1882 - Sc. #49a) - Olive Gray, Olive Brown.
  • 04 C.  (1882 - Sc. #50) - Olive Bister.
  • 05 C.  (1882 - Sc. #51a) - Light Green.
  • 10 C.  (1882 - Sc. #52a) - Rose.
  • 12 1/2 C.  (1882 - Sc. #53a) - Slate.
  • 20 C.  (1882 - Sc. #54a) - Orange
  • 25 C.  (1882 - Sc. #55a) - Ultramarine.
  • 30 C.  (1882 - Sc. #56a) - Gray Green.
  • 50 C.  (1882 - Sc. #57a) - Bister Brown, Gray Brown.
  • 01 F.  (1882 - Sc. #58) - Pale Violet.
  • 05 F.  (1882 - Sc. #59a) - Brown Orange.

The catalog attributes for stamps that are perforated 11 1/2 x 12 are as follows:

  • 01 C.  (1882 - Sc. #48b) - Gray Lilac.
  • 02 C.  (1882 - Sc. #49b) - Olive Gray, Olive Brown.
  • 04 C.  (1882 - Sc. #50b) - Olive Bister.
  • 05 C.  (1882 - Sc. #51b) - Light Green.
  • 10 C.  (1882 - Sc. #52b) - Rose.
  • 12 1/2 C.  (1882 - Sc. #53b) - Slate.
  • 20 C.  (1882 - Sc. #54b) - Orange
  • 25 C.  (1882 - Sc. #55b) - Ultramarine.
  • 30 C.  (1882 - Sc. #56b) - Gray Green.
  • 50 C.  (1882 - Sc. #57b) - Bister Brown, Gray Brown.
  • 01 F.  (1882 - Sc. #58b) - Pale Violet.
  • 05 F.  (1882 - Sc. #59b) - Brown Orange.

The catalog attributes for stamps that are perforated 13 1/2 are as follows:

  • 01 C.  (1882 - Sc. #48c) - Gray Lilac.
  • 02 C.  (1882 - Sc. #49c) - Olive Gray, Olive Brown.
  • 04 C.  (1882 - Sc. #50c) - Olive Bister.
  • 05 C.  (1882 - Sc. #51c) - Light Green.
  • 10 C.  (1882 - Sc. #52c) - Rose.
  • 12 1/2 C.  (1882 - Sc. #53c) - Slate.
  • 20 C.  (1882 - Sc. #54c) - Orange
  • 25 C.  (1882 - Sc. #55c) - Ultramarine.
  • 30 C.  (1882 - Sc. #56) - Gray Green.
  • 50 C.  (1882 - Sc. #57c) - Bister Brown, Gray Brown.
  • 01 F.  (1882 - Sc. #58c) - Pale Violet.
  • 05 F.  (1882 - Sc. #59) - Brown Orange.



The ten higher-denomination portrait definitive Luxembourg stamps shown above were issued between 1891 and 1893.  These new stamps were engraved on unwatermarked paper, and they are perforated 11, 11 1/2 x 11, or 12 1/2.

The common design features the facing portrait of Grand Duke Adolphe of Luxembourg.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 10 C.  (1891 - Sc. #60) - Carmine, Dark Carmine.
  • 12 1/2 C.  (1893 - Sc. #61) - Slate Green.
  • 20 C.  (1893 - Sc. #62) - Orange, Brown.
  • 25 C.  (1891 - Sc. #63) - Blue.
  • 30 C.  (1893 - Sc. #64) - Olive Green.
  • 37 1/2 C.  (1893 - Sc. #65) - Green.
  • 50 C.  (1893 - Sc. #66) - Brown
  • 01 F.  (1893 - Sc. #67) - Deep Violet, Reddish Violet, Bluish Violet.
  • 02 1/2 F.  (1893 - Sc. #68) - Black.
  • 05 F.  (1893 - Sc. #69) - Slate.

The 10 C. and 25 C. denominations come in souvenir panes of 25 stamps.  They are very scarce.



The five low-denomination portrait definitive Luxembourg stamps shown above were issued on May 4, 1895.  These new stamps were typographed on unwatermarked paper, and they are perforated 12 1/2.

The common design features a right-facing portrait of Grand Duke Adolphe of Luxembourg.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 01 C.  (1895 - Sc. #70) - Pearl Gray.
  • 02 C.  (1895 - Sc. #71) - Gray Brown.
  • 04 C.  (1895 - Sc. #72) - Olive Bister.
  • 05 C.  (1895 - Sc. #73) - Green.
  • 10 C.  (1895 - Sc. #74) - Carmine.



The seven low-denomination definitive Luxembourg stamps shown above were issued between 1907 and 1926.  These new stamps were typographed on unwatermarked paper, and they are perforated 12 1/2.

The common design features the Luxembourg Coat-of-Arms.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 01 C.  (1907 - Sc. #75) - Gray.
  • 02 C.  (1907 - Sc. #76) - Olive Brown.
  • 04 C.  (1907 - Sc. #77) - Bister.
  • 05 C.  (1907 - Sc. #78) - Green.
  • 05 C.  (1926 - Sc. #79) - Lilac.
  • 06 C.  (1907 - Sc. #80) - Violet.
  • 07 1/2 C.  (1919 - Sc. #81) - Orange.



The twelve higher-denomination portrait definitive Luxembourg stamps shown above were issued between 1906 and 1908.  These new stamps were engraved on unwatermarked paper, and they are perforated 11 or 11 1/2 x 11.

The common design features the facing portrait of Grand Duke William IV of Luxembourg.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 10 C.  (1906 - Sc. #82) - Scarlet.
  • 12 1/2 C.  (1907 - Sc. #83) - Slate Green.
  • 15 C.  (1907 - Sc. #84) - Orange Brown.
  • 20 C.  (1907 - Sc. #85) - Orange.
  • 25 C.  (1907 - Sc. #86) - Ultramarine.
  • 30 C.  (1908 - Sc. #87) - Olive Green.
  • 37 1/2 C.  (1907 - Sc. #88) - Green.
  • 50 C.  (1907 - Sc. #89) - Brown.
  • 87 1/2 C.  (1908 - Sc. #90) - Dark Blue.
  • 01 F.  (1908 - Sc. #91) - Violet.
  • 02 1/2 F.  (1908 - Sc. #92) - Vermilion.
  • 05 F.  (1908 - Sc. #93) - Claret.

These stamps also exist imperforate on thick paper, valued at about ten times the price of the regularly issued stamps.


Miniature panes, containing 10 examples of the 10 C. denomination stamp were issued in 1906 to celebrate the Accession of Grand Duke William IV to the Throne.  They are very scarce.



The three revalued portrait definitive Luxembourg stamps shown above were issued between 1912 and 1915.  These new stamps were engraved on unwatermarked paper, and they are perforated 11 or 11 1/2 x 11.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 62 1/2 C. on 87 1/2 C.  (1912 - Sc. #94) - Dark Blue.
  • 62 1/2 C. on 02 1/2 F.  (1915 - Sc. #95) - Vermilion.
  • 62 1/2 C. on 05 F.  (1915 - Sc. #96) - Claret.





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Adolph Wilhelm August Karl Friedrich of the House of Nassau-Weilburg (1817-1905) was the Duke of Nassau (1839-1866) and the Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1890-1905).  At the time of his accession to the throne of Luxembourg, he was 73 years old.

He stayed out of day-to-day governing, which set the ongoing tradition that the Prime Minister, and not the monarch, would be responsible for the daily affairs-of-state.

Grand Duke Adolph appointed his son, William, as his successor in 1902, and he died in 1905.



William of the House of Nassau-Weilburg (1852-1912) was Grand Duke William IV of Luxembourg from 1905 to 1912.  Due to his father's longevity, William IV was 60 years old, when he succeeded to the throne of Luxembourg.

In 1907, to avoid a succession crisis, William IV named his oldest daughter, Marie Adelaide (1894-1924), as heiress presumptive.  When William IV died in 1912, his daughter became Grand Duchess Marie Adelaide, Luxembourg's first female monarch.