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Definitives of 1898-1924

New definitive postage Netherlands stamps were necessitated by another change in the Dutch monarchy during late 1898.

On September 6, 1898, at the age of eighteen, the investiture ceremony for Queen Wilhelmina was held, making her the official Head of State of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  This event triggered a brand new series of definitive Netherlands stamps, depicting the still very young Queen Wilhelmina as the reigning monarch.

Only one image of each major stamp denomination will be shown below.  However, multiple collectible varieties of a particular stamp may be described in the catalog attribute tables at the end of each section.  In most cases, the color descriptions used are from the NVPH catalog.


The twenty-seven definitive Netherlands stamps shown above were issued between 1899 and 1924

The 1/2 C. through 2 1/2 C. denomination horizontal-format Netherlands stamps feature a denomination numeral as the central design. 

The 3 C. through 60 C. denomination vertical-format Netherlands stamps feature the left-facing portrait of the young Queen Wilhelmina.

Their catalog attributes, including perforation varieties, are as follows:

  • 00 1/2 C.  (1899 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #50, Sc. #55) - Lilac.
  • 01 C.  (1899 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #51, Sc. #56) - Red.
  • 01 C.  (1899 - Imperf. - NVPH #51va, Sc. #56b) - Red.
  • 01 1/2 C.  (1908 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #52, Sc. #57) - Ultramarine.
  • 01 1/2 C.  (1913 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #53, Sc. #58) - Deep Blue.
  • 02 C.  (1899 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #54, Sc. #59) - Brown.
  • 02 1/2 C.  (1899 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #55, Sc. #60) - Green.
  • 02 1/2 C.  (1899 - Imperf. - NVPH #55va, Sc. #60b) - Green.
  • 03 C.  (1899 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #56, Sc. #61) - Orange.
  • 03 C.  (1901 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #57, Sc. #62) - Olive Green.
  • 04 C.  (1921 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #58, Sc. #63) - Brown Lilac, Lilac.
  • 04 1/2 C.  (1919 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #59, Sc. #64) - Violet.
  • 05 C.  (1899 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #60, Sc. #65) - Dark Red.
  • 07 1/2 C.  (1899 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #61, Sc. #66) - Brown.
  • 07 1/2 C.  (1924 - TĂȘte BĂȘche Pair - NVPH #61b, Sc. #66a) - Brown.
  • 07 1/2 C.  (1924 - Gutter Pair - NVPH #61c, Sc. #N/L) - Brown.
  • 10 C.  (1899 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #62, Sc. #67) - Gray.
  • 12 1/2 C.  (1899 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #63, Sc. #68) - Blue.
  • 15 C.  (1899 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #64, Sc. #69) - Brown.
  • 15 C.  (1908 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #65, Sc. #70) - Blue and Carmine.
  • 15 C.  (1920 - Perf. 11 1/2 x 11 - NVPH #65A, Sc. #70b) - Blue and Carmine.
  • 15 C.  (1920 - Perf. 11 1/2 - NVPH #65B, Sc. #70a) - Blue and Carmine.
  • 15 C.  (1920 - Perf. 11 x 11 1/2 - NVPH #65C, Sc. #70c) - Blue and Carmine.
  • 17 1/2 C.  (1906 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #66, Sc. #71) - Violet.
  • 17 1/2 C.  (1910 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #67, Sc. #73) - Ultramarine and Brown.
  • 17 1/2 C.  (1920 - Perf. 11 1/2 x 11 - NVPH #67A, Sc. #73c) - Ultramarine and Brown.
  • 17 1/2 C.  (1920 - Perf. 11 1/2 - NVPH #67B, Sc. #73b) - Ultramarine and Brown.
  • 20 C.  (1899 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #68, Sc. #74) - Green.
  • 20 C.  (1908 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #69, Sc. #75) - Yellow Green and Gray.
  • 20 C.  (1920 - Perf. 11 1/2 x 11 - NVPH #69A, Sc. #75a) - Yellow Green and Gray.
  • 22 1/2 C.  (1899 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #70, Sc. #76) - Brown and Olive Green.
  • 22 1/2 C.  (1920 - Perf. 11 1/2 x 11 - NVPH #70A, Sc. #76b) - Brown and Olive Green.
  • 22 1/2 C.  (1920 - Perf. 11 1/2 - NVPH #70B, Sc. #76a) - Brown and Olive Green.
  • 25 C.  (1899 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #71, Sc. #77) - Red and Blue.
  • 25 C.  (1920 - Perf. 11 1/2 x 11 - NVPH #71A, Sc. #77c) - Red and Blue.
  • 25 C.  (1920 - Perf. 11 1/2 - NVPH #71B, Sc. #77b) - Red and Blue.
  • 30 C.  (1917 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #72, Sc. #78) - Violet and Lilac Brown.
  • 40 C.  (1920 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #73, Sc. #79) - Green and Orange.
  • 50 C.  (1899 - Perf. 12 1/2 -  NVPH #74, Sc. #80) - Bronze Green and Brown Red.
  • 50 C.  (1914 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #75, Sc. #81) - Gray and Violet.
  • 50 C.  (1920 - Perf. 11 1/2 x 11 - NVPH #75A, Sc. #81a) - Gray and Violet.
  • 60 C.  (1920 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #76, Sc. #82) - Olive Green and Green.
  • 60 C.  (1920 - Perf. 11 1/2 x 11 - NVPH #76A, Sc. #82b) - Olive Green and Green.
  • 60 C.  (1920 - Perf. 11 1/2 - NVPH #76B, Sc. #82a) - Olive Green and Green.



The five high-denomination Queen Wilhelmina definitive Netherlands stamps shown above were issued between 1898 and 1905.

The 1 G. (Type 1) stamp was actually issued, as a commemorative stamp, on September 6, 1898 to celebrate the Investiture of Queen Wilhelmina.

The 1 G. denomination comes in two types, which are both shown in the image above.

  • Type 1 - The figure "1" is 3 3/4 mm. high and 2 3/4 mm. wide.
  • Type 2 - The figure "1" is 3 1/2 mm. high and 2 1/2 mm. wide, appearing thinner than the same figure on Type 1.

Their catalog attributes, including perforation varieties, are as follows:

  • 01 G.  (1898 - T1 - Perf. 11 1/2 x 11 - NVPH #49, Sc. #83a) - Blue Green.

  • 01 G.  (1899 - T2 - Perf. 11 - NVPH #77A, Sc. #83) - Blue Green.
  • 01 G.  (1899 - T2 - Perf. 11 1/2 x 11 - NVPH #77B, Sc. #N/L) - Blue Green.
  • 01 G.  (1899 - T2 - Perf. 11 x 11 1/2 - NVPH #77C, Sc. #N/L) - Blue Green.
  • 01 G.  (1899 - T2 - Perf. 11 1/2 - NVPH #77D, Sc. #N/L) - Blue Green.
  • 02 1/2 G.  (1899 - Perf. 11 - NVPH #78A, Sc. #84) - Gray Violet.
  • 02 1/2 G.  (1899 - Perf. 11 1/2 x 11 - NVPH #78B, Sc. #N/L) - Gray Violet.
  • 02 1/2 G.  (1899 - Perf. 11 x 11 1/2 - NVPH #78C, Sc. #N/L) - Gray Violet.
  • 02 1/2 G.  (1899 - Perf. 11 1/2 - NVPH #78D, Sc. #N/L) - Gray Violet.
  • 05 G.  (1899 - Perf. 11 - NVPH #79A, Sc. #85) - Wine Red.
  • 05 G.  (1899 - Perf. 11 1/2 x 11 - NVPH #79B, Sc. #N/L) - Wine Red.
  • 05 G.  (1899 - Perf. 11 x 11 1/2 - NVPH #79C, Sc. #N/L) - Wine Red.
  • 05 G.  (1899 - Perf. 11 1/2 - NVPH #79D, Sc. #N/L) - Wine Red.
  • 10 G.  (1905 - Perf. 11 - NVPH #80A, Sc. #86) - Orange.



The overprinted and re-valued provisional Netherlands stamps shown above were issued between 1919 and 1921.

Their catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 40 C. on 30 C.  (1919 - NVPH #102, Sc. #102)
  • 60 C. on 30 C.  (1919 - NVPH #103, Sc. #103)

  • 04 C. on 04 1/2 C.  (1921 - NVPH #106, Sc. #106)

  • 02 1/2 G. on 10 G.  (1920 - NVPH #104, Sc. #104)
  • 02 1/2 G. on 10 G.  (1920 - NVPH #105, Sc. #105)



The three new definitive Netherlands stamps shown above were issued between 1921 and 1922.

Their catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 05 C.  (1922 - NVPH #107, Sc. #107) - Green.
  • 12 1/2 C.  (1922 - NVPH #108, Sc. #108) - Red.
  • 20 C.  (1921 - NVPH #109, Sc. #109) - Light Blue.



The re-drawn 10 C. denomination Queen Wilhelmina stamp, shown above, at the left, was issued in 1922.  On these re-drawn Netherlands stamps, the lines behind the portrait are stronger and wider apart.

The 5 C. denomination stamp of 1899 and the 10 C. denomination re-drawn stamp were issued imperforate during 1923.  They are both shown on the right side of the image above.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 10 C.  (1922 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #81, Sc. #110) - Gray.

  • 05 C.  (1923 - Imperf. - NVPH #82, Sc. #111) - Red.
  • 10 C.  (1923 - Imperf. - NVPH #83, Sc. #112) - Gray.



The four low-denomination definitive Netherlands stamps shown above were issued on March 9, 1923.

Their catalog details and designs are as follows:

  • 01 C.  (1923 - NVPH #110, Sc. #113) - Orange tree and Lion of Brabant.
  • 02 C.  (1923 - NVPH #111, Sc. #114) - Orange tree and Lion of Brabant.
  • 02 1/2 C.  (1923 - NVPH #112, Sc. #115) - Post horn and lion.
  • 04 C.  (1923 - NVPH #113, Sc. #116) - Numeral of value.



More overprinted and re-valued provisional Netherlands stamps were issued during 1923.  They are all shown above.

Their catalog attributes, including perforation varieties, are as follows:

  • 02 C. on 01 C.  (1923 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #114, Sc. #117) - Red.
  • 02 C. on 01 1/2 C.  (1923 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #115, Sc. #118) - Dark Blue.

  • 10 C. on 03 C.  (1923 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #116, Sc. #119) - Olive Green.
  • 10 C. on 05 C.  (1923 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #117, Sc. #120) - Dark Red.
  • 10 C. on 12 1/2 C.  (1923 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #118, Sc. #121) - Blue.

  • 10 C. on 17 1/2 C.  (1923 - Perf. 11 1/2 x 11 - NVPH #119A, Sc. #122) - Ultramarine and Brown.
  • 10 C. on 17 1/2 C.  (1923 - Perf. 11 1/2 - NVPH #119B, Sc. #122a) - Ultramarine and Brown.
  • 10 C. on 17 1/2 C.  (1923 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #119C, Sc. #122b) - Ultramarine and Brown.
  • 10 C. on 22 1/2 C.  (1923 - Perf. 11 1/2 x 11 - NVPH #120A, Sc. #123) - Brown and Olive Green.
  • 10 C. on 22 1/2 C.  (1923 - Perf. 11 1/2 - NVPH #120B, Sc. #123a) - Brown and Olive Green.
  • 10 C. on 22 1/2 C.  (1923 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #120C, Sc. #123b) - Brown and Olive Green.



The two overprinted revenue stamps shown above were provisionally overprinted and re-valued, as postage stamps, during 1923.

Their catalog details, including perforation varieties, are as follows:

  • 10 C. on 03 C.  (1923 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #132, Sc. #135) - Olive Green.
  • 01 G. on 17 1/2 C.  (1923 - Perf. 12 1/2 - NVPH #133, Sc. #136) - Ultramarine and Brown.
  • 01 G. on 17 1/2 C.  (1923 - Perf. 11 1/2 - NVPH #133A, Sc. #136a) - Ultramarine and Brown.
  • 01 G. on 17 1/2 C.  (1923 - Perf. 11 1/2 x 11 - NVPH #133B, Sc. #136b) - Ultramarine and Brown.


In looking through the NVPH catalog, I have noted that quite a few of the definitive Netherlands stamps of this period were also issued in booklets.  The Scott catalog does not list booklet panes for these stamps at all, and the NVPH catalog only lists them in complete booklets.  This would indicate that the margin blocks used in the booklets probably can not be told apart from the same margin blocks of the sheet-format stamps.  Complete booklets of these Netherlands stamps are quite expensive.



 

 



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