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Definitives of 1949-1951

New definitive Netherlands stamps were issued during 1949 to celebrate the accession and investiture of Queen Juliana.

By October 1947, the health of the 67-year-old Queen Wilhelmina was becoming increasingly worse, making it difficult for her to perform her royal duties.  Her daughter, Princess Juliana, assumed the role of regent during late 1947.  Queen Wilhelmina seriously considered abdicating, but her daughter urged her to stay on the throne, so she could celebrate the golden jubilee of her reign during September 1948.

On September 4, 1948, Queen Wilhelmina abdicated, and her 39-year-old daughter, Princess Juliana, ascended to the throne.  The investiture ceremony (inauguration) of Queen Juliana took place two days later, on September 6, 1948.


The sixteen special definitive Netherlands stamps shown above were first issued in 1949 (continuing through 1951) to celebrate the inauguration of Queen Juliana on September 6, 1948.  These stamps all feature the facing portrait of the new queen.  They are photogravure, perforated 13 1/2 x 12 1/2, and watermarked circles.

Their catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 05 C.  (1949 - NVPH #518, Sc. #306) - Olive Green.
  • 06 C.  (1949 - NVPH #519, Sc. #307) - Grayish Blue.
  • 10 C.  (1949 - NVPH #520, Sc. #308) - Orange.
  • 12 C.  (1949 - NVPH #521, Sc. #309) - Orange Red.
  • 12 C.  (1951 - NVPH #522, Sc. #325) - Red.
  • 15 C.  (1949 - NVPH #523, Sc. #310) - Olive Brown.
  • 20 C.  (1949 - NVPH #524, Sc. #311) - Ultramarine.
  • 25 C.  (1949 - NVPH #525, Sc. #312) - Brown Red.
  • 30 C.  (1949 - NVPH #526, Sc. #313) - Violet.
  • 35 C.  (1949 - NVPH #527, Sc. #314) - Bluish Gray.
  • 40 C.  (1949 - NVPH #528, Sc. #315) - Red Lilac.
  • 45 C.  (1949 - NVPH #529, Sc. #316) - Orange.
  • 45 C.  (1950 - NVPH #530, Sc. #326) - Violet Gray.
  • 50 C.  (1949 - NVPH #531, Sc. #317) - Green.
  • 60 C.  (1949 - NVPH #532, Sc. #318) - Red Brown.
  • 75 C.  (1951 - NVPH #533, Sc. #327) - Carmine Red.


The four special high-denomination definitive Netherlands stamps shown above were issued in 1949 to celebrate the inauguration of Queen Juliana on September 6, 1948.  They are engraved, perforated 12 1/2 x 12, and unwatermarked.

The 5 Gulden denomination comes in two types, both worth about the same, as follows:

  • Type 1 - The "N" of "NEDERLAND" touches the left frame line.  The figure "5" almost touches the left and bottom frame lines.
  • Type 2 - The "N" of "NEDERLAND" does not touch the left frame line.  The figure "5" is well clear of both the left and bottom frame lines.

The 5 Gulden denomination stamp shown in the image above is Type 2.

The catalog attributes of these stamps are as follows:

  • 01 G.  (1949 - NVPH #534, Sc. #319) - Red.
  • 02 1/2 G.  (1949 - NVPH #535, Sc. #320) - Brownish Gray.
  • 05 G.  (1949 - Type 1 - NVPH #536a, Sc. #321) - Red Brown (not shown).
  • 05 G.  (1949 - Type 2 - NVPH #536b, Sc. #321) - Red Brown (shown).
  • 10 G.  (1949 - NVPH #537, Sc. #322) - Gray Violet.

All these Queen Juliana stamps were in use only a very short time before a new definitive postage stamp series was introduced in 1953.  Used examples are rather common, but mint condition examples of a number of these stamps are very expensive.


During May 1950, the 7 1/2 C. denomination Queen Wilhelmina stamp of 1948 was re-valued for use as a 6 C. denomination postage stamp, as shown above.

Its catalog attribute is as follows:

  • 06 C. on 07 1/2 C.  (1950 - NVPH #549, Sc. #330) - Red Brown.




 

 



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