The definitive stamps of Sweden, for the period between 1910 and 1918, reflected the ascension of a new monarch, a new series of Coat-of-Arms and portrait definitives, and provisionally revalued stamps.
Two paper watermarks were used occasionally during this period. They are shown above.
The production of stamp booklets of the more commonly used denominations continued during this period. The Vending booklets contained panes of four stamps or panes of ten stamps.
The twenty-three Coat-of-Arms and Portrait type definitive stamps of Sweden shown above were issued between 1910 and 1919. The four lowest denominations are typographed, and the remaining denominations are all engraved. The stamps are perforated 13 or 13 x 13 1/2.
The designs of the four lowest denominations feature a Coat-of-Arms, and the designs of the other denominations feature the facing portrait of King Gustaf V.
The catalog attributes for stamps that are printed on paper with WMK 180 are as follows:
The catalog attributes for stamps that are printed on unwatermarked paper are as follows:
The catalog attributes for stamps that are printed on paper with WMK 181 are as follows:
A shortage of lower denomination stamps necessitated the provisional overprinting and re-valuation of the six portrait type definitive stamps of Sweden shown above in 1918.
The catalog attributes are as follows:
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Oscar Gustaf Adolf (1858-1950) reigned as King Gustaf V from 1907 to 1950.
King Gustaf V holds the record of being the oldest Swedish king, and he is the second-longest reigning Swedish king.
He was also the first Swedish king since the Middle Ages to NOT have a coronation, and he never wore a crown, a tradition that continues to modern times.
King Gustaf V was also an avid hunter and sportsman. He presided over the 1912 Olympic Games and was the chairman of the Swedish Association of Sports. He represented Sweden, using an alias, as a competitive tennis player until he was in his 80's.