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A selection of 20th century Belgian definitives

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Adrian13/03/2013 09:58:21
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I've started sorting and mounting my 20th century Belgian definitives this month and while doing so will show some of them here as well.

I start in 1907 with a reissue of the existing Coat of Arms type.


The design is slightly changed in that the row of 'pearls' between main design and Sunday delivery tab is removed which makes for a more uncluttered stamp design.

In 1912 a set was issued with various designs. The lowest value was just a numeral.


I have a copy with the variety 'Frame broken at lower right-hand bottom of tab'.


The numeral design is followed by some designs depicting the Lion Rampant.


I quite like these, especially the 2c design.


Higher values were of course reserved for the royal portrait of King Albert I. This exists in three main types of which I only have two at the moment. First up is the small portrait.


These were followed by type 2, which is a larger though rather similar portrait. I do not have any copies of that stamp yet. Type 3, which I do have, is identical to the type 2 stamp, i.e. the larger portrait, but now the name of the designer below the design has been removed as it was obscured by perforations anyway.


The easiest way to tell the small and larger portraits apart is by looking at the royal insignia which can be seen on the smaller portrait (above ELG of BELGIE) and cannot be seen on the larger portrait.

It would be great if any of you have any other stamps or covers relating to these and post them here. I'll come with a follow-up of later issues soon.


Julia Lee13/03/2013 10:11:01
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Hold up, for those of us that don't speak Dutch (and limited French) what exactly does the Sunday delivery tab say?

Adrian13/03/2013 10:15:12
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It translates as 'Don't deliver on Sundays', and the idea was that if you were against mail deliveries on Sundays you affixed the stamp and the tab to your mail. If you weren't that fussed, you could remove the tab so that your mail would be delivered on Sundays as well.

Adrian14/03/2013 11:15:08
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Moving on!

We're in 1915 now and a new definitive set portraying King Albert I. This is a great set for specialising in, because there are four printings, from both the UK and Belgium, and these printings have led to different types. It takes careful studying of the ornamental top left corner to distinguish between the printings but it can be done. However, I only have this one lousy stamp so not much point (yet!) in elaborating on this. I well tell you, though, that this is a type 1 stamp, from the 1915 London printings.


In 1918, these stamps were overprinted with a surcharge for the Red Cross. These too were all type I stamps, because type 2 did not appear until 1919.


After the Great War, a set glorifying the soldier role of the king was issued in 1919. The lowest two values were printed in a small format.


The majority of the set was issued in a larger format.


The 5c comes with a 'scar on chin' variety, which I think I actually have, but seeing that there are no proper illustrations in my catalogue, I'm not sure whether this is it.


I actually write about this set in our 'Champions of Europe' series, and it is on this website as well, so you can read it HERE.


As before, I'd love to see any other items (either stamps or covers) relating to these, so feel free to post them!

Alex15/03/2013 08:45:24
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You have not included the 1914 - 1918 occupation definitives.

Two types were issued, one overprinted with 'Centimes' (1914 - 1918) and one with 'Cent' (1916 - 1918).




Edited By Alex on 15/03/2013 08:46:54

Adrian15/03/2013 09:22:37
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Ah yes, of course, but as I follow the Official Belgian Stamp Catalogue, I wouldn't include these. They're not in the catalogue and I suppose would rather be viewed as issues by an occupying force rather than 'Belgian stamps'.

Here, by the way ('coz I do have them of course!), is the centimes version.



Julia Lee15/03/2013 10:46:08
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We should note, of course, that these are overprints on the Germania definitives, which we've been talking about recently.

odie ignacio04/07/2018 15:20:25
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hi!newbie here. would like to k ow anything about the below pic.

thanks in advance
Carmen06/07/2018 11:59:42
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This is Scott 801 - Albert I, Jules Destrée and Academy. You can red up on both of them in Wiki.


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