20 February 2015

15 öre brown Gustaf V, version I or is it version II?

15 öre brown Gustaf V, right profile, type II - varities

The 15 öre brown came in two varities because two different dies were used. Actually three dies were made but one of them was not used at all. The first die was used in late 1939 to print the special war stamps. These stamps were the 5 öre green, 10 öre violet and the 15 öre brown. They were transported away from Stockholm and the purpose was to use them in case the Swedish Post's printing-shop at the headquarter in Stockholm would be destroyed because of the war. Die number one was used for this special issue. The war stamps were printed in sheets of a 100 stamps and they had 4-sided perforation. The difference between the dies is that die one resulted in a more deeper brown colour were the base of the figure 1 is narrower and the oak leaves on the collar are more detailed (more lines).

Maybe the easiest way is to use a 4-sided perforated as a reference because we know for sure that were are looking at version II. Lets have a look at the war issue. It has a distinct brown colour.

15 öre brown, Gustaf V, right profile, version II. Qty: 48,300,000. 4-sided perforation.
The war issue was printed in 1939, but released in 1946

Enlarge the picture above by clicking at it and 1)  look at the base of the numeral at the figure "1" and 2) look at the oak leaves of the collar. 3) Note that the medal band on the king's left side is more detailed as well in version II.

Compare it with the stamp below which is of version I.

Remember that a four sided perforated stamp always is a version II.

15 öre brown Gustaf V, right profile, version I. Qty: 306,000,000 (both dies included) 2-sided perforation.27 January, 1942

Version I has definitely a lighter brown colour and the collar is less detailed, the base of the figure "1" is more distinct. The medal band is light and less detailed, right?

Version I came in a 2-sided perforation (coils) and in a 3-sided perforation. The 3-sided perforated stamps could be find in booklets. Below is the version II which 2-sided variant was released as late as 1950, version II came in a 3-sided perforation in booklets already in 1946.

15 öre brown Gustaf V, right profile, version II. Qty: see version I above. 2-sided perforation.25 April 1950
Read more about Gustaf V, right profile, type II series - here.

Test your self, which one is version I and II?


  1. Thanks for sharing... Love the proper (BIG) sized pictures, they make things so much easier than FACIT illustrations (though I must say it took me a while before I properly captured the fine differences in the collar between the types).

  2. Thank you for the nice comment.
    Yes, I think when you are just using your eyes it is easier to look at the collar and the band of medals on the chest. If they are light it is type I.

  3. Awesome post! I tried and tried to figure mine out using the pictures in Facit. Finally scanned mine at 1200dpi and compared to your pictures and I finally figured it out. Thanks!

  4. Thanks a lot. I am glad the post helped you on this matter.