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The Stamps and Postal History

A Danish colony formed from early missionary stations established in the 18th century. By 1900 the population was around 10,000 and, although letters were carried free of charge, parcels were not and Greenland’s first stamps were the Parcel Post stamps issued in 1905. These Parcel Post stamps inscribed “Pakke – Porto” depicting the Arms of Greenland with a central Polar Bear continued to be used until 1st December 1938 when the first postage stamps were issued. These stamps are amongst the most popular amongst philatelists as they were printed by three different printers with different perf gauges over a considerable period of time with different types and constant plate flaws.

During World War II Greenland became a US protectorate while Denmark was occupied by the Germans. Following liberation, one set for Greenland was printed by the American Bank Note Co. but it was quickly replaced by the new definitive issue, when it became available from Denmark. On 9th June 1953 Greenland became part of the Danish kingdom and has remained so ever since.

We recommend the excellent stamp listings in the Stanley Gibbons Part 11 “Scandinavia” catalogue and the FACIT “Frimarkskatalog Special” which is specialised and bilingual including English. 

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  • Lot 364 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £25 - £30

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    GREENLAND - TOWN POSTMARKS a collection of 1979 stamped pieces, each with a different town cds between Angmagssalik and Uperrnavik. (120+ items)
  • Lot 6217 (Sandafayre #5334)

    Tuesday 7th June 2022, 16:30

    Est. £150 - £170

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    GREENLAND - 1938-1980 ASSEMBLY in an album, includes never hinged mint & used stamps and many blocks of 4, some plate flaws, many complete sheets NHM incl 1973 10k Walrus & 1976 5k Polar Bear sheet...
  • Lot 6218 (Sandafayre #5334)

    Tuesday 7th June 2022, 16:30

    Est. £110 - £120

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    GREENLAND - 1938-1980 SUPERB NEVER HINGED MINT COLLECTION on stock pages, all different, includes 1938-46 set, 1950-59 set, then COMPLETE incl 1956 surcharges, 1963-68 King set etc. Lovely fresh co...
  • Lot 6219 (Sandafayre #5334)

    Tuesday 7th June 2022, 16:30

    Est. £90 - £110

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    GREENLAND - 1945 1kr, 2kr & 5kr top three 'DANMARK BEFRIET 5 MAJ 1945' ovptd pictorial values, SG 23/5, Mi 23/5, fine mint, SG cat.£450 (3 stamps).
  • Lot 6220 (Sandafayre #5334)

    Tuesday 7th June 2022, 16:30

    Est. £70 - £80

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    GREENLAND - 1945 Pictorial definitive complete set, Mii 8/16, Facit 10/18, very fine mint (9 stamps)
  • Lot 6221 (Sandafayre #5334)

    Tuesday 7th June 2022, 16:30

    Est. £75 - £85

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    GREENLAND - 1945 Pictorials complete set (Michel 8/16, SG 8/16), fine used on unaddressed illustrated First Day Cover cancelled by 'Sukkertoppen' fdi cds's. Light toning from back flap gum not affe...

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