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The Stamps and Postal History

Norway stamps - A Kingdom of Scandinavia united with Sweden from 1814 until 1905. Norway's first postal service had begun in 1647. However, this was little more than a means for the different parts of the country to report to central government. Then, after 1814 the postal service was reorganized independently of Denmark or Sweden, postal markings were introduced in 1845 when a cancellation was used at Christiana. These markings were extended to other towns during the next few years.

First Postage Stamp

The first Norway stamps were the 4sk blue imperforate, issued on 1st January 1855. At the same time a series of numeral cancellations were also introduced indicating the office of use. Numbers up to 383 are known and therfore eagerly sought by collectors. Norway maintained its neutrality during the period between the wars. Its postal service continued to develop on modern lines, a maritime coastal service was built up as well as an internal airmail service.

Despite a policy of neutrality, Norway was invaded by Germany early in April 1940; stamps were issued during the occupation, first appearing on 4th October 1940. These were demonetized in May 1945 when the country was liberated. The Norwegian government-in-exile in London issued stamps for use by the Norwegian navy and merchant service, this same set was released after liberation in June 1945. We highly recommend the stamp listings in Stanley Gibbons “Scandinavia” catalogue, also the excellent Norwegian listings FACIT “Frimarkskatalog Special” which includes information on early postmarks as well as interesting philatelic areas.

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  • Lot 502 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £45 - £55

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    NORWAY - 1855-1995 collection incl. 1855 4s Lion used (3 margins just touching at top), 1856-57 3s used, 1863-67 to 8s used, 1867-68 1s unused, 1872-75 to 6s used, 1878 King to 1.50k used etc. (+/-...
  • Lot 909 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £28 - £32

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    NORWAY - 1867-68 1sk grey-black, SG 22, fine used
  • Lot 910 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    NORWAY - 1871-75 7sk deep brown, SG 46, fine used
  • Lot 911 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £20 - £25

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    NORWAY - 1882 5 ore blue green 'numeral', Johnsen print, SG 72a, vf mint.
  • Lot 912 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £20 - £22

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    NORWAY - 1930 20+25 ore carmine North Cape, SG 224, fine used
  • Lot 913 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £30 - £35

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    NORWAY - 1930 Tourist Fund set, SG 223/25, Fac 181/83, VFM (3 stamps)
  • Lot 914 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £35 - £40

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    NORWAY - 1941 'V' opts without wmk complete set, Michel 237/256, NHM (19)
  • Lot 915 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £65 - £70

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    NORWAY - Definitive set, Mi 2/5 (SG ex 3-11), very fine used. (4)
  • Lot 916 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    NORWAY - STAMP pictorial embossed postcard (Zieher, c.1905), unused.
  • Lot 2913 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £90 - £100

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    NORWAY - 1856-60 Oscar I complete basic set with 2sk, 3sk, 4sk, and 8sk, SG 3, 6, 7, and 11, fine used. (4 stamps)

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