Plate cracks are very common on the 12 öre stamp. During the late
1918 until 1919 a very bad paper were used, and the colours were dull.
1000 pieces in each of the value 55 and 80 öre were delivered, by mistake, to the small village Värnamo in Småland. From 27.6 1918 and one week forward some of the stamps were sold, and most of them used on money orders.
Reason for printing these stamps, was the planned rising of the parcel fee, but before the stamps were issued the fee was risen again.
These two stamps has sometimes been given as gifts from the General post to foreign Post Offices and at congresses, but in 1985 all the remaining stamps were burned.
Nearly 1 million stamps in each value were overprinted in November 1918 (27 öre on 55 öre) and 1919 (27 öre on 80 öre).
The two highest values were 1;98 and 2;12 and primarily used om parcels to Russia. Parcel cards are very rare, but used stamps rather cheap. Cancelled stamps must be cancelled with readable date and value, or has to be seen as Cancelled To Order.
The overprints 7, 12 and 27 öre were supposed for; domestic post card, domestic letters and registered domestic letters.
Besides plate cracks, which are usual on the entire Medallion set, sharply displaced overprints exist here, but are rare.
The first set consisted of new printed stamps from the invalidated Circular type, overprinted with new values sold for the double face value. The stamps were printed on paper with water mark lines + letters, except the special edition on original stamps on paper with post horn. Three different booklets were issued, which all are very rare.
The second set was overprints on old, and not any more used due stamps. These are difficult to find perfectly centred as the due stamps should be cheap to print, and was therefor neglected. The highest value was overprint on the General Post Office from 1903, and with a face value of 10 öre + 490 öre. You had to pay 5;- crowns, and could just send a domestic letter when using this stamp.
The third set, was the first set re-issued with new values. It exist
with mixed overprints: The Circular type values 2 - 6 öre should be
overprinted with 7+3 öre, and 12 - 50 öre with 12+8 öre.
In unused condition 2 - 6 öre with 12+8 öre and 12 - 50 öre
with 7+3 öre are rare, but not extremely rare. Cancelled faulty overprints
are great rarities.
Three of the stamps from the fourth set of the Service stamps set, was
issued with overprints. Some of the overprints were made on stamps with
water mark crown, but they are very rare.
Facit Special: It is o.k., but with no varieties on Medallion. Swedish/English.
Sveriges Frankotecken 1855 - 1946 & 1855 - 1963 part I: Extraordinary,
but needs to be dated up. Exists with and without new prints of the Coat
of Arms set from 1858. Explains the work, printing and issuing of the stamps
and booklets. Special information about plate numbers. Lists all shades
and some varieties.