|Agry||Delivery start in October 1919. Yellowish grey. Weak vira marking. 70 gms/m2 paper.|
|Agrg||Delivery start in January 1920. Greenish grey. Strong vira marking. 70 gms/m2 paper.|
|A1||Delivery start in September 1921. Weakly pink toned. Weak vira marking. 70 gms/m2 paper.|
|A2||Delivery start in October 1922. Weakly pink toned. Sharp vira marking. 60 gms/m2 paper.|
|Av||Part of Agry in 1921. Almost white.|
|B||Thin and porous paper. Sharply translucent. No watermark.|
|Bz||Thin and porous paper. Sharply translucent. Watermark letters.|
|Cx||Paper with watermark lines /.|
|Cxz||Paper with watermark lines / and letters.|
|Cc||As Cx but reversed lines|
|Cz||As Cxz but reversed lines and letters|
|D-prov||Sample delivery in December 1933. Bluish white. Thin, translucent paper. Strong vira.|
|D or A3||Delivery start in December 1933. White paper. Very strong vira.|
Vira marking: Dots in the paper, visible
when you hold the stamp against the light. You can not miss it on D paper
D Prov, D: Also called A3 prov or A3.
Listed below, you will find all the stamps issued before 1924, sorted
after the Swedish Facit catalogue and information about all paper types.
There also exist several shades of each stamp, and different deliveries
of the papers.
Note also the famous Higlett's retouch (one of many varieties) in right frame of stamp.
On the 10 öre green, Facit no. 144A, the very famous tête-bêche appeared as the printing staff mixed together two half plates wrongly in 1921 during the printing on B paper. The lions should have been printed nose to tail, but due to this mistake some stamps were printed tail to tail or nose to nose. Only one of the lions were standing, the other lying on back. This variety is very rare, especially on letter. Do never part a tête-bêche pair.
20 öre with 4 sided perforation on paper Agrg or with water mark Cx or Cxz is an extremely rare stamp. These papers were used as trials for the 4 side perfed Stickney stamps (at least some Agrg were sold and used). Please do not mix with the more common B and Bz paper.
The 40 öre stamps exist in two different types, of which the one called type I in green colour is rather expensive also in cancelled condition. On the 40 öre stamp you will see the difference in the frame between the background the King is on and the text frame: It is very sharp on type I (and no 188) and indistinct on type II.
Several of the stamp are issued on both A1 + A2 and then A3 paper. Reason for this is constantly changed postage rates the fifteen years after WW 1. The stamps have had two issuing dates: First on A1 or A2 paper then the postage was decreased and in the middle of the 30'ies it was increased and the stamps re-issued, but on A3 paper.
Facit Special: Acceptable catalogue, but far from Sverigekatalogen. Recommendable for the beginner collector of Swedish coil stamps.
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 clearly the difference between the different papers and lists all papers and almost all shades for each stamp. It lists interesting information about what the stamps were supposed for. Hopefully a new hand book will be issued before year 2000. Let us hope that the Swedish Philatelic Society will priority the work of this book, ahead producing literature for the modern stamps.
Svenska Avarter 1920 - 1936: Issued in two binders. Lists all plate cracks, flaws and double transfers with clear large pictures. Each variety is a stamp enlarged nine times. The text is entirely in Swedish, but as the books are so easy to use, and the pictures so clear anyone can use it.
Om at samle svenske båndmaerker: A brief, but for the beginner sufficient hand book in Danish.
Some of these books can be bought from Göteborgs Filatelist-Förening.