Yes, I'm still mounting my Beatrix stamps. Six more values to go and then I'll be more or less finished. As you will know, there's three basic types of Beatrix definitives:
1) the first set, issued from 1981, with the portrait in black and the background in colour;
2) the second set, issued from 1991, which is inverted in that it has the portrait in colour (on a white background), rather than the background, and;
3) the third set, issued from 2002, being the bi-coloured euro values.

So far, so good, but the euro values can be subdivided in again three basic types:

1) A chunk missing from the Queen's hair (just above the value). This was the original issue.

2) When this was noticed, the portrait was repaired, but at the same time the value moved slightly to the right. Look at the top line in the euro sign and you'll see that it is no longer aligned with the vertical line in the second D of NEDERLAND. The only values to be printed in type 2 are the €0.39, €0.55 and €0.70.

3) This mistake was also spotted and rectified on all latter values and reprints, resulting in type 3 which has the portrait repaired and value aligned.

The €0.55 and €0.70 were never reprinted because they were only in circulation for a year, so they only exist in type 2. The €0.39 was only issued as type 3 as late as 2006, when the booklet format changed from 5 stamps per booklet to 10 stamps per booklet. The €0.39 cent is the only value to be found in all three types.

Still on the subject of Beatrix, but now regarding the older ones: the coil stamps are well known, for they have the two vertical sides imperforate. But I read in the NVPH "Specialiteitencatalogus 2006-2011" that there are also coil stamps with four perforated sides. As far as I know, these can only be identified by the number printed on the back. Does anybody have any information on these? As in: why were they printed, were they made up of ordinary sheet stamps, or were they printed specifically in this way? Would be very interested to hear! I know that older definitive sets had fully perforated coils, so a certain overlap in the beginning would be logical, but there are fully perforated Beatrix coil stamps from as late as 1987!

Take care


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