4 sk blue Coat of Arms is Norway’s first stamp that was issued on the 1st January 1855. It depicts the National Coat of Arms – a Lion with the axe. The stamp was imperforate, printed in typography on handmade paper, and also features a lion wielding an axe as its watermark. Long appreciated as a classic stamp design, this great item has become a worldwide collecting favourite. One of the finest examples of this philatelic rarity was sold at after auction sale conducted by Christoph Gärtner in November, 2018. The stamp was described by the auctioneer as featuring “fresh colour and large margins all around, unused with original gum, unsigned with certificate Enger BPP, extremely scarce unused stamp”. The lot fetched 7 000 EUR (or roughly $7,927).
Thursday, January 28, 2021