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The Swedish FACIT catalogue - but not the Danish AFA catalogue - lists a number of stamps where Slania engraved the numerals only on the later engraved "Wavy Line".  Such stamps are printed from a "key" die, which included everything but the numeral, and the numeral die, which is combined in the process of siderography with the key die.  Slania has denied these as his, possibly because he did only the numerals, or because he considers them more utilitarian than art.  They are listed here for the convenience of Slania-collectors. 

The US Bureau of Printing and Engraving describes siderography as the means by which multiple images of the hand-engraved die are transferred to a printing plate.  The original dies are stored and transferred to a printing plate, and if necessary may be used again and again.  For example the Lincoln portrait on the five dollar note was originally engraved in 1869, but can still be used today in the production of a five dollar note.

Many of these stamps were issued over a period of years, and were printed on both fluorescent and ordinary paper and with shiny and dull or "invisible" gum.   These stamps are part of a still expanding series that was begun in 1933, and includes up to now 60 different issues, including varieties.  They are all valid for postage.  

Scott # 382
AFA # 413

Scott # 416
AFA # 430

Scott # 437v
AFA # 459

Scott # 437A
AFA # 514

Scott # 497
AFA # 527

Scott # 493
AFA # 557

Scott # 494
AFA # 571

Scott # 498v
AFA # 644

Scott # 688
AFA # 741

Scott # 689
AFA # 742

Scott # 883
AFA # 952

Gravure:  Oppenheuser, numerals by Slania.  
Source:  Mr. Erik Jensen, Curator of Danish Postal Museum in Copenhagen. 


Similar to the Wavy Lines issues mentioned above, the numerals on the Small National Arms set were produced separately and combined with the key die.  The numerals on the following stamps have been confirmed with the Danish Post Office as having been engraved by Czeslaw Slania.  Like the above, many of these stamps were issued over a period of years, and were printed on both fluorescent and ordinary paper and with shiny and dull (invisible) gum.  Stamps of the same value were printed in different colours from the same die.  

These stamps are part of a large series, begun in 1946 and includes up to now 57 different issues, including varieties.  The first stamp in the series, issued 1946, had the face value of 1,00 kr.  The highest value of the series was issued 1985, and has the face value of 50,00 kr.

All stamps shown here, except from Scott # 396 that is printed on ordinary paper, are issued on fluorescent paper. 

Scott # 396
AFA # 403

Scott # 443
AFA # 465

Scott # 441A
AFA # 515

Scott # 499
AFA # 528

Scott # 501
AFA # 529

Scott # 502
AFA # 530

Scott #500
AFA # 587

Scott # 643
AFA # 680

Scott # 645
AFA # 758


I have been notified by the curator of the Danish Postal Museum in Copenhagen, Mr. Erik Jensen, that the following stamps should be added to the listing of Small National Arms, of which Slania has engraved the numerals, but not the stamps as such.  These stamps were added on 5th February 2005.  Note that the stamps as such are engraved by Oppenheuser.  
 

Scott # 397
AFA # 404

Scott # 399
AFA # 405

Scott # 395
AFA # 436

Scott # 398
AFA # 437

Scott # 442
AFA # 464

Scott # 444B
AFA # 501

Scott # 444D
AFA # 502

Gravure:  Oppenheuser, numerals by Slania.  
Source:  Mr. Erik Jensen, Curator of Danish Postal Museum.

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