2 RBS (=rigsbankskilling) was the second Danish stamp issued May 1851.
The stamp was printed on paper with watermark 1 (crown) and printed two times first
with a print in fine wavy lines - here called the rootprint. The rootprint covers
the hole sheet. The second print was build with the 100 stamps on each sheet in a
The stamp was drawn by M.W. Ferslew and 2 different prints were issued. First print
was made with an underprint in copperprint. In the second print the rootprint was
made in letterpress. In copperprint the colour is placed on the paper, so you can
feel the relief of the print. In letterpress printing the colour is absorbed by the
paper leaving a smooth surface.
The blue colour does vary a little in the two prints and the printings are only 1018
sheets (print 1) and 3775 sheets (print 2). It is a rare stamp and as it is also
popular, the stamps are sold at good prices.
Be aware of false issues. They are common. 2 RBS has been reprinted several times
and these new prints are much cheaper than the original stamp.
Below is a short description of each of the two prints. Price is for a copy where
the drawing of the stamp is not cut, and cancelled in a way that leaves a nice appearance
of the stamp. Quality means a lot to the price of the stamps - stamps with broad
edges and nice cancelled are sold at prices considerable higher than given here.
2 RBS was used for local post. It is most common cancelled in Copenhagen - either
a cancellation without number or number 1. Cancellation with following numbers are
known: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 30, 33, 34, 41, 44, 48, 49, 51, 67,
121, 170, 180, 210 and 211.
Print 1. 1851. This print is also called Ferslew who printed the rootprint. The rootprint
is normally easy to see. The illustration shows a beautiful stamp sold at an auction
in Copenhagen in 2010 for €1200. Note that the black colour of the cancellation
in part of the stamp is only caught by the rootprint. This is typical for the first
print of 4 RBS (#1) and 2 RBS.
This colour is blue with a little of green. This stamp has a clear print. The cancellation
is normally with a spot in middle.
Print 2. 1852. The print is called Thiele after Thiele, who printed all the stamps
and the rootprint of the print 2. All made in letterpress printing. The rootprint
is very weak and can be impossible to see.
The colour is nearly the same as print 1, but often a more clean blue without green.
The cancellation can be with a dot in the middle, but more common it is a number.
Each number tells where the stamp was cancelled.