Belgium - 1895-1916 Postage Dues

Malines and London Printings

The common Malines (Mecheln) printing is often mistaken for the better London printing.  The lion on the left side is key to correct identification of these issues.  Note that the horizontal background lines run right into the flowing mane of the lion on the Malines printing (left), while on the London printing (Scott J12-16) they are interrupted by a thick, solid outline.  (Note that the lion on the right side has the solid outline in both printings and thus cannot be used to identify them.)


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