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This city is now called Gdansk and situated in Poland. It used to be german territory, it became isolated from the rest of Germany after world war I. After world war II it was ceded to Poland.

 

Stamp of Germany used in Danzig:

Private postal services existed in Danzig, click here for more details. Piece of an envelope with cancel of the 'Danziger Privatpost':


1920 Stamps of Germany fancy overprinted 'Danzig'

15 p lilac

  5 p green
  10 p red
  15 p lilac
  20 p blue
  30 p orange and black on yellow
  40 p red
  50 p violet and black 

Larger size
  1 M red
  1.25 M green
  1.50 M brown
  2 M blue
  2.50 M lilac
  3 M violet
  5 M black and red

Surcharged

"10" on 20 p blue

  '10' (red) on 20 p blue
  '25' on 30 p orange and black on yellow

1920 Stamps of Germany overprinted 'Danzig' and surcharged with value

  1 M on 30 p orange and black on yellow
  1 1/4 M (red) on 3 p brown
  2 M (blue) on 35 p brown
  3 M (green) on 7 1/2 p orange
  5 M (red) on 2 p grey
  10 M on 7 1/2 p orange

These stamps have an underprint of grey wavy lines.

1920 Stamps of Germany overprinted 'Danzig' and bar on 'Deutsches Reich' (overprint in several colours)

2 1/2 p grey
(Reduced size)

20 p blue

  2 p grey
  2 1/2 p grey
  3 p brown
  5 p green
  7 1/2 p orange
  10 p red
  15 p violet
  20 p blue
  25 p orange and black on yellow
  30 p orange and black
  40 p red and black
  50 p violet and black
  75 p green and black
  80 p red and black on red

A 60 p violet and a 1 M red exist with the same overprint, but they are very rare. Also a 2 M blue with three 'DANZIG' overprints exists. They were used by the postal authorities (only a few thousend were used):

Surcharged

"5" on 30 p orange and black on yellow

  1 M on 40 p orange and black on yellow
  1 1/4 M on 3 p brown
  2 M (blue) on 35 p brown
  3 M on 7 1/2 p orange
  5 M (red) on 2 p grey
  10 M on 7 1/2 p orange

1920 Air mail, stamps of Germany, overprinted with an aeroplane and 'Danzig'

  40 p (blue) on 40 p red
  60 p (red) on 40 p red
  '1 Mark' (blue) on 40 p red

Later issues, inscription 'FREIE STADT DANZIG':

 


(Postage due stamp of 1923, inscription 'VOM EMPFÄNGER EINZUZIEHEN')

 


(Fiscal stamp of Danzig, 'Urkundensteuer')


PORT GDANSK

Stamps of Poland overprinted 'PORT GDANSK' were used later (Gdansk=Danzig).

 



SAAR

A region between Germany and France. After world war I, it was under french administration. In 1935 Saarland stopped issuing stamps for a while when it became part of the Third Reich. After world war II it became part of the french zone and more stamps were issued. In 1959 the last stamps of Saarland, as it was called now, were issued. It then became part of Germany definitively. Be careful with the cancels of Saar, some cancelling devices have ended up in wrong hands!

1920 Stamps of Germany, overprinted 'Sarre'

2 1/2 p grey 5 p green 50 p violet and black

  2 p grey
  2 1/2 p grey
  3 p brown
  5 p green
  7 1/2 p orange
  10 p red
  15 p violet
  20 p blue
  25 p orange and black on yellow
  30 p orange and black
  35 p brown
  40 p red and black
  50 p violet and black
  60 p lilac
  75 p green and black
  80 p red and black

Larger size

  1 M red

Be careful, forged overprints exist! I have seen a forged overprints on the values 15 p, 30 p and 80 p stamps. Furthermore forged cancels exist, especially with a cancel that was only introduced in 1924 (with 24 hour indication instead of for example 3-4 Nm).

 

1920 Stamps of Bavaria, overprinted 'Sarre' or 'SARRE'

30, 25 and 20 p 'SARRE' on 5 M blue Bavaria

  5 p green
  10 p red
  15 p red
  20 p blue
  25 p grey
  30 p orange
  40 p olive
  50 p brown
  60 p green
  1 M brown
  2 M violet
  3 M red
  5 M blue
  10 M green

Be careful, forged overprints exist! I have seen a 1 M brown stamp with forged overprint. A similar overprint on stamps with value 2 p, 3 p, 7 1/2 p and 20 M exist. They were prepared for use, but only a few came into use. For example, only one cancelled stamp of the 20 m is known to exist.

1920 Stamps of Germany, overprinted 'SAARGEBIET'

5 p green

  5 p green
  5 p brown
  10 p red
  10 p orange
  15 p violet
  20 p blue
  20 p green
  30 p orange and black on yellow
  30 p blue
  40 p red and black
  40 p red
  50 p violet and black
  60 p lilac
  75 p green and black

Larger size

1.25 M green Certified genuine

  1.25 M green
  1.50 M brown
  2.50 M lilac

Surcharged

"20" on 75 p green and black

  '20' and stars on 75 p green and black
  5 M on 15 p lilac
  10 M on 15 p lilac

Later issues, examples:


(Issue of 1924)


(Issue of 1927)


Fiscal Stamps

"SAARGEBIET FRACHTSTEMPEL"


(Fiscal stamp of Germany 'DEUTSCHES REICH FRACHT-STEMPEL' with woman in the center overprinted '1 Fr. Saargebiet' on 2 M blue and yellow)

I have also seen a 3 M fiscal stamp in the same design (olive and grey) with a 'Saargebiet' overprint. Furthermore:
'1 Fr. Saargebiet' on 1 M green and red (two types, '1' and Fr.' very far apart or next to each other)
'1 Fr. Saargebiet' on 1 1/2 M red and lilac
'1 Fr.' (blue) and 'Saargebiet (black) on 3 M olive and grey
'1 Fr. Saargebiet' on 4 M blue and brown


(Reduced size)

Some other Frachtstempel stamps of Germany were also overprinted (woman on the left hand side, see image above) with 'Saargebiet' (at least two types of this overprint exist).

Inscription 'SAARGEBIET FRACHTSTEMPEL':

In the above design (woman facing to the right) I have seen: 5 c red, 10 c red, 20 c green (value red), 25 c brown (value lilac), 50 c orange (value violet), 50 c blue (value yellow) and 70 c green (value yellow). I have also seen '60 cts' (red) on 20 c green (value in red).

In this design (woman facing to the left) I have seen the values 60 c green (value red) and 1 Fr grey. Furthermore the following surcharges: 25 c on 10 c orange (all values in black), 25 c on 1 F green (all values in red).


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