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GERMANY 1872-1874

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1872 Embossed eagle, inscription 'DEUTSCHE REICHS-POST', 2 types exist, with large embossed shield on the eagle and with small embossed shield

Value in 'groschen'

1/4 g lilac 'small eagle' 1/4 g lilac, 'large eagle' 1/3 gr green 1/2 g orange 1/2 g red, large eagle 1/3 g green, large eagle 1 g red 2 g blue 5 gr brown, small eagle

  1/4 g lilac
  1/3 g green
  1/2 g red
  1/2 g orange
  1 g red
  2 g blue
  2 1/2 g brown
  5 g brown

Value in 'Kreuzer'

1 k green, 'small eagle' 1 k green, large eagle 2 k orange, small eagle 2 k red, large eagle 3 k red, 'small eagle' 3 k red, 'large eagle' 7 k blue "Small embossed eagle" 7 k blue "Large eagle" 9 k brown

  1 k green
  2 k red
  2 k orange
  3 k red
  7 k blue
  9 k brown
  18 k brown

Surcharged

'9' on 9 k brown "9" on 9 k brown

  '2 1/2' on 2 1/2 g brown
  '9' on 9 k brown

The 'groschen' values were used in Northern Germany, the 'Kreuzer' values in Southern Germany. It was only in 1875 that a single currency, the Mark, was issued in whole Germany.


(Left: zoom-in of the small shield; right: zoom-in of the large shield)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks

'Groschen' values

1/4 gR***small shield
1/4 g******large shield
1/3 gRR***small shield
1/3 g***large shield
1/2 gRR***small shield, shades exist
1/2 g*****large shield
1 gRRcsmall shield
1 g*clarge shield
2 gRR*small shield
2 g*clarge shield
2 1/2 gRRR***large shield
5 gRR***small shield
5 g*****large shield

'Kreuzer' values

1 kRR***small shield
1 k*****large shield
2 k***Rsmall shield, shades exist
2 kRRRRlarge shield
3 kRR*small shield
3 k***large shield
7 kRRR***small shield
7 k******large shield
9 kRRRRlarge shield
18 kRRRRsmall shield
18 k***RRlarge shield
Overprinted
'2 1/2' on 2 1/2 ******large shield
'9' on 9***Rlarge shield

'Imperforated stamps" with no coloured border are cuts from envelopes, example:

"Envelope"


(Reduced size)

Postal stationery exist of the 1/2 g red, 1/2 g brown, 1/3 g green, 1 g red, 1 k green, 2 k brown, and 3 k red values.

A postal forgery of the 5 g was made in Elbingen (see http://www.briefmarkenspiegel.de/seiten_nov/024_dunkle_kapitel.html for a picture).

Typical cancel, horseshoe cancel ('Hufeisenstempel'):

2 1/2 p brown, horseshoe cancel 1/2 g horseshoe cancel


(Horseshoe cancel on a postal stationery, reduced size)

Notes on the embossing:

1/4 g lilac 'small eagle' 1/4 g lilac, 'large eagle'
(Left small eagle, right large eagle, I presume both genuine)

Forged embossed eagles exist. Some small embossed eagle stamps have higher value than the large embossed eagle. The embossing is first ironed out and then a new embossing is printed in making the stamp more valuable. The inverse is true for the 2 Kr stamp, this stamp is more valuable with the large embossing than with the small embossed eagle, consequently forgeries exist with the small eagle replaced by a large one. It seems that all inverted embossings are forgeries. (Source 'Fakes & Forgeries of Germany & Colonies' by The German Philatelic Society Inc.
Stamps with inverted embossing seem to be forgeries!


Stamp with forged embossed center, 18 k large shield


Zoom-in of forged embossed center

A forged cancel on a 18 kr stamp with large embossed eagle:


A reprint made for the 'Salon der Philatelie zum XIX. Weltpostkongress Hamburg 1984', probably printed by Gehringer

 

1872 Inscription 'DEUTSCHE REICHSPOST'

2 M red 10 g grey 30 g blue

  2 M red (1875)
  10 g grey
  30 g blue

30 g 'signature cancel'
(Typical cancel)

These stamps are generally cancelled with the signature of the postmaster (by order of the postal authorities). Stamps with other postmarks are erroneously applied (much more valuable).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 g****** 
30 gRR 
2 M****many colour shades exist

 

Postal stationnary of the same period, eagle, inscription 'DEUTSCHE REICHS-POST EIN HALBER GROSCHEN', brown:


(Reduced size)


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