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GERMANY 1875-1899

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1875 Number and eagle, inscription 'DEUTSCHE REICHS POST'

Number, inscription in 'pfennige' (with final e)

3 Pfennige green 5 Pfennige lilac

  3 p green
  5 p lilac

Number, inscription in 'pfennig' (1880)

3 pfennig green 5 Pfennig lilac

  3 p green
  5 p lilac

Eagle, inscription in 'pfennige' (with final e)

10 pfennigE red 20 pfennigE blue 25 pfennige brown

  10 p red
  20 p blue
  25 p brown
  50 p grey

Eagle, inscription in 'pfennig' (1880)

10 pfennig red 25 p brown 50 pfennig grey

  10 p red
  20 p blue
  25 p brown
  50 p grey

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
3 p****with 'e'
3 p*cwithout 'e'
5 p***cwith 'e'
5 p*cwithout 'e'
10 p***cwith 'e'
10 p**vcwithout 'e'
20 pRRcwith 'e'
20 p**vcwithout 'e'
25 pRR*with 'e'
25 p**cwithout 'e'
50 pRR*with 'e'
50 p**cwithout 'e'

Overprinted stamps were used in Turkey, for more information click here:

'Imperforated stamps' are cuts from envelopes, examples:

"Envelope"

5 Pfennig lilac 5 Pfennige lilac


(Tube mail 'Rohrpost')

Cancels, examples:


(Proof, 50 p green, 'REICHSPOST' at both sides)

 

1889 Crown (and number) or eagle, inscription 'REICHSPOST', (so-called 'Krone und Adler' issue)

Crown
  2 p grey (1900)
  3 p brown
  5 p green

Eagle

25 p orange 50 p brown

  10 p red
  20 p blue
  25 p orange
  50 p brown

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 pccfor local use
3 pcvcshades
5 p*vc 
10 p*vc 
20 p*vc 
25 p**c 
50 p***vc 


(3 p deep brown)

For the specialist: these stamps were perforated 13 1/2 x 14 1/2. The 3 p brown exists from yellowish brown to very deep brown. The 2 p grey was introduced to replace the many local stamps that were forbidden after 1st April 1900.

Imperforate stamps: the following text can be found at http://www.gps.nu/pub/anniversary/page21.html concerning imperforate stamps "Having saved them in the archives only to take them out again to pay the debt owed by the Imperial Postal Museum to the forenamed Kosack, who began offering them to collectors in the following year" (Philip Kosack was a Berlin stamp dealer).


(Imperforate 5 p stamp)

Typical cancels, example:


(Reduced size)

Overprinted with 'PARA' or 'PIASTER' for use in Turkey.

1 PIaster on 20 p blue
(Overprinted 'Para' and value) - (Overprinted 'Marocco' and value)

Stamps overprinted 'China' for use in China.


(Overprinted 'China', reduced sizes)

Oveprints in 'PESA' were used in German East Africa.

 

Postal forgeries

Four different postal forgeries of the 10 p red are known from the towns of Höchst, Hanover, Rixdorf and Dresden. I have no pictures available right now. If anybody has pictures of these forgeries, please contact me!

Philatelic forgeries

Fournier forgeries:

The forger Fournier made forgeries of the 1889 issue (all values except the 2 p). He mainly used them to create forged overprinted German Colonies stamps, but he also seems to have made imperforate German stamps. I have seen a 5 p of these imperforate stamps, also, pictures can be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries'.


Page of a Fournier Album with forgeries and forged cancels of Germany, reduced sizes


(Fournier forgeries, with overprints of 'Deutsch Neu-Guinea')

In my opinion, the easiest way to distinguish them from genuine stamps, is to look at the perforation in the corners, the horizontal and vertical perforation does not 'match' as it does in the genuine stamps.

The following cancels (I suppose to be used on imperforate forgeries) can be found in the Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries (as shown above):
'NEUHAUS 3 1 AM RENNWEG' in a single circle
'MAINZ 11 8 74 1-5 N.' in a single circle
'BERLIN P.E.No1 2/11 64 12-1N' in a double circle
'N FRANKFURT AM 2 5/7 72 2-3N.' in a single circle.

Peter Winter forgeries:


(Peter Winter forgeries)


(Imperforate 10 p forgery, probably from the same forger)


(And some other 'products', made in whole sheets, from the same source?)

The forger Peter Winter has also made forgeries of at least the 10 p and 20 p values. As in the Fournier forgeries, the horizontal and vertical perforation does not match. I have also seen imperforate forgeries of the 10 p and 20 p values (I have even seen a complete sheet of 5 rows of 9 imperforate 20 p stamps). I've also seen two attached 20 p stamp, both imperforate, but one is 'misperfated' diagonally. He seems to have used these stamps mainly to create the rare provisional overprints used in China and possibly also some German colonies overprints. Since these forgeries were made quite recently (1980's), the forgeries don't look very 'old'.

Postal Stationery

Postcards in the same design (here with railway cancel 'BAHNPOST'):

5 p green "Postcard"

Essays


(Essay of the 20 p blue, reduced size)


Literature

Die Postfälschungen des Dt. Kaiserreiches, Jäschke-Lantelme, (postal forgeries of the German empire, in German), 120 pages


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