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1900 Large sizes stamps

Inscription 'REICHSPOST'   

1 M red 'Reichspost' 2 M blue "Reichspost" 3 M violet 'Reichspost' 5 M black and red, 'Reichspost'

  1 M red
  2 M blue
  3 M violet
  5 M black and red

Inscription 'DEUTSCHES REICH' (1902)

No flags 1 M red "With flags on building"
("Reichspostamt in Berlin", Head post office in Berlin)

2.50 M lilac, inscription "Seid Einig Einig Einig" 2 M blue, inscription "Seid Einig Einig Einig" Deutsches
 Reich in fancy letters
(Men symbolising North and South Germany, angle see and mountains in background)

3 M violet
Inscription '1797 22 MARZ 1897'

5 M red and blue "Deutsches Reich"
("Ein Reich, Ein Volk, Ein Gott")

  1 M red (with flags on building)
  1 M red (without flags)
  1 M 25 green (design as 1 M)
  1 M 50 brown (design as 1 M)
  2 M blue (two types, design as 2.50 M)
  2 M 50 lilac
  3 M violet
  5 M black and red

The 1 M exists in two types (with and without flags). Two types exist of the 2 M blue, one with gothic inscriptions and another with latin inscriptions:

Latin inscription Gothic inscriptions

Surcharged

1.50 M on 1 M brown 2.50 M on 2 M red

  '* 1,25 m *' on 1 M gren
  '* 1,50 m *' on 1 M brown
  '* 2,50 m *' on 2 M lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
'Reichspost'
1 M**** 
2 M***** 
3 MR*** 
5 MRRRR 

'Deutsches Reich', no Watermark

1 M***c 
2 M******'Gothic' style inscription
2 MRc'Latin' style inscription
3 MR* 
5 MR** 

'Deutsches Reich', watermark Lozenges

1 M*cwihout flags
1 Mcvcwith flags
1.25 Mcvc 
1.50 Mcvc 
2 M*c'Latin' style inscription
2.50 Mvcvc 
3 Mcc 
5 Mcc 

Surcharged (wmk Lozenges)

1.25 on 1 M greenvcvc 
1.50 on 1 M brown vcc 
2.50 on 2 M lilac***** 
Reprints:


('Reprints')

I have seen uncancelled reprints of all four 'REICHSPOST' stamps (1 to 5 Mk) with 'Nachdruck' (=reprint) printed on the back. The perforation in the corners seems to be different (the horizontal and vertical perforation don't match). I think these are privately made reprints.

Forgeries:


(Peter Winter forgery)

I have seen Peter Winter forgeries of the 5 M reichspost issue. I've only seen them with a cancel of 'Titisee' (but other cancels might exist) or uncancelled.

These stamps with overprint in 'PIASTER' were used in the German post offices in Turkey.

1919 Issue for Weimar

10 p red 15 p brown and blue 25 p green and red

  10 p red
  15 p brown and blue
  25 p green and red
  30 p lilac and red

1914 Red cross label, inscription 'KREUZ 1 PFENNIG SAMMLUNG 1914 Unverfauflich', 1 p red and black:


(Reduced size)

"Red cross issue"

I have seen other values: 1) the same as shown here but with the '1' removed from the corners and overprinted with a large '2', 2) a 5 p in a different design (red and black), 3) a 10 p in again a different design (red and black); they all have the inscription 'KREUZ SAMMLUNG 1914'.


(Here a 10 p on a letter to the 'International comittee of the red cross; agency of prisoners of war' in Geneva with cancel 'DILLENBURG 7 3 15' applied next to the label)


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