Return To Catalogue - Germany Overview - 1900-1920 'Germania' issue
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1 M red 2 M blue 3 M violet 5 M black and red Inscription 'DEUTSCHES REICH' (1902)
("Reichspostamt in Berlin", Head post office in Berlin)
(Men symbolising North and South Germany, angle see and mountains in background)
Inscription '1797 22 MARZ 1897'
("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:
'* 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
'Deutsches Reich', no Watermark
|2 M||***||***||'Gothic' style inscription|
|2 M||R||c||'Latin' style inscription|
'Deutsches Reich', watermark Lozenges
|1 M||*||c||wihout flags|
|1 M||c||vc||with flags|
|2 M||*||c||'Latin' style inscription|
Surcharged (wmk Lozenges)
|1.25 on 1 M green||vc||vc|
|1.50 on 1 M brown||vc||c|
|2.50 on 2 M lilac||**||***|
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.
(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.
10 p red 15 p brown and blue 25 p green and red 30 p lilac and red
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)