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1 (k) black on yellow 3 (k) black on yellow 12 (k) black on yellow
Specialists still distinguish between thin and thick paper concerning the 1 k and 3 k values. The remainders of these 3 stamps were sold to a stamp dealer in 1873.
Value of the stamps
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare
Most of the 12 Kr stamps with cancel are forged. Only about 700 stamps were used with cancels: Baden, Birkendorf, Bonndorf, Freiburg-Stadtpost, Markdorf, Merchingen, Mosbach, Saekingen, Steinen, Thingen and Waldshut (according to 'Distinghuishing Characteristics of Classic Stamps, Old German States' by Herman Schloss). All other cancels are probably forged. The next stamp is an example of such a forgery, 'CARSRUHE STADT POST 5 MAY 6-8', (note the spelling of 'CARSRUHE'):
(Forged cancel on a genuine stamp)
Forgeries, note the strange cancels:
Forgeries exist, for all values the '-' between 'PORTO' and 'MARKE' should be quite low. The 'PO' of 'PORTO' are written at a higher level than the other letters of this word. Also note that the 4 spirals at the left and right have a small vertical line in it. Also compare the ornamental design carefully with a genuine stamp above.
Other examples of forgeries:
Fournier also offers forgeries of these stamps in his 1914 pricelist (3 values for 1 Swiss Franc) as second choice forgeries. There are no examples in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries'), but I assume this forgery is a Fournier forgery:
In the Fournier album of philatelic forgeries, the following cancels are given '79' in 5 concentric circles, '60' in 5 concentric circles, '8' in 5 concentric circles, '31' in 3 concentric circles, 3 concentric circles and a dot in the middle, an '8' in a small circle, three circular cancels with 'KEHL 2 NOV 6-7 N', 'RASTATT 14 OCT 5-10 V' and 'FURSTENBERG 17 2 MBG'. The above 12 k stamp has the Kehl cancel, therefore I presume it is a Fournier forgery. I have also seen a 1 k stamp with the same cancel and a 3 k Fournier forgery with the Furstenberg cancel. Note, that the curl of the '2' points towards the upper left, though in the genuine stamps, it points to the upper right corner. I have also seen this forgery with a (unreadable) red town cancel.
The next stamps with inscription 'FREI DURCH ABLOSUNG Nr. 21' were used in Baden, more information can be found at Germany official stamps:
2 p grey 3 p brown 5 p green 10 p red 20 p blue 25 p orange and black on yellow 40 p red and black 50 p violet and black
3 kr (Drei Kreuzer) blue 6 kr (Sechs Kreuzer) brown 9 kr (Neun Kreuzer) red 12 kr (Zwolf Kreuzer) brown 18 kr (Achtzehn Kreuzer) red
3 kr (Drei Kreuzer) red 6 kr (Sechs Kreuzer) blue 9 kr (Neun Kreuzer) brown
I have seen the values: 5 p red and black, 25 p green and black, 30 p green and black, 40 p red and black, 50 p lilac and black, 60 p blue and black, 70 p brown and black, 80 p orange and black, 90 p brown and black, 1 M grey and black and 2 M blue and black.
I have also seen stamps with the 'Grobh.' overprinted with a bar:
I have seen the values 5 p red and black, 10 p brown and black, 20 p orange and black, 50 p lilac and black, 60 p blue and black, 70 p brown and black, 80 p orange and black, 90 p brown and black, 1 M grey and black, 3 M brown and black, 4 M green and black, 5 M red and black and 20 M green and black with this overprint .
These railway stamps are not very common.
I've seen the values: 5 p brown, 10 p black, 25 p blue, 30 p green and 50 p red. And with value in 'CENTIMES' (for use in France?): 5 c green, 10 c green, 30 c green, 65 c green and 1 Frank green.
Inscription 'BADISCHE STAATSEISENBAHNEN WERTMARKE':
I have seen the values 10 p and 20 p (both in red with black value inscription).
10 p yellow 20 p brown 50 p blue 1 M green 2 M red
These fiscal stamps are not very common. I have seen the following values (with the value always in black): 5 p brown, 50 p violet, 70 p yellow, 1 M violet, 2 M grey, 3 M orange, 4 M red, 5 M blue, 10 M green and 50 M yellow.
I have seen the values (the value always in black): 10 M green, 50 M yellow, 100 M olive, 1000 M brown, 2000 M grey, 5000 M green, and 50000 M red.
(Number cancels or 'Nummernstempel')
The most common cancel is 5 ring cancel with a number in the center. I've seen them in black and red. For example nr 109 for the town of Pforzheim. Some other numeral cancels:
8: Baden (Adelsheim?)
10: Beuggen Rheinfelden
28: Durlach (I've seen this cancel in red)
81: Langen - Denzlingen
143: Todtnau (?)
170: Basel Badische Bahnhof
174: Mannheim Bahnhof (railway station)
175: Baden Bahnhof (railway station)
(City cancel or 'Ortsstempel', Freiburg Stadtpost and Carlsruhe)
(numeral cancel in 5 circles, 5th one with rimples, reduced size)
(A so-called 'Uhrradstempel' with nr 20)
(Box-cancel 'ETTLINGEN 10 Jun.')
(Elliptic cancel 'PFORZHEIM'?)
(Railway cancel' BAD BAHNPOST')
(Basel, Switzerland, Badische Bahnhof cancel)
(Forged cancel on a genuine 30 k stamp, reduced size)
In 1945 stamps were issued in the French occupation zone of Germany, special stamps with inscription 'BADEN' were issued, example:
http://home.earthlink.net/~adeptmoron/BadenA.html, very nice explanation of the Baden stamps.