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1850 Arms, inscription "S.H. POST SCHILLING", imperforate with embossed center

1 Sh blue 1 Sh blue 1 s blue 2 Sh red

  1 s blue
  2 s red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 s RR RRR  
2 s RR RRR  

According to 'Distinguishing Characteristics of Classic Stamps: Old German States' by Hermann Schloss, a private reprint was made by Albin Rosenkranz. It has no silk thread, there is no background behind the eagle (the easiest test) and the paper is different. Usually the words 'Ndr.' or 'Neudr.' are printed on the backside. According to the Serrane guide, these reprints were made in 1894.

A Rozenkranz reprint of the 1 Sch and a non-issued 3 s value with no background lines behind the eagle.

I have seen minisheets of Rozenkranz reprints with 8 stamps (4 on the frontside and 4 on the backside) with no 'Ndr.' or similar impression on the back of each stamp. I've seen the values 1 s blue, 2 s red, 3 s green and 3 s yellow.

Private reprint of 1987

Another reprint for a Kruschel Auction in 1976.


Typical cancels:

I'm not sure if these are forgeries or not

Numeral cancels exist with numbers ranging from 1 to 42. They are not to be confused with the later used Danish numeral cancels. A complete list can be found at: http://www.alneum-resources.com/resources/numschleswig.html. The numeral cancel and its corresponding town:

1 Ahrensbock
2 Ahrensburg
3 Altona
4 Barmstedt
5 Bornhoved
6 Bramstedt
7 Brunsbuttel
8 Crempe
9 Elmshorn
10 Eutin
11 Gluckstadt
12 Hamburg
13 Heide
14 Heiligenhafen
15 Horst
16 Itzehoe
17 Kellinghusen
16 Kiel
18 Kiel
19 Kiel Bahnhof (railway station)
20 Lubeck
21 Lunden
22 Lutjenburg
23 Meldorf
24 Neumunster
25 Neustadt
26 Nortorf
27 Oldenburg
28 Oldesloe
29 Pinneberg
30 Ploen
31 Preetz
32 Reinbeck
33 Remmels (Hohenwestedt after 1864)
34 Rendsburg
35 Segeberg
36 Uetersen
37 Wandsbeck
38 Wilster
39 Railway post office
40 Railway post office
41 Field post office
42 Schwartau


The Serrane guide mentions six different forgeries. Among them a Hamburg set, a Paris set and a Geneva set (Fournier). The stamp forger Allan Taylor also offers these two stamps for 5 c in his pricelist and Oneglia also offers them in his 1906 pricelist.

Forgeries, example:

I've been told that this is a Sperati forgery, I have a hard time believing this!
(Could these be Fournier forgeries?)

The genuine stamps should have a blue silk thread (however, this has also been forged). In the above forgeries, the 'L' of 'SCHILLING' is approaching the central oval too much. In the genuine stamps there should be a part of the tail of the eagle. The cancel is also very typical on this kind of forgery. Fournier offers these stamps in his 1914 pricelist for 1 Swiss Franc (both values) as second choice forgeries.

Another forgery. This could be an uncancelled stamp with a forged '18' cancel. It does resemble the forged cancel shown on http://www.stampsx.com/ratgeber/stempelliste-falsch.php. I have no further information.

Forgery: This stamp has the "S" in the upper corner different from the above stamps, also the "S" in "POST" is different, furthermore the second feather from above on the right hand side sticks out much more than in the above stamps. In the genuine stamps, the heads of the "H" and "I" in "SCHILLING" are joined. The horizontal bar of the "H" of this word should be very thin. The cancel on these forgeries appears to be "STADT LSTEIN 0*7-8N" (the rest of the cancel is missing).

Possibly Oneglia forgeries?

The "S" and "H" are placed too low in this forgery of the 2 Sch stamp

In this forgery of the 2 Sch the bottoms of the '2's are curved. They are straight in the genuine stamps. I've seen a whole sheet of 12 (3 rows of 4) of these forgeries with 'FALSCH' written at the back.

Proofs and essays

I've been told that this is a proof; I've seen them in various colours: black, black on yellow, black on red, black on yellow, black on orange, blue, blue on grey, blue on yellow, blue on red, blue on orange and blue on yellow. They are all in the value 1 Schilling.

Essay? Without letters and value.

In the period from 1 September 1851 to the end of March 1864, the stamps of Denmark were used in Schleswig-Holstein.

Schleswig Holstein 1864-1867 issue

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