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Lubeck is one of the German States. A free city of the Hansa at the Baltic Sea in Northern Germany. It issued stamps from 1859 to 1868, it used the stamps of the North German Confederation afterwards.

 

1859 Arms of Lubeck: Eagle with two heads, Imperforated

Certified genuine stamp 1/2 s lilac 1 s orange 2 s brown 2 1/2 s red 4 s green 4 s green

  1/2 Schilling lilac
  1 Schilling yellow
  2 Schilling brown
  2 1/2 Schilling red
  4 Schilling green

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com
(Error, inscription 'ZWEI EIN HALB': 2 1/2 instead of 'ZWEI', Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com )

For the specialist: there are 2 issues of this stamp: one has a watermark small flowers (often very hard to see), for all values. The second issue of 1862 (only the 1/2 Sch and 1 Sch) doesn't have any watermark. There exists an erroneous impression of the first issue: 2 1/2 Schilling brown ('Zwei ein halb', see image above), it appears twice in a sheet of 200 stamps of the 2 Sch value.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks

With watermark flowers

1/2 schRRRRRR 
1 schRRRRRR 
2 sch**RR 
2 1/2 sch***RRR 
4 sch***RR 
No watermark
1/2 sch**RRR 
1 sch***RRR 

Typical cancels, (images reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com ):


(Line cancel and towncancel in a double circle)


Genuine misprint of the 2 sch with control cancel 'STADT POST AMT LUBECK' which was applied to the margin of the stamp sheet.

 

Click here for reprints and forgeries of this issue.

 

1863 Arms of Lubeck in oval, eagle embossed, rouletted, no watermark

4 s brown

  1/2 Schilling green
  1 Schilling orange
  2 Schilling red
  2 1/2 Schilling blue
  4 Schilling 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
1/2 sch****** 
1 schRRcolour can go from orange to almost black
2 sch***R 
2 1/2 sch***RR 
4 sch***R 

Imperforate reprints with no embossed center exist. Could the next stamps be such reprints?

There should be two points below the 'C' of 'LUBECK' in the genuine stamps.


(I've been told that this cancel is forged, I have no further information)

Modern reprints were made in 1978 by Gehringer in Kaiserslautern (Germany) in mini-sheets of four stamps. Even the embossing has been carefully done. I've seen reprints of all values. The whole sheet has a wavy like watermark pattern. The inscription at the bottom of the sheet is: 'Neudruck 1978' and 'Gehringer'. Example:


(Reprint sheet made by Gehringer of the 1/2 Sch value, reduced size)

 

1864 Arms, slightly different design, the eagle is in colour instead of embossed, imperforate, no watermark

1 1/4 s brown Cancel 'Lubeck Bahnhof' (Railway station) 'L' in three concentric rings cancel

  1 1/4 Schilling 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
1 1/4 sch****** 

Forgeries:


(Forgery)

Forgeries exist of the above stamps. For example Spiro has made a forgery with a single dot between the necks of the eagle (genuine stamps have two dots), the tail at some distance of the bottom of the oval and the 'B' of 'LUBECK' better done than the original (source 'The Spud Papers'). Fournier also made forgeries of this stamp (fist choice forgeries, he offers two varieties, brown and dark brown for 2 Swiss Francs in his 1914 pricelist, I do not know the distinghuishing characteristics of this forgery).

Modern reprints were made in 1978 by Gehringer in Kaiserslautern (Germany) in mini-sheets of four stamps. The whole sheet has a wavy like watermark pattern. The inscription at the bottom of the sheet is: 'Neudruck 1978' and 'Gehringer'. Example:

 

1866 Arms of Lubeck in an octagonal form

1 1/2 s lilac cancelled 'LUBECK BAHNHOF'


(reduced size)

  1 1/2 Schilling 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
1 1/2 sch***R 

Imperforate reprints with no embossed center exist (sorry, no pictures available yet).

Modern reprints were made in 1978 by Gehringer in Kaiserslautern (Germany) in mini-sheets of four stamps. The whole sheet has a wavy like watermark pattern. The inscription at the bottom of the sheet is: 'Neudruck 1978' and 'Gehringer'. Example:


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