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1851 Head of King Frederic William IV, embossed, facing the right

(Reduced size)

2 s blue "Cut to shape"
(Cut from envelope)

  1 s red
  2 s blue
  3 s yellow
  4 s brown
  5 s violet
  6 s green
  7 s red

Some typical cancels:

(Reduced sizes)

1863 As postage stamps, but overprinted 'POST-COUVERT' and value in black on or above the image

Value in 'SILB.GR.' or 'PFENNIGE'

2 Sgr blue, overprint on the stamp 2 Sgr blue, overprint above the stamp

'STETTIN' cancel on part of an envelope
(Reduced size)

  3 p lilac
  4 p green
  6 p orange
  1 s red
  2 s blue
  3 s brown

Value in 'KREUZER'

  1 k green
  2 k orange
  3 k red
  6 k blue
  9 k brown

These envelopes were also used by the North German Confederation, a stamps of the North German Confederation was applied on the envelope and then an overprint was applied. Here we see the envelope with the stamp removed again (by a stamp collector):

Fiscal stamps


1862 Inscription 'Stempelmarke'

"Zwei Thaler Stempelmarke"

The following values exist (all black background): 5 s blue, 10 s red, 15 s brown, 20 s green, 25 s yellow, 1 F violet and 2 F brown (all rouletted or perforated). In 1875 the currency was changed to 'Mark', the following values were then issued (all black background): 1/2 M blue, 1 M red, 1 1/2 M brown, 2 M green, 2 1/2 M yellow, 3 M violet and 6 M orange.

1862 Higher values, larger sized stamps

(Reduced size)

In the above design exist: 3 Th(aler) green and grey, 4 Th red and grey, 5 Th green and grey, 6 Th red and grey, 7 Th green and grey, 8 Th red and grey, 9 Th green and grey and 10 Th red and grey. These stamps exist both rouletted and perforated. In 1875 the currency was changed to 'Mark', the following values exist: 9 M grey and green, 10 M brown and red (1877), 12 M grey and red, 15 M grey and green, 15 M brown and red (1877), 18 M grey and red, 20 M brown and red (1877) 21 M grey and green, 24 M grey and red, 25 M brown and red (1877), 27 M grey and green 30 M grey and red and 30 M brown and red (1877).

1877 value in a shield

(1877 issue, value in black)

(1881 issue, reduced size)

In the above issue exist: 1/2 M, 1 M, 1 1/2 M, 2 M, 2 1/2 M, 3 M, 3 1/2 M, 4 M, 4 1/2 M, 5 M and 6 M (all in red colour). Two types exist, one with the value surcharged in black (1877) and one with a larger value surcharged in red (1881).


1896 Various designs, eagle (lower values) or number in an ellipse (middle values) or number in ellipse with eagle on top (higher values)

"10 pfennig Stempelmarke"

In the above design exist 10 p red, 20 p blue, 50 p brown, 1 M orange, 1 1/2 M green and 2 M violet.
I have also seen a value similar to the 1 m orange one (design slightly modified, value in the center has been replaced by the tail of the eagle), but with '1M' surcharged in black (issued somewhere around 1920).
This modified design also exist with further overprint: I have seen the value '1M' on 1 M orange and '1 1/2M' on 1 1/2 M brown with overprint 'C.G.H.S' for use in Upper Silesia.

(1896 issue, higher value, reduced size)

Higher values: 2 1/2 M, red, 3 M blue, 3 1/2 M brown, 4 M olive, 4 1/2 M green, 5 M violet, 5 M red and 6 M grey. I have seen the value 3 M with overprint 'C.G.H.S' for use in Upper Silesia.

(Reduced sizes)

In the above design exist: 10 M red, 12 M green, 15 M blue, 20 M brown, 25 M (light) brown, 50 M green, 100 M lilac, 200 M red and 500 M lilac (other values might exist)

Later issues:

(Reduced sizes)

I have also seen 1/2 M brown, 3 M brown, 5 M blue (?) and 20 M blue in the above design.

(Stamps issued during the inflation period)

(Later issue, overprinted in 'Goldmark')

With this 'Goldmark' overprint I have seen: 'EINHALB GM' (1/2), 'EINE GM' (1), 'Eineinhalb GM' (1 1/2), all in the colour orange, other values might exist.

I have also seen fiscal stamps of Prussia overprinted 'Ob. Ost. Verw.' (for use in occupied territories in Russia?).



First issued in 1907, inscription 'GERICHTSKOSTEN MARKE PREUSZEN':

I have seen the following values: 1 M violet and blue, 3 M green and red, 5 M brown and yellow, 10 M violet and lilac, 20 M red and lilac, 50 M violet and green. I have also seen the values 50 M , 100 M (orange and blue), 500 M (green and lilac) and 1000 M (green and yellow) with the letters 'A' or 'N' in the upper right corners.
Later issues exist with inscription 'PREUSZEN GERICHTSKOSTENMARKE', they are in a larger desig:

Railway stamps




60 p blue

'PREUSZ HESS STAATSEISENBAHNEN', other values exist, I have seen the following values: 5 p red, 10 p grey, 20 p orange, 25 p green, 30 p green, 40 p orange, 50 p lilac, 60 p blue, 70 p brown, 80 p orange, 90 p brown, 1 M grey, 2 M green, 3 M blue and black, 4 M red-brown and black and 10 M brown and black. Also some of them exist overprinted 'ExpreBgut'. Finally, I have seen stamps overprinted 'Privatbahn':

Overprinted 'Privatbahn'

Telegraph stamps

I have heard of stamps with the inscription 'PR. TELEGRAPH. MARKE' and a value in Silb gr. The values 2 1/2 s, 5 s, 8 s, 10 s, 12 s and 15 s should exist, however, I have never seen any of such stamps myself. They are extremely rare, if anybody posesses a picture of these stamps, please contact me!

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