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One of the German States. A Kingdom in the north of Germany. The most important town is Berlin. It issued stamps from 1850 to 1867, it used the stamps of the North German confederation afterwards.

1850 King Frederick William IV, Imperforated

4 pf green 1/2 sgr (=6 pf) orange 1 sgr black on lilac 1 sgr black on lilac 1 sgr red 2 sgr black on blue 2 sgr black on blue, Deutz cancel '317' 2 sgr blue 3 sgr black on yellow, '1200' Ratibor cancel 3 sgr yellow

  4 Pfenninge green
  1/2 (Silbergroschen), Sechs Pfennige orange
  1 Ein Silbergr black on lilac
  1 Ein Silbergr red
  2 Zwei Silbergr black on blue
  2 Zwei Silbergr blue
  3 Drei Silbergr black on yellow
  3 Drei Silbergr yellow

For the specialist: the 4 p green, 1/2 s orange, 1 s black on red, 2 s black on blue, 3 s black on yellow were printed with watermark 'laurel wreath' in 1850/56. The 4 p green, 1/2 s orange, 1 s red, 2 s blue and 3 s yellow were issued without watermark (1856/57). All values exist with a background of crossed lines behind the king. The 1 s red, 2 s blue and 3 s yellow were also printed with a solid background behind the king (in 1857, all without watermark).


Watermark 'Laurel wreath' on 3 s black on yellow.

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 'Laurel Wreath' (1850)
4 pRRRR 
1/2 SbgR*** 
1 Sbg black on lilac RR** 
2 Sgr black on blueRR*** 
3 Sgr black on yellow RR** 
No watermark
4 pRRR 
1/2 SbgRRR 
1 Sgr redRRR***Solid background
1 Sgr redRR*Background with crossed lines
2 Sgr blueRRRRRSolid background
2 Sgr blueRR***Background with crossed lines
3 Sgr yellowRRRSolid background
3 Sgr yellowRR***Background with crossed lines
Reprints (see remarks later on)
4 p green R-1864 reprint
4 p green*-1873 reprint
6 p orange***-1864 reprint
6 p orange*-1873 reprint
1 Sgr black on red**-1864 reprint
1 Sgr black on red*-1873 reprint
1 Sgr red***- 
2 Sgr black on blue **-1864 reprint
2 Sgr black on blue*-1873 reprint
2 Sgr blue***- 
3 Sgr black on yellow**-1864 reprint
3 Sgr black on yellow*-1873 reprint
3 Sgr yellow***- 

Some typical cancellations:

With 304 'Danzig cancel)
(Stamps with solid background)

1 sgr red, with '359' (Dusseldorf cancel) 2 sgr blue


(Reduced size, Dusseldorf cancel)


(Reduced size, '1285' cancel, Saarbrucken)

The numerical cancellations range from number 1 to 1995. More common are Aachen (nr 1), Barmen (nr 70), Berlin (nrs 103 to 107), Bochum (nr 146), Bremen (nr 182), Breslau (nr 183, 184), Danzig (nr 304), Deutz (nr 316), Duisburg (nr 358), Dusseldorf (nr 359), Elberfeld (nr 373), Erfurt (nr 386), Essen (nr 396), Halberstadt (nr 571), Halle (nr 572, 573), Hamburg (nr 578), Iserlohn (nr 686), Kattowitz (nr 703), Konigsberg (nr 742), Liegnitz (nr 852), Magdeburg (nr 906, 907), Marienwerder (nr 920), Memel (nr 931), Minden (nr 953), Muhlhausen (nr 973), Munster (nr 982), Neuss (nr 1025), Nordhausen (nr 1065), Perleberg (nr 1134), Posen (nr 1158), Potsdam (nr 1159), Ratibor (nr 1200), Saarbrucken (nr 1285), Siegen (nr 1395), Solingen (nr 1407), Stettin (nr 1439), Wesel (nr 1617), Wetzlar (nr 1625), Wittenberg (nr 1655 ) and Zeitz (nr 1697). The numbers 1 to 1725 were given in alphabetical order.

Reprints:

Two different kinds of reprints exist of the values 4 p, 1/2 Sgr, 1 Sgr black on red, 2 Sgr black on blue and 3 Sgr black on yellow (1864 and 1873). The 4 p 1864 reprint is yellowish green, the reprints of the other stamps made in 1864 have similar colours as the original stamps. All 1864 reprints have no watermark. The 1873 reprint has a watermark, but the paper is greyish and thicker than the originals. The 1864 issue is known to have been used postally. Examples of such reprints:


(The 2 Sgr reprint has a forged cancel)


(Reprints)

Reprints also exist of the 1 Sgr red, 2 Sgr blue and 3 Sgr yellow (all with solid background). They can easily be distinguished because they have only one dot behind the word 'SILBERGR', the original stamps have two dots behind this word.

Forgeries:

I"ve been told that the next stamps are forgeries. I have no further information at the moment:


(Forgeries)

 

1861/67 Arms of Prussia

Eagle in an octagonal with value in the 4 corners

4 p green 6 p orange

  3 Pfenninge lilac
  4 Pfenninge green
  6 Pfenninge orange

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
3 p***R 
4 p**** 
6 p**** 
Eagle in an ellipse

1 sg red, with blue "BERLIN" cancellation 2 sg blue

  1 Silbergr red
  2 Silbergr blue
  3 Silbergr 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 Sgr*c 
2 Sgr*** 
3 Sgr*** 
Eagle in an octagonal, value in KREUZER

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

   (issued for the Thurn and Taxis territories in the south)
  1 Kreuzer green
  2 Kreuzer orange
  3 Kreuzer red
  6 Kreuzer blue
  9 Kreuzer 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 kRR 
2 kRRRR 
3 k****** 
6 k****** 
9 kRR 

Don't confuse these stamps with cuts from envelopes (see also under envelopes):

stamp and cut from envelope

The perforation of these stamps (no holes):

Special cancel used in Berlin: 'Franco Stadtbrf.':

Forgeries:

A postal forgery of the 2 Sgr blue stamp should exist, it was used in Halle.

 

1866 Value in an ellipse or a rectangle, printed on the backside of very thin paper

10 sgr red 30 sgr blue

  10 Sgr red
  30 Sgr blue

Value of the stamps

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

These stamps are often in a terrible condition:


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