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In 1920 the Memel territory (formerly belonging to Germany) was put under the influence of France. It joined Lithuania in 1923.
Stamps of Germany, overprinted 'Memelgebiet')
5 p green 10 p red 10 p orange 15 p lilac 20 p blue 30 p orange and black 30 p blue 40 p red and black 50 p violet and black 60 p olive 75 p green and black 80 p blue Larger size
1 M red 1.25 M green 1.50 M brown 2 M blue 2.50 M lilac
Value of the stamps
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare
|10 p red||***||***|
|10 p orange||c||c|
|30 p orange and black||**||**|
|30 p blue||c||c|
Numerous stamps of France were also overprinted with 'MEMEL', examples:
(Stamps of France, overprinted 'MEMEL')
Stamps with inscription 'KLAIPEDA MEMEL' were first issued in 1923, examples:
(Examples of stamps of Memel)
In the above design I have seen the values: 25 c, 50 c, 1 L and 2 L. I have still seen them being used as late as 1930.
In this design I have seen:
a) With 'Wechl.-St.' overprint: 1 L blue and 2 L grey
b) With 'Fr. U. St.' overprint: 3 L lilac
In this design I have seen (the value inscription is always in black):
a) With inscription 'Staats-Stempel': 2 M green, 3 M green, 4 M green
b) With inscription 'Staats-Stempel' and overprint 'S.V.A.': 30 p green, 50 p green, 1 M green, 1 1/2 M green, 2 1/2 M green and 3 M green. I have also seen '1 Lit.' (red) and two red lines on 30 p green (see image above).
c) With inscription 'S.V.A.' at the bottom: 20 p blue, 2 M blue, 10 M blue, 15 M blue and 20 M blue.
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