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1920 Number, inscription "COMMISSION de GOUVERNEMENT HAUTE-SILESIE"

  2 1/2 p grey
  3 p brown
  5 p green
  10 p red
  15 p violet
  20 p blue
  50 p lilac
  1 M red
  5 M orange

Surcharged

  5 p on 20 p blue
  10 p (red) on 20 p blue
  50 p on 5 M orange

The surcharges '5' and '10' exist in four types. The '50' surcharge exists in five types. A misprint '5 pf' on 15 p violet exist (this misprint has a 'dubious' origin):


(Misprint!)

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
2 1/2 p c c  
3 p c c  
5 p c c  
10 p vc vc  
15 p c c  
20 p c c  
50 p * *  
1 M * *  
5 M * *  
Surcharged
5 on 20 p c c Misprint 5 on 15 p: *
10 on 20 p c c  
50 on 5 M *** ***  

 

1920 Landscape with flying dove, inscription "COMMISSION de GOUVERNEMENT HAUTE-SILESIE"

  2 1/2 p grey
  3 p brown
  5 p green
  10 p red
  15 p violet
  20 p blue
  25 p brown
  30 p orange
  40 p green

Larger size

  50 p grey
  60 p blue
  75 p green
  80 p brown
  1 M red
  2 M brown
  3 M violet
  5 M red

Overprinted 'Plebiscite 20 mars 1921.' 
   (different type on small and large stamps)

  10 p red
  15 p violet
  20 p blue
  25 p brown (overprint red)
  30 p orange
  40 p green (overprint red)
  50 p grey (overprint red)
  60 p blue
  75 p green
  80 p brown
  1 M red

Surcharged


(All three overprints)

  4 M on 60 p green
  10 M on 75 p red
  20 M on 80 p orange

For the specialist; the small stamps have perforation 13 1/2 x 14 and the large stamps 14 x 13 1/2.

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
2 1/2 p c c  
3 p c c  
5 p vc vc  
10 p vc vc  
15 p vc vc  
20 p vc vc  
25 p c c  
30 p vc vc  
40 p vc vc  
50 p vc vc  
60 p c c  
75 p c c  
80 p c c  
1 M c c  
2 M c c  
3 M c c  
5 M c c  
Overprint 'Plebiscite'
10 p c *  
15 p c *  
20 p c *  
25 p * *  
30 p * *  
40 p * *  
50 p * *  
60 p * *  
75 p * *  
80 p * **  
1 M * **  
Surcharged
4 M on 60 p green c * with no '4M' overprint: R
10 M on 75 p * *  
20 M on 80 p * **  

Many forged 'Plebiscite' overprints exist made with the stolen overprint devices. In one of these forgeries, the '9' of '1921' is more open than in the genuine overprints.


(Forged inverted overprint)

More on these forged "Plebiscite" overprints can be found in the Barefoot guide 'Forgery and reprint guide 17-18 Upper Silesia'.

 

1920 Official stamps of Germany, overprinted "C.G.H.S."

With '21' in design

  5 p green
  10 p red
  15 p brown
  20 p blue
  30 p orange
  50 p lilac
  1 M red

Without '21' in design

  5 p green
  10 p red
  15 p brown
  20 p blue
  30 p orange
  40 p red
  50 p lilac
  60 p red
  1 M red
  1.25 M blue on yellow
  2 M blue
  5 M brown on yellow

The overprint "C.G.H.S." exists in all positions, with double overprints, inverted etc:

These misprints are not very valuable (same value as normal stamps).

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
With '21' in the design
5 p c c  
10 p c c  
15 p vc c  
20 p c vc  
30 p c vc  
50 p c c  
1 M ** *  
Without '21'
5 p c c  
10 p vc vc  
15 p vc c  
20 p vc vc  
30 p vc vc  
40 p vc vc  
50 p vc vc  
60 p vc c  
1 M vc vc  
1.25 M vc c  
2 M c c Exists on two different watermarks
5 M c c  

I have seen fiscal stamps of Germany with the same overprint:


(Fiscal stamp of Germany, 'Frachtstempel', with 'C.G.H.S.' overprint, reduced size)


(Provisional 'C.G.H.S' overprint in violet on a Frachtstempel fiscal stamp of Germany)


(Left regular and right provisional 'C.G.H.S.' overprint on fiscal stamps of Germany)


Railway stamp of the "PREUSZ HESS STAATSEISENBAHNEN" with the same overprint; I've seen 5 p red, 10 p grey, 20 p brown, 30 p green, 40 p orange, 50 p lilac, 60 p blue, 70 p brown, 80 p orange, 90 p lightbrown, 1 M grey, 2 M green, 3 M blue, 4 M brown, 5 M orange and 10 M olive.

 

In 1920 some stamps of Germany were overprinted with "C.I.H.S" in a small circle

Certified genuine Certified genuine
Two certified genuine overprints.

In the Germania type exist with this overprint the values: 2 p grey, 2 1/2 p grey, 3 p brown, 5 p green (red overprint), 7 1/2 p orange, 10 p red, 15 p violet (red overprint), 20 p blue (red overprint), 25 p orange and black on yellow, 30 p orange and black, 35 p brown, 40 p red and black, 50 p violet and black, 60 p brown, 75 p green and black, 80 p red and black on red.
In a larger design exist (Weimar issue): 10 p red, 15 p brown and blue, 25 p green and red, 30 p violet and red.
In a very large design: 1 M red (head post office in Berlin) and 2 M blue (Germany's unity).

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
All values R R  

WARNING: 99% of the stamps with this overprint are forgeries! I'm not certain that the above stamps are genuine.


Forged overprints with forged cancels.


 

Railway stamps


('Schleswiger Kreisbahn')

In the above 'Schleswiger Kreisbahn' design I have seen (all with overprint 'Expre▀gut' and value and text in black): 10 p red, 20 p green and 30 p lilac.


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