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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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 1/2 pcc 
3 pcc 
5 pcc 
10 pvcvc 
15 pcc 
20 pcc 
50 p** 
1 M** 
5 M** 
Surcharged
5 on 20 pccMisprint 5 on 15 p: *
10 on 20 pcc 
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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 1/2 pcc 
3 pcc 
5 pvcvc 
10 pvcvc 
15 pvcvc 
20 pvcvc 
25 pcc 
30 pvcvc 
40 pvcvc 
50 pvcvc 
60 pcc 
75 pcc 
80 pcc 
1 Mcc 
2 Mcc 
3 Mcc 
5 Mcc 
Overprint 'Plebiscite'
10 pc* 
15 pc* 
20 pc* 
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.


(Forged inverted overprint)

 

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

10 p red

  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
With '21' in the design
5 pcc 
10 pcc 
15 pvcc 
20 pcvc 
30 pcvc 
50 pcc 
1 M*** 
Without '21'
5 pcc 
10 pvcvc 
15 pvcc 
20 pvcvc 
30 pvcvc 
40 pvcvc 
50 pvcvc 
60 pvcc 
1 Mvcvc 
1.25 Mvcc 
2 MccExists on two different watermarks
5 Mcc 

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)

 

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

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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All valuesRR 

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


 

Railway stamps


('Schleswiger Kreisbahn')

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


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