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1850 Two headed eagle, imperforated, inscription 'KKPOST STEMPEL'

1 k yellow 2 k black, four rings cancellation 3 k red "Marienbad" 3 k red 6 k brown "Troppau" 9 k blue

  1 k yellow
  2 k black
  3 k red
  6 k brown
  9 k blue

For cancels on these stamps click here. These stamps with value in 'CENTES' were issued for Austrian Italy. The stamps were printed on thick or thin paper.

For the specialist, these stamps exist with together with an imprinted cross, example:

Reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com
(Reduced size)

The 9 k exists in three types, differing in the value part at the bottom.

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 kRRR 
2 kRR*** 
3 kRR* 
6 kRR* 
9 kRR* 

I've seen (privately?) rouletted stamps (6 k and 9 k) used in Tokay (see http://www.sandafayre.com/gallery/country_27_1.htm for examples).

Reprints

Official reprints were made in 1865, 1871 and 1884. They are difficult to distinguish from genuine stamps. Sometimes the colours, paper and gum are slightly different. The last reprint of 1884 has a sheet watermark 'BRIEFMARKEN'.

I have also seen stamps in similar designs, but with the bottom value inscription changed to '1881.' or '1890'. I think they are also some sort of reprints:

In the 1881 design I have seen: blue, blue on yellow, blue on red (all imperforate) and blue (perforated). I have also seen partly perforated and doubly perforated stamps.
In the 1890 design: perforated: green, black, lilac; imperforated: yellow on blue, black, red on red and brown on brown.
I have seen the 1890 brown on brown stamps in a sheet of 16 stamps (4 x 4).

Forgeries

Example:


(Forgery; stamp and cancel forged)


(A bogus value 12 k blue!)

 

1858 Emperor Francis Joseph I, facing the left, no inscription, except value and 'kr'

Genuine 3 k black 3 k green 5 k red 10 k brown 15 k blue

  2 k yellow
  3 k black
  3 k green (1859)
  5 k red
  10 k brown
  15 k blue

For the specialist; these stamps are perforated 15.

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 kRRR*** 
3 k blackRRRRR 
3 k greenRRRRR 
5 kRRc 
10 kRRR* 
15 kRRR* 

This issue also had Andreas crosses (Andreas Kreuz) in the sheets, now the cross is white on a background in the colour of the stamp, example:


(Andreas Cross of a red 5 k stamp)

Forgeries, example:

Forgery!

These stamps with value in 'SOLDI' were issued for Austrian Italy.

For the specialist: these stamps were perforated 15. Reprints exist perforated 10, 10 1/2, 11, 12, 12 1/2 or even imperforate. Examples of reprints:

Reprints! Different perforation!

Similar design, with inscription 'K.K. ZEITUNGS POST STEMPEL' are newspaper stamps.

 

1861 Francis Joseph in an ellipse facing the right, embossed, inscription 'KREUZER'

3 k green 5 k red 5 k red "FRANCO" cancellation

  2 k yellow
  3 k green
  5 k red
  10 k brown
  15 k blue

These stamps are perforated 14. Similar stamps with value in 'SOLDI' were issued for Austrian Italy. Envelopes with the same design exist, I've seen the following values: 3 k green, 5 k red, 10 k brown, 15 k blue, 20 k orange, 25 k brown and 30 k lilac

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 kR*** 
3 k R*** 
5 kRc 
10 kRR* 
15 kRR* 

Similar design, inscription 'K.K. ZEITUNGS POST STEMPEL' is a newspaper stamp.

Reprints:

Reprints exist, they have a different perforation (the originals have perforation 14). Three different kinds of reprints seem to exist; made in 1865, 1871 and 1884.


(reprint)

Forgeries:

I posess some imperforate forgeries of a (non existing) 20 k brown value (block of four stamps). This might have been ment to forge the postal stationary. They are imperforate and have no embossing. The hair on the forehead of the Emperor points towards the bottom of the 'Z' of 'KREUZER', in the genuine stamps it points exactly to the middle of this letter. They are cancelled with a rectangle with dots (probably the fastest way to recognize them). They are possibly made by Spiro, similar forgeries exist for Austrian Italy (sorry, no picture available yet).

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