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1851 Newspaper stamps, Mercury, inscription 'K.K. ZEITUNGS POST STAMPEL'

Certified genuine stamp (0.6 k) blue, type III (0.6 k) yellow (6) k red Reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com (30) k orange, forgery?

  (0.6) k blue (Blauer Merkur)
  (0.6) k yellow (Gelber Merkur)
  (6) k red (Rosa Merkur)
  (30) k orange (Zinnober Merkur, rarest stamp of Austria)

For the specialist: Three types exists of these stamps. The blue stamp was printed in all three types. The yellow and red stamp were printed only in type I. The orange stamp was printed in type III only. In type I the 'G' of 'ZEITUNGS' has no crossbar and the dots on 'A' of 'STAMPEL' are evenly placed on the 'A'. In type II the 'G' also has no crossbar, but the right dot on the 'A' is placed sligthly more to the left, so the two dots are closer together.In the last type, type III, the 'G' has a crossbar and the 'A' is as in type II. Most of these stamps are rare, since they were thrown away, together with the newspapers.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
blueRRRCheapest reprints: *
yellowRRRRRRCheapest reprints: ***
redRRRRRRCheapest reprints: ***
orangeRRRRRRCheapest reprints: ***

Forgeries:

The forgery below is probably a Spiro forgery. The front of the tunic starts at the 'T' of 'STAMPEL'. In the genuine stamps, the front of the tunic starts before the 'S'. There is a '.' instead of a '-' after 'ZEITUNGS' (this is not visible in the stamp below, however). (information taken from 'the Spud Papers'). I have only seen these forgeries with the cancel dots in a square as shown below or uncancelled. Fournier also sold these Spiro forgeries (second choice as he offered them), he offered the four values for 1 Swiss franc (in his 1914 price list).

Besides the Spiro forgeries, Fournier also offered better forgeries (1st choice as he offered them); the five values (I don't know what the fifth stamp is supposed to represent, maybe one of the types of the blue stamps?) for 5 Swiss francs (also from Fournier's 1914 price list). At the moment I don't have a picture of these 1st choice forgeries of Fournier yet. It seems that the following cancels were used on these forgeries:
'HAID 13/4 56' in a single circle
'RADOTH 6/12 50' in a single circle
'9 -11 N WIEN 2 III' in a single circle
'JUNGLINSTER 13/12 87 6-7 M' in double circle
'EKENAS APR 3 1856' in a rectangle

Other forgeries exist, examples:

The background and corner ornaments are quite different in the above forgeries.


(Forgery, reduced size)

The forger Peter Winter also has made forgeries of these stamps (produced around 1980):


(Peter Winter forgeries)

I posess Winter forgeries of all 4 stamps, the yellow stamp has cancel 'STEYR 17/11' in a single circle, the red one 'PESTH 5/3' in a rectangle and the orange one a double-circled postmark 'ZEITUNGS EXPED. LAIBAICH 12/12'. As can be seen above the 'PESTH 5/3' cancel was also applied on the yellow stamp. Also can be found: 'ZEITUNGS EXPED. WIEN 20/11' and ' WIEN 3/3 6 A'. These forgeries were even offered on pieces of newspaper, but also uncancelled.

Reprints:

Reprints also exist (see http://www.kitzbuhel.demon.co.uk/austamps/reprints/ for more information).


(Examples; two Fellner reprints, made in 1885)

The above reprints were made by Ernst Fellner (in 1885?). I don't think these reprints are very common.

WIPA reprints (1933):


(Wipa 'reprint')

Note: many forgeries of this issue exist! Stamps with inscription 'WIPA' on top and '1933' at the bottom are from philatelic exhibition in Vienna in 1933. Nine shades of colour were issued in sheets of 16 stamps each: light brown, orange, light red, dark red, lilac, violet, green, light blue and dark blue. Cancelled 'Wipa' stamps also exist:


(Cancelled 'WIPA' stamps, reduced sizes)

 

1858 Inscription 'K.K. ZEITUNGS POST STEMPEL'

(1) k lilac (1 k) blue

  (1) k lilac
  (1) k 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
lilacRRRRCheapest reprints: **
blueRRRRCheapest reprints: **

 

1861 Inscription 'K.K. ZEITUNGS POST STEMPEL'

  (1) 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
lilacRRRCheapest reprints: **

 

1863 Inscription 'K.K. ZEITUNGS POST STEMPEL'

"Newspaper" (1) k lilac

  (1) 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
lilac****Cheapest reprints: *

 

1867 Newspaper stamp, no inscription at all, Head of Mercury

 

  (1 k) lilac
  1/2 k green (1880)

These stamps exists with private perforation, example:

"Private perforation"

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
lilaccvc 
1/2 k*c 

 

1899 Head of Mercury

20 h red

 

  2 h blue
  6 h orange
  10 h brown
  20 h red

These staps exist privately perforated, example:

2 h blue, "Private perforation"

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 h*vc 
6 h*** 
10 h**c 
20 h** 

 

1908 Mercury

2 h blue

  2 h blue
  6 h orange
  10 h red
  20 h brown

These stamps exist privately perforated, example:

2 h blue "Private perforation"

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 hvcvc 
6 h*c 
10 h*vc 
20 h*c 

 

1916 Inscription 'KAISERLICHE KONIGLICHE OSTERREICHISCHE POST ZEITUNGSMARKE'

2 h brown "Deutschosterreich" on 10 h orange

  2 h brown
  4 h green
  6 h blue
  10 h orange
  30 h red

Overprinted 'Deutschosterreich' in fancy letters (1918)
  2 h brown
  4 h green
  6 h blue
  10 h orange
  30 h red

These stamps exist privately perforated, example:

2 h brown "Private perforation"

 

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 hvcvc 
4 hcc 
6 hcc 
10 h*c 
30 h*c 

Overprinted 'Deutsch Osterreich'

2 hvcvc 
4 hvcvc 
6 hcc 
10 hcc 
30 h cc 

 

1920 Head of Mercury, inscription 'Deutschosterreich', imperforated

12 h blue 1.20 K red Newspaper stamp

  2 h violet
  4 h brown
  5 h grey
  6 h blue
  8 h green
  9 h yellow
  10 h red
  12 h blue
  15 h lilac
  18 h green
  20 h orange
  30 h brown
  45 h green
  60 h red
  72 h brown
  90 h violet
  1.20 K orange
  2.40 K green
  3 K grey

Note, that these stamps exist with private perforations, example:

2 h violet, "private perforation"

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 valuesvcvc 

Later issue from 1922, example:


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