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German Stamps (including States, Colonies & Areas)

German Stamps

German stamps are one of the most complex areas of philately. Bavaria was the first state in the German territory to issue a postage stamp in 1849, shortly followed by Sachsen, Prussia, Schleswig, Hannover and other German states. Stamps and postal history of German states belong between one of the most popular and researched areas of the ‘Classic philately’ (See German States Stamps)

The first stamps of Germany

The first stamps of the unified German Empire were issued in 1872. Collectors often specialised in various period of German history – German Empire (1872-1918), Weimar Republic (1918-1933), Third Reich (1933-1945), Allied Occupation Zones (1945-1949), then West Germany, East Germany & Berlin (1949-1990) and finally reunified Germany (1990 onwards).

The issues of various ‘German Areas’ are even more popular. There are many collectors specialized in the German Post Offices Abroad and German Colonies, World War I and World War II Occupations, Plebiscite Areas, 19th Century local Private City Posts (Stadtposts) etc. Turbulent political or economic situation is often reflected in philately. For example, German hyperinflation in 1923 when postal rates were changed almost on daily basis can be documented by various surcharges and provisional local handstamps, German conquests in both World Wars can be followed on various occupation and feldpost issues, German retreats from the occupied territories by various ‘Liberation’ issues, chaos in Germany at the end of the World War II by numerous overprinted or definitive local issues, currency reform in 1948 by handstamps in the Soviet Zone.

Stamps didn't always serve only for the prepayment of postage but were often used for propaganda purposes, especially by non-democratic regimes of the Nazi Germany and Communist East Germany. During the World War II, so called ‘propaganda forgeries’ were issued by the Intelligence Services on both sides in an effort to ridicule the enemy leaders or confuse the enemy public.

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Lot Number: 2597
Closing: 27 August 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 325 - 350
  • Currency guide (USD): 543 - 585
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Lot Number: 2664
Closing: 27 August 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 160 - 180
  • Currency guide (USD): 267 - 301
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Lot Number: 2577
Closing: 27 August 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 200 - 250
  • Currency guide (USD): 334 - 418
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Lot Number: 2665
Closing: 27 August 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 100 - 110
  • Currency guide (USD): 167 - 184
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Lot Number: 2578
Closing: 27 August 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 120 - 140
  • Currency guide (USD): 200 - 234
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Lot Number: 6769
Closing: 27 August 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 300 - 350
  • Currency guide (USD): 501 - 585
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Lot Number: 2616
Closing: 27 August 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 55 - 60
  • Currency guide (USD): 92 - 100
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Lot Number: 2527
Closing: 09 September 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 130 - 150
  • Currency guide (USD): 217 - 251
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Lot Number: 2617
Closing: 27 August 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 100 - 125
  • Currency guide (USD): 167 - 209
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Lot Number: 2559
Closing: 09 September 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 500 - 600
  • Currency guide (USD): 835 - 1002
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Lot Number: 2666
Closing: 27 August 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 250 - 300
  • Currency guide (USD): 418 - 501
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Lot Number: 2528
Closing: 09 September 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 50 - 60
  • Currency guide (USD): 84 - 100
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Lot Number: 2529
Closing: 09 September 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 180 - 200
  • Currency guide (USD): 301 - 334
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Lot Number: 2667
Closing: 27 August 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 1100 - 1300
  • Currency guide (USD): 1837 - 2171
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Lot Number: 2668
Closing: 27 August 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 90 - 100
  • Currency guide (USD): 150 - 167
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Lot Number: 2618
Closing: 27 August 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 45 - 50
  • Currency guide (USD): 75 - 84
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Lot Number: 5468
Closing: 09 September 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 180 - 200
  • Currency guide (USD): 301 - 334
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Lot Number: 5399
Closing: 27 August 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 100 - 120
  • Currency guide (USD): 167 - 200
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Lot Number: 5400
Closing: 27 August 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 100 - 120
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Lot Number: 2530
Closing: 09 September 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 90 - 100
  • Currency guide (USD): 150 - 167
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Lot Number: 5401
Closing: 27 August 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 80 - 120
  • Currency guide (USD): 134 - 200
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Lot Number: 5469
Closing: 09 September 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 400 - 450
  • Currency guide (USD): 668 - 752
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Lot Number: 5470
Closing: 09 September 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 180 - 200
  • Currency guide (USD): 301 - 334
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Lot Number: 5402
Closing: 27 August 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 150 - 160
  • Currency guide (USD): 251 - 267
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Lot Number: 2531
Closing: 09 September 2014

  • Guide price (GBP): 50 - 60
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