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Numeral / Eagle Issues of 1875-1890


FINALLY, in 1875, the German Empire implemented a single currency, for use in all its European states. The Goldmark, or Mark, was equal to 100 Pfennig.


Between 1875 and 1877, a new series of postage stamps was issued, featuring a large numeral in the middle, or an eagle in the middle, with large numerals in the lower corners, and they were denominated in "Pfennige".

A two Mark denomination postage stamp was also issued in 1875, primarily intended for domestic offical usage. This stamp, with cancellations prior to 1884, is quite expensive.  The stamp was printed, over time, in several distinct shades.  Three of them are shown above.

An official "reprint" of the two Mark was issued in 1899, and it is quite valuable -- as of the 2007 Michel Catalog, 400 Euros, as opposed to 85 Euros for the original stamp, in mint condition.


In 1880, the 1875 postage stamps were re-issued, with the denomination changed to "Pfennig".

An imperforate reprint of the 10 Pf. was made in 1886. Postal forgeries of the 10 Pf., used in Strassburg in 1885, also exist, and of the 50 Pf., used in Barmen in 1882, and they are both VERY RARE.


Between 1889 and 1900, a new set of seven postage stamps was issued, with new designs featuring a new legend, "REICHPOST" and modified numeral arrangement.

These stamps also served as forerunners, having been used in the German colonies, in their offices in the Turkish Empire, and in their offices in Morocco, prior to official postage stamps being printed and issued in those areas.  Watch any cancellation you may see on these carefully.  The stamps with postmarks used in the German colonies or in their post offices abroad are worth MUCH more than regular used examples with Germany postmarks.

Reprints were made of the 3 Pf., 25 Pf., and 50 Pf. denominations in 1899. Postal forgeries also exist of the 10 Pf. denomination, and used examples are EXTREMELY RARE, being worth many thousands of Euros.




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