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Third Reich

Official Issues 1934-1944



The Third Reich issued their first official postage stamps, for use by government agencies, on January 18, 1934.

These stamps were typographed, perforated 14, and printed on swastika watermarked paper. They all depicted a swastika on a white background with a wreath around it.

The 6 Pf. is known imperforate, and the 10 Pf. is known with a double printing.  Both of these are very scarce.

These stamps were all printed from many different plates.  Bottom margin pairs showing the plate (HAN) numbers are valued in Michel at between 300% and 400% of the single stamp prices.


Between 1942 and 1944, these official stamps were re-issued, with the new issues being printed on unwatermarked paper.   The 6 Pf., 8 Pf. and 12 Pf. denominations come in various shades, with some of them being expensive.

Bottom margin pairs of the unwatermarked stamps showing the plate (HAN) numbers are valued in Michel at 300% of the single stamp prices.


In 1938, the Reich issued a special set of official stamps (franchise stamps in the Scott Catalog), for use by the offices of the National Socialist German Workers' Party.

The stamps were typographed, perforated 14, and printed on swastika watermarked paper. They all depicted the Nazi Party emblem resting on a column.

Bottom margin pairs showing the plate (HAN) numbers are valued in Michel at 300% of the single stamp prices.


In 1942, these stamps were re-issued, with the new issues being printed on unwatermarked paper.

The 8 Pf. denomination of the unwatermarked stamp is known imperforate, and the 40 Pf. denomination of the unwatermarked stamp is known with two different plate faults.  These are very scarce.  See the Michel Spezialkatalog for details.

Bottom margin pairs of the unwatermarked stamps showing the plate (HAN) numbers are valued in Michel at 300% of the single stamp prices.




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