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Austria Stamps

Issues of 1919-1921

New Austria stamps, inscribed "Deutschösterreich", began to appear in the middle of 1919.  The large number of definitive postage and newspaper stamps primarily featured symbolic allegorical vignettes.

For the specialist, this group of stamps offers many plate and die varieties, as well as proofs, trial color proofs, perforation errors, and shade varieties, not to mention stamps with inverted centers.

The twenty new definitive postage Austria stamps shown above were issued between July 1919 and January 1920.  They are all printed on ordinary white paper, typographed and perforated 12 1/2.  There are quite a few listed shade varieties for some of these new stamps, with a few of them being quite expensive.

The common designs feature a Post Horn, the Austrian Coat of Arms, and an allegory of the new Republic of German Austria.

During January 1920, some of the 10 H., 15 H., 20 H., and 50 H. denomination definitive stamps were printed on very thick, grayish paper.  They are all shown above.

During 1920, some of the Heller denomination German Austria stamps were issued imperforate.  They are all shown above.

Between December 1919 and May 1920, a brand new series of pictorial definitive high-denomination postage stamps was issued.  They are 2 Kr. through the 20 Kr. denominations shown above.  These stamps were engraved and printed on granite paper

The 50 Kr. denomination was issued in August 1921.  It was printed on ordinary white paper.

The more common varieties of these stamps were perforated 12 1/2 and perforated 11 1/2

Very scarce varieties
of the 5 Kr., 7.5 Kr., and 10 Kr. denominations exist perforated 11 1/2 x 12 1/2, and they are much more expensive.

The common design of these new stamps features the Parliament Building in Vienna.

The nineteen newspaper stamps shown above were issued in 1920 and 1921.  They were all typographed on white paper, and they were issued imperforate.

Many publishers had the imperforate sheets privately perforated, to make them easier to separate.  These privately perforated stamps are rather common and inexpensive.

The 15 H., 16 H., 20 H., 30 H., 60 H., 90 H., and 3 Kr. denominations were also issued on thick grayish paper.  They are worth about the same as the white paper stamps.

The common design features the facing head of Mercury, the ancient Roman messenger of the gods.

The new vertical format high-denomination definitive stamps shown above were issued during 1920 and 1921.  All the denominations, except for the 7.5 Kr. denomination, were printed on both normal white paper and on thicker grayish paper.  The 7.5 Kr. denomination was only printed on the normal white paper.

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It Happened!

It was often the case with early 20th Century bi-colored stamps that a dual printing mistake would happen!  Inevitably, someone at the printing company was going to take a sheet from the plate used to print the first color and place it upside down on the plate used to print the second color.  In most cases, the quality control people at the printing company would discover these error sheets and destroy them.  But in rare cases, some of them DID make their way to post offices. 

And it happened in German Austria -- what the German language catalogs refer to as Kopfstehende, or literally standing on its head!

The three scans above came from the online catalog of a major auction house.  Based on their realizations, forget the catalog prices on these.

The 2 Kr. and 4 Kr. denominations are occasionally obtainable, for the collector that doesn't mind spending several thousand dollars for a single stamp.  The 20 Kr. denomination, if one can be located for sale, will cost the collector about the price of a new Mercedes Benz!