The first Thurn and Taxis adhesive postage stamps, for use in the Northern District, were issued between 1852 and 1858. The seven denominations were typographed, imperforate, and unwatermarked. This series featured a large numeral of value inside a square frame and was printed in black on colored papers. The set is shown above (Mi. #1-6, #11, Sc. #1-7).
In 1859 and 1860, the 1/4 Sgr., 1/2 Sgr., 1 Sgr., 2 Sgr., and 3 Sgr. stamps were printed in new colors on white paper. Two new high-value stamps were added, the 5 Sgr. and 10 Sgr. Genuine used examples of these last two stamps are very rare. Faked cancellations are abundant and certification is necessary for used examples. The set is shown above (Mi. #13-19, Sc. #8-14).
In 1862 and 1863, the 1/4 Sgr., 1/3 Sgr., 1/2 Sgr., 1 Sgr., 2 Sgr., and 3 Sgr. denomination stamps were again issued in changed colors. Several examples are shown in the scan above (Mi. #26-31, Sc. #15-20).
In 1865, the previous issue was printed with rouletting between the stamps, in order to facilitate their separation. These generally have rough and sometimes uneven rouletting lines. Four examples are shown in the scan above (Mi. #35-40, Sc. #21-26).
In 1866, the last issue was again issued, but with colored rouletting between the stamps. The set is shown above (Mi. #45-50, Sc. #27-32). These are very common in mint condition, but are very scarce genuinely used.
Fake cancellations exist for many of the Northern District postage stamps, especially for the ones that are high-priced in used condition.
Reprints were made of many of these postage stamps in 1910. They all have "ND" (Neudruck) in script lettering printed on the back. According to the Scott Catalog, they are worth about $6.00 each.
Stamps of the Northern District were replaced by those of Prussia in 1867.
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