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Wurttemberg Stamps

Numeral Issues - 1869-1900

Between 1869 and 1873, Wurttemberg stamps underwent a transition.

The typographic embossing method of production, used for the arms definitive stamps, was found to be very expensive. In 1868 the Government decided to abandon it, in favor of ordinary typographic printing.

The new stamps still featured a white numeral of value in the middle, but the dimensions of the stamps were changed to conform to the stamp sizes used by other Germanic kingdoms of the time.

The new postage stamp issues of 1869 to 1873 are shown in the image above. With changes in rates, the 18 Kr. was done away with, and it was replaced by a 14 Kr. denomination, also printed in orange. The new stamps were rouletted 10, as was the final embossed arms issue.

In 1874, the government purchased and implemented a new perforating machine, having a gauge of 11 1/2 x 11. Some of the 1 Kr. stamp sheets were perforated with this gauge, before this issue was retired in 1875. This stamp is shown above, at the bottom. Other denominations perforated in this manner are fraudulent.

At the end of 1874, Wurttemberg changed their currency from 60 Kr. = 1 Florin to 100 Pf. = 1 Mark, to conform to the uniform currency of the German Empire. Due to this change, all the stamps denominated in Kreuzer were demonitized and replaced with new stamps denominated in Pfennigs and Marks.

Beginning in July of 1875, new Wurttemberg stamps were issued in denominations of 3 Pf., 5 Pf., 10 Pf., 20 Pf., 25 Pf., and 50 Pf., as shown in the image above. The new stamps were perforated 11 1/2 x 11 and typographed in sheets of 100. They featured the numeric denomination in a circle. Above the circle was the German language abbreviation for "Kingdom of Wurttemberg Postage", and below the circle was the denomination spelled out. The 1875 - 1878 Pfennig denominations are shown above.

Shown above are the high-value denominations of the new 1875 issue.

From the left, the 2 Mark yellow, issued in 1875, and the 2 Mark vermilion on buff, issued in 1878, were not sold to the public but were affixed to articles by the postal clerks. They had "Unverkauflich" or "not for sale" printed on the backs of them. Mint examples do exist though. Both of these stamps are very scarce, mint or used.

The 2 Mark orange and black was issued in 1883, and the 5 Mark blue in black was issued in 1881. The 5 Mark denomination was used primarily for telegraphs, though it was available for postal use.

Between 1890 and 1900, new denominations and new colors of existing denominations were added. They are all shown in the image above.

On April 1, 1902, the regular letter postage stamps of Wurttemberg were replaced by those of the German Empire. However, the Wurttemberg Official stamps for the Communal and State authorities continued in use through 1923.

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