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GERMAN EMPIRE
STAMPS
1872

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MICHEL 1 to 12
ARMS EMBOSSED as TYPE A

Regular Issue of 1st Jan 1872. Perf 13½:14¼. Type 'A' embossed stamps have a smaller eagle and shield, "Kleiner Brustschild", (among other less obvious differences) whereas Type 'B' stamps have a larger eagle with a larger shield "Grosser Brustschild". Note also that those stamps denominated in 'Kreuzer' were for use in the Southern German states and those denominated in 'Groschen' were for use in the North German states.

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Mi 1
¼ Gr
grey-violet, bright grey-purple.
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Mi 2
⅓ Gr
light to dark yellowish-green.
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Mi 3
½ Gr
bright reddish-orange to vermillion.
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Mi 4
1 Gr
bright red-carmine.
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Mi 5
2 Gr
ultramarine, dark grey-blue.
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Mi 6
5 Gr
medium to dark ochre-brown.
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Mi 7
1 Kr
yellowish-green to emerald-green.
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Mi 8
2 Kr
reddish-orange.
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Mi 9
3 Kr
carmine, bright red-carmine.
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Mi 10
7 Kr
grey ultramarine, dark grey-blue.
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Mi 11
18 Kr
medium to dark ochre-brown.
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*Mi2 exists in two colours, 2a is light to dark yellowish green and 2b is dark grey to emerald green.

There are many forgeries of these small shield stamps and expertisation is required to be sure they are genuine.



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MICHEL 12 and 13

Issued 1st Jan 1872 Regular issues for internal mailings only. Numbers perf 14¼:13½.

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Mi 12
10 Gr
light grey-brown, dark yellow-grey.
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Mi 13
30 Gr
ultramarine, dark grey-blue.
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MICHEL 14 and 15
ARMS EMBOSSED as TYPE A

Issued 1st Apr 1872.

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Mi 14
½ Gr
orange, bright yellow-orange.
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Mi 15
2 Kr
orange.
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These are similar to Mi3 and Mi8 but have different colours.


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MICHEL 16 to 28

Issued: 1st June / Nov 1872. Regular Issue Eagle with large breast shield "Grosser Brustschild"(and crown with ribbons). Schilling: Combined typography and embossed sheets (10x15). Perf 13½:14¼

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Mi 16
¼ Gr
grey-violet, bright grey-purple.
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Mi 17
⅓ Gr
yellowish-green to dark yellow-green.
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Mi 18
½ Gr
orange to yellowish-orange.
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Mi 19
1 Gr
bright red-carmine.
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Mi 20
2 Gr
grey ultramarine, dark grey-blue.
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Mi 21
2½ Gr
light to medium reddish-brown.
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Mi 22
5 Gr
blackish-ochre, ochre-brown.
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Mi 23
1 Kr
yellowish-green to dark yellow green.
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Mi 24
2 Kr
orange to yellowish-orange.
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Mi 25
3 Kr
red-carmine.
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Mi 26
7 Kr
ultramarine, dark grey-blue.
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Mi 27
9 Kr
light to medium reddish-brown.
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Mi 28
18 Kr
blackish-ochre, ochre-brown.
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MICHEL 1 to 8
TELEGRAPH STAMPS

Issued: 1st Nov 1872. Rosette pattern. Denomination and currency printed in black Perf K13½x14½. Note these telegraph stamps are inscribed "TELEGRAPHIE DES DEUTSCHEN REICHS" and should not be confused with the 1869 North German Confederation Telegraph Stamps which are inscribed "NORDDEUTSCHE BUNDES TELEGRAPHIE".

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Mi 1
½ Gr
blue, black
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Mi 2
1¼ Gr
blue, black
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Mi 3
2½ Gr
blue, black
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Mi 4
4 Gr
blue, black
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Mi 5
5 Gr
blue, black
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Mi 6
8 Gr
blue, black
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Mi 7
10 Gr
blue, black
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Mi 8
30 Gr
blue, black
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01-Aug-2020 03:44