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Memel (Klaipėda)
Stamps of 1920

Klaipėda (Memel) is a city in Lithuania on the Baltic Sea coast. The city has a complex recorded history, partially due to the combined regional importance of the usually ice-free Port of Klaipėda at the mouth of the Akmena-Danė River. It was controlled by successive German states until the 1919 Treaty of Versailles.

As a result of the 1923 Klaipėda Revolt it was annexed by Lithuania and has remained with Lithuania to this day, except between 1939 and 1945 when it returned to Germany following the 1939 German ultimatum to Lithuania and Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact (between Germany and the Soviet Union).

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Michel 1 to 17 and A9
"German Empire Issues"
"Overprinted 'Memelgebiet'"

Issued: Aug 1920. The stamps are German Empire stamps featuring Germannia and representative images overprinted 'Memelgebiet'.

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Mi 1
5Pf
green
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Mi 2
10Pf
carmine red
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Mi 3
15Pf
brown lilac
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Mi 4
20Pf
violet blue / ultramarine
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Mi 5
30Pf
dark red orange
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Mi 6
40Pf
dark carmine red
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Mi 7
50Pf
dark grey lilac
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Mi 8
75Pf
black green
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Mi 9
1 Mark
carmine red
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Mi 10
1.25 Mark
green
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Mi 11
1.50 Mark
yellow brown
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Mi 12
2 Mark
dark blue
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Mi 13
2.50 Mark
red carmine
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Mi 14
10Pf
yellowish orange
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Mi 15
30Pf
dark prussian blue
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Mi 16
60Pf
grey olive
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Mi 17
80Pf
ultramarine
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Mi A9
1 Mark
red
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Michel 18 to 33
"French Issue Stamps"
"Overprinted 'MEMEL | value | solid bar'"

Issued: 7th Jul 1920 to 5th Apr 1922. Regular issue French stamps with black overprint 'MEMEL', denomination and solid black bar.

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Mi 18
5Pf on 5 Cent
blackish green
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Mi 19
10Pf on 10 Cent
dark orange red
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Mi 20
20Pf on 25 Cent
dark blue
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Mi 21
30Pf on 30 Cent
dark reddish orange
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Mi 22
40Pf on 20 Cent
red brown
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Mi 23
50Pf on 35 Cent
dark red violet
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Mi 24
60Pf on 40 Cent
dark grey red
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Mi 25
80Pf on 45 Cent
dark green
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Mi 26
1 Mark on 50 Cent
yellowish brown
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Mi 27
1.25 Mark on 60 Cent
dark grey violet
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Mi 28
2 Mark on 1 Franc
yellowish brownish carmine
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Mi 29
3 Mark on 2 Franc
reddish orange
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Mi 30
3 Mark on 5 Franc
dark blue
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Mi 31
4 Mark on 2 Franc
reddish orange
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Mi 32
10 Mark on 5 Franc
blackish blue
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Mi 33
20 Mark on 5 Franc
blackish blue
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20-Apr-2020 10:25