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German Democratic Republic (DDR)
(East Germany)
Stamps of 1959

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East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic (Deutsche Demokratische Republik, DDR), was a country that existed from October 1949 until 1990, when the eastern portion of Germany was part of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War. It described itself as a socialist "workers' and peasants' state" and the territory was administered and occupied by Soviet forces at the end of World War II — the Soviet Occupation Zone of the Potsdam Agreement, bounded on the east by the Oder–Neisse line. The Soviet zone surrounded West Berlin but did not include it; as a result, West Berlin remained outside the jurisdiction of the DDR.

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Michel 673
"83rd birthday of President Wilhelm Pieck"

Issued: 3rd Jan 1959, Perf: 13½x13. Watermark Wz 3X and designed by Bengs to commemorate Wilhelm Pieck's 83rd birthday.

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Mi 673
20Pf
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Michel 674 and 675
"40th Anniversary of the death of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebnecht"

Issued: 15th Jan 1959. Perf: 13x13½. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (5x10). Designed by Stauf to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the death of Rosa Luxemburg.

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Mi 674
10Pf
dark opal green
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Mi 675
20Pf
dark brown light red
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Michel 676 and 677
"150th Anniversary of the birth of Felix Mendelssohn"

Issued: 20th Feb 1959. Perf: 14. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (5x10). Designed by Israel to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Felix Mendelssohn.

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Mi 676
10Pf
dark opal green
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Mi 677
25Pf
dark blue
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Michel 678 and 679
"Leipzig Spring Fair"

Issued: 28th Feb 1959. Perf: 13x12½. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (5x10). Designed by Dorfstecher and issued to celebrate the 1959 Leipzig Spring Fair.

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Mi 678
20Pf
lilac red
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Mi 679
25Pf
grey violet ultramarine
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Michel 680 and 681
"5th Year of Youth"

Issued: 2nd Apr 1959. Perf: 13½x13. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (10x5). Designed by Skribelka to commemorate the 5th Year of Youth.

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Mi 680
10Pf
green light olive
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Mi 681
20Pf
red orange
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Michel 682 and 683
"200th Anniversary of the birth of Georg Friedrich Händel"

Issued: 27th Apr 1959. Perf: 13½x13. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (10x5). Designed by Bengs to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Georg Friedrich Händel.

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Mi 682
10Pf
dark opal green
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Mi 683
20Pf
carmine red
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Michel 684 and 685
"100th Anniversary of the death of Alexander von Humboldt"

Issued: 6th May 1959. Perf: 13½x13. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (10x5). Designed by Thieme to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the death of Alexander von Humboldt.

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Mi 684
10Pf
blackish opal green
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Mi 685
20Pf
brownish red
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Michel 686 and 687
"Conference of Ministers of Post and Telecommunications
of the Socialist States (OSS), Berlin"

Issued: 30th May 1959. Perf: 13½x13. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (10x5). Designed by Vogenaur and issued to commemorate the Conference of Ministers of Post and Telecommunications of the Socialist States (OSS), Berlin.

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Mi 686
20Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 687
25Pf
multicoloured
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Michel 688 to 692
"Nature"

Issued: 25th Jun 1959. Perf: 13x12½. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (5x10). Designed by Oehlke to celebrate nature.

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Mi 688
5Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 689
10Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 690
20Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 691
25Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 692
40Pf
multicoloured
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Michel 693 to 697
"Painting of the Dresden Gallery
Returned from the Soviet Union"

Issued: 29th Jun 1959. Perf: 13½x13. Watermark Wz 3X and available on sheets (10x5). Designed by Gruner to celebrate Painting of the Dresden Gallery on their return from the Soviet Union.

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Mi 693
5Pf
blackish brown orange
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Mi 694
10Pf
blackish green
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Mi 695
20Pf
blackish red orange
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Mi 696
25Pf
dark reddish brown
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Mi 697
40Pf
dark brown lilac
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Michel 698 to 703
"Native Birds"

Issued: 2nd Jul 1959. Perf: 13x13½. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (5x10). Designed by Brylka to commemorate native birds.

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Mi 698
5Pf
yellow black
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Mi 699
10Pf
green black
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Mi 700
15Pf
violet black
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Mi 701
20Pf
red black
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Mi 702
25Pf
greenish blue
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Mi 703
40Pf
red black
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Michel 704
"Five Year Plan (VIII)"

Issued: Jul 1959. Perf: 13x12½. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (10x10). Designed by Gruner and re-issued to celebrate the Five year Plan.

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Mi 704
10Pf
bluish green
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Michel 705 to 706
"World Festival of Youth and Students, Vienna"

Issued: 25th Jul 1959. Perf: 12½x13. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (5x10). Designed by Prieß and issued to commemorate the World Festival of Youth and Students, Vienna.

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Mi 705
20Pf
rose red
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Mi 706
25Pf
cyan blue
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Michel 707 to 711
"German Gymnastics and Sportfest, Leipzig"

Issued: 10th Aug 1959. Perf: 13x13½. Watermark Wz 3X and available on sheets (5x10). Designed by Wittkugel and issued to commemorate the German Gymnastics and Sportfest in Leipzig.

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Mi 707
5+5Pf
reddish orange
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Mi 708
10+5Pf
blackish opal green
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Mi 709
20+10Pf
lilac red
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Mi 710
25+10Pf
dark cyan blue
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Mi 711
40+20Pf
lilac purple
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Michel 712
"Leipzig Autumn Fair"

Issued: 17th Aug 1959. Perf: 13x12½. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (5x10). Designed by Deutschendorf to celebrate the 1959 Leipzig Autumn Fair.

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Mi 712
20Pf
reddish grey
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Michel 713 and 714
"75th Anniversary of Janaer Glassworks"

Issued: 1st Sep 1959. Perf: 13x12½. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (5x10) for Mi 713 and sheets (10x5) for Mi 714. Designed by Bengs to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Jenaer Glassworks.

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Mi 713
10Pf
bluish green
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Mi 714
25Pf
blue
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Michel 715 to 719
"Construction of the National Memorial Ravensbrück"

Issued: 3rd Sep 1959. Perf: 13½x13. Watermark Wz 3X and available on sheets (10x5). Designed by Skribelka and issued to celebrate the Construction of the National Memorial Ravensbrück.

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Mi 715
5+5Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 716
10+5Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 717
15+10Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 718
20+10Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 719
25+15Pf
multicoloured
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Michel 720
"Inauguration of the National Memorial Ravensbrück"

Issued: 11th Sep 1959. Perf: 13½x13. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (5x5). Designed by Skribelka and Issued to commemorate the Inauguration of the National Memorial Ravensbrück.

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Mi 720
20+10Pf
red
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Michel 721
"Landing of Soviet spacecraft 'Lunik 2' on the Moon"

Issued: 21st Sep 1959. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (5x5). Designed by Vogenaur and issued to commemorate the landing of Soviet spacecraft 'Lunik 2' on the Moon.

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Mi 721
20Pf
red
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Michel 722 to 731
"10th Year of the German Democratic Republic"

Issued: 6th Oct 1959. Perf: 13½x13. Watermark Wz 3X and available on sheets (10x5). Designed by Grünewald and issued to commemorate the 10th Year of the German Democratic Republic.

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Mi 722
5Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 723
10Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 724
15Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 725
20Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 726
25Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 727
40Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 728
50Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 729
60Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 730
70Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 731
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multicoloured
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Michel 732
"1st Anniversary of the death of Johannes Robert Becher"

Issued: 1st Oct 1959. Perf: 13½x13. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (5x5). Designed by Ilgenfritz and issued to commemorate the 1st Anniversary of the death of Johannes Robert Becher.

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Mi 732
20Pf
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Michel 733 and 734
"200th Anniversary of the birth of Friedrich Schiller"

Issued: 10th Nov 1959. Perf: 14. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (5x10). Designed by Müller and issued to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Friedrich Schiller.

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Mi 733
10Pf
black blue green
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Mi 734
20Pf
brown carmine
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Michel 735 and 736
"Stamp Day"

Issued: 17th Nov 1959. Perf: 13½x13. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (10x5). Designed by Bengs and issued to commemorate the 1959 Stamp Day.

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Mi 735
10Pf
blackish opal green
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Mi 736
20Pf
lilac carmine
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Michel 737 to 741
"Wildlife"

Issued: 27th Nov 1959. Perf: 13x12½. Watermark Wz 3Y and available on sheets (5x10). Designed by Stauf and issued to commemorate wildlife.

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Mi 737
5Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 738
10Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 739
20Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 740
25Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 741
40Pf
multicoloured
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Michel 742 and 745
"Ancient art treasures returned by the Soviet Union"

Issued: 29th Dec 1959. Perf: 13½x13. Watermark Wz 3X and available on sheets (10x5) Mi 724-744 and sheets (5x5) for Mi 745. Designed by Wittkugel and issued to commemorate Ancient art treasures being returned by the Soviet Union.
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Mi 742
5Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 743
10Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 744
20Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 745
25Pf
multicoloured
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