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  1. #1
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    Diggincoinz

    Dec 2004
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    Who can identify this old German stamp?

    Hi, my brother cameup with these and gave them to me but I don't know anything about foreign postage. Ay idea's?
    It appears to be WWI or WWII, I dunno.
    Thanks,
    Chris
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    us
    Oct 2008
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    Re: Who can identify this old German stamp?

    Wow, great condition on those stamps. If nobody on here can give you a price range, I suggest you take it to an authorized coin/stamp dealer and get a price. Look on ebay as well, so you can get an idea on what you have. Don't be quick to sell either.

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    Sep 2004
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    Re: Who can identify this old German stamp?

    A million marks in the 50's was about one quarter of a million dollars American . This was from WW2 when everything was super inflated . When I was real young I had about 3 or 4 hundred million marks in overprinted German money that my grandfather had . To the folks unfamiliar with "overprinted" . They took money back out of circulation and stamped a new number right over the entire bill . Imagine a 10 dollar bill with a big $50,000 stamped right across the front and back .If you will indilge me for a minute I will relate a popular story about the end of the war . 2 German women were walking down the street in Berlin . Both had a hold of one handle of a big wash tub full of overprinted German money . They saw a crowd of people across the street and wondered if there was food for sale there . They put the tub down and crossed the street to investigate . There was no food so they crossed back . In their absence someone had dumped all the money out and made off with the tub .
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  4. #4

    Sep 2006
    lower sackville,nova scotia
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    Re: Who can identify this old German stamp?

    From the land of the Bluenose.....those stamps and most of the inflation period are very common and go for about 20 cents!
    Life is a beach at least till the tide comes in and the Bud is all gone!

  5. #5

    Re: Who can identify this old German stamp?


    The hyper inflation period in Germany was in the years 1923 - 24 !

  6. #6
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    Re: Who can identify this old German stamp?

    This is a postage stamp issued in Germany, sometime around the onset of World War II. The cost of the stamp was one million marks, the cost to mail a letter in Germany at that time was five million marks !!
    Here's some history: http://petemurphy.wordpress.com/2008...postage-stamp/
    Don....

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    Re: Who can identify this old German stamp?

    I have to correct you Don !

    The series of postage stamps was isued during the hyper inflation in 1923 !

    You can see it here: http://www.briefmarken-sammlung.com/...es-reich/1923/

    The inflation had to do with the economic problems after WW1 in Germany.


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    Re: Who can identify this old German stamp?


    Here the story of the hyperinflation in Germany during 1921 - 23.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inflati...eimar_Republic


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    Re: Who can identify this old German stamp?

    If the source I cited misstated the approximate date of issue, I'm sure he'd apologize.
    As a kid, I can remember getting hundreds of these stamps practically free; actually, even free with others that would be sent 'on approval'. Also, check me if I'm wrong, but my belief is that Germany never issued a stamp with the image of Hitler. Interesting.
    Don....

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    Re: Who can identify this old German stamp?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mackaydon
    If the source I cited misstated the approximate date of issue, I'm sure he'd apologize.
    As a kid, I can remember getting hundreds of these stamps practically free; actually, even free with others that would be sent 'on approval'. Also, check me if I'm wrong, but my belief is that Germany never issued a stamp with the image of Hitler. Interesting.
    Don....
    Check !

    There were actually several series with Hitler.
    Here just some of them:

    http://cgi.ebay.com.my/ws/eBayISAPI....m=180324621763

    http://h-u-m-rueegg.li/images/de865_1944.jpg


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    Re: Who can identify this old German stamp?

    The Dane:
    I misspoke; I meant COIN, not stamp; my bad.
    Don...

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    Re: Who can identify this old German stamp?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mackaydon
    The Dane:
    I misspoke; I meant COIN, not stamp; by bad.
    Don...

    Your right about that, Don !

  13. #13
    gb
    Dec 2008
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    Re: Who can identify this old German stamp?

    yes i have one of these, i bought it for 4.00

  14. #14
    us
    Apr 2009
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    Re: Who can identify this old German stamp?

    This particular stamp was issued in 1923.. It should be perf 14 & watermark #126... The old catalog Im referencing has it listed as Scott #281.. I added a picture of the 126 water mark for identification purposes..
    Since this catalog is so old & I thought the numbers could have possibly changed, so I done a search on e-bay & found the catalog is still very accurate even though its a 1967 edition.! See results of the e-bay search below..

    BTW,The water mark on these old stamps was strong & most times require no fluid to I.D..
    I believe the imperf issue of this stamp is much more valuable.! But you should still check & make sure the stamp has the right water mark & perf scale before placing a value on the stamps since there have been errors found of this issue..



    http://cgi.ebay.com/Germany-Scott-28...item45ebf762e2


 

 

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