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1st Tsingtau Provisionals

1st Tsingtau Provisionals

On 1 May 1900, Kiautschou issued its first postage stamps, these overprints of German offices in China MiNr. 3 I (45° overprint) & 3 II (56° overprint).  The stamps feature a new denomination (5 Pfg.) overprinted, and a blue line attempting to obscure the original denomination.

Kiautschou

Kiautschou

Unlike the other German colonies, Kiautschou never used dedicated overprints of the German Krone / Adler issues.  Rather, the initial Kiautschou postage was postage of the German Post Offices in China with an additional value overprint.