The first stamps produced especially for German Southwest Africa were overprinted versions of German Krone / Adler (Crown / Eagle) issues.
This series was first available for use in July 1897.
The 25 Pf and 50 Pf values were only available in Berlin, but are found in used condition. Collectors sent unused copies to the colony, where they were placed on return letters to Germany and cancelled. These used copies are very rare, however.
MiNr. 1 ND (formerly MiNr. 1 d) is a reprint dating to 1899.
A plate flaws exist on the 3 Pf values (broken scroll at bottom right), and three different plate flaws exist on the 25 Pf value. Among these is Plate Flaw II, a notch in the top of the 'I' in 'REICHSPOST'.