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Kiautschou

“Pfg.” Overprints

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.

The stamps were overprinted at the Missiondruckerei Tsingtau (Tsingtau Missionary Printers), and due to a lack of typesetting pieces, each half-sheet of 50 (10×5) was assembled using multiple type styles.  Twelve different printing types occur on each half-sheet of 50, three main types — Type 1 (x17), Type 2 (x20), & Type 3 (x4) — and nine subtypes (x1 each):

  • Type 1 a — Like Type 1, but with period like Type 2
  • Type 1 b — Like Type 1, but with contracted “g” like Type 2
  • Type 3 a — Like Type 3, but with open, broken “f”
  • Type 3 b — Like Type 3, but with open, broken “5” & “P”, lower period
  • Type 3 c — Like Type 3, but with bigger, rounder, lower period
  • Type 4 — Like Type 1, but with “f” of Type 2
  • Type 5 — Like Type 2, but with “P” of Type 1
  • Type 5 a — Like Type 5, but with damaged “g”
  • Type 6 — “5” & “G” of Type 1, with “Pf” of Type 2

Copies also exist with a violet instead of blue line.

Copies can also be found without the blue line (Michel “F II” suffix, formerly “a” suffix).  These were only sold on 9 May 1900.

A variation of MiNr. 1 I also exists with overprint shifted heavily downward (“F I” suffix, formerly “d” suffix).

Both MiNr. 1 I and 1 II can be found with double overprints — in the case of MiNr. 1 I, without the blue line (“DD F” suffix, formerly “c” suffix), and in the case of MiNr. 1 II, with the double overprint inverted (“DK” suffix, formerly “c” suffix).

Finally, a copy exists with a shorter blue line attempting to obscure only the “10” portion of the underlying stamp.  This variety was the first attempt to obscure the old denomination, and can only be confirmed as authentic in used condition where the date of use can be observed.

Set Date(s)

1 May 1900

Watermark(s)

None

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Certificate(s)

“Pfg.” Overprints

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.

The stamps were overprinted at the Missiondruckerei Tsingtau (Tsingtau Missionary Printers), and due to a lack of typesetting pieces, each half-sheet of 50 (10×5) was assembled using multiple type styles.  Twelve different printing types occur on each half-sheet of 50, three main types — Type 1 (x17), Type 2 (x20), & Type 3 (x4) — and nine subtypes (x1 each):

  • Type 1 a — Like Type 1, but with period like Type 2
  • Type 1 b — Like Type 1, but with contracted “g” like Type 2
  • Type 3 a — Like Type 3, but with open, broken “f”
  • Type 3 b — Like Type 3, but with open, broken “5” & “P”, lower period
  • Type 3 c — Like Type 3, but with bigger, rounder, lower period
  • Type 4 — Like Type 1, but with “f” of Type 2
  • Type 5 — Like Type 2, but with “P” of Type 1
  • Type 5 a — Like Type 5, but with damaged “g”
  • Type 6 — “5” & “G” of Type 1, with “Pf” of Type 2

Copies also exist with a violet instead of blue line.

Copies can also be found without the blue line (Michel “F II” suffix, formerly “a” suffix).  These were only sold on 9 May 1900.

A variation of MiNr. 1 I also exists with overprint shifted heavily downward (“F I” suffix, formerly “d” suffix).

Both MiNr. 1 I and 1 II can be found with double overprints — in the case of MiNr. 1 I, without the blue line (“DD F” suffix, formerly “c” suffix), and in the case of MiNr. 1 II, with the double overprint inverted (“DK” suffix, formerly “c” suffix).

Finally, a copy exists with a shorter blue line attempting to obscure only the “10” portion of the underlying stamp.  This variety was the first attempt to obscure the old denomination, and can only be confirmed as authentic in used condition where the date of use can be observed.

Set Date(s)

1 May 1900

Watermark(s)

None

Album Page(s)

Certificate(s)