Bern Issues

German New Guinea

In February 1897, 800 copies of MiNr 1-6 were printed specifically for the Universal Postal Union office in Bern, Switzerland. 760 sets were distributed to member countries, 5 to each member nation. The remainder were used by the Reich Post Office for exchange with a Mr. Antoine in Berlin.

These issues differ slightly from the postally-issued MiNr 1-6. They feature a heavier overprint and #1 in a different shade of medium brown (originally Deutsches Reich MiNr 45 b).