In November 1921, a counterfeit of the 60 Pf. value from the January 1920 / April 1921 Germania series came into circulation in Köln (Cologne). It was produced in large numbers, but was quickly recognized as a forgery by postal authorities. Reports from the time stated that approximately 90,000 were confiscated from the counterfeiters, but not before a small number had been used on actual mail. A small number of the sheets were subsequently broken-up for sale to collectors.
The forgery is a poor-quality lithographic printing, printed in 10×10 sheets, with row value markings along the sheet edges as with the original sheets. The paper is of inferior quality, and is cloudy with a visible mesh and no watermark, unlike the originals. The stamps are perforated L 13, unlike the originals, which were perforated K 14:14¼. There are also noticable differences in the Germania design due to the poor overall quality of the forgery.