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1921 Definitives – Lozenges

In 1921, Germany began issuing this set of definitives featuring numerals and depictions of various German laborers.

The individual issues were first released on staggered dates beginning in May (5, 10, 30 Pf) and ending in December (2, 3, 4 M).

The 30 Pfennig value (MiNr. 162) can be found with two plate flaws, one of which is a wedge of green in the base of the “0”.

MiNr. 162 (left) & MiNr. 162 I (right)

The 20 M value can also be found with inverted burelage.  Due to the design of the stamp, this can be very difficult to detect — the easiest manner is to observe the pattern of the burelage in the corners of the design.  Below is an image of the burelage pattern on a normal 20 M stamp, with examples of the corner patterns found on the normal variety.

Normal burelage pattern, MiNr. 176

Stamps of almost identical design, but with a waffle watermark instead of lozenges, were released beginning in December 1921.

Set Date(s)

May / December 1921

Watermark(s)

Album Page(s)

1921 Definitives – Lozenges

In 1921, Germany began issuing this set of definitives featuring numerals and depictions of various German laborers.

The individual issues were first released on staggered dates beginning in May (5, 10, 30 Pf) and ending in December (2, 3, 4 M).

The 30 Pfennig value (MiNr. 162) can be found with two plate flaws, one of which is a wedge of green in the base of the “0”.

MiNr. 162 (left) & MiNr. 162 I (right)

The 20 M value can also be found with inverted burelage.  Due to the design of the stamp, this can be very difficult to detect — the easiest manner is to observe the pattern of the burelage in the corners of the design.  Below is an image of the burelage pattern on a normal 20 M stamp, with examples of the corner patterns found on the normal variety.

Normal burelage pattern, MiNr. 176

Stamps of almost identical design, but with a waffle watermark instead of lozenges, were released beginning in December 1921.

Set Date(s)

May / December 1921

Watermark(s)

Album Page(s)