This series was issued on 26 September 1927 to commemorate Paul von Hindenburg’s 80th birthday.
These stamps were surcharged, but the surcharge is not reflected on the face of the stamps. Proceeds from the surcharges went to benefit German charity.
Surcharge amounts were as follows:
- 8+7 Pf
- 15+15 Pf
- 25+25 Pf
- 50+50 Pf
Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Germany issued several sets of stamps to benefit the Deutsche Nothilfe and Winterhilfswerke charity programs. In conjunction with these issues, the Reichspost posted advertisements depicting the stamps and encouraging patrons to purchase them for the benefit of the charity.