These stamps were issued on 15 November 1928 to support the Deutsche Nothilfe charity program.
The stamps depict coats of arms:
- 5+5 Pf — Hamburg
- 8+7 Pf — Mecklenburg-Schwerin
- 15+15 Pf — Oldenburg
- 25+25 Pf — Braunschweig
- 50+50 Pf — Anhalt
Those with “X” suffixes have vertical watermarks, and those with “Y” suffixes have horizontal watermarks.
These issues are similar to the Coats of Arms issues of 1925, 1926, and 1929.
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.