1921 Definitives – Lozenges

Weimar Postage Stamps

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


Watermark 1

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

Normal burelage pattern, MiNr 176

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